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    Why a Ridgeline?

    Other then the obvious.....bug-net,to get a consistent hang.

    The reason i ask is i was reading in another thread where a few of the posters were claiming that every hammock should have a ridgeline for a more comfortable hang.

    I've never used a ridgeline,just eyeball the sag and hop in.
    What am i missing?

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    Nothing. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Some just find the structural ridgeline convenient, consistent and easy.
    Exercise, eat right, die anyway -- Country Roads bumper sticker
    Fall seven times, standup eight. -- Japanese Proverb

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    Not much. A little speed and consistency.

    NM...HC beat me to it.

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    Something I noticed last night while in my Switchback... As you move around.... If you place more weight on the foot end, the head end lifts up and vice versa. I realize this is inherent to hammocks whether you have a RL or not.

    In my traveler with the RL, that doesnt occur, or I should say it acts like a shock absorber. It helps eliminate the see-saw movement. IMO.

    Also... It does allow you to set-up with the same hang every time. Your ideal, most comfortable sag may only have a window of .5 inches. With the RL, you hit it every time you set up. Without it, you may have to get in and out several times to make adjustments.
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    The ridgeline also gives you additional benefits in that you can hang gear pockets off of them for storage of things you might want inside you hammock.

    Ie places for a flashlight, water, store your glasses, iPod, etc.

    It can also act as a clothes line for hanging thing on to dry.

    You did hit on the 2 primary benefits with the consistent hang and to support your bug net.

    Cheers

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    Other then the things you already said bug-netting and to get a consistent hang, I like to have a few small pocket hanging on my ridge line for easy access to things you might want in the middle of the night, I can hang my headlamp from the ridge line as well.

    I don't know why the poster said "every hammock should have a ridgeline for a more comfortable hang", you don't 'need' one but I think they are nice.
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    I hold on to mine when I change my clothes .... gives me a wee bit of stability as I bounce around with my sock caught up in my long-johns.......
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    I had to read that one twice....Sock, SOCK..
    my bad, KM

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    Quote Originally Posted by KerMegan View Post
    I had to read that one twice....Sock, SOCK..
    my bad, KM
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    You can use a ridgeline to hang a wet sock. Sock, SOCK.
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