So you want to start slacklining and are looking to make your next purchase – or you’re an experienced slackliner looking to upgrade your setup. Either way I’m excited to help you with picking the best slackline for your needs! With options for beginners, kids, trick liners, people who want to slackline over long distances, or if you want a super skinny slackline we have the line for you!I recently started slacklining and I LOVE the activity – it’s benefited me in so many ways including improving my balance, strengthening my core, strengthening my KNEES (lot of back and forth movement), it’s super super fun, and it’s a great way to meet and socialize with people as well.
It’s also a pretty cheap hobby considering you could spend less money than on a night out and use your line for enjoyment whenever you want.
So what is a slackline? A slackline is basically a tightrope that you fasten between two objects (most commonly trees) and walk across, for fun! It’s often a strap ranging from very thin, to thick (for beginners) – most beginner slack lines are 2″ wide and I talk about another variation that’s 1″ wide on this list.
Some main differentiation between the different types of slack lines are:
- Width of the line: 2″ is standard and 1″ is for the hardcore balance folks
- Fastener type: Ratchet or carbiner system (ratchet is way easier to set up, most lines are switching to ratchet now)
- Length of the line – shorter distance is generally easier as the line sags less
- Does it come in your favorite color
For beginners I would recommend starting with a 2″ line – and if you’re looking to save money and know the length of line you’d like to set up (measure between two trees) then get as short of a line as possible to save some money.
If you’re an intermediate or PRO getting your second, third, or 20th slack line you’ll probably have a good idea of what length of line you want, and whether you want a 2″ or 1″ line.
There’s also tricklining which uses a super elastic and bouncy line to give a trampoline like feel.
Best Slackline For Beginners & Kids
This is the first slackline I ever got and it’s definitely a quality one for beginners (and kids) for a few reasons:
- Easy to set up
- 2″ wide which is perfect for starting out by 50ft (15m)
- Webbing: Low flex
- Comes with a training line to set up above the slackline (to hold onto) AND a training DVD
- COLORFUL AND FUN
This line is super easy to set up and be slacking on in no time at all. It also comes with a training line that you can set up directly over top of the line to hold onto while you get your balance and learn to walk on the line. This is an affordable piece of kit that I would recommend to anyone who wants to get into slacklining.
Best Slackline for confident beginners and overall best slackline
The Slackline Industries Baseline kit is really similar to the Slackline Industries Play kit, but it’s geared a bit more towards the serious, or confident beginner slackliner. It’s actually my pick for the best overall slackline kit because it has everything you need to slackline and train like a pro, but it doesn’t have any extra frills that a super green beginner might want. The line is flexible and perfect for confident beginners like I said, or intermediate and advanced slackliners. There’s actually not tooo much differentiation between the line’s flexibility but it is noticeable – most line flex difference is felt based on how long of a distance you stretch the line across.
- Easy to set up
- Webbing: Standard flex
- 2″ x 50ft (15m)
- Line with good flex for walking, balancing, playing, jumping
Like I said this is a great no-frills kit aimed at the intermediate or confident/fit beginner.
Best trick slackline (trampoline style slackline kit)
If you’ve moved on past walking, balancing like a pro, and already started jumping on your first slackline – it’s probably time to upgrade to a trampoline style TRICK slackline. I recommend the Slackline Industries TRICK LINE. Yeah Slackline Industries make some quality kits and their prices and construction is just not beat right now by most other companies. Here are the details on this line:
- 2″ x 50ft (15m)
- Trampoline-flex line that’s super bouncy and stable for TRICKS AND JUMPING WOO!
- Webbing: High flex, BOUNCY
- Easy to use ratchet system with rubberized release
This kit has everything you need to start tricking on your trick slackline – you’ll be excited to feel the extra bounce that a trick line brings to the party.
Best long slackline
Here my pick is, surprise surprise, another Slackline Industries (no affiliation I swear) line – the Aggro Line! Here are the details on this super long slackline:
- 2″ x 100ft (30m)
- Webbing: Standard flex
- You can choose a backup line option
- Comes with a super long handle ratchet for more ratcheting power when setting it up
This is the longest line I’ve seen for a reasonable price, so if you want to get into some long-line slacklining this is your pick.
Best thin slackline (1″ wide webbing)
Drumroll please – a non Slackline Industries pick! For the best thin slackline (1″) we have the Gibbon FLOWLINE. This is a high-performance, and a bit expensive 1″ slackline that fits the bill if you want a super challenging slack experience.
- 1″ x 73ft (22.5m)
- Webbing: High flex
1″ lines used to be made from tubed nylon which was annoying to use – so Gibbon has released this 1″ slackline that’s the same webbed construction as similar 2″ lines! This is probably one of the toughest slacklines to walk out there today.
Best Slackline Conclusion
With a slackline for every type of slacklining and budget – it’s hard to go wrong. Identify your skill level, if you’re an intermediate and you want a line specifically for long lining, trick lining, high lining, or narrow lining then you’ve got options! Hopefully this article reviewing some of the best slackline options in 2017 helps you pick the right one for you.