Slackline Set-Ups

There are several ways to set up your slackline, and the simplest is using a ratchet set between tow trees as shown in this video below:


If you don't have a Gibbon Slackline set like the one shown by Frankie, you can still set up a slackline using a "primitive rig" as shown by the fine folks at OutdoorGearLab.com below:


(That looks like an awesome climbing gym where he's setting that up!)

Now, what if you don't have great anchor points like those shown in the video?  If your yard is absent of trees and you don't have regular access to a park with properly spaced trees you could consider using an anchor rig like this:



I know, not the easiest thing to just set up and tear down.  And if you're not ready to do high flying tricks, you might not need the height and bounce that Frankie is getting from his set up.

If you're a beginner and still challenged by regular set up between two trees on the Gibbon Classic line (not the Jibline or Surfline), I'd recommend a Gibbon Slackrack.  Because of it's short length and the way the line lies flat on the pins, you'll find that the Slackrack has less bounce than even the Gibbon Classic.  If you're put off by the $300 price tag, you'll be happy to know it can often be found at either the Clymb or LeftLaneSports at about $200, often less, and if you get regular e-mails from those sites, you may eventually get a coupon code for 20% or 25% off.  I managed to buy a Slackrack for around $150 (if you need help navigating the site, check out the article, "Slackline Bargains" on this site.

What Can You Do On a Slackline?

I've heard the comments, "ooh, you can stand on it and walk...and then turnaround and walk some more!"  Clearly these are not the words of someone who has tried (successfully) to slack line, because it is way more than just walking a long a suspended line!

For starters, even just walking on the line is a challenge - it can take weeks before you're moving more than a few steps at a time.  And walking the line will give you a workout from you toes to your core.  The unstable surface has you constantly adjusting your balance and engaging muscles you never knew you had!

Chances are you'll never be able to do tricks like Sketchy Andy, but you can learn some basic tricks that will challenge you and yes, maybe even impress your friends.  Great instruction on getting started and learning the most basic tricks can be found on Gibbon's Slackline 101 DVD.  And if you don't want to spend $15.99 on that, Gibbon's Frankie Najera hosts "Trick in a Minute" on Gibbon's YouTube Channel.

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Tricks are great and all, but a more practical use might be just as fitness equipment.  Megan Najera's book and DVD Get Fit With Slacklining gives you practical advice for using you slackline to get stronger, more flexible and of course, improve your balance.  You might also want to explore the art of "Slackasana" or slackline yoga.  The Yoga Slackers are world-renown instructors on this highly technical yoga technique.

Let's not forget high-lining.  Walking a line becomes much different when you're twelve stories up!

No matter what you do with your slackline - it's always much more than just walking!

Slackline Bargains

When I started slacklining, I was just trying it out so I didn't want to invest a lot in my first line.  But I also didn't want to purchase a used line, or "off-brand" line that might be of lower quality or even unsafe.  A little research on the internet, however led me to two sites that with patience and some good timing can reap some great bargains on Gibbon slacklines.  The first is The Clymb and the second, LeftLane Sports.

Both of these sites are "membership" sites which require registration - which is free (and well worth it!) LeftLane Sports even has the option of signing on with your Facebook account (which you are likely already signed into, and may even have open on another browser tab).  The Clymb doesn't have the Facebook sign-in option (yet), but it is very easy to open an account.  They both send daily e-mails advertising their flash sales, which is helpful when you're looking for something specific, but if you find them annoying, you can send them to your spam folder.

Both sites use "flash sales", where items are available at a deeply discounted price for a limited time.  They are both very similar to each other and generally carry the same or similar items or brands, but not always at the same time.

Gibbon slacklines and related products (t-shirts, DVDs, books) come up fairly frequently as flash sales, but there are usually a few items you can access anytime on both sites.

On The Clymb you can go to the top of the page for "Clymb 365", click on "climb" and then "hardware and accessories" (or just follow that last link).  The products change - sometimes they have the Ladies Line, or the 49-foot Classic Line, but sometimes the Jib Line or Fun Line or other equipment is there.  Regardless, the price will be bargain-basement.  If you don't find what you're looking for, you'll just have to wait for the next flash sale (don't worry it will come).

At LeftLane Sports you can hover over "Gear Shop" on the toolbar at the top of the page and click on "Slacklining".  Like The Clymb, the products change, but they typically have at least one of Gibbon's basic slackline kits.

If you're in a hurry, though you can usually find a decent deal on Gibbon products on Amazon.  And, with a little legwork you can find some "off-brand" slacklines on Amazon.