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    Never had a ridgeline

    I don't use a ridgeline and have been fortunate as the trees where I hike are only about 4-5" in diameter and I can always find 2 that are about 4 meters apart (approx 12-13 ft). Just wondering about the possibility of only finding trees further apart. I'm thinking of putting an Alpine Butterfly loop at each end on the tie outs (near the ends of the hammock) so when necessary I can attach a line to the loops to form a ridgeline which should maintain the correct set of my hammock? I'd appreciate any feedback as I'm trying to extend the flexibility of my setup.

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    A ridge line is required on all of my hammock. It makes setting up easier and assures that you get a comfortable nights sleep every time you hang your hammock. Most people here use a ridge line on their hammock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    A ridge line is required on all of my hammock. It makes setting up easier and assures that you get a comfortable nights sleep every time you hang your hammock. Most people here use a ridge line on their hammock.
    do you mean most people with a HH have a ridgeline?

    Speer hammocks don't have one even though I thought the bugline could be used as one. I still can't get mine setup without ending up on the ground sometime during the night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ewker View Post
    I still can't get mine setup without ending up on the ground sometime during the night.
    If I were troubleshooting that problem, the first thing I would ask is what are you using for suspension? Of course, it's no big mystery to anyone here that nylon S T R E T C H E S a lot, repeatedly. Even polypro has some stretch to it. I use polyester and have ZERO stretch from it. Also, if it's a fairly new hammock, sometimes the material can have some stretch to it until you're used it a few times to get the initial stretch out.
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    it is a Speer Hammock with the webbing that comes with it from Ed

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    ewker:

    I have extra rings and we could borrow the rest of the setup from my HH (webbing/biner) to temporarily put a ring buckle system on your hammock if you want to see if it works better for you. Just PM me and I'll get you the stuff to try. You wouldn't need to modify your current setup in any way to try it, just kinda tie it out of the way.
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    I have the ring buckles and biners. I just haven't used them as I don't feel they are safe enough plus that wouldn't do anything on it stretching

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    that's not necessary, just make a ridgeline with a small loop at each end, and whenever you need it, just slip it over the suspension ropes all the way down to where they attach to the hammock. now you can install this every time you need extra distance to the trees without having to wrap your tree straps higher than you can reach


    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwidad View Post
    I don't use a ridgeline and have been fortunate as the trees where I hike are only about 4-5" in diameter and I can always find 2 that are about 4 meters apart (approx 12-13 ft). Just wondering about the possibility of only finding trees further apart. I'm thinking of putting an Alpine Butterfly loop at each end on the tie outs (near the ends of the hammock) so when necessary I can attach a line to the loops to form a ridgeline which should maintain the correct set of my hammock? I'd appreciate any feedback as I'm trying to extend the flexibility of my setup.

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    It sounds like it would work to me. I definitely reccomend adding a ridgeline. It makes setting it up much faster, easier, and more consistant for a very small weight gain usually. It also allows for many other conveniences such as: suspened bug nets and other types of covers, place to hang often accessed small items, and allow you to use snake skins more effectively.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hooch View Post
    If I were troubleshooting that problem, the first thing I would ask is what are you using for suspension? Of course, it's no big mystery to anyone here that nylon S T R E T C H E S a lot, repeatedly. Even polypro has some stretch to it. I use polyester and have ZERO stretch from it. Also, if it's a fairly new hammock, sometimes the material can have some stretch to it until you're used it a few times to get the initial stretch out.
    I had always heard that nylon webbing stretched less than polyester webbing. I read somewhere that nylon fibers will stretch by 25% at their breaking strength and polyester fiber stretches 30% at it's breaking point. The advantage to using polyester was that it wouldn't absorb water like nylon. I could be wrong, but that's what I had heard...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteinbergerGPPRo View Post
    I had always heard that nylon webbing stretched less than polyester webbing. I read somewhere that nylon fibers will stretch by 25% at their breaking strength and polyester fiber stretches 30% at it's breaking point. The advantage to using polyester was that it wouldn't absorb water like nylon. I could be wrong, but that's what I had heard...
    I'm afraid that I must say that my direct experience indicates what you've 'heard' is wrong. I've had several experiences of nylon webbing stretching under load. And, besides myself, there are a number of members here who've had direct experience with nylon, both rope and webbing, stretching considerably. Do some searches and you'll see several accounts of that. Even the webbing chart at Strapworks indicates that stretch resistance isn't among nylon's characteristics.
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