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    Blackbird Ridgline question

    I'm a complete newbie to hammocking. Since recently joining HF and scouring the very informative posts here, I've pretty much decided to go straight to a Warbonnet Blackbird.

    I do have a question however concerning the structural ridgeline. I understand the concept and like it as this takes some of the guesswork out of getting the tension exactly right each and every time it's hung.

    My question: Is the structural ridgeline adjustable by the end user or is it set at the "factory"? I am over 6' tall and I believe that the optimum ridgeline length for me would different than my 5'-2" wife. Assuming that the ridgeline is adjustable, how difficult is this task?

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    The Blackbird ridgeline isn't meant to be adjustable.

    What you're going to find is that the 'default' setting of it allows the fabric to open completely flat when laying on the 'footbox diagonal'. As long as that diagonal length is longer than you are tall, it will fit you nicely.
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    I'm in the process of getting my BB now. My only other hammock experience is my Claytor JH with no ridgeline. So with the BB I just cinch up the straps and she's good to go? Dumb question, I know....

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    Quote Originally Posted by optimator View Post
    I'm in the process of getting my BB now. My only other hammock experience is my Claytor JH with no ridgeline. So with the BB I just cinch up the straps and she's good to go? Dumb question, I know....
    Well yes, but do take a little more care than that.

    - When you choose your trees, wrap the straps high on the trees. The longer then distance between the trees, the higher you want to hang them. This will prevent the hammock sagging too much when occupied, it will lower the tension on the ridgeline, and ultimately make for a more comfortable hang.

    - After the straps are connected to the trees, pull the webbing taut through the tri-rings, but just enough that the sag is removed from the ridgeline. More tension isn't needed.

    - Be sure to back the tri-rings up with a slippery half hitch in the webbing. Safety first.
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    Thanks for the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by angrysparrow View Post
    - Be sure to back the tri-rings up with a slippery half hitch in the webbing. Safety first.
    You will be tempted to disregard this nugget of wisdom, but do not forget the back-up knot! The tri-rings held with no back-up for a long time for me. Then one day, slide-boom; butt to ground. They seem to grip very well at first, but loosen over time. Do not be fooled by them, they are sneaky little devils.
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    It's pretty easy to figure out what you need to do to get the ridgeline tension set right. The real key I have found is regardless of how far apart the trees are you want to have the webbing coming down at about a 30 degree angle. The farther apart the trees are the higher you need to hang the webbing on the tree to achieve that 30 degree angle otherwise the ridgeline will be tight like a guitar string. Last weekend my trees were pretty far apart particularly on the foot end so I had to set the straps pretty high to avoid a tight ridgeline.

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    Thanks for the ridgeline information! Looks like there is a Blackbird in my future!

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    For me, the issue seems to be wanting to get the ridgeline tighter than it should (same for my HH as for my BB). I tend to leave quite a bit of sag, enough so that when I'm in my BB, the ridge line is "relaxed taut" Hard to describe; no sag, but definitely way less than quitar-string taut. In my HH, the ridgeline will be tighter, close to washtub-bass taut. When set up a little on the loose side, I find things more comfortable. YMMV.

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    I guess I've not really experimented with laying in the hammock with the ridgeline tension set either real tight or real loose. I usually have mine set so that ridgeline doesn't have any sag or slack to it when laying in the hammock but at the same time it's not overly tight. For me that seems to be the best way to have it set up.

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