Who can slackline?
If you are of average health and ambitious you can try slacklining! Like any other physical activity, there are risks involved but they can be minimized by following the instructions on this website or reading your slackline kit manual. Age is no limit for those who are young at heart and want to slackline! If you have children who are minors they can try with help from you. You are responsible to watch them closely at all times.
How high should I set the slackline?
It is recommended to set the slackline no more than 50 cm from the ground to minimize injury.
What is a good distance to set the slackline?
If you are a beginner it is suggested to set your slackline at a short distance such as 4-7 metres and then increase the distance and height as you progress. Be aware that a greater distance between anchor points will affect the stability of the midpoint of the slackline; as this point will have less tension than the ends closer to the anchor points.
How long does it take to learn to slackline?
You may be surprised to find that slacklining is not as difficult as it seems. With enough practice and concentration many people are able to walk the whole line after a couple of 2-3 hour sessions. A good practice would be to slackline 2-3 times a week for sessions of 1-2 hours. Be sure to take breaks even if you don’t feel strained as you are using smaller muscles that are less often engaged during regular daily activity. Drink plenty of water and use the line to stretch and warm up your muscles.
Is slacklining dangerous?
Just like any sport or physical activity, slacklining can result in serious injuries and even death. However, by following the simple guidelines included in your Slackline Manual or on this website, you can minimize the associated risks considerably. Please make sure you read them periodically and fully understand them as that can improve your practice.
Is it better to slackline barefoot or is it better to slackline with shoes?
Although many slackliners prefer slacklining barefoot, it is recommended to wear flat soled athletic shoes with good ankle support. Not only do shoes protect your feet from debris on the ground, but also allow you to walk and turn so your toes don’t get caught on the line as you pivot. It is a good idea to wear shoes that are flexible and comfortable. Be sure to tighten your laces properly; never slackline with loose shoes as they won’t provide as much support and may increase the risk of injuries.
How do I assemble the slackline?
Please visit the “Tutorials” section or see your slackline kit manual.
Which slackline is best for me?
How to choose a slacklineIf you are a beginner and want to slackline from time to time, then a stable slackline such as the Sunyata Line is recommended. If you are a quick learner and want to develop your slacklining skills and practice more frequently, the Puma Line may suit your needs better. The Puma Line is a “trick line” so it offers a more dynamic and wiggly feeling and is great for tricks and jumps, whereas the Sunyata Line provides more stability and it is easier for beginners who are focused on walking across the line or practicing slackline yoga. Usually, the Sunyata Line is recommended for adults since the learning rate is lower than the one for kids. Often children are capable of walking the line after a few tries only, so they may prefer the Puma Line which is more challenging and fun. For those who are intermediate or learn very quickly, our Slacklife kit is the way to go as it is longer (25m) and can be used as a short “longline“.
Is it necessary to use tree pads?
The use of tree pads is highly recommended as they not only protect the trees, but also protect and maintain your slackline webbing. The use of your slackline directly on harsh surfaces such as tree trunks, Velcro, etc., deteriorates the webbing rapidly reducing the life and strength of your slackline. In certain public places, rangers and other authorities may not let you slackline if you don’t use the right kind of tree protection and that may result in banning this amazing activity from some areas, so please be diligent and slackline consciously. You can buy tree pads designed specifically for slacklining on this website.
Are any trees good for slacklining?
No. Please make sure you select two strong and healthy trees of at least 30 cm in diameter. Anchors are part of a safe practice and so you should only use strong objects like big healthy trees. Please make sure to respect Mother Nature and use tree pads to protect the trees.
Can I slackline above an uneven surface?
It is strongly discouraged to slackline in places with irregular surfaces such as tree roots, rocks or uneven grass, which can increase the risk of injuries such as sprained ankles. Make sure the grass is as flat as possible and free from debris such as twigs, pine cones, rocks, etc.
Can I use the slackline for highlining? Do you sell Longlines or Highlines?
Absolute Slacklines are only to be used for slacklining. They haven’t been designed for other purposes such as highlining. Highlining is a very risky activity and should only be practiced with special equipment not sold on this website. If you wish to purchase longline/highline equipment please visit slacklining.Ca.
Can two or more people walk on the slackline simultaneously?
As cool as this sounds the answer is no. The slackline has been designed for one person only. More than one person walking on the slackline may increase the risk of injuries as it increases tension that may result in malfunction of the kit.
Is it necessary to use a Backup line or rope to attach the ratchet to the tree separately?

The use of a Backup sling is a must for very tight slackline setup such as tricklines. The main sling attached to the ratchet is the weakest link on breaking tests. It needs to be checked regularly at the beginning and at the end of every session. Its breaking load limit is lower than the ratchet and can be weakened over time due to external conditions (e.g.: abrasion, dirt, sunlight, etc.). The Backup line can prevent accidents should the main sling would break by stopping the ratchet from hitting other people or objects.

How often is it necessary to change a slackline kit? When should I retire my gear?

It is important to always check your slackline kit on a regular basis for signs of abrasion or other issues. If you trickline (high tension setups) we strongly recommend to change the sling attached to the ratchet every year in an intensive use or as soon as you see something wrong on it (punctures, fraying, etc.). The ratchet should be changed every 2 years in intensive use or when there is any sign of malfunction.

Depending on the use, care and function a slackline kit can last for many years; however, you should use your common sense if you suspect the kit has to be retired or replaced.

My slackline’s ratchet is stuck, how do I release it?
With time and use, the ratchet may get tougher to use, so it is a good idea to lubricate it. If it gets stuck and you want to disassemble your slackline equipment, proceed to release the slackline as usual and hold the bigger support completely horizontal and parallel to the webbing, (refer to the release position in the Instructions section) and start pulling the webbing until the axle of the ratchet starts moving. When assembling your slackline NEVER wind the webbing in the ratchet more than 2 rounds, as that can jam the mechanism, in which case it may be necessary to cut the webbing, as a last resort, if the above instructions don’t work. We are not responsible in any way for jammed slacklines.

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