There is no undue strain on any seams. When everything is zipped up, the ridgeline holds the netting up out of the way but it does not pull the netting tight on any seams or tight on the zippers.
Using a pad inside is no longer a problem.
With the long zipper and the ribbon tie, you can get the netting completely out of the way and the HH becomes a top entry and you can easily use it as a hammock chair or lounger.
The ribbon tie is such a good way of keeping the netting out of the way, I may add a second ribbon to help tie off the netting a little more and just cause it's easy enough to do the way 2Questions wife has done it. But I'm not sure yet that it's necessary.
When I want to use the netting I zip the long zipper up part way, lay down in the hammock and finish zipping the hammock closed above my head on both sides. The zippers have pulls on both sides -- inside and out.
I can pull the zippers down on both sides to reach out and get whatever I need. I can now stick my hands out on both sides to feel how well my underquilt is fitting under the hammock.
To get out, it's easy to pull the zippers down far enough to exit out or I can exit out of the bottom. With a pad in the hammock or when using my No Sniv as an underquilt, I will definitely use the zippers to exit. I see myself now using the zipper to exit much more than the split because they work so well.
The zippers are of excellent quality and they are black. They don't look like a modification. They look like that's the way HH made the hammock. Nice!
Of course, I just got the hammock back and don't know if there will be any long term issues, but my immediate report is that the zipper modification done by 2Question wife is great!
I'll be bringing it to the MAHHA hang at the end of this month and 2Questions told me that he is planning to attend as well.
PS: 2Q -- When your wife start hammocking (when -- not if), her trail name should be ZipQ (for ZipperQueen).