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    I'm curious, what's your reason for swapping to a fixed ridgeline once you've found your length? Is it to save weight, or so that there's no chance it accidentally gets changed?

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    I'm gonna try a ridgeline experiment with my Hennessey Exped. I need a new ridgeline for it, so I think I will permanently afix the foot end, then run a longer hunk of cord somehow around the gathered head end, and back inside to an "S" binder, which I will then clip to a Prussic on the original length. Should be able to 'dial-in" the lay for each hang that way, I think, just by sliding the Prussic. If it is tied correctly, it should grab and hold once I get in and weight is applied horizontally.

    Gonna be fun to find-out anyway!

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    I just made a couple this weekend. I opted for longer on the second one. I was shooting for a max length of 10' but the calculations got off somewhere. No matter. I found that with my Lite Owl 111" seemed the most comfortable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonny View Post
    I'm curious, what's your reason for swapping to a fixed ridgeline once you've found your length? Is it to save weight, or so that there's no chance it accidentally gets changed?
    I found the sweet spot over a few weeks of trial and error so I didn't want to take the chance of messing that up over the stuffing and un-stuffing of the hammock into and out of my pack. Probably won't get messed up, but it took me a bit to find it and it was just as easy to make a fixed one. That and it's fun to tinker with gear.

    Plus yes I am a gram weenie so it was needless line, that went with the wind
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonny View Post
    I'm curious, what's your reason for swapping to a fixed ridgeline once you've found your length?...
    With the fixed line, there isn't a loose end hanging down (or otherwise dealt with) and nothing to interfere with moving a ridgeline organizer from one end to the other. Like everything with hammocks, mostly just personal preference.

    Quote Originally Posted by SkyPainter View Post
    ...Should be able to 'dial-in" the lay for each hang that way...
    No harm in experimenting, but the reason for a structural ridgeline is so you don't have "to 'dial-in" the lay for each hang".

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    No harm in experimenting, but the reason for a structural ridgeline is so you don't have "to 'dial-in" the lay for each hang".
    ====> I know. But I have several hammocks, and thought I would fool around with this idea. It might be of value when the tree distances are varied. Not touching my Blackbirds, though! They are perfect as is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyPainter View Post
    ====> I know. But I have several hammocks, and thought I would fool around with this idea. It might be of value when the tree distances are varied. Not touching my Blackbirds, though! They are perfect as is!

    ~ Sky
    Ridgeline and tree distance are two separate entities that can either work for you or against you. Ridgeline affects the lay of the hammock, and with a fixed ridgeline you get that same lay every time and when you have a greater tree distance you need to move your attachment point to the tree (straps) higher to lessen the stress on said ridgeline and suspension.

    Constantly adjusting per the tree distance would become a major chore each time you set up the hammock and may worsen the comfort.

    I see your intent but not seeing the value as moving the attachment is a great deal easier than adjusting the ridgline.
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    I put adjustable SRLs on two DIYs today. I used a woopie for the SRL and a safety pin to lock it in place. If I ever need it ill have it as a spare. Length? I don't know, one of my DIYs is a 12'er.

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