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    Continuos Ridgeline vs 2 piece Ridgeline

    What, if any, is the pros and cons of both setups and which 1 do you feel is better?

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    I like continuous better. Easier to center my tarp.
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    I use a continuous ridge line from whoopieslings.com. For me, I find it easier to center the tarp and reposition it if necessary.

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    Check out this continuous setup of Dejoha's.
    You'll never go back to anything else
    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...ad.php?t=63271
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    There are definitely 2 camps on this issue. Then another division in the camps is the over-the-RL camp or under-the-RL camp.

    Either way, I like continous. Tie up the RL first, then slide to center it via the prussics. The tarp stays in the skins until I need to deploy.
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    I prefer the two line method. Strange things happen in my stuff sack and things get twisted. If there are just two bundles on either end of the tarp it is an easy issue to deal with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by awilder View Post
    I use a continuous ridge line from whoopieslings.com. For me, I find it easier to center the tarp and reposition it if necessary.
    +1 on this set up, super fast and simple.

    Plus Stu has great customer service and lightning fast order fulfillment and shipping.
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    It all comes down to preference. I've been trying out the continuous ridgeline like Dejoha's setup above.

    2 Lines Pro: You can use shorter lines.
    2 Lines Con: The larger the gap between trees, the harder it is for me.

    Continuous Pro: I find it faster to reposition if necessary for larger gaps. Especially nice in the rain.
    Continuous Con: I don't like having a 30' piece dedicated for a ridgeline.

    Every thread I've read on here regarding a continuous ridgeline always equates to a single piece of line.

    My method- I have a Superfly so I followed Brandon's video and have lines for the doors, sides, and pull outs. I don't always use the side pull outs or tie the doors. I also carry a spare 6' piece. The point is that at any given moment under normal conditions I am most likely not using one or several of my lines. That brought two questions to mind.
    1. How can I re-purpose the lines I'm not using?
    2. Why does everyone assume a continuous ridgeline has to be a single piece?
    I like to be able to move lines around quickly dependent upon the topography and how I want my tarp set up. A single ridgeline does seem to make adjustments easier. The smaller the tarp the more difficult it is to get it in the perfect position on the first try. It's not so bad if you set the hammock up first but in the rain when setting the tarp up first, I found myself walking back and forth a few times trying to get the tarp just right. I usually hang my tarp as high up as I can possibly reach so I found these little adjustments quite annoying. I seemed to always use a stick as a toggle so I could wrap the line around a few times instead of bothering with prusiks or other means. Since my tarp is cat cut I have the ridgeline running above the tarp. Some folks will run it under to have a place to hang things. I had been trying different approaches, knots, etc for almost a year and never felt like I had everything I wanted/needed.
    Taking into consideration everything I have mentioned above, I purchased Tarp Flyz to rid myself of using sticks. After much trial I also decided to make my lines shorter than most folks and put a small fixed loop using a locked brummel splice on each end of every line. Many see that as more work than is needed. By splicing my loops rather than making an overhand loop makes the line more streamlined. It was time consuming to say the least; however, I can put a line anywhere I need it or multiple lines together using a simple larks head. If I know it's going to be raining hard, I'll throw my extra line on my ridgeline to speed things up. If the weather is nice, I use two lines which frees that extra piece for me to use in porch mode or whatever. I rarely need a knot or hitch of any kind, no dedicated 30' piece to get tangled, quick setup with Tarp Flyz, move lines around with ease... In the field this gives me the most options in the shortest amount of time with the least amount of work.
    Last edited by Nhott; 02-06-2014 at 08:32.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    Check out this continuous setup of Dejoha's.
    You'll never go back to anything else
    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...ad.php?t=63271
    +1 on this, I've been using this method for the past 6 months or so and it works great for me.

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    Awesome ideas guys. Some stuff I hadn't thought of!

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