now you have confused the newbie. I understand the theory. I understand the practice. But why then does the HH stuff sack say to tie the suspension lines tight? Or is tight so relative that it has essentially no set meaning? Or is that just tight enough that the straps don't slide down the tree?
BTW confused is a common condition for me to exist in.
my guess--to keep the ridgeline taut when the hammock is occupied, because it is needed to hold up the bugnet. I was using an HH last summer but wasn't cranking up the tension enough to do that. I twisted a contact lens cap around it to take up the slack... (see here