1. What is slacklining ?
The goal of slacklining is to successfully walk, cross a flat and elastic webbing, tight between two points – usually trees.
Born in the 1980s in California (USA), it is believed that climbers invented this discipline.
Thanks to the evolution of equipment and the ingenuity of new slackliners, new styles of practice have emerged, such as highlining (into the air secured by a harness), longlining (walking as long as possible) or tricklining (freestyle practice).
All these developments have allowed, year after year, to increase the popularity of the activity.
Whether with the family (with the Easy Kit for example), or between friends (over 15 to 35m) or between experts (50m and more), everyone can now find the right style of practice.
2. Where can i practice ?
There are many places to practice slacklining. Most of the times in parks, tensioned between two trees. It is also common to practice in groups.
If you are looking for a community around you, the section “where to practice slacklining?” will allow you to easily find a group of slackliner near you.
It can also be installed directly in your backyard, even if you don’t have a tree! There are many solutions to install a slackline without a tree (totally tree-less or no-trees slackline).
It is also possible to practice slacklining indoors, thanks to the SlackRack, a three meters long freestanding structure. Also in sports halls and gymnasiums, thanks to specifically reinforced poles or by using slackline wall anchors – plates!
As you can see, there are a thousand ways to install a slackline. But be careful, it should not be installed just anywhere and not in just any old way… The tension caused by the slackline can lead to significant damage to the infrastructure and can also put you in danger.
To install a slackline safely, go to the “safety” section.
3. Required equipment for slacklining
It is important to adapt your equipment to your desires as well as to your level of practice.
A slackline kit is made of different parts:
- the tensioning device or the system to tighten the line
- the line itself, the webbing you will walk on.
Differences exist. They are mostly due to the type of the line : narrow or wide – the length : 15m, 25m, 35m, 50m or more… – or the tensioning system: ratchet, pulleys or primitiv
To buy your equipment, we offer complete and ready-to-use slackline kits, adapted to each level of practice:
- For families (15m long, wide slackline, with learning guide)
- For beginners (15m long, narrow slackline)
- For intermediates (25 or 35m long, narrow slackline)
- For experts (50m long or more, narrow slackline, highlining)
Visit the section “choose my slackline equipment” to find out which equipment will suit you best!
4. How to start slacklining ?
Some people (maybe you) see slacklining as a difficult sport … However, slacklining is very easy and accessible, to everyone, even at an early age!
With a little practice, we are all capable of taking up this challenge! The first steps are certainly always a little bit … complicated. But with the right advice and a touch of tenacity, it is not more complicated than learning to ride a bike !
Remember! When you were a kid, tying your shoelaces was a big step to take. But today you tie them easily, right? In slackline, it will be the same 🙂
To help you during you learning, we recommend you to go to the appropriate section “How to start slacklining?”