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    Jeff, It will be much appreciated.

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    Thanks for the description. Are there any good pictures floating around that clearly show a structural ridgeline? Also, wouldn't it be a good thing to be able to regulate the amount of sag as opposed to having it always the same?

    Miguel

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    I think the idea is that once your hammock is done stretching, you get the sag so it's most comfortable for you and then you want it to stay that way.

    I haven't tried a non-structural ridgeline, but after experiencing the ridge on my HH being loose, I don't think that's how I want to go.
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    Miguel - check my website for pics of the ridgeline. Any ridgeline you see on my hammock is structural. It makes a big difference b/c you'll see that the hammock supports are at an angle, and then the hammock body is at a much steeper angle...that's the extra sag introduced by the structural ridgeline.

    I think this page has pics of the same hammock with and w/o the ridgeline, but there are many other pics in the Hiking Pictures section.

    I agree w/ blackbishop - once you get the sag where you like it for that hammock, I think there's not much advantage in being able to adjust it. You may find some conditions where you like to adjust it, though - that's the beauty of homemade gear (or your own mods to commercial gear).

    Plenty of folks use standard Speer hammocks w/o structural ridgelines, and they're still very comfortable. It's just a preference thing - I prefer them, others don't.
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    Thanks for the picture Jeff. That's an interesting concept. I'm not sure how you would add something like that to a regular hammock such as a Claytor Jungle hammock. (I have one coming) It seems like you would have to do something with the netting etc. It's probably one of those things you just have to see in person. I'm not at all sure howthe line is attached to the hammock itself. I'll poke around your site and see what I find.

    Miguel

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    Adding a structural ridge-line to the Claytor wouldn't be that hard. However, you would also need a non-structural ridge-line for the netting, or some type of loops in the tarp to attach it to. Or maybe the netting would just lie on the ridge-line, but it seems to me it would have too much sag for that, maybe not.

    Here is a picture showing how the ridge-line works. The supportd are tight but the body of the hammock has just the right sag for me.

    The second picture shows how I attach it to my hammock. I call it "through the whip suspension". I just make a loop and attach the ridge-line to that. I use 550 cord for my ridge-line, it's a little stretchy, but once I get it right it is good.
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    Thanks Hogn8r...that pretty much clears it up for me. I'd have to try it both ways to see if I liked it or not. I suppose with a home made system you could put it where you want it but I'm guessing with a Hennesy you take what you get.

    Miguel

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    You got it, Miguel - the Hennessy ridge is built-in. I wanted to adjust the length of mine (and make it detachable), so I had to cut it and insert a 'biner.
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    I have been playing around with a homemade hammock and was a bit disappointed until I added a ridgeline. It has increased the comfort factor quite a bit. I am finding that if you build your own there can be a lot of tuning and tweeking.

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