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    Can you tighten suspension as much as you want when using a ridgeline?

    Hi everyone!

    So does a ridgeline allow you to tighten your suspension as much as you like? I this compatible with the 35 degree angle you are trying to get from a hang?

    Thanks for your advice!

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    If you read the Derek Hansen book or watch a few Shug videos you will see what the sweet spot looks like and go from there.I use the ridgeline as an indicator for getting the hang not too taut nor too loose but jusssst right.

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    If you watch Papa Smurf of Dream Hammocks demonstrate ridge line tightness in his YT videos he is able to easily bend the ridge line with his hand and thumb, i.e. it is taut but not tight. You absolutely don't want to tighten the suspension as "much as you want". For one thing it could be darn difficult to untighten and it is far more than you need to for a rule of thumb 30* hang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tandrewmalan View Post
    Hi everyone!

    So does a ridgeline allow you to tighten your suspension as much as you like?
    No, unless you want to put too much stress on your whole system.



    Quote Originally Posted by tandrewmalan View Post
    Hi everyone!
    I this compatible with the 35 degree angle you are trying to get from a hang?
    Thanks for your advice!
    35 degrees angle should be fine, although 30 is the goal.
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    Here is a wee bit of insight into the ridgeline. You still want to go for a 30% suspension angle though. The ridgeline helps you keep your sag if that suits you. Also good place to hang stuff and help to get into and out of the hammock if needed.
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    You can do many things but it doesn't mean they are a good idea.

    Adding stress by making thing too tight isn't good for your hammock, your Ridgeline, the trees or your comfort.

    The 30 degree rule is really helpful not only for the sag of your hammock but the load bearing on the trees.

    You don't need to hit 30 degrees on the spot, I don't think 35 would be terrible but try to stay around there

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    Please refer to Derek Hansen’s book. And possibly here on Hammock Forums and Google.
    30* angle of hang, hammock suspensions.
    It doesn’t have to be exactly 30* every time you hang, just do asbestos you can.
    The tables show not an additional stress in pounds on each end of your suspension but a geometric increase in stress in pounds on your suspension when it is torqued out in a spang tight flat horizontical line.
    This can be in the thousands of pounds.
    Enough to bust your hammock
    Enough to pop your suspension
    Worse yet
    Enough to pull one of your trees onto your permanently sleeping carcass.

    If your suspension follows the straight line to your tree, straight in line with your hammock ridgeline
    Danger
    Sometimes my hammock ridgeline is a bit tight, and suspension is a little flatter than 30* Maybe I’ve been lucky, so far. But my suspension is set so that both ends of hammock are lower than where straps wrap around trees.

    Further study may be required.
    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Five Tango View Post
    If you read the Derek Hansen book or watch a few Shug videos you will see what the sweet spot looks like and go from there.I use the ridgeline as an indicator for getting the hang not too taut nor too loose but jusssst right.
    Okay great thank you. I think I've seen them. I was just getting a refresher on the purpose of the ridgeline. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OlTrailDog View Post
    If you watch Papa Smurf of Dream Hammocks demonstrate ridge line tightness in his YT videos he is able to easily bend the ridge line with his hand and thumb, i.e. it is taut but not tight. You absolutely don't want to tighten the suspension as "much as you want". For one thing it could be darn difficult to untighten and it is far more than you need to for a rule of thumb 30* hang.
    Okay great! Thank you. Yes 30 not 35 degrees!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halfed View Post
    No, unless you want to put too much stress on your whole system.




    35 degrees angle should be fine, although 30 is the goal.
    Great thanks for the info!

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