HOW TO CHOOSE A SLACKLINE
Slacklining is the art of balancing on a length of webbing that's usually close to the ground. A slackline is normally set up between two trees and provides a great workout for your balance. Slacklining is always about having FUN.
High-quality lines are available from Gibbon Slacklines. While it's possible to make a slackline from climbing webbing and climbing gear, a dedicated line will be easier to set up and tension, and also easier to walk on.
The Gibbon Classic is perfect for your first slackline and suitable for just about everyone. It has a wide 2 in. strap with great grip. It's easy to set up, and with a 49 ft. length, it's easy to find two trees to anchor both ends.
If you're athletic and looking to do tricks on your slackline, the Jibline will suit you. Rubber integrated into the line increases the distance you can bounce; the effect is similar to a trampoline. The Jibline is 2 in. wide and easy to set up.
Surf and bounce like never before! The Gibbon Surfline can be set up over a 98 ft. span and is great fun to set up across water in the summer.
Like all Gibbon slacklines, the Funline has rubber for grip. It's ideal for kids and features bright prints and a shorter length to keep the emphasis on having fun outdoors.
Improvised Climbing Tape Slackline
It's possible to make your own custom slackline using tubular climbing tape. If you already have climbing gear suitable for making anchors and a tensioning system, then this is the cheapest entry into the sport.
Slacklines from climbing tape are usually narrow, 1 in. instead of 2 in., and more slippery without the tacky rubber surface. For these reasons, most slackliners eventually purchase one of the lines above.
In kindness to the tree that enables your slackline, it's respectful to protect the bark from abrasion. Gibbon makes Treewear, which uses Velcro to stay in place, but some slackliners improvise with old towels or carpet material cut to size.
Start close to the ground; knee height is good. A shorter line is easier to balance on. For first-timers and kids, set up a sturdy line or webbing at shoulder height while standing on the line. This works like training wheels on your bicycle.