Updated July 03, 2019 by Sheila O'Neill

The 10 Best Slacklines

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This wiki has been updated 20 times since it was first published in September of 2015. In the increasingly difficult search for something to get your kids out in the fresh air and away from their electronic devices, here's an activity that just might tempt them. These slacklines provide a fun way to stay fit and improve balance and core strength -- once you've mastered staying on them for more than a few seconds, that is. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best slackline on Amazon.

10. Wyz Works

9. HopOn Fitline

8. Slack to the Max

7. Genius Kit

6. BYA Beginner

5. Slackers Classic

4. Flybold Complete Kit

3. TrailBlaze Strongest

2. Macaco 50

1. Slackline Industries Play Line

Break From The Norm: Slackline It

Slackline webbing is usually tensioned to a lesser degree than tightrope material.

There's nothing wrong with conventional exercise like running, jogging, doing sit-ups, swimming, etc. Virtually every form of exercise requires some degree of will power, stamina, and training. To take this a step further, many consider exercise to be an art form and a special religion in and of itself. That said, what if you decided to break from traditional orthodoxy and try something that you wouldn't ordinarily consider to make use of all your muscles, while improving your balance and concentration all at the same time? Welcome to the world of slacklining.

Slacklining is a unique type of exercise that involves the act of walking or balancing along a suspended length of flat webbing that is tensioned between two separate anchors. At first, you might think slacklining is just like tightrope walking; the type of spectacle you would expect to see at a place like the circus.

The main differences between tightropes and slacklining are observed in the type of materials used for the rope or webbing as well as the degree of tension applied to the material. Slackline webbing is usually tensioned to a lesser degree than tightrope material. With less tension, a slackline provides a dynamic line that is capable of stretching and bouncing in the air, similar to the way a trampoline might operate. However, the degree of tension in slackline webbing is still adjustable.

A slackline can be set up with either two or three sections of webbing along with a tensioner. With a two-section slackline, one long piece of webbing (usually between thirty and one hundred feet long and a couple of inches thick) with a sewn-in loop on one end will wrap tightly around a tree. The second section of this webbing (typically around ten feet long) has a similar loop on its longer end, which wraps around another tree, while its shorter end is sewn to a ratchet. The ratchet allows these two sections of webbing to stay connected as well as allowing the user to adjust the tension of the webbing to the desired specifications. In a three-section setup, the same long piece of webbing is tightly-strung and connected to two shorter sections (around eight to twelve feet each) called tree slings, which act like anchors on either end.

Trees are typically the most common anchor for slacklines. This would make sense considering slacklines are often kept low to the ground, so tree trunks make it fairly easy to wrap flexible webbing around them to create ample support for tensioning. Trees with a diameter of twelve inches or more are ideal for slacklining.

It's also useful to note that this activity has different manifestations that include urbanlining, tricklining, waterlining, and highlining, but the fundamental purpose of each variation is quite similar.

Finally, slacklining is beneficial in a number of ways. It improves concentration, balance, and posture. Some slackliners also use the activity as a way to clear their minds, almost as a form of mid-air meditation. Slacklining is even recommend by medical professionals for its ability to improve both proprioception and coordination. To have a confident feeling of the body's sense of its position in space can serve to prevent muscle injuries, while also strengthening the spine, back, and stomach muscles.

A Brief History Of Slacklining

Although rope walking has been around for thousands of years, the origin of modern slacklining is attributed to southern Illinois rock climber Adam Grosowsky; son of the head of the design department for Southern Illinois University. Adam became incredibly interested in a photo he discovered at the university library depicting a circus performer doing a one-hand handstand on the top of a flagpole. Fascinated with circus performing and setting out to recreate this image, Adam reached out to a small group of local climbers and tried to encourage them into performing the same amazing act. Out of everyone in this group, Adam was the only one to succeed in doing a handstand on one-inch webbing, even while the webbing rocked from side to side.

In 1979 at The Evergreen State College, Grosowsky met two additional climbers named Jeff Ellington and Brooke Sandahl. Having set up a highwire in the woods on campus, the three climbers tirelessly worked to perfect their walking, handstands, and other tricks atop the nylon webbing. This webbing provided the group the flexibility they needed to attempt other circus-style acts, such as a juggling routine between two climbers balanced simultaneously on the same line of webbing.

Slacklining continued to gain popularity in the rock climbing community and spawned many different variations of the sport, including highlining and tracklining.

Be Confident And Safe

If you're new to slacklining, finding one with wide enough webbing and secure anchors is of paramount importance. Some slacklines also have rubber integrated into their design, which provides additional flexibility if you're into bouncing and performing stunts.

If you're just starting out or if you're purchasing a slackline for your kids, then a shorter line will be beneficial for easy balancing. Setting up the slackline at shoulder height and close to the ground is ideal for training and getting your kids used to the sport.

Finally, protecting the tree anchors from bark abrasion is good for the environment. Look for a slackline that includes equipment for secure anchoring with additional protection for the trees being used. For example, some slacklines can be secured to tree anchors using Velcro, which stays in place, while also being gentle on tree bark.

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Sheila O'Neill
Last updated on July 03, 2019 by Sheila O'Neill

Sheila is a writer and editor living in sunny Southern California. She studied writing and film at State University of New York at Purchase, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree. After graduating, she worked as an assistant video editor at a small film company, then spent a few years doing freelance work, both as a writer and a video editor. During that time, she wrote screenplays and articles, and edited everything from short films to infomercials. An ardent lover of the English language, she can often be found listening to podcasts about etymology and correcting her friends’ grammar.


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