I have been playing around with adding a ridgeline to my Speer hammock. I am not sure that I am totally sold on the idea or not. It seems that it could simply replace the bugnet line that I am using. I tied some cheap rope to my hammock straps, just above the end of the hammock. What works does seem quite sensitive to the ridgeline length; a little change makes a pretty big difference. Of course, the cheap synthetic rope stretched a bit, and I am sure that comes into play as well.
Anybody have any ideas or tips to share on ridgelines? In photos of peoples gear, I sometimes see what appears to be the 1/16" orange spectra line that Speer sells. I wonder if this stuff is really strong enough for the application? I think this is rated at 275 lbs, and I have plenty on hand. How much strength is really needed? It seems quite dependent on how much sag the line creates. Any favorite rope to use? (Without spending $40 on aircore) More importantly, is there a downside to using a ridgeline?
So far, I have spent 2 nights in my hammock (backyard thru-hike), and it seems OK.