Slacklining is a relatively new sport or physical activity performed on a nylon, polyester or hybrid 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.
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.
Respect Mother Earth and help maintain a positive image of slackliners by using Tree Pads, rugs, cardboard, etc., to protect the trees and your equipment.
Be mindful of walkers, children and bikers and only slackline in a clear area where your slackline is visible. Add lights, fluorescent tape or signs close to your slacklining spot to prevent accidents. Slacklining is still a new urban sport and it is necessary to educate people about safe practices. Never slackline in the middle of a bike road and keep an eye on the line at all times.