Have you ever seen people walking on a nylon line that looks like a tight rope and wondered what it was? It’s called slacklining and it is an awesome outdoor activity that is fun and also has a number of health benefits. If you want to get into slacklining, but don’t own a slackline yet, buying a slackline can be confusing. This article will help. We will show you some of the best slacklines for beginners and help you choose which slackline is the best fit for you.
Under the reviews section, you can read about our philosophy for buying your first slackline and why we ranked the products below the way we did.
The 5 Best Slacklines For Beginners: Reviews
1. Slackline Industries Play Line
- Uses a rubber grip to prevent feet from slipping
- Comes with a training line and tree protection
- Easy to set up
- If you have large anchors, tree protectors can be too small
- The training line uses d-rings that require constant tightening
Like all the slackline kits we will be reviewing, this slackline uses a ratchet making it very easy to set up. The only down side to this kit is the fact that the training line uses d-rings instead of a ratchet. D-rings loosen easier than a ratchet so you may find yourself tightening the training line more frequently than you want to.
The rubber grip on the Slackline Industries Play Line is great for maintaining your footing and keeping your balance. This slackline kit can be a great gift and is one of the best slacklines for beginners just starting out.
2. Slackers Slackline Classic Series Kit
- Comes with a ratchet training line
- Easy to set up
- Strong and durable webbing
- No tree protection
If you are a beginner, this slackline kit comes with everything you need to get started except for tree protection. You can always purchase tree protection to go with this kit, or you can use some old towels to protect the trees.
When we ordered this kit, we purchased it from Amazon. It came in blue instead of the yellow that they show in the picture, although the blue does look better. Other than that, this is a quality slackline for beginners.
3. Slackline Industries Baseline Slackline
- Includes tree protection
- Fun and set up is easy
- Excellent durability
- Can be decent for tricks
- Does not include a training line
The Slackline Industries Base Line doesn't come with a training line, but you can always buy a training line to go with it. It does come with Slackline Industries tree protection to protect your slackline and the trees you use as anchors. The tree protectors can be too small for large tree as they are only 40 inches long.
This slackline can be decent to start tricklining on and is definitely one of the best slacklines for beginners, especially if you want to eventually learn tricks.
4. Gibbon Slacklines Classic Line
- German Association for Technical Inspection approved
- Easy to set up
- Strong and VERY durable
- No tree protection
- No training line
If you want a strong and reliable slackline that will last you many years, this is the line for you. The Gibbon Classic Line is 49 feet long, however, if you want a longer line you could go with the Gibbon Classic Line XL. This slackline is 82 feet long. The longer the slackline, typically the more difficult it is to walk, which is why we recommend going with the regular Classic Line.
5. BYA Funline Slackline
- VERY affordable
- Comes with a d-ring training line
- Cool emoji like design
- Training line uses d-rings instead of a ratchet
- Doesn't include tree protection
The only downside of this kit is it doesn't come with tree protection. However, you can easily grab a couple old towels and use those instead. The BYA Funline also has a fun design that kids will love.
Why Buy a Slackline Kit That Comes With a Training Line?
Learning to slackline can be a difficult and frustrating process. Buying a slackline kit with a training line can make this process much easier and more enjoyable. The training line is set up above your slackline and basically gives you something to hold on to while you try and find your balance.
If you are buying a slacklining kit for a child, a training line is very important. Because of how difficult slacklining can be to learn, it is easy to get frustrated and lose interest without a training line. Most of the best slacklines for beginners recommended above come with training lines because of this reason.
Ratchet Setup vs. Primitive Setup
The two most common ways to rig a slackline are the single ratchet setup and the primitive setup. We HIGHLY recommend your purchase a single ratchet setup for two reasons.
The first is that the single ratchet slackline system is much easier to set up. This system only requires two pieces to put together versus the primitive set up which requires nine pieces. It is easy to lose pieces to your slackline kit if you are using a primitive set up, especially if you are taking it to different places.
The second reason a single ratchet system is superior for beginners is that tightening the ratchet system is simple and easy. All you have to do is pull on the ratchet and the line will tighten. The primitive setup required you to pull the line extremely hard to tighten it, which can get tiresome.
Why is Tree Protection Important?
All the best slacklines for beginners have tree protection. Although this is definitely debatable, we want to stress the fact that if you are using trees as your slackline anchors, tree protection is a must. You can damage both the trees and your slackline without it. If your slackline kit doesn’t come with tree protection, you can always use old towels, or cardboard. Check out our article on tree protection to learn more.
The five slacklines we reviewed above are definitely some of the best slacklines for beginners. The Slackline Industries Play Line is our favorite slackline kit for new slackliners, but if you want a line that will last you for many years, we recommend going with the Gibbon Classic Line. No matter what slackline you choose, all of the above are great choices for beginners.
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