Using a slackline is a great way to improve your balance, coordination, and your core strength overall. These relatively thin lines of material offer the opportunity to perform tricks, concentrate on more complicated footwork, or simply to walk across them with relative ease. In truth, slacklining is a sport that allows you to concentrate on you and your connection to the world around you. So having the best slackline that you can do make a big difference. If you are beginning your search into slacklines, you have come to the right place. This list will get you started on the right track to finding the best one.
- Flybold Kit & Training Line
- Driftsun Trick Line
- Gibbon Classic
- Trailblaze Quality Slackline
- Macaco Kit
- Zen Monkey
- Zero Gravity
- Slacklines Industries Baseline
- Slackers Eclipse Trick Line
- Agemore Trick Line Kit
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Picks
1. Flybold Kit & Training Line
Very easy to set up
Made of durable polyester material
Training line included
Great overall length
The overall grip of the slackline could be better
If you want a slackline that is versatile, tough and provides an endless amount of safe enjoyment, you really can’t go wrong with the Flybold brand. Designed for ease of use and longevity, it’s little wonder why this particular slackline continues to receive high marks no matter where you find it.Read more
This slackline is made from 100% polyester material that is 2 inches in width and can offer just enough give and stretch to be a challenge for more experienced walkers but still provide the stability needed for novice users. A training line is also provided for added security.
Overall the grip was found to be adequate, but beginners might have a little trouble gripping the line due to a lack of texture overall on the slackline. This is one kit where the use of the training line is recommended.
This slackline features a simple to use ratcheting system that allows you to both adjust the tension of the line itself and the training line if you choose to use it. The system is simple to operate and comes with detailed instruction with pictures if you become confused.
Ease of Use
Overall this is one of the easiest slacklines we’ve seen to set up. The included instructions are clear and easy to understand, and the overall system is as simple as it gets. Everything you need to set up quickly is included.
The length of the slackline measures 15 meters, or just shy of 50 feet. It’s a versatile length that is easy to use for both beginners and more season users.
While we would have liked to see a better gripping surface, overall this slackline from Flybold is a great way to spend your time in the outdoors. It’s easy to set up, offers an included training line, and is strong enough to withstand nearly 300 lbs of pressure. If you’re looking for a slackline to help you go the distance, this is it.
2. Driftsun Trick Line
Easy to set up
Ergonomic ratchet handles
Great for practicing your balance
Line may be difficult to keep straight under higher tensions
The Driftsun brand of slackline offers a durable line that is easy to use and features springy, responsive webbing that allows for a wide range of movement and fun. If you’re looking for a great way to get some exercise and improve your dynamic balance, this is a great overall choice.Read more
The webbing of this particular slackline is made from a durable and flexible nylon material. It is also one of the strongest available on the market, having the ability to withstand almost 4 tons of weight and pressure. So there certainly shouldn’t be any worry about the webbing breaking under your weight.
This slackline features the classic ratcheting system that is very easy to use and set up. However, it also has an added feature of safety locks on the ratchet themselves, which make it harder for the slackline to become undone unexpectedly. Also, the ergonomic handle of the ratchet makes it much easier on your hands when tightening the line.
The grip of this line is fairly good, but certainly nothing worth writing home about. For most people, the flexibility and spring of the line provide more overall chance to hold the line than the actual grip.
Ease of Use
With the easy to use ratcheting system and the durable tree guards, this slackline kit is a breeze to set up. Our only real complaint is that when fully tightened, it can be difficult to keep the line itself straight.
The length of this slackline is fifty feet, making it a great length for both beginners and experts alike.
If you’re looking for a slackline kit that offers a fantastic range of motion, and durability, you’ll certainly want to consider this option. While keeping the line straight overall might be an issue this is a great choice if you’re looking for ways to improve your balance.
3. Gibbon Classic
Easy to set up
Stable slackline perfect for beginners
Relatively short length
Ratchets could be better designed
When it comes to slacklines, the Gibbon brand is well known as one of the veterans of the industry and with good reason. Their Classic Slackline is not only easy to set up and use, but it also offers a great balance between rigidity and flexibility that makes it a great all-around choice.Read more
The Gibbon slackline utilizes specially designed webbing made from synthetic materials that are meant for use in slacklines. It provides just enough give and flex to make walking on it a challenge, but still provide the stability you need.
The truth be told, we were slightly disappointed in the tensioning system. The ratchets were found to be somewhat poorly designed, and the slackline got caught in the ratchets themselves a number of times during the setup. It was a minor problem that was easily overcome, but still an inconvenience.
If you prefer a slackline with more grip than most, you might want to look at other options. However, for the average user or beginner, this slackline offers a nearly perfect amount of grip for a slackline.
Ease of Set Up
Except for the struggle getting the slackline through the ratchets of the tensioning system, this slackline from Gibbon was fairly easy to set up.
The length of this slackline is 15 meters, or approximately 49 feet, making it a great overall length for beginners. What’s more, it can easily be shortened if desired.
If you’re looking for a great overall static slackline for a beginner or those who want to concentrate on stability and balance, you can’t go wrong with this line. While the ratcheting system does need to be improved, overall the Gibbon brand doesn’t disappoint.
4. Trailblaze Quality Slackline
Easy to set up
Shorter length perfect for beginners
Fairly good grip
Line is somewhat stiff, perfect for beginners
Slackline has been known to tear with too much tension
If you’re just starting out, a quality and lightweight slackline like this one from Trailblaze is a great place to start. It’s wide two-inch base, and slightly shorter length allows you to practice easily on the fundamentals with ease.Read more
This slackline is made from fairly strong and durable synthetic materials that measure 2 inches wide. Overall it is fairly rigid when fully tensioned, and is a great choice for those who don’t want too much play in the line, or beginners just starting out. It should be noted that there have been reports of the line snapping with excessive tension is applied, so caution in that area of set up should be used.
The tensioning system of this slackline is a fairly easy to use ratcheting system and is included for both the main slackline and the included training line. The ratchets and slacklines are designed and rated to hold up to 330 pounds of weight.
The grip of the slackline and training line is fairly good, and staying on the line can be accomplished with minimal effort overall.
Ease of Use
Overall this system has a fairly straightforward set up with few parts. Provided you have sturdy trees or posts to attach the line to, you’ll be traversing the line in mere moments.
This slackline actually measures 43 feet in length, which is somewhat on the shorter side of the spectrum when it comes to slacklines. It’s a great overall length for beginners or those who are not entirely confident in their overall balance.
This slackline from Trailblaze offers a great choice for those just starting to enjoy the sport of slacklining, or for those who haven’t quite mastered the art of balancing properly on the line. While care should be taken during the tightening of the line due to potential breakage, overall this is a great choice for backyard fun.
5. Macaco Kit
Extremely easy to set up
Fantastic grip overall
Not as durable as we would like
If you’re looking for a slackline that is both affordable and that offers to go with you anywhere convenience, you’ll want to take a closer look at this entry from Macaco. Designed to be lightweight, it easily folds away for storage and can be taken just about anywhere that the urge to step onto a slackline takes you.Read more
This slackline features a lightweight synthetic material that is specially designed for slacklining. It is two inches in width. While it is very lightweight overall, weighing only a few pounds, there were reports of breakage and fraying on occasion, which we found troublesome.
The tensioning system uses a fairly simple ratcheting system that is easy to use overall. It should be noted that there were reports of the ratchets sometimes sticking on initial use, but after a few times, everything seemed to work well.
Surprisingly, this slackline has one of the best and most durable grips that we’ve seen on the market today. This makes it a perfect choice for beginners and intermediate users alike.
Ease of Set Up
Overall this slackline is one of the easiest to get set up and use.
The length of this slackline is 50 feet, which is more than enough to satisfy most users.
While not the most durable we’ve seen, the Macaco Slackline Kit is one of the easiest to set up and has one of the best grips we’ve seen on the market today. It is also very lightweight and easy to transport. Truth be told, this would be a good addition to any collection of slacklines overall.
6. Zen Monkey
Longer line than usual
Attractive webbing and grip
Grip and webbing could be more uniformed
Do you have a few tricks up your sleeve when it comes to using a slackline? If that’s the case, the Voodoo Slackers 100 feet Fearless Slackline kit was made for you. Designed for the more adventurous user, it features a strong and flexible line that reaches well over the average 50 foot length to give you plenty of room to play.Read more
The webbing is made from a synthetic material with multi-weave webbing. It offers a great deal of flexibility and movement, which is great for intermediate or more experienced users. The line itself is one inch in width. A beginner might have a bit of trouble with balance on this particular type of webbing, though.
The tensioning system features two strong ratchets that are easy to use, but can be rather stiff in the begining. The rachets are made from carbon steel and can handle up to 5 tons before breaking. The rachets also have a hand grip and a weather resistant coating.
For a line that is designed for doing tricks, we would have like to see a slightly more uniform grip overall, but it’s not too bad. The design of the grip and the weaving is great and functional.
Ease of Use
Once the ratchets are used a few times and the gears are loosened a bit through use, this is a fairly easy slackline to set up. It can easily be handled by one or two people.
This slackline measures 60 feet in length. We had hoped for a longer line from such a strong competitor, but this length is decent and slightly above average. It is long enough for those who wish to try their hand at a few tricks while walking across the slackline.
If you’re looking for a slackline that is specifically designed for doing tricks and concentration on your core strength, this one from ZenMonkey is one you’ll want to consider. While both the webbing itself and the ratchets could use improvement, the length and overall ease of use make it a great overall choice.
7. Zero Gravity
Easy to set up
Secure ratcheting system
Actual 50 feet of traversing distance
Grip could be improved
Overall toughness could be improved
If you’re looking for an affordable slackline kit that has nearly everything you need as a beginner, this one from Zero Gravity may be just the one you need. Designed to have everything a beginner needs, you’ll be able to start traversing in no time at all.Read more
This webbing is approximately 2 inches in width and is made from a synthetic nylon material. While it is not as tough as we would have liked to see, some reviewers have found the line to be slightly too flexible. Overall, it still offers a great deal of flexibility and stability and can support up to 315 pounds.
This slackline kit features a strong, easy to use ratcheting system. Some reviewers felt that the rachet instructions could be slightly more detailed, but it features large, easy on the hands handles and a safety lock for added security.
The texture and the grip of the line are serviceable, and for most people with some experience, it will do the job quite well. However, a true beginner might want to look for other options with slightly more grip.
Ease of Use
Overall this line is fairly easy to set up. The included bag is large enough for all of the slackline accessories and a few of your personal items.
This slackline is approximately 52 feet in length, which means you can have a true 50 foot distance between two trees or posts if you desire while still taking up a good deal of line slack.
Generally speaking, this slackline is a good overall choice for the average user who is just starting to enjoy doing tricks or focusing more on a core workout. While we would have liked to see a better grip overall, and the toughness could be improved, this is certainly a slackline to have on your list.
8. Slacklines Industries Baseline
Relatively easy to set up
Strong and durable
Versatile and tough nylon webbing
The grip could be better
The ratchets can be difficult to use
If you’re looking for a tough overall slackline that is a great choice for those who are a bit rough on their equipment, this is one to definitely consider. The tough nylon webbing and superior ratcheting system provide wonderful overall stability.Read more
This slackline is created from tough yet flexible nylon webbing that measures 2 inches in width. It is a great overall static line that is perfect for taking things slow and concentrating on building your core strength and balance.
Overall the tensioning system is simple and straightforward, featuring an easy to use ratcheting system that nearly everyone can use after reading the included instructions.
The nylon webbing does offer some texture, but not a whole lot of grip for the feet or hands. If you’re looking for something with superior grip, you may want to consider other options.
Ease of Use
As far as the setup is concerned, this slackline is fairly easy and straightforward. However, with the tightening of the slackline can be a little bit difficult, especially for someone who doesn’t have a great deal of hand strength.
The length is approximately 50 feet, which makes it a great overall length for beginner and intermediate users.
While the tightening of the ratchet system can be somewhat difficult, overall this slackline kit is a great choice for beginners or people who enjoy a slackline that offers both static and flexible options. The versatility makes this slackline a great option.
9. Slackers Eclipse Trick Line
Great for teaching
Easy set up overall
Bright fluorescent colors for easy visibility
Grip could be improved
Expected more length
Interested in teaching someone how to use a slackline easily? Well, the Slackers Eclipse Trick Line Slackline Kit not only features the ability to easily perform basic tricks, but it also comes with a teaching line or guideline that is perfect for helping people improve their balance overall.Read more
Both the webbing and guideline are made from synthetic material that offers a fair amount of flexibility and gives when put under some weight. It is two inches in width. In addition, the slackline itself is painted with bright neon colors which make it easy to see and navigate even in the dark.
The tensioning system is comprised of two larger ratchets with rubberized grips, making it fairly easy to use and operate.
While the grip itself is decent, for a beginner trick line, we would have liked to see slightly more grip on the webbing itself.
Ease of Use
Truth be told, this is one of the easiest setups we’ve seen when it comes to slacklines. Simply wrap it around your initial post or tree, stretch it out and attach it to the second. It is very simple indeed.
This slackline measures 50 feet in length, which is slightly shorter than we would expect for a trick line, but perfect for beginners overall.
If you’re looking for a way to teach a novice or intermediate user some new tricks on a slackline, this entry from Slackers with the included teaching and guideline will serve you well. We certainly would have liked to see a better grip and more length, but overall this is not a bad kit to have around.
10. Agemore Trick Line Kit
Very easy to set up
Great for learning basic tricks
Grip could be improved
Shorter length only allows for very basic tricks
If you’re looking for a true trick line that can easily be used by beginners and advanced users alike, you’ll definitely want to consider our last entry from Agemore. Designed to be durable and highly flexible, this is one slackline that can easily handle just about any trick that you can.Read more
The webbing of this slackline is a bit thicker than most, and has a very dynamic movement to it, offering fantastic flexibility. It’s a great choice for those who are just learning to do basic tricks, or for those who are a little more experimental in their footwork.
The ratchets in this system are extremely tough and heavy duty. They offer great stability and strength to counter the flexibility of the webbing.
The grip itself, however, could be improved overall, especially since this line is designed for novice trick learners. However, for the average user, it is more than adequate.
Ease of Use
The full color instructions and easy to use tensioning system make set up a relative breeze. In most cases it can be accomplished in less than ten minutes.
The length of 50 feet offers more than enough room for basic tricks, however, someone wanting to perform more complicated tasks may want to look for a longer length overall.
The Agemore slackline kit is a great one to use when you’re just learning basic tricks or trying out more complicated footwork. It has a more substantial line that offers great flexibility overall. The only real complaints we had was that the length seemed a bit short for a trick line, and the overall grip could be improved.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Fundamentally, slack lines are made of webbing material that is designed to both stretch and change shape as needed but still provide a core of strength and stability.
Type of Webbing
The material used to create them is often synthetic materials, such as nylon, spandex, or a more rubber-like material. In addition, the slackline usually falls into different widths that are used in different situations. The two most common are the one-inch slackline and the two-inch slackline. The one-inch version is often seen as somewhat harder to use, but also more traditional, harkening back to when the slacklines were fashioned from actual climbing rope and used by climbers for basic balance exercises during base camp break times. The two-inch version, is, of course, wider and somewhat easier to navigate. However, it is a later addition to the slackline family, and some purists do see it as less true to the original idea.
In addition to the width and material used to create the slackline, another category often seen is the overall length of the line. Often slacklines are seen in lengths of 25, 50, 100 and even 200 feet, with the longer lines offering more of a challenge when it comes to walking, turning, or balancing.
There are quite a few different tensioning systems available when it comes to slacklines. The first system used by most climbers, in the beginning, was to use their carabiners and the slacklines overall tension after being set up to provide enough support to walk across. The second and perhaps the most common tensioning system is to use a type of ratcheting system that provides additional tension in the line, more than what can be provided by the slackline and carabiners alone. The third tensioning system that is sometimes seen is the use of actual pulley systems that allow the tension to be adjusted as needed for finite control and a more challenging walk. In truth, a pulley system is rarely used, simply because the weight of the equipment and its finicky nature doesn’t allow for a lot of wiggle room when it comes to using.
In this case, the grip refers to the user’s ability to stay on the slackline, and to hold on to their feet and overall balance. While it is a skill that can be mastered, the texture of the slackline itself also plays a part. Simply put, if there is more texture on the slackline, there is more opportunity for the feet or shoes to “grip” the line and aid in the balancing act.
The texture itself is often a product of both the materials used to make the webbing as well as the weave used to create the slackline. For example, a slackline that is made from primarily rubberized or spandex material won’t have the same level as a grip as one that is made primarily from nylon.
Once the type of webbing is chosen, and the tensioning system is decided upon, the next step is to simply set up the line between two trees, posts, or other stationary objects and start walking across the slackline. The ease with which the slackline can be set up, therefore, should be taken into consideration. Most slacklines offer a fairly simple set up; simply attach to one tree or post, roll it out to the desired distance and attach to the other tree or post. The complication comes in, of course when the actual tensioning takes place. Whether you use a ratchet system, or something a bit more primitive, making sure that the slackline can easily maintain the tension you need to safely walk the line is important.
Thankfully, the slacklines presented here are fairly simple to set up and use, and also offer cushioned bands to place around the trees during use. While these cushions don’t affect the quality or the usefulness of the slackline, they do offer good protection for the bark of the tree. The tree understandably can be damaged if the slackline is tightened too tightly. These cushions act as a type of buffer zone between the slackline and the tree or post it.
And finally, in order to find you the best slackline we took a closer look at the overall length offered by the various members of the competition. While a longer length doesn’t obviously mean a higher quality if the slackline is available in a number of different lengths that can be an indication of a commitment to the sport and the wide variety of people that enjoy it. Generally speaking, the longer the line, the more difficult it is to traverse. Therefore, companies that offer slacklines of various different lengths will often have a strong commitment to the sport, since they cater to both novices and veterans alike.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
It may seem easier to look at your feet while slacklining, but it's actually more productive to find a focal point and focus on that while you are walking. If you are looking at your feet, your focus will be moving and it is more difficult to keep your balance that way.
When slacklining for the first time, you may not realize that there are different lines available. When starting out, a grippy line that is 2-3 inches in width will be easier. And this may be obvious, but a shorter line is also better for beginners until you feel that you've finally got the hang of things.
Other Factors to Consider
One of the appealing characteristics of slacklines is that while the concept is fairly simple, their intended use can be as complicated as you want them to be. For some people, merely traversing a slack line from one end to the other is more than enough. Others prefer to have a more nuanced approach to their footwork, concentrating on maintaining their balance while positioning their feet in more complicated ways. Still, others who enjoy slacklines concentrate on doing various tricks, much in the same way that tricks are done on a balance beam by a gymnast.
In all three of these cases, the width, length, and webbing of the slackline can come into play. Often people who prefer to do tricks require a slightly wider slackline, which can act as a type of mini-trampoline. And while the two-inch versions often provide a great deal more stability, the one-inch versions, which are more rounded, can provide a more tactile sensation that some users desire.
Another factor to consider when buying a slackline is the level of overall skill that you possess. Generally speaking, if you’re a beginner to the art of slackline use, you’ll want to go for a shorter overall length, and probably a two-inch width. As for the tensioning system, that is up to you, but it is recommended that a ratcheting system is used instead of a more primitive approach. This is because the wider and shorter slackline combined with a firm ratcheting system allows for a more stable base to work from. As you increase your experience and skill levels, you can also increase the length of your line as well as potentially decrease the overall width if so desired.
Frequently Asked Questions
In one sense, the idea of slacklines came about out of boredom. During the 1980’s climbers at basecamps needed something to do, and since balance plays an integral part in climbing and bouldering, climbing rope was stretched between two trees to form a type of low-level tightrope. This simple act gave the climbers something to do and helped them to improve their balance overall. Over time, this use of what came to be known as a “slackline” began to become its own sport, with its own specialized equipment. While it’s still more than possible to use a good climbing rope as a slackline, many people prefer to use what is considered the industry standards today.
The lifespan of your slackline will often depend on the amount of use it gets, the weight and physical condition of the person using primarily (a slackline used by an adult will wear faster than one used by a child), and the amount of tension that it is usually kept under. It’s best to inspect the slackline regularly for signs of wear, the thinness of the material, discoloration, or fraying, and if you see any of these, be on the safe side and consider a replacement.
That being said, depending on the material of construction, your slackline, even without signs of wear and tear should last somewhere between five and ten years, so if it’s getting to be about that age, consider replacing it.
While technically it is possible to weave together your own slackline, we really wouldn’t recommend it. However, putting together your own slackline kit is possible, and provides a way to try out the sport prior to making the commitment to buy true slackline equipment. At its core, a slackline kit has the following things – a length of a line (rope, cable, etc.), a way to attach it between two stationary objects, and a way to add tension to the line. All these items can easily be found in climbing gear, or even at the local hardware store. The trick is to find materials that can support your weight, and the force of your movements while on the line. The kits presented here are designed to not only provide quite a few afternoons of fun, they are designed to do so safely. So while a homemade kit will serve you as a temporary fix, if you end up liking the sport, a professionally made kit is certainly something to consider.
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