So far so-so
Well, I have been playing around with the new RL disconnect. I'm not sure it will be worth the effort for me. But remember, I did not really have any complaints about the HH as chair. If I just loosened it about 6", the RL then did not cause any discomfort for me, it actually provided a fair back support. Now, with the RL disconnected, the chair comfort is about the same. But there is of course zero discomfort caused by the RL digging into my neck or back. But, like I said, I didn't consider that a big problem anyway, not with a loose hang. And getting rid of the ridge line being into your back is probably the number one reason to do this modification. At least for most folks.
It is superior when you kick back to lounge. With the RL in place, my laying platform is a bit more narrow than it is when the Ridgeline removed. So that might be worthwhile for some folks.
About where I'm afraid it's going to fall short is simply using it as a top loading hammock. But first I need some advice. Do I need to turn the hammock upside down so that the net is underneath me? To avoid damaging the net? Even with the hammock turned upside down, it seems to me like there is a fair amount of stress on the net. Though nothing has shown any signs of giving way yet. I have not yet attempted to lay straight down on the net, because it seems to me that the even more stress on the net. But maybe not. So I'm seeking advice from other people that have done this. Net underneath the hammock, or is it okay to lie on top of the net with the hammock oriented in the normal fashion?
But when I turn the hammock upside down, with the net underneath the hammock, I lose all characteristics of the feel of the Hennessy hammock. It becomes a very narrow hammock, with absolutely no diagonal positioning available. I can get my knees pretty comfortable by laying with both of my heels outside of the edge of the hammock. I have experimented with different amounts of sag, but without a lot of success so far. Maybe I need to do the "duel ridgeline approach", adding a separate structural ridgeline outside of the netting with a preset length that is providing exactly the original sag of the Hennessy hammock. But I'm not sure that would make much difference. If I get in the hammock in the normal fashion, but without the ridgeline attached, the feel and positioning of the hammock feels pretty close to normal. Except of course for the Net sagging down in my face.
Now I can tell it's going to work great with my Peapod. I'm fixing to go try that now. But I don't know if I can get an adequate comfort level for a long night laying in this narrow hammock. For one thing, I'm a little paranoid that I might manage to slip out of that thing during my sleep. Again, great for lounging in the daytime, but I don't know about sleeping all night this way.
Since it lays in a normal fashion when I get in from the bottom but without the ridgeline attached, I suspect it might lay pretty normal if I got in on top of the net. But again I haven't tried this yet for fear of damaging the net. So anybody with any experience with this situation please fill me in. If it's safe to lie on top of the net then I'll go give that a try.