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As the weather gets better, you will probably want to go outside and enjoy the fresh air. When doing this, if you want to get in shape and improve your balance and coordination, slack-lining is the sport for you! You just have to hang up a tight rope that is 5 centimeters wide to two trees or other stable objects and let the practice begin!
Depending on your experience with slack-lining you might want to consider buying a slackline kit that will help you begin practicing your new sport. You will start with a few simple steps on the slackline and eventually, you will be able to do yoga or even acrobatics on it. Basic slackline kits include all of the material you need to get started and practice this sport. A kit will come with a type of tight rope called a slackline, and ratchet to tighten it.
- 1 Key Facts
- 2 Ranking: the best slacklines
- 3 Shopping Guide: Everything you should know about slacklines
- 3.1 What is a slackline exactly?
- 3.2 Who can use a slackline?
- 3.3 What should I keep in mind if I have never used a slackline?
- 3.4 Will a slackline hold my weight?
- 3.5 What health benefits come with slack-lining?
- 3.6 What is “proprioception” that is improved by using a slackline?
- 3.7 Where can I practice on my slackline?
- 3.8 At what age can children begin practicing on the slackline?
- 3.9 What types of slack-lining are there?
- 3.10 What does my slackline include?
- 3.11 What are the pros and cons of choosing the fabric and width of my slackline?
- 4 Shopping Criteria
- 5 Summary
- Slack-lining is a balancing sport that consists of walking and doing acrobatics on a stretchable tight rope tied to two trees or two other steady objects.
- Slack-lining builds muscle as it works your whole body, and at the same time, it improves your balance and coordination. It is a great activity for adults and children. Children under 12 years of age should always use slacklines under adult supervision.
- When choosing a slackline you need to keep in mind what variation of the sport you are going to practice, your level of slack-lining, the characteristics of the line, etc.
Ranking: the best slacklines
Next, we will give you a list of the most popular slackline kits on the market. There are many different types for users of different levels, from beginners to experts. However, don’t forget to pay attention to, compare, and analyze all of the characteristics of each slackline before getting one. This way, you can make the best decision and buy the best slackline for you.
Shopping Guide: Everything you should know about slacklines
Before getting a slackline kit, it is extremely important to learn everything about this sport and what is necessary to start practicing, for example, the line, racket, tree protectors, etc. In the following section, we will respond to frequently asked questions from buyers like you. After reading this you should not have any more doubts when deciding which one to purchase.
What is a slackline exactly?
The stretchable line is only 5 centimeters wide. You usually attach it to two trees or two other sturdy structures. The tightness of the chord depends on the experience of the user. If you are a beginner, you want the line to be tighter. Remember that you cannot hold onto anything to keep your balance!
Who can use a slackline?
Before taking your first steps, it is important to choose the right length and height of the slackline when you are putting it up. Two trees with medium-sized trunks are perfect structures to secure your slackline.
What should I keep in mind if I have never used a slackline?
When you are finally able to keep your balance, it is time to start taking your first steps on the line. Keep in mind that the line is tighter at both ends, and it will be easier to walk on if you start in the center. At first, you will fall off over and over again after a few steps. Don’t give up. To be successful in slack-lining, you have to be consistent.
Will a slackline hold my weight?
What health benefits come with slack-lining?
You need a lot of concentration to be able to walk on a slackline. If you do not concentrate you will fall off over and over again. Practice balancing on a slackline will also improve your attention. Experts refer to this sport as a mental challenge, comparing it to meditation. Also, a slackline will give you a complete physical workout because it requires the use of the entire body. Slack-lining will give you an entire physical work out because you need to use your whole body to walk on one.
|Physical benefits||Mental benefits|
|Balance, motor skills, and coordination improvement.||Control of body and mind through breathing. Similar to advanced meditation.|
|Strengthening of the spine.||Mental strengthening.|
|Muscle tone improvement.||Self-esteem reinforcement.|
|Proprioception Improvement.||Contact with nature. Vitamine D.|
|Improved agility.||Social interaction. You can practice with your friends. Fun.|
What is “proprioception” that is improved by using a slackline?
Some of the benefits of working out our proprioceptive system are injury prevention, increased reflexes, and strengthening of the joints. If we do not work out this system we can lose motor skills and become unbalanced. It is very important to train this system through coordination and balance. Working out on unstable surfaces, like slacklines, is recommended to accomplish this type of workout.
Where can I practice on my slackline?
You can easily research on the internet where slack-lining is permitted or even encouraged in your city or state. In most parks in the U.S. slack-lining is allowed. However, you can look at the webpage SlackMap to double-check where you can use your slackline in the U.S. and even internationally.
At what age can children begin practicing on the slackline?
There is not a specific age when you should let your children start playing on the slackline. As long as they can keep their balance on the slackline without the help of the adult, they are ready. After they have got that part down, it is all about practice. In this situation, it is a good idea to start the kids out on a slackline that is 15 meters long and 5 centimeters wide. These are the standard measurements for most brands.
If your children are under 12 years old, they should be supervised by an adult. Do not forget to tighten the rope and put it at the height of the children’s knees to avoid serious injuries or falls.
What types of slack-lining are there?
- Trickline: This is the most popular variation of slack-lining. The line is placed at 1.20 meters from the ground and is only 50 millimeters wide. This variation is the most fun to watch. These slackers make jumps, twirls, and different acrobatics.
- Waterline: This variation of slack-lining is done over the water. The width of the line is not important for this type of slack-lining. In pools, since there is no risk of falls, you can attempt doing acrobatics. Try it out. You will not regret it. Risk lovers can try placing the slackline over a river, stream, or bay where the rushing water will put your balance and orientation to test.
- Longline: In this type of slack-lining, slackers use lines more than 30 meters long and 2.5 centimeters wide. It is very difficult to balance with this length and width. However, the slackline is very flexible because of its length. Concentration is the key to this variety of this sport. The slackers set the slackline just high enough so it does not touch the ground when stretched.
- Highline: This variation is considered an extreme sport. These slackers put the 2.5 centimeter-wide slackline more than 20 meters off the ground. This variation is often practiced in canyons or mountains. These athletes have to wear a safety harness and tie the slackline to a very sturdy point. However, some slackers do not wear any type of harness at all. This variation is only for experts!
- Rodeoline: For this variation, the slackers put the line high-up with a lot of slack in the line. The slackline takes the form of a U and moves like a swing. You need a lot of balance to learn how to practice rodeoline.
- Slackline Yoga: You need a lot of concentration and skill for this variety of slack-lining. You will learn to control your meditation and strengthen your body.
|Types of slack-lining||Level||Characteristics of the line|
| 1.20 meters high.
Width: 50 millimeters.
|Waterline||Beginner (only in the pool).
|There are no specifications.|
| Closer to the ground.
Length: 30 meters.
Width: 2.5 cm.
|Highline||Expert.|| 20 meters high.
Width: 2.5 cm.
You should get a safety anchor.
| Closer to the ground.
It does not require great tension.
Width: there are no specifications.
|Slackline Yoga|| Advanced.
|There are no specifications.|
What does my slackline include?
To hang up your slackline, it is necessary to look for two anchor objects. Do not use furniture or lamps as they will not support the weight of the human body. We recommend using two thick trees. Do not forget to use your tree protectors.
What are the pros and cons of choosing the fabric and width of my slackline?
|Width of the line||Pros||Cons|
|2.5 cm|| Medium-advanced-expert.
Much more flexible.
Nylon or polyester.
Great for jumping and acrobatics.
| Not for beginners.
Naylon: Tight and difficult.
Poliéster: Only for yoga. Not very flexible.
|5 cm|| Beginners.
A mixture of polyester and nylon.
Great rebound affect.
Close to the ground.
| Less flexibility.
Before buying a slackline kit, you should keep in mind certain factors. We recommend the following factors that we will give you in a list to make the right decision between many different models. There are various types of slacklines with different lengths and widths. But don’t forget that to make the correct decision you should note:
The slacker’s level will determine how long the slackline should be. The less experience you have the shorter the line should be. Keep in mind that the closer you are to the tree that the slackline is attached to the more stable the line. Usually, for beginners, the line can be about 15 meters long with a width of 5 centimeters, the smaller the width the more experience you should have.
If, on the other hand, you are an expert or at an advanced level, you can look for kits with lines that are up to 20 meters long and as thin as 2.5 centimeters. This all depends on the variation of slack-lining that you want to practice.
If you are a beginner, do not worry about this section. Just buy the basic kit. However, if you are at an advanced level of slack-lining you will have to research the type of slack-lining you would like to do and which slackline will go best with this variation. These specific kits should include the correct ratchet for each variation. You should probably use a harness for safety if you are thinking about practicing trickline, longline, or highline.
The age of the slacker also will determine which kit you should buy. A children’s slackline kit is not the same as one for adults or expert slackers. If you have not even stepped on a slackline before, don’t worry! Get a basic kit that is perfect for the whole family. Don’t forget to research in which areas you can practice this sport in your city.
Characteristics of the line
Slacklines are usually made of polyester or nylon. However, nylon is the more popular choice for experts who usually use slacklines that have a width of 2.5 centimeters. For beginners, we recommend that you buy a slackline that is at least 5 centimeters wide and that is made of both materials, polyester, and nylon. This type of slackline is less flexible but has a great rebound effect.
The most common way to tighten your slackline is with a ratchet. This part has a lever that will help you to tighten the line and take out all of the slack. It’s essential to keep the line straight during the tightening. Slackers with higher levels of slack-lining might use tightening systems with straps for more extreme variations.
Basic kits usually include tree protectors. It is important to make sure not to hurt the tree you will use as support. This way, you will not hurt your line either. If you have decided to get a basic kit you can go ahead and buy a separate tree protector. They are usually very strong and easy to set up.
Slack-lining is a recently-popular sport here in our country that is becoming more and more well-known throughout the world. Each time someone shows off their slackline in a park, there are more and more people who are interested in the unique sport. Slacklines are great for having a good time with family and friends. It is not easy to keep your balance and walk on the line, but don’t give up!
It may be hard at first, but the benefits for your mind and body that come with slack-lining are worth it. Almost any age can try out this fun sport. If you are a child or an adult, try it out! There are also variations of the sport making this activity great for anyone, no excuses! Step on that slackline and get to practicing!
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