Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr
There's more than one reason to go with a separate tarp ridgeline. I like having the tarp in its own snake skins, with its own ridgeline and stuff sack. That way, I don't pack a perfectly dry hammock into a perfectly wet package.
If you're car camping this might not matter at all to you. However, if you're hiking two or three days in the rain, a different campsite every night, a dry hammock is a glorious thing. And when it's raining cats and dogs, being able to get that tarp up by itself provides immediate shelter for you, your backpack and hammock. You can then deploy the hammock with weather protection.
The first night I used the Hennessy Hammock it rained cats and dogs. When we were packing up to go to the next campsite, that's when I realized the stupidity of hammock and tarp in the same snake skins, or hammock and tarp part of the same suspension system. Too many possibilities for the hammock to get wet for no good reason.
Great points SilvrSurfr. Regardless of what hammock I'm carrying, I'll keep my tarp in an outside pocket of my pack just in case of rain. I can have the tarp deployed in no time and then have a dry area to work/hang hammock.