How to choose a Slackline?
Need advice on choosing the right Slackline? The following article is here to help you.
In recent years, slackline has become an increasingly popular sport all around the world. This sport includes walking, balancing and, for more advanced users, jumping on an elastic strap, usually stretched between two trees. However, some constructions allow you to tighten the strap even in places with no trees.
In addition to fun, a slackline is also a great tool for training balance and movements coordination. Slackline walking has a very positive effect on strengthening the entire core of the body and the internal stabilization system. Thanks to this, slackline is an excellent helper in various rehabilitations and strength training exercises.
But how to choose the right slackline? Choosing the right slackline is very important, so we have prepared some practical tips for you on how to make a decision.
Wider lines for tricks
One of the important parameters when choosing a slackline is the line width. In most cases, we distinguish two basic widths: 25mm (one-inch) and 50mm (two-inch) lines. One-inch lines are especially suitable for walking and working with balance, regardless of the length. The 50 mm width is suitable for shorter, dynamic lines (up to 30 m) and is ideal for people who want to try various tricks or freestyle on the slackline in addition to walking.
Length is important
When choosing the right strap length, you should think about how you want to use slackline too. If you want to train your agility with a slackline and try different tricks or jumps, choose a strap with a length between 10 - 30 m. A strap shorter than 10 meters would not be flexible enough, and lines longer than 30 meters are too flexible. Short and longer lines (longline) will suit you well for walking and balance training.
Types of slacklining
In terms of how to use it, we divide slackline into 4 basic categories.
- Lowline: usually shorter line (up to 20-30m) designed to be stretched lower above the ground with sufficient flexibility to perform a variety of tricks
- Highline: longer and robust lines stretched high above the ground
- Longline: as the name suggests, these are long, less flexible lines stretched over long distances
- Waterline: slackline of different lengths and elasticities stretched above the water surface
In addition to the classic fastening, there are also variants of lines designed for tensioning with no trees to attach to - the so-called Independence kit as well as short slackline constructions designed primarily for indoor training - SlackRack.
For easy decision, we have prepared a division into groups of the slacklines we offer according to the difficulty and method of use.
Lines with high dynamic tension. When you jump on this line, you will get an excellent response, similar to jumping on a trampoline. The ideal choice if you want to do different dynamic tricks as seen in most videos.
Lines designed mostly for children. These lines are the exact opposite of Trickline and are therefore more static. The advantage is in the higher stability during the first uncertain steps and also the possibility to stretch them lower above the ground. They do not drop as low as dynamic lines under load, therefore prevent the line from colliding with the ground.
A great choice for most customers. These straps are the golden mean and guarantee fun for all age categories. Feel free to buy one of these products, and you won't spoil anything. On these lines, you learn the first steps, and you can also master your first, static or dynamic, tricks. If you're wondering why Equilibrium Balance is narrower than Gibbon Classic, it's because it's more intended for walking and static tricks.
Anyone who has already tried slackline must have noticed the incredible movement diversity of this sport. Keeping yourself on the line requires the involvement of many muscles and will train your body from every side. The products from the Fitness series are intended for those who have decided to use slackline in this way. The fitness upgrade allows you to turn any slackline into fitness equipment, or you can purchase a complete Gibbon Fitness line set.
Lightweight sets are intended mainly for those who want to take their lines on roads or are just looking for a lighter and more practical set. The excellent universal Gibbon Travel strap will not disappoint you.
Do you prefer to walk on the slackline, are you attracted to bigger challenges and are you looking for a line that offers something more? You have found what you are looking for. Gibbon Flowline is an exceptional line that asks you to stretch it just a little and try balancing on a free line - a completely different experience.
We hope that our practical guide to the world of slackline will help you make the right decision. Whatever slackline you choose, you will appreciate the movement diversity of this sport and the new challenges it brings. However, if you are still unsure about the choice after reading this article, do not hesitate to contact us, we will be more than happy to advise you.