It is no longer just extreme athletes like Alexander Schulz or Andy Lewis who attract attention with their spectacular highlines over deep gorges. In the meantime slacklining has become an absolute trend sport and in summer it is impossible to imagine a park without it. Young and old alike enjoy putting their own balance, concentration and coordination to the test. A simple slackline for beginners and two trees is all you need to get started. At Globetrotter you can buy slacklines online or have a look at the slacklines and accessories directly in one of the branches.
The tightrope walk in nature: the slackline – an introduction
The sport developed in the early 80s from the Freeclimber scene in Yosemite National Park in the USA. Adam Grosowsky and Jeff Ellington were the first to use climbing material for slackening. Since the turn of the millennium, the sport has been attracting more and more attention worldwide. Various world records have been set since then, be it the attempt to run between one slackline stretched by two hot-air balloons from one balloon to the other or between the two cabins of the Zugspitz cable car. But the slackline is also finding more and more fans among amateurs and hobby sports enthusiasts: it is a highlight at the barbecue in the evening, in the city park or even at a children’s birthday party.
Which slackline to buy?
The slackline (roughly translated: loose tape) is available in various lengths and widths. No wonder that the layman encounters many questions when he wants to buy his first slackline.
Which slackline width should I choose?
Slacklines with a bandwidth of 5 cm offer beginners more tread area and support during their first balancing attempts. This also answers the question of which slackline is best suited for children. They also benefit from the 5 cm wide slacklines. However, at this width the athlete has to fight with additional tilting and wobbling movements, which have to balance the foot and knee joint. This will be very strenuous in the long run. More experienced slackliners therefore use 5 cm wide slacklines mainly for jumping, as they provide more jumping and spring area. Narrower slacklines with a width of 2.5 cm to 3.5 cm offer more control when walking. The foot lies better on the narrow line and allows the slackline to be better under control. Experienced sportsmen use these above all to be able to run longer distances on the belt.
Balance act: the right length of the slackline
The length of the slackline also makes a difference. Slacklines are typically produced in lengths of up to 50 metres. The greater the distance between the clamping points, the more the slackline hangs in the middle and oscillates. The more tension there is on the slackline, the more resistance and spring force is felt when moving on the line. In addition to the dimensions, it also plays an important role whether your slackline is dynamically or statically woven. Dynamic slacklines are ideal for trying out demanding jumps and tricks like on a trampoline. A static slackline is better for easy balancing.
This is how the slackline construction works:
Whether at the swimming lake, in the swimming pool, in the city park or in the middle of the city. Almost everywhere there are two trees or lanterns between which a slackline can be stretched. Trees should have a diameter of at least 25 cm to 30 cm in order to hold the tension of the line securely. If trees are used to tension the slackline, a suitable slackline tree protector should also be used to avoid damaging the trees.
Build a slackline without a tree or lantern? No problem!
If no suitable trees or poles can be found, you can still fall back on practical screw anchors and stands that allow the slackline to be stretched on the floor.