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Sponsorship or discounts

We receive a sponsorship request about each week. Unfortunately, we pretty much have to decline almost all of these requests. Currently we can only offer extremely limited sponsorships or discounts. Please keep in mind that even though we are a market leader in slacklines, it's a pretty small field and we're still just a bunch people who are still in or fresh out of college trying to keep the sport and company growing. Anything we give away comes directly out of what we would be putting towards things like gas, rent and food. I'm tired of ramen noodles so requests have to be pretty legit and worth our while to be reasonable.

If you are interested in requesting some type of support from us here are our basic ground rules:

  1. No matter how cool you think you are we will not sponsor any specific individuals with pro deals or freebies just for the sake of who they are. Since climbing legend and Guru John Long gladly paid us for his slackline; you'll have a lot of work to do to convince us that you are cooler than him.
  2. We handle order discounts for multiple order requests on a case by case basis. Discounts are much more likely than freebies.
  3. We'd rather donate our time than gear for events. We're cheapskates that way.
  4. We support local efforts first. It saves gas.
  5. We support our previous sponsorships first. They tend to bring in bigger crowds and give us better promotion.
  6. Give us an advanced notice, preferably at least a month or two before the event. That helps us buy cheaper plane tickets if we want to be there in person.
  7. We expect you to do your part in promoting the sport of slacklining. There is no such thing as a free lunch.
  8. Climbing comps without slackline activities aren't likely to get support. Duh.
  9. Slackline comps of any size get priority over general climbing comps that just happen to have a slackline. We enjoy slackline comps, it's fun to watch people line up to bust their arse.
  10. We don't expect you to go all out promoting us specifically over any other gear company, but it won't hurt.
  11. We will only handle gear or volunteer requests. No we will not pay you to play in the mountains and live out of your van.
  12. Slackline Express is a non-denominational entity, so church specific organizations are not eligible for sponsorships, only order discounts on bulk orders.
  13. When our yearly budget for deals is up, it's up. It's almost always spent.
  14. If there is a T-shirt or web site, we expect a link or sponsorship mention. We like free t-shirts with our name on it.
  15. If you are acting as an individual accept the fact we'll most likely have to decline your request. Instead, think bigger. Get more involved, organize instructional workshops with a real schedule and website, start a local club, organize competitions and otherwise get something that promotes the sport more than just you in the park, playing around with your buddies.
  16. Email or mail only - don't call. Include your organization name, contact info and hopefully a web site with info on the event you are working.
  17. If you happen to work in the outdoor industry as a full time professional let us know and we'll see if there is any sort of pro deal discount we can apply. The general rule is reciprocity.

Don't despair though, if you've read through all of this and still think you bring something unique to the table do the following:
Draft a Sponsorship Proposal that includes information on who you are, what you do, how you think we can help you and how you can help us.
Send your sponsorship request via email, mail or fax.

Once you have submitted your request, give us sometime to sort through it before you follow up. It's ok to be persistent but don't be impatient or obnoxious. We get a lot of these requests so it takes a bit of back and forth to decide who qualifies for what tiny bit of sponsorship stuff we can afford to give away. That's why it is absolutely imperative that if you have an event that you contact us well in advance, otherwise we might not have time to accommodate your request even if we would have chosen to.

As for pro deals for individuals or reward programs for referrals, the way we look at it is we never want to someone to promote our company strictly because we sponsor them or because they get something in return – we get tons of great word of mouth just because people who’ve used our gear love our gear, the way we do business and the information we provide. we’d rather not taint the purity of that type of recommendation with kickbacks.

If you want to resell our lines, that's a different story. Just contact us and we'll work something out.

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