5 Best Slacklines for Beginners - Buyer's Guide


"What's the best slackline for beginners?"

It's an important question, and understandable considering the hundreds of different slackline brands, styles and setups to choose from. You want to avoid picking a slackline that involves complicated setup, is too bouncy or, worse, is poorly made and poses a safety hazard.

Beginner Slacklines - What to Look for

Safety & Quality Certification

Top "Helpline" Included with Kit

Line Made With "Low Stretch" Webbing

Here are some important things to consider when shopping for a beginner slackline:

  1. Safety. We've seen a ton of new slackline sellers enter the market in the last couple years. This is good new for the sport (it's growing!), but bad news for beginners who don't know what they're buying. Our advice is to only purchase from brands that have a legitimate website and that explicitly say their slackline has been tested for safety and quality (we use a company called TUV for our product testing and certification).
    Most of these new sellers are opportunists who know very little about slacklines. They are simply finding the cheapest Chinese manufacturer and selling on Amazon or eBay without any idea of the quality or safety of the product. Poorly made lines and ratchets are very dangerous, as they could fail when you're in the air on the line. In general, buyer beware with any slackline brand on Amazon less than $40 that doesn't have a legitimate website of its own.

  2. Line width. Pick a line that's 2" in width. Originally, slacklines only came in a 1" width, but now are also offered at 2". One inch lines are for advanced slackliners who are highlining and longlining. Two inch lines not only provide a wider balance platform, but also feature a ratchet system that's easier to use.

  3. Rigidity. Find a slackline with a rigid "low stretch" webbing (webbing is another name for the slackline material). The more rigid the line, the closer to the ground it can be set up. Less rigid lines sag more in the middle as you walk along, and need to be set higher. You'll fall alot when you're first learning ... being closer to the ground is important! More rigid lines are also easier to balance on because they have less stretch and sway.

  4. Ratchet System. Find a slackline that features a single lever-and-lock ratchet. This type of ratchet is similar to (but not the same) as the ratchet systems found at a local hardware store, and are good for quickly and easily tightening the line. They also feature a quick release when taking down the line.

  5. Accessories. Look for a slackline kit that comes with a topline, or "helpline", and a set of treeguards. The topline is setup above the slackline, providing a handhold while you get your balance. The treeguards are important for protecting the trees the slackline will be setup between, as well as protecting your line from getting worn through by rough bark.

Beginner Slackline Recommendations

Very little separates the following options. All are very good slacklines for beginners, and are of similar quality and materials. The biggest differences are between price and accessories.


Gibbon Classic Slackline X13

One of the very first beginner slacklines made by one of the original slackline companies. This slackline has been around for years and has proven itself to be a great option for beginners that really holds up to years of use.

Specs:

  • Width: 2"
  • Length: 49ft
  • Webbing: Low stretch
  • Tension System: Lever-and-lock ratchet

Comments: Approved by the German Association for Technical Inspection which means it exceeds US Safety Standards.

Cons: Doesn't come in a kit that includes a topline or treeguards. Expensive (you're paying for the brand name). The printed design doesn't include a rubberized graphic.

Price: $70.00 - website


Skyline Beginner Slackline Kit

A classic starter line featuring static webbing and a kit full of useful accessories.

Specs:

  • Width: 2"
  • Length: 49ft
  • Webbing: Low stretch
  • Tension System: Lever-and-lock ratchet

Comments: Includes a 50ft topline, treeguards and a carrying bag. TUV-certified product means it meets strict testing and safety requirements. Rated to 4 tons tension and 300 lbs load weight. Included rubberized graphic for added grip.

Cons: Some reviewers wish the line at the end of the ratchet was longer for looping around bigger trees. Not a great option if you're going to set up on very large trees.

Price: $44.99 - website


Slackers Classic Series Slackline Kit

A simple slackline kit by a promiment USA company.  This line's ratchet is made with strong components and is known to consistently operate smoothly.

Specs:

  • Width: 2"
  • Length: 50ft
  • Webbing: Standard stretch
  • Tension System: Lever-and-lock ratchet

Comments: Includes a 50ft topline and a carrying bag.

Cons: Kit doesn't include treeguard. The webbing on this line is also a little bouncier/stretchier than most beginner lines, which can make it a little more of a challenge to learn on.

Price: $69.99 - website


Fitline Slackline Kit

A full slackline kit that includes everything a beginner could need to get started, plus rubberized printed graphic for added foot grip.

Specs:

  • Width: 2"
  • Length: 49ft
  • Webbing: Low stretch
  • Tension System: Lever-and-lock ratchet

Comments: Sticky printed graphic doubles as added foot grip. Includes a 50ft topline, treeguards and a carrying bag. TUV-certified product means it meets rigid testing and safety requirements. Rated to 4 tons tension and 300 lbs load weight.

Cons: Marketed toward fitness enthusiasts more than beginners, even though it's technically a beginner line.

Price: $49.99 - website


Slackline Industries Playline

The beginner/kid kit from one of the most respected slackline brands in the world. A full kit with all the accessories and a color scheme designed for kids.

Specs:

  • Width: 2"
  • Length: 50ft
  • Webbing: Low stretch
  • Tension System: Lever-and-lock ratchet

Comments: Featuring static-style material with rubberize graphic for grip, treeguards, an overhead helpline with arm trainer and instructional DVD.

Cons: A little pricey compared to the other options.

Price: $79.99 - website



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