Originally Posted by angrysparrow
As to your questions - The term structural ridgeline, I believe, was coined in the early parts of the long thread that you read. I do not recall seeing it elsewhere before that discourse. It is clear that the term is used to describe a ridgeline that is part of the 'structure' of the suspension itself, thus setting the sag. I agree that your term seems more descriptively on point, though.
I don't know whether or not I coined the term structural ridgeline
or not, but I have been using it for years. I have used the terms structural ridgeline
and non-structural ridgeline
to distinguish between hammocks that use a structural ridgeline
to set the sag of the hammock like Hennessy Hammocks do versus hammocks that use a non-structural
ridgeline that supports the bugnet but it is either adjusted manually or uses some type of shock cord so that it does not affect the sag angle of the occupied hammock.
How Hennessy interprets the the breath, application, or terminology of their patents is a separate issue. For me, the distinction of a structural ridgeline
versus a non-structural ridgeline
was important because some people were trying to hang a hammock with a non-structural ridgeline
, or no ridgeline at all, like they saw other folks hang their hammocks that had a structural ridgeline
-- initially taut. Usually that resulted in a hammock that was hung with too small of a sag angle and wasn't as comfortable as it should have been if it was hung with more sag.