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Aug 23, 2006, 3:30 PM
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Hi All, I started slackling about three weeks ago after reading an article so I have a couple of questions. I tried the search function but came up dry.
What is the difference in types of webbing? ie: nylon, polypropylene, polyester...etc can any of them be used for slacking or is one type better?
I only have one tree so I'm using a screw anchor into the house, for a line I bought a 15' 1" 3K max limit ratchet and strap. I have 13' of line that I can walk. Is a shorter line easier or more difficult. I can balance perpendicular and parallel to the line walk it foward and backward as well as turn around. I would like to try a longer line, anyone near Winston Salem or Mocksville in North Carolina? I'll bring the beer and pizza :D


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There are many materials that can be made into a webbing, everything from high tensile strength syntetics such as spectra to good old cotton.

Many materials have drastically different properties and strengths - most are not suitable for slackline use. Within each material there are different weaves and types that too drastically affect suitability for slacklining.

Almost all slacklines are made from 1" tubular nylon with a few including spectra or dynema. 1" Tubular nylon is relatively cheap, very effective and fairly readily available in local markets through climbing, outdoors and marine stores.

Tubular is woven in a tube form and then pressed flat, flat webbing is woven in a ribbon form. Some flat nylon weaves are far too weak, others are even stronger than tubular.

For a typically small line you want something greater than 2,000 lb tensile test, ideally with a bit of give (elongation) to it. Other characteristics should include resistance to abrasion and reasonable handling abilities (ability to tie knots if your setup requires it) and available in a width which is comfortable on the feet (usually 5/8" being the smallest most people would walk with a few using 1/2").

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