Slackline sets for every eventuality of this trendy sport
Slacklining is growing in popularity among bouldering enthusiasts and climbers all the time, as it can be practiced for fun on the camping grounds, be a useful training component, or a sports discipline in itself. And for good reason: balancing on a slackline is not just heaps of fun - it is considered excellent preparation and superb climbing training. The very first climbers began experimenting with tube straps and pulley systems in the early 1980ies in Yosemite National Park.
Modern day slackline sets are - except for the basic idea of it - nothing like those early systems anymore. Slackline straps are now designed specifically for their particular purpose, and setting up the system is really easy with a little practice.
We offer a great range of slackline set from well known manufacturers, including Slackline Tools, Mountain Equipment, or Gibbon, as well as up and coming insider tips like Elephant Slacklines.
Various types of slacklines
There are various types of slackline sets from different manufacturers. The most important features at a glance:
- Strap width: Despite what you might think a logical conclusion, the width of a slackline has nothing much to do with how well you will be able to balance on it. Of course it will be much easier to walk on a tightly stretched 50 mm strap, but the main purpose of these types of slacklines is doing tricks, which is why these slacklines are often called tricklines.
Most slacklines come in widths between 25 and 35 mm. They offer a more elastic tread and are ideally suited for those who are not mainly focusing on tricks.
- Ratchet vs. pulley: Today's ratchet systems allow a much faster and easier setup of the slackline. Pulley systems are a little more complicated to set up, but are also a lot lighter and therefore offer a better swing behavior of the slackline. With slackline lengths up to 30 meters, the choice here is down to your own preferences. Longlines of 30 meters and more usually only come with pulley systems, as they require a lot resisting force.
- Tree slings: Using tree slings to distribute the stress on the trees used as the anchor points of your slackline is a matter of course. The tree slings will help protect the bark of the tree against abrasion, and comes as part of many slackline sets, or can alternatively be purchased as a slackline accessory. If you haven't got (or didn't buy) a protective tree sling, then you can also use an old piece of carpet and wrap it around the tree under the slackline.
Slacklining as a training tool for climbers and boulderers
Balancing on a slackline hones your physical balance and significantly increases your body awareness and coordination. You will also need a lot of muscle tension to balance on the slackline, which additionally trains your passive musculature.
Slacklining is therefore considered an ideal fitness exercise for climber, which doesn't take a lot of time or money to pursue.
Slackline sets for on the go
You probably won't be doing much training at home in your own garden. Slackline sets pack up really small and are super easy to transport.
In the park around the corner, or in a remote climbing area, as a longline across a river, or even as a highline - slacklining is oodles of fun for everyone and is the perfect activity for winding down after a long day of climbing.