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Slacklining: Verb, The act of having an unbelievable amount of fun walking and doing tricks on a piece of webbing pulled tight between two points, also used as a form of meditation, physical and mental training.

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Important Product Information & Updates

The sport of slacklining is continually evolving, as are our products. Sometimes designs go obsolete, hardware gets replaced and sometimes newer and safer techniques come out. Refer to the list below to see if a product or technique for using one of our products needs updated.

Tensioning Widget Tips for Primo Kits

How to avoid breakage: The tensioning widget has been a great improvement for our Primo kit. We simply love the convenience it offers, however, it has come to our attention that by using the system in an unexpected way it is possible to weaken or break the release tab off of the tensioning widget's tail. When someone is walking on the system, it is intended to be either held tight with the ratchet with the widget tail loose, or the widget tail tight and the ratchet loose. Having both tight as shown in the photo above and walking on the system can put pressure on parts of the cam buckle that weren't designed to take pressure. Simply put - just have one part tight when walking, not both.

Tips on avoiding slippage: When locking off the tensioning widget as shown in the photo above, push the cam buckle towards the anchor by pushing on the tensioning widget's cam buckle where the tail's webbing is sewn on. This will give you better leverage to firmly lock off the tension than simply pulling on the tail. This will help reduce cam buckle slippage significantly.


Intro Kit Update

We received a few intro kit ratchets which used too mild of steel in the slide plate that engages in the teeth. All of these ratchets used green/yellow 1.25" webbing on the main line. We've redesigned the kit using different ratchets. If you received an intro slackline kit that quit tightening correctly contact us so we can fix your slackline using upgraded hardware.

Slacklines that use S-clips for the main line

We only made a handful of slacklines that used the heavy duty steel S-clips on the main line. We have since re-designed the kits to use either carabiners or eliminated the need for either. While we have never heard of any failures of the S-Clips we have seen them be damaged by over tensioning or start bending under very heavy use. Simply put, they simply don't have as large of a safety margin as we use currently. While we aren't recalling these as they are still safe to use on casual slacklines we'd like to issue a reminder to check for any signs of bending. Since they are steel they are not likely to break, but instead will deform under load, possibly to the point of releasing the slackline. Again this isn't likely but if you have on of our old lines, keep your eyes out of any damage to the S-clip. If you'd like us to refurbish your slackline to eliminate the S-clip and replace it with a carabiners or different sling designs, we would be glad to do so for nominal charge. Again, this only applies to S-Clips that hold tension while someone is on the line, the S-clips are still perfectly strong for items like our super tensioning add-on pack as they are not holding the line while in use.

Lines that use non-bar tack sewing

This is just a reminder to check your slackline stitching for wear. If you have a slackline that used diamond pattern sewing then it may be time to retire it simply from age (it's been approximately three years since we used straight stitch to make slacklines). We now have much higher grade sewing machines that can do industrial duty bar-tack that are not only faster but can produce much stronger and better looking stitches. Bar-tacking is a sewing pattern that uses a tight patterned zigzags that ends up looking like a small rectangular bar - this is usually considered industry standard for high tensile bonding in a small amount of surface area. For an example of bar-tack, refer to the S-clip photo above. If you'd like us to refurbish your slackline kit with new sewing, please contact us. All images and content has the rights reserved to Slackline Express LLC.
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