Slacklining or slackline climbing is a popular sport geared to improve balance. It's considered both an art, a physical activity, and a moving meditation, so slackline climbing equipment is quite popular among Aussies, both for kids and adults. At first glance, slacklining looks a lot like tightrope walking. It's typically done by stretching and tensioning a 1" to 2" length of webbing between two points (often on trees).
Slackline climbing originated 40 years ago but has seen wide appreciation in the last 10 years. Worldwide interest in the sport is also continuously rising, with numerous local shops offering slackline climbing equipment sets—slackline Bunnings, slackline Kmart, and so on.
At Outbax, we also offer a wide variety of kids slackline sets. Perfect as backyard climbing equipment, these provide a fun exercise that little ones will surely enjoy. Add it to your outdoor setting today along with your little one’s favourite adventure items such as their kids mountain bikes.
What Are the Main Components of Slackline Equipment?
Before starting your slackline climbing adventure, here are the essential components you need to set up first.
Webbing is the weave where slackliners cross. It comes in a variety of sizes, designs, and materials depending on the type of slackline climbing the user prefers.
This equipment is used for setting up lines between trees/fixtures. Ratchets are easier to use than pulleys however, they are known to require a lot of physical strength and have a tendency to degrade over time, which means they may need constant replacement.
Slackline frames are typically used for areas with no trees to rig your line on. Simply search for a secure fixing point to the ground and you're good to start assembling your slackline climbing equipment.
A slackline rack is an independent frame that doesn't need extra fixings. It's usually used if you plan on setting up your line indoors such as in home gyms or garages.
Often called "slow release," this part allows you to slowly de-tension the slackline to minimise damage and safety risks.
If you're using trees as your main anchor points, tree protectors are a must-have to prevent the line from cutting into the tree bark.
What Are the Best Tips For Slackline Climbing Equipment Beginners?
Who said home exercise activities are limited to elliptical trainers and treadmills? It's time to kick-start your slackline climbing journey! Here are some proven-and-tested tips that will help you on your first try.
Slow starts are a must
Begin your journey to being a ninja slackline pro by practising your balance first. This activity requires gradual pacing, so begin by standing on one leg at the end of the line. You can hold on to the anchor to keep from falling and once you're comfortable doing this you can move on to walking a few steps forward.
Do it by pair
Grab a friend for support. You can hold on to them, have them walk next to you, and help prevent you from falling. If you do fall though, no worries—just hop back and try again!
Eyes straight ahead!
There's always an urge to look down when balancing from a height. Keep your gaze steady at a focal point (preferably 10ft away from you) and focus on feeling the line with your feet.
It's all about posture
The key to being a pro-slackliner is to have a good posture. Keep your shoulders straight, your hands to the side, and your knees slightly bent for better balance.
Watch your feet
Foot positioning plays a crucial role in successful slacklining. Tip: Try having your big toes and heels parallel to the line. It's also up to you if you want to wear shoes or not—either way works!
How Do You Set Up a Slackline Climbing Equipment?
A slackline is perhaps one of the best outdoor climbing equipment you can get at home. It allows for a full body workout for them, develops balance, and improves coordination as well, especially for growing children
If you're looking to set up a slackline, take a look at these guidelines on how to assemble yours properly!
Step 1: Prep the Materials
Assuming you're putting up your slackline on a tree, you'll need 2 anchors, four carabiners, a webbing, and tree protectors.
Step 2: Choosing your location
Position your slackline away from high-traffic areas. The user can decide other factors such as height and distance based on skill level.
Step 3: Securing the ratchet
Place the tree protectors, wrap the ratchet belt around one of the trees and put the ratchet inside the loop. Keep the line straight and aligned with the anchor point by folding it into a 'V' form before passing in the loop. Repeat the process with the slackline.
Step 4: Tensioning the slackline
Take the slackline to the ratchet and put it in, pulling the tip to apply pretension while holding it relatively straight. Use one hand to unlock the tab and start tensioning the slackline. Afterwards, close the ratchet until the locking tab is secured in the safety slot.
Step 5: Disassembling the slackline
If you need to take down your slackline climbing equipment, open the ratchet by unlocking the safety tab until it clicks and loosens the line.
Ready to be the best slackliner in town? Purchase your very first set at Outbax today! We got plenty of sets for you to choose from, all designed for extreme durability to accommodate every slackliner.
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