Originally Posted by Redtail
Good post, I like when people question the status quo (otherwise we'd still be in tents, right?)
. From reading your post however, the only drawback I saw was that using a structural ridgeline may be putting additional forces on your suspension. If your suspension is adequate to handle the (possible) additional strain are there really any other drawbacks? The pros still seem to outweigh the cons.
Those forces are also applied to whatever the hammock is attached to. And while more force may not cause any problems, more force is not a good thing and in general it is something to avoid as much as practical. To keep the forces as low as practical I would suggest attaching a hammock with a structural ridgeline at a height that is proportional to the span between the supports and is on the high side of what will work versus attaching them on the low side of what will work. The lower the forces on your hammock's suspension the less it will stretch and the more reliable it will be, so hang 'em high.