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Information for Parents and Gift Givers

Slackline kits make it on a lot of wish lists for birthdays and holidays. If you are on this page, your probably trying to be a really great gift giver by giving someone something that they'll really love and cherish. Either that, or your child has asked to get a slackline and you want to know more about it first before letting them get into this "slacking" thing. Here's where we answer some of the questions regarding the sport and our gear - with specific emphasis on buying for someone else. If you go through these and still have a question, feel free to contact us for more information.

Either way, before buying a kit you probably want a little more information on the sport, recommendations on what to buy, when we can get shipped and if we can ship it discreetly.

The premise of slacklining is that it is a fun balancing activity. It's easy enough to learn, loads of fun and has lots of nice physical benefits. It is a lot like tight rope walking but is almost always done close to the ground and the line is bouncy and to the observer looks like a rope with slack in it. In reality it's springy webbing set tightly between two points and it stretches once your on it, but the concept is the same, but it feels a lot different than rope. See the answer section below for more specific questions that we've had.

True Beginner

(i.e. my child / family member / friend / spouse saw or tried it once and wants one). For beginners we have two recommendations. The Intro Kit is great for a quick and low cost setup to get started for someone who might not stay with the sport. It's a ton of fun for such a low price. It is however a limited in range and if you think that the recipient of the gift will stay with the sport, the Primo 50 Kit is by far the way to go since it doesn't cost much more, but the build quality is significantly higher.

Intermediate or Experienced

For someone who already has done it a several times the Primo 50 Kit hands down offers the most versatility, easiest setup and offers the most options. It makes a great gift for those who already have made their own systems but are having difficulty setting them at longer lengths or for tighter lines. It's also a great starter system since they won't outgrow it like might happen with an intro kit or a optioned down classic.

Classic as a Gift?

Not recommended. Not because it's not a great line however. The Classic 50 is a modular system where you pick only the features you know you'll need. The problem is that it's hard to pick just the right options for that person since each of those optional parts add or take away a specific feature or ability of the slackline. Unless you know that person's preferences extremely well, I'd recommend the Primo instead as it has everything the classic can offer and more and depending on the options there might only be a tiny price difference.

For the Hardcore Slacker

The Primo 100 Kit slackline is a great system since the hard core slacker likely won't already have a 100 foot line that they can set solo. However, unless they are already walking 50 foot likes already, the 100 foot is simply overkill.

Other Suggestions?

If you have a bit more budget to spend, the optional Slackline Padding Pack for the slacklines is a great investment and is highly recommended. You could also pick them up an Embroidered Patch, webbing belt or Professional Slacker T-Shirt.

Is Slacklining Safe?

Is slacklining safe? It's safer than you'd think. Most of the time the slacker is between a couple feet and a few inches off the ground and they are moving slow and precise . Injuries are extremely rare and no known death has been attributed to the sport, even including those insane highlines 1000ft+ in the air. (people die each year screwing in light bulbs so the lack of injuries speak volumes) That said, this is a sport of falling & tumbling. By falling we mean catching your balance and landing well when you come off the line. 99% of the time that means you just step down off the line when things get hectic, but sometimes you land on your rear end or back. You fall a lot while learning the basics and you fall a lot while learning tricks. That's why its important to have good spotters, a good place to land and set the line at reasonable heights and distances for what the slacker is doing. Any sport that involves height and falls has at least some risks to it, this isn't any different. From experience there are far more injuries from playing Frisbee or baseball than slacklining. Almost all injuries consist of little bruises where the line popped them from a bad dismount - that's not bad considering the mental and physical skills being developed.

Is it easy to learn?

Yes. Well, ok it's not easy but most anyone who wants to learn to, baring a physical disability, can. Expect an afternoon to a week to learn the basics and a few days or practice to be walking a full 20 foot line. With coaching from someone who knows what to tell them that can be abbreviate down to walking a full line in an afternoon. You may be able to find local slackline workshops to accelerate your progress.

Is it Expensive?

If your asking this, you probably haven't looked at our gear prices. For the cost of a video game or two you can have a quality slackline kit that will last you years. It's extremely cost effective and once you get the basic gear, there isn't much more you can spend on the sport until you go big time on super long or high up lines.

What about Birthday Rush Orders?

It depends. We'll do our part to rush it through if you let us know but you must do your part for paying faster shipping options. Also, if you let us know that it is for a birthday, let us know the person's name and age we'll include a birthday card from us for free.

How about Rush Holiday Orders?

Holidays are MUCH harder for us to guarantee a delivery date because everyone else waited until the same day you did to order. PLEASE order early, these slacklines are made to order with custom options, that means we don't have a bunch sitting on a shelf at any given point in time. For seasons like Christmas expect it to take us at least 4 business days to get the kit made, so then it still has the shipment time on top of that - bottom line ORDER EARLY. You must give us a desired date and most likely upgrade shipping options to receive it by a certain date before a major holiday.

Can you ship without branding or labeling?

Yes. Our lines normally come in a generic brown box, but for extra precautions we can remove our company name from the shipment's slip. Just let us know we need to and it will simply come from our shippers name without any indication that it contains a slackline system.

Will this make them better at insert sport?

Training is a weird thing, slacking wouldn't seem highly relevant but I can say that people are using it for developing: core balance, mental concentration, weight transition, smoothness of motion, reducing fear of heights, team building and concentration under physical stress. Those trails apply to almost every physical sport, but the sports we hear the highest accolades on our gear helping reach new heights in are: surfing, skate boarding, kayaking, rock climbing, wrestling and gymnastics. Others apply as well, but we do not enough specific feedback allows us to say too much about applications. In short, we can't guarantee that slacking will produce the next Chris Sharma, Tony Hawk or whatever insanely talented individual, but it sure can't hurt - plus it's a heck of a lot of fun.

Will this help someone be physically rehabilitated?

Some of our best repeat customers are physical therapists who are finding it helps with range of motion, weight transfer, balance and coordination as well as other physiology benefits. We've received reports of rehab clinics using the lines as a method of helping some people re-learn to walk. I'm holding out to see real research studies published before I would say that these are rehab tools, but we're hearing very good things about increasing the quality of life for some individuals. We like being a part of that.

Will this just be a fad?

The sport has been around for 25 years, but the last 3 have seen tremendous growth. It hasn't shown the slightest signs of fading out yet, it looks like the sport is around to stay. Trends are fickle, but anything this fun can't be a bad thing. While I can't guarantee that your recipient will be a life long addict to the sport, statistically it's very possible.

Can someone be too old to slackline?

As far as we are concerned, no. We hear this excuse a lot from the people in their 40's to 50's and that's just poppycock. Health issues aside, slacklines offer something for nearly everyone. We have taught individuals as old as 87 who learned to walk a line completely on their own and as young as 3 years old. Obviously we encourage spotters and a helping hand for those who might need it, but the line itself poses little more threat than a small set of stairs and it's a whole lot of fun.

Will this get them outdoors?

Most likely. Slacklines are great hits with the people who don't like competitive sports and might not otherwise get outdoors or be physically active at all. It is mentally challenging, interesting, promotes physical awareness and gets people out in nature or at least outdoors. It can be done inside, but it's not all that common anywhere else other than climbing gyms. It also has the side benefit of being something unique to passer-bys so it's a great way of meeting new people.

Is this slacking thing healthy?

It promotes a core fitness, a relaxed and a keen attentive mental state. For some people it actually picks up a Zen like meditative meaning as well.

What kit should I buy?

Check out our Choosing a kit page.

Child walking a slackline

 

"This hobby is one of the most awesome things I've ever done. Your kit made set up so easy." - Heather M. More Gear Reviews