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    DIY: Adding a Ridgeline and Suspension to a Hammock

    Just wanted to share how I put my Ridgeline and Suspensions on my hammocks.
    I stumbled upon this method while making my first hammock with Destikahr and since then the method has evolved to what it is now. I really like this method because it is simple and very secure. Basically the ridgeline and suspension are larks-headed to each other with the hammock in the center of it all.
    Would love to hear your feedback and see what you think.
    Below is some pictures showing the process. The fabric in the picture below has been hemmed and a channel added. The channel represents the end of the hammock.









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    great stuff! i'm still a little leery of the zip tie, just gotta make sure you don't leave any sharp edges. i plan on doing mine this way too, but perhaps with some thinner rope instead of the zip tie.

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    Video Version of the tutorial. I hope this helps some of the people trying to find various ways to attach their suspensions and ridgelines. I remember about a year ago when I was trying to make my first hammock, I had trouble finding information on ways to attach the ridgeline and suspension to hammock. So just wanted to share what I have learned over the past 8 hammocks that I have made.


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    I run my whoopie through they end channel where you run the zip tie and just run the whoopies through the ends off the ridgeline. Do you find the way you do it has any benefits over running whoopie through? IMHO it seems like a lot more work without any benefit. Very interested in any benefits you have
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountnman View Post
    I run my whoopie through they end channel where you run the zip tie and just run the whoopies through the ends off the ridgeline. Do you find the way you do it has any benefits over running whoopie through? IMHO it seems like a lot more work without any benefit. Very interested in any benefits you have
    Yes the benefits are that the ridgeline is directly connected to the suspension via double larks-head and you do not rely on a channel stitching to hold the load of the hammock. IMO much more secure. And if you watch the vid, its pretty simple and easy to do IMO..Just never liked relying on a channel keep me from falling. Also kinda trumps using 1600 BS suspension when you have a 500lb BS channel holding you up. My numbers on that channel strength are just a guestimate.

    Who knows which is stronger..Just my opinion on it is all..

    Edit: I dont think its much more work, if any, compared to the method you mentioned. Think they are about the same.

    Anyways, its how I do my hammocks and has worked pretty well for me.

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    That's cool, do you notice any stress on the bar tack when you are in it? I'm 6'1 and about 265 so I was wandering if I would pop a stitch
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountnman View Post
    That's cool, do you notice any stress on the bar tack when you are in it? I'm 6'1 and about 265 so I was wandering if I would pop a stitch
    I can't see any significant tension on the bar tac. The load rests mainly on the hammock fabric. The heavier the load the more the ridgeline and suspension larks-head constricts. I've tested it with a friend to see if it could handle 300lbs of dynamic load and had no issues.

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    That is a pretty cool design to keep everything in place, too. I dig it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iRokk View Post
    That is a pretty cool design to keep everything in place, too. I dig it.
    Thanks iRokk..Another reason I like it is because I can put an integrated bugnet on my hammocks without having to worry about the ridgeline being in the wrong place. Some people attach the ridgeline to the suspension, outside of the hammock ends. This would prohibit me adding a zippered bugnet. That issue is resolved with this design.

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