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    ridge line material

    Can you folks give up your source for ridgeline material, size, working load and supplier? Thanks, Bill

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    All you need is something that does not stretch. I use armsteel 7/64" spectra. The same stuff that I use on my suspension. I had a lot of it laying around anyways.

    I think that as long as it holds 200 lbs or so, you will be fine. I would test this though.
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    i think a lot of people use the same line they are using on their tarp tie outs, like the orange spectra line from speer hammocks for example.
    but it may depend on how much stress you'll be putting on it.
    i kinda liked the way ed speer used to do his ridge line (before henesy started harassing him about it). it was just tied to the hammock support on one end, but the other end was a loop that was adjustable with a sliding hitch.
    that way you could experiment w/ the sag but it would stay where you decided to leave it.
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    I agree that it's easy enough to just use some extra line you might have around for a ridegeline, provided that it is strong enough.

    But, if you are looking for something specific to use for a ridgeline, then you could do worse than this. It's very light, has a small diameter of 3mm, has a vectrus core tensile rating of 653 lbs, and it's polyester sleeve should knot well. Seems ideal to me.
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    Thanks for the help. I am still making hammmocks like crazy. I have given 3 away so far to family and friends. I have always made my own hunting and camping gear but this is by far the funest project to date for not only me but the folks around me. Thanks again for all the help. Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    ... ridge line (before henesy started harassing him about it). it ...
    Interesting choice of words.

    Describing patent enforcement as harassment.

    You do like to play fast and loose with the reputations of other people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeeDee View Post
    Interesting choice of words.

    Describing patent enforcement as harassment.

    You do like to play fast and loose with the reputations of other people.
    i'll tell you just what i've said before. even it henesy could win his point in a court of law that he is the only one allowed to use any kind of a ridge line on a hammock because of his patent, his doing so is in no way helping the desire to develop hammock designs. he's controlling the hammock market & creativity.
    i believe henesy is by far the largest seller of backpacking hammocks in the world & the few small hammock makers that he has been talking to about his patents aren't making a dent in his sales... at least not yet.
    as far as henesy's reputation as a business man, yeah, i've pretty much lost respect for the man just to put it bluntly.
    and i know you're at no loss for words in trying to convince people of your point, so why don't you explain in no uncertain terms what you mean by "you like to play fast and loose with the reputations of other people". ...tim
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    I'm no fan of TH, but I do like his product and own one. In a way, I think him being such an *** to the people who support him has helped the industry. Take the Warbonnet for example. It uses no ridge line at all, but the way it is cut it still "sets" the sag. I've set it up about 10 or 12 times now and each time my sag is within an inch or so of last time.

    I think this is a good example of overcoming a design challenge. I do think that TH's words and actions will come back to bite him, but you do have to give him props for opening up the field. The fact that he so strongly defends his idea of a patent is already starting to make the creative juices flow with all the designers out there. I think a few years from now, TH will be a non-issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    I'm no fan of TH, but I do like his product and own one. In a way, I think him being such an *** to the people who support him has helped the industry. Take the Warbonnet for example. It uses no ridge line at all, but the way it is cut it still "sets" the sag. I've set it up about 10 or 12 times now and each time my sag is within an inch or so of last time.

    I think this is a good example of overcoming a design challenge. I do think that TH's words and actions will come back to bite him, but you do have to give him props for opening up the field. The fact that he so strongly defends his idea of a patent is already starting to make the creative juices flow with all the designers out there. I think a few years from now, TH will be a non-issue.
    That's an interesting point. If JRB Mt Bridge Hammock works they could really give TH a run for his money. Just from the DIY side, I like the Bridge Hammock concept much better than the more traditional Mayan hammock concept.
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    Can we please move the HH stuff back to the HH thread and leave this one to its original topic? Or even to PMs.
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