The point of a Structural Ridgeline is to keep the sag the same everytime you hang your hammock. Many use Lash-it/Zing-it without trouble, but they have only the fraction of strength that Amsteel does. Depending upon your weight switching over to 7/64 amsteel might not be a bad thing. Especially if your consistently stringing the ridgeline tight. I forget what the numbers are, but I'd guess for people much over 220lbs (100kg for our metric friends) anything smaller than 7/64 Amsteel is just waiting to fail.
If the ridgeline fails it would most likely do so upon entering the hammock. And you wouldn't be dropped unless the hammock body failed as well. The hammock's sag just wouldn't be as deep.
I have the issue of the trees in my yard being just barely too far apart and I'm just a bit too short to get the magical 30° angle, unless I want my butt to be sweeping the grass. So the SRL on one of my hammocks ends up tight enough to play a solid G when I'm in it.
The 83% "rule" is more of a guideline, thus why adjustable ridgelines are popular. They make it easy to change the sag of your hammock without having to move the tree straps everytime. My current favorite hammock only has 6 inches of adjustment in its ridgeline, since I found that I didn't move my ridgeline much on my first hammock.
Warbonnet hammocks have a non-structural ridgeline that is not meant to take a load and are only intended to hold the bugnet off your face. This is partly due to the fact that Hennessy Hammocks holds a patent on the Structural ridgeline aparently, so Brandon can't add them into his designs.
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