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    Ridgeline position

    Why do some hangers attach their ridgeline to the cord at the end of the hammock''s material, while others to the soft shackle or carabiner at the end of the continuous loop? Is one way the better way or is it much of a muchness a matter of style?

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    All the gathered end hammocks I've ever user/seen have the CRL attached to the hammocks tied ends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailSlug View Post
    All the gathered end hammocks I've ever user/seen have the CRL attached to the hammocks tied ends.
    I've got "How to attach your ridgeline" tutorials going both ways, including attaching to carabiner or soft shackle at the end of CL. Watch one and it might be clear, watch a few and it becomes confusing.
    Last edited by AyeJay; 09-13-2017 at 20:58.

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    In this example we have a hammock vendor attaching to soft shackle:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8NMsGg8vow

    Is that legit practice? It seems it'd be kinder on your hammock to attach to the carabiner/soft shackle, although perhaps it doesn't hang as well. Pros and cons of both?
    Last edited by AyeJay; 09-13-2017 at 20:59.

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    It really shouldn't matter as long as the ridge line is the right length to eliminate too much stress on the hammock material but as I said I've only seen them on the material in the mainstream hammock vendors in our part of the world. Check out Dutchwaregear, Warbonnet, Dream Hammock, SimplyLightDesigns, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailSlug View Post
    It really shouldn't matter as long as the ridge line is the right length to eliminate too much stress on the hammock material but as I said I've only seen them on the material in the mainstream hammock vendors in our part of the world. Check out Dutchwaregear, Warbonnet, Dream Hammock, SimplyLightDesigns, etc.
    I'll go with that method then. Thanks.

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    On two of my hammocks I have the ridgeline up on the 'beeners as that is where it needed to be to hold the bug net up. The rest are at the gathered ends. So, in my case it is design driven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobamos View Post
    On two of my hammocks I have the ridgeline up on the 'beeners as that is where it needed to be to hold the bug net up. The rest are at the gathered ends. So, in my case it is design driven.
    If using the ridgeline to hold up the bugnet, you can put the ridgeline up there higher on the beeners so the bugnet will be further off your face. That's cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AyeJay View Post
    If using the ridgeline to hold up the bugnet, you can put the ridgeline up there higher on the beeners so the bugnet will be further off your face. That's cool.
    Just consider that you need a larger bug net in that case. For hammocks that are 10' and longer, you don't really need to hang the bug net higher, unless you're claustrophobic. For shorter hammocks it makes sense to have the ridgeline higher, though.

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    I put the suspension as a larks head around the gathered end with a zip tie through the channel. Then I use an adjustable ridgeline and larks head it on the other side of the suspension larks head. This way they are pulling against each other with the gathered fabric being MUCH thicker than either larks head.

    Not my idea, used from one of the multitude of YouTube videos out there. Hasn't failed me yet. I know people have complained about wear and tear of the zipties against the hammock fabric but I've had not issues.

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