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Offline Pie Muncher

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Slacklining - for beginners
« on: April 18, 2021, 08:39:40 am »
Hi,
Does anyone have experience of starting to slackline. Setting up a basic rig in the garden or similar. Any recommendations for where to buy a starter kit,  or is there a better way of starting out? Don't live anywhere convenient to join local groups :(
Thanks
Growler

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Re: Slacklining - for beginners
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2021, 11:06:32 am »
I'd recommend getting a basic ratchet one whilst you're learning, with a nice wide 50mm webbing. Primitive ones are more flexible but take longer to rig, and whilst you're learning you don't need that getting in the way.

I started out with a 15m but a 25m definitely gives more flexibility and room for growth. You could go for a reputable brand name (Gibbon, Elephant, Maverick) if you don't mind spending more (£80ish) for a more dynamic webbing and better build quality, or you could go for a cheap eBay special (£40ish) if you intend to leave it up all the time as you'll have to replace it more often as it gets UV damage.

There are some excellent YouTube videos for general technique and tricks. Slacktivity is a great channel with stuff for beginners through to experts. Always use (tree) protection.
« Last Edit: April 18, 2021, 11:25:12 am by aricooperdavis »

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Re: Slacklining - for beginners
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2021, 02:45:07 pm »
It's also helps to rig a length of old semi-static rope above head height that you can hold to get you going when you first start out.

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Re: Slacklining - for beginners
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Re: Slacklining - for beginners
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2021, 03:48:45 pm »
It's also helps to rig a length of old semi-static rope above head height that you can hold to get you going when you first start out.


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Re: Slacklining - for beginners
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2021, 04:43:01 pm »
There is quite a lot of slackline info and associated fashion tips in Valley Uprising. About 1.38 in this trailer gives the gist.


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Re: Slacklining - for beginners
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2021, 06:28:25 pm »
Good to see they had some decent blotters in the kit bag ;)

Offline Pie Muncher

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Re: Slacklining - for beginners
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2021, 08:39:54 am »
Thanks for the pointers, will follow up and hopefully get started soon.
Growler

 

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