Slackline Awards 2011
OutdoorGearLab.com revealed today the results of the 2011 Editors’ Choice Awards for the Slackline category, listing this year’s best slack line and best value for slacklines. The OutdoorGearLab Review Editors chose the following winners after extensive field testing and road trips in Yosemite, Napa and The Bay Area. Each slackline underwent extensive side by side tests to evaluate key performance metrics such as ease of set-up, versatility, quality, disassembly Safety, and value. View the complete slackline review.
The winners are:
Balance Community Titen Series – winner of the Editor's Choice Award for 2011 for slacklines. According to Gear Editor Damian Cooksey, "Balance Community’s Titen Series Custom Pulley System has the quality, durability, versatility and safety we are looking for in a slackline rig. If budget is not an issue and if you want to progress from walking to tricklining and super long slacklines (400 feet or more) – this is the set up for you. Balance Community’s Titen Series Custom Pulley System allows you to create the most versatile, durable, safe-to-dismantle rig available today. This truly is the ultimate slackline rig on the market."
Primitive Rig - Winner of the Best Buy award for 2011. This award is given to a product that balances an extremely high score in our tests and a very reasonable price. According to Damian Cooksey, "We couldn’t review slackline kits without including the rig that started it all. The Primitive Rig is just that – primitive. It is the first system created with webbing and a few biners in Yosemite by Jeff Ellington in the early 1980s. It is still the best value in slacklines. The price tag for this rig varies from $0-75 depending on whether you have some old carabiners you’re willing to sacrifice for slacklining. If you are a climber, you can probably find all the components lying around so the line sorta costs $0."
Gibbon Classic Slackline - Winner of the Top Pick award for 2011 as "The Best Beginner Slackline". This award is given to products that scored very highly, and offered unique capabilities. According to Damian Cooksey, "The Gibbon Classic Slackline is our top choice for an entry-level slackline. Children, in particular, find this line much easier to balance on because it has very little movement to it. Although movement of the line is part of the fun with slacklining, we found that the fact that this line hardly moves at all is actually beneficial to beginners. No other slackline we reviewed was as beginner friendly."
Gibbon Surfline Slackline - Winner of a Top Pick Award for 2011 as "The Best Trickline". According to Damain Cooksey, "The Gibbon Surfline Slackline was the best trickline we tested and the one used in many trick contests. Overall, if you are progressing with tricklining and you want a line with a decent amount of versatility in length and feel, the Gibbon Surfline is a great choice"