What is Slacklining?
Slacklining is a relatively new sport or physical activity performed on nylon webbing, secured between two anchor points, usually trees, rocks or any artificial anchor point depending on the location where this activity is practiced. Slacklining can be performed outdoors or indoors.
Slacklining is similar to tightrope walking; however, the main difference is that the latter is performed with a wire or rope anchored very rigidly, instead of the dynamic experience that a slackline offers.
There are many variations of slacklining depending on different variables such as: style, materials used in the webbing, tension applied, altitude where it is located, setting, etc.
Slacklines are 1-inch or 2-inch wide and while the later allows more balance, especially for new adepts, the 1-inch slackline is usually preferred by advanced slackliners. Nowadays, there are different companies that manufacture slacklines and so there are different kinds of slacklines for different styles. However, it is also possible to create your own slackline by getting some mountain equipment such as carabiners, lines, ratchets, etc.
Benefits of Slacklining
These are some of the benefits of practicing slacklining:
- Improves core balance
- Improves mental concentration
- Improves smoothness of motion
- Enhances agility
- Enhances strength
- Great for relaxation
- Used in Physiotherapy
- Great for outdoor activities
What is a Slackline?
A slackline consists of webbing made of a resistant material, usually polyester but also nylon. Polyester webbing or similar materials are more rigid, while the nylon slackline is more dynamic and provides more flexibility for tricks and feats. Beginners often get a 2-inch slackline set which is easier for balance and tricks, while advanced slackliners usually get a 1-inch slackline set which is better for highlining and walking long distances.
Today there are several kinds of slacklines and many companies have created a 2-piece set, similar to a tie-down system, which makes things much easier, and provides different kinds of materials, such as nylon or polyester webbing, for different styles of slacklining.
However, many slackliners continue to like old-fasioned slacklines based on ordinary climbing gear, knots and carabiner pulley systems; the result is a hybrid of a trampoline and a tightrope.