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    New SRL attachment method

    This is an adjustable ridgeline that connects/disconnects from the hammock via a Bloomgorge tarp key. The tarp key is larksheaded onto a continuous loop which is larksheaded to a suspension whoopie. Been holding up fine for a while now. I'm sure you can see how it disconnects.




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    That looks like a nice set up Taylo. I've pondered SRL disconnects for a while now and still wonder what would happen if the short end were to break. Zing It/Lash it and Amsteel has a very low stretch factor so it isn't really storing energy but there is tension on it and I would hate to see a breakage sending a piece of hardware flying across one's head. This may not even be a factor...just wondering. Grizz, you out there? You could probably shed more light on this.

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    your ridgeline as I understand it, should never be that taught. You want to be able to thumb it vertical while laying in it, I've been told. I personally don't use a ridgeline proper.
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    I saw a video wherein an Amsteel towline was tested to failure: it just dropped. Nothing happened...impressive. I don't think slingshotting is a concern.

    I have reservations, though, about stuffing a hammock with anything that has hard edges.
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    I try not to allow the ridgeline to be too tight. As far as stuffing the hardware, I have yet to run into trouble. Bloomgorge tumbles these tarp keys to smooth out all the edges. I also use a fairly loose stuff sack for my hammock.
    I've been really undecided whether I like ridgelines or not, but have to have one when I throw the bugnet on. This is a very versatile and quick system that handles any desire I may have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slo View Post
    your ridgeline as I understand it, should never be that taught. You want to be able to thumb it vertical while laying in it, I've been told. I personally don't use a ridgeline proper.
    Right on. When hung properly, it shouldn't be that tight. I just worry about those folks that hang it too tight. I get requests all the time from Hennessy owners that hung theirs too tight and it broke and they need a replacement.

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    Hi Taylo, My mind is working a bit slow this morning. What is the advantage of disconnecting the RL?

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    Most disconnect to allow them to sit sideways in the hammock and not have the RL in the way. Some use the RL to support a bug net and when not using the net, disconnect it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    I saw a video wherein an Amsteel towline was tested to failure: it just dropped. Nothing happened...impressive. I don't think slingshotting is a concern.

    I have reservations, though, about stuffing a hammock with anything that has hard edges.
    I'm probably over thinking this but kinda have to when you make and sell these things. What I've seen of rope testing is they pull on it very slowly until it breaks and then stop. Like you say with Amsteel, it just drops. It's not elastic thus no stored energy. I'm more worried about the secondary reaction of the hammock spreading once the ridge line breaks. Idea...I'll bring a sacrificial RL to the Ozark hang and well find a 'volunteer' to lay in a hammock while we cut the RL to see what happens.

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    I like the speed of detaching and reattaching the RL in this set up. I wonder though about it staying connected when packing and unpacking the hammock. I know it only takes a second to reconnect but I like having the RL stay in place most the time and detach it only when needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeBait View Post
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    Idea...I'll bring a sacrificial RL to the Ozark hang and well find a 'volunteer' to lay in a hammock while we cut the RL to see what happens.
    Be sure to record that.
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