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    Speer-type hammock - weighbearing ridgeline or not?

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    More questions. Does anyone use a weightbearing ridgeline with their speer hammocks to permanently set the sag? I love having a ridgeline to hang stuff from, and get tired of messing around to get the sag "just so." I'd like to just crank the ends off and go like you do with a Hennessy.

    Thoughts?
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    Senior Member Arkwater's Avatar
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    Almost every hammock I have has one now. Like you I like having a place to hang stuff. Makes for a near perfect sag setup every time.

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    I have a removable weightbearing ridgeline on my hammocks. I almost always have the ridgeline attached.

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    I put one on every hammock I make now.
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    grr... I'm getting tempted to try one on my hammock... perfect sag every time sounds tempting.



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    Yeah I think I'll add one to my Speer type when I get the chance, too. Woohoo! Another project I don't have time for right now!
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    Okay, so if you have a ridgeline on a Speer-type hammock that you leave in place when you stow the hammock, how do you get the thing into skins? I untie one end of my ridgeline every time so I can put it into the skins (which, with the gear hammock and the bugnet tube) is a little bit of a tight fit). I think that if I have a ridgeline that I left in place, I would end up with more-hammock-per-inch and bunching up something fierce at some points.

    I guess Hennessey hammocks have this issue, but I have never used one.

    Thoughts? Thanks.

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    You just stuff it in the ends...there's room.
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    You can kinda roll the hammock, the same way you do a tarp. Before you slide the first skin on, roll the hammock body AWAY from the center. This keeps too much material from bunching up in the middle and creating that irritating bulge that interferes with your skins. I think Tom Hennessy has a demo video on his site showing how to do this.
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    I put my hammock, underquilt, and ridgeline all into the skins. That way the ridgeline will not get tangled. I found that I can put my underquilt into the hammock before the skins. That gives it a little more mosture protection in my pack.

    I am playing around with using 1 40' piece of webbing for my straps. I am going to tie loop in it and hang the hammock of the loops. That will give me a about 16' of webbing on each side of the hammock. The downside is it is going to weigh more than a simple ridgeline.
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