Funambulism (the technical word for tightrope walking - we just like writing it) has been around in many forms for centuries. Slackline has expanded upon the original (art, sport, practice? Answers on a postcard please) by using the flat Nylon webbing commonly used in mountaineering. The fundamental difference between slackin' and tightrope walking is that the slackline isn't rigidly taut creating a dynamic and versatile line that can be bounced upon and, more importantly, the flat surface area makes it a lot easier to maintain your balance.
The good news is that the learning curve for Slacklining isn't as steep as you'd think. Slackline.org.uk estimate that it should take a first time user about an hour to gain enough confidence to keep their balance - though you may need to spread this over a couple of days, and quite possibly yourself over a mattress. The bad news is that slackin' is highly addictive, so once you've set it up in your garden you may find yourself cancelling important meetings, neglecting the housework or even pulling a sicky just so you can practice your new found skill.
There are a number of tricks to learn once you've finally mastered walking on the Slackline and much like skateboarding there's a wealth of resources, forums and youtube videos dedicated to the constantly evolving sport, so there's always something new to learn.
Since it's inception in Yosemite Park in the 80s, Slacklining has fast become an underground sensation (though of course ideally you don't do it underground). It's basically tight-roping for the young at heart that you can do in the relative safety of your own home - as opposed to across a raging waterfall. Our Slackline Kits are ideal for beginners and seasoned slackers alike, and will provide you with everything you need to set up a Slackline in your garden, local park or anywhere else you fancy slackin' over. All you need is two fixed points of equal height that can withstand a load of up to 1000kg - so a couple of healthy trees should do the trick*.
- Can only be tensioned using hand force. Extensions or other aids are not permitted,
- Can only be used by one person at any one time.
- Can only be fixed above impact-absorbing ground, so something nice and soft like grass. Do NOT set this up over a patio.
- Must not be set up over water.
- Must never be tensioned between cars or similar aids, as then the pre-tensioning can be extremely high and will not be controllable.
- Should only be used by children under the supervision of adults, must be fixed somewhere secure so that it is not accessible to children without supervision.
- Should be assembled by adults only.
- Length must under no circumstances be changed or shortened by tying knots in the line.
- A pack that includes all the kit you'll need to set up your very own slackline in the garden, park or wherever.
- Secure the Slackline to two fixed points and tighten the line using the ratchet handle.
- The Slackline can be set up using any two fixed points of equal height, like a tree, pillar or post - as long as it can withstand a load of up to 1000kgs it should be suitable.
- *If you do use a tree as one of the anchors please use a protective layer between the line and the tree trunk. A piece of old carpet, an insulating mat or PVC protective tubing should do the trick.
- Please make sure you have at least 3-4 metres clearance above your head.
- Available in Blue and Red (colours may vary).
Slackline Basic includes:
- 1 x line.
- 2 x ratchet handles.
Slackline Active includes:
- 2 x lines.
- 2 x 2 piece tree slings.
- 4 x 2 piece shackles.
- 1 x ratchet handles.
- Size: -
- Slackline:15m x 5cm.
- 38.5 x 28.5 x 9.5 cm (packaged).
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