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    Why an adjustable ridgeline?

    I've always had a fixed ridgeline for my hammocks. What's the advantage of having it adjustable?

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    If you get/make a new hammock, having an adjustable ridgeline lets you tweak it until you find the best lay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaffleBox View Post
    If you get/make a new hammock, having an adjustable ridgeline lets you tweak it until you find the best lay.
    +1 and then you can replace it with a fixed ridgeline once you get the most comfortable length dialed in, if you choose.
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    It's been answered pretty well by everyone above but another reason might be if the same hammock is used by different people at times. I've heard of people who have an adjustable ridgeline because sometimes their wife uses that hammock and sometimes their son/daughter/friend uses it and the ridgeline can be adjusted easily to fit the needs of each person. Make a mark on the line for where each person prefers and it's a simple adjustment.

    For me personally, I have several hammocks of slightly different lengths. I made one adjustable ridgeline to play around with each hammock and figure out the exact ridgeline length I prefer for each hammock. After that I made a fixed SRL for each hammock at that length. Sure the adjustable ridgeline still works but it's nice to have it fixed exactly where I want on each specific hammock because it does change a few inches, even between my two 11' hammocks as they are made from different fabrics. If you are happy with the lay of your hammock with a fixed SRL then there is no need to play around with an adjustable one. I tend to tinker with my gear, always looking to add a bit more comfort/convenience. HYOH

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    Thanks, makes sense. I think it's just an option I'm not likely to use.
    I was hoping someone was going to respond that they have specific marks they adjust to for specific situations. No wind, position 1; high wind, position 5; stealth mode, position 9. I get the different lengths for different folks, was just hoping for a more exciting answer. It could be an inch or two shorter or longer might give me a better lay, but I sleep great as it is. Any better and I might not get up.
    Thanks all.

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    All great reasons. However, y'all missed a good one: to use the 'mock as a chair. Simply pull the SRL in to sit, then let it back out to sleep. I use grey AmSteel and once I have it dialed in for that hammock, I mark it with a Sharpie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dux View Post
    All great reasons. However, y'all missed a good one: to use the 'mock as a chair. Simply pull the SRL in to sit, then let it back out to sleep. I use grey AmSteel and once I have it dialed in for that hammock, I mark it with a Sharpie.
    Good point, I just use a Dutch titanium Ridgeline biner and detach the SRL on one end when I want to use it as a chair but that's my preference. Your way saves a bit more money.

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    I've only ever had an adjustable ridgeline, and personally I find it makes it easier to set up and take down my hammock, though I am still kind of new to the whole thing.

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    I usually hook my ridgeline on the same Atlas straps that I hook my hammock to. I need an adjustable ridgeline because the loop selection on the strap changes with how far apart the hang is.
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