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I don't think this has been covered before, but if it has I apologize.

I'd really like to start slacklining, but I need to get an idea of the overall cost. How much did you spend for your slackline? What would be the cheapest I could get all the gear for it?

Thanks!


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4 biners: 20 dollars

40 feet of 1 inch tubular webbing: 12 dollars

2 slings for rapping around trees: 5 dollars


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I do it with just 2 biners and 50' of webbing to allow for long or short.


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adam, do you use the dead end of your line to girth hitch the tree?


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May or may not be what your looking for but there are even cheaper options if you want a pre-made setup. My kits are on www.slacklineexpress.com for more info.

Our main kits (everythings customizable though)

30' basic slackline kit with tightening system and tree slings & instructions: $23 + shipping - enough to get you started cheap

50' Deluxe slackline kit, 50' tubular nylon main line, adjustable tree slings, super easy to use tightening system, foam tree friendlies or carrying handle, 27' of 2" webbing just for kicks if you want to walk it or find another use for it and 21 pages full color manual / getting started tips, $45 + shipping.

The other pre-made kits out there are good too so you might look into them.

www.slackline.com
www.asanapackworks.com
www.ethosclimbing.com

Or if you want to make your own tightening system or buy it seperate and just buy the main line/webbing www.notforclimbing.com

If you aren't looking for a pre-made I appologize, it always comes down to picking what type of setup fits your needs and you mentioned cheap so I thought I'd try to help.


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Yes.


1. Tie a small loop at end of rope with overhand.
2. Girth hitch around tree with loop.
3. Clove hitch in two biners with gates opposing about 4-5 feet from 2nd tree.
4. Pull tight around tree, clip one biner, go around tree in other direction, clip 2nd biner, pull tight with 3:1 mecanical advantage created (helps to have another pull on webbing coming from 1rst biner), finish with a mule knot around.

With practice, you can put this up quickly (less than 2 minutes), tightly, and it will lie flat.

If you are setting up a permanant one, after stretch is removed, it helps to get the line wet, and retighten. When it dries it will be like piano wire.


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Thanks all! Slacklinejoe, I'll definitely consider your kit. That being said, do you think using a play structure for anchors would work?


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Well, now that you have changed the title to also include your second question...

Probably not, as I am guessing you are talking about a portable one in a backyard. You will generate upwards of 1,000 lbs of tensile pull, so your anchor points need to be very strong.


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i use a playground for one of my slackline anchors. if it feels sturdy, then its probably strong enough.


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YOu can make slackline Joe's kit for significantly cheaper and it will be just as good.


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Well, now that you have changed the title to also include your second question...

Probably not, as I am guessing you are talking about a portable one in a backyard. You will generate upwards of 1,000 lbs of tensile pull, so your anchor points need to be very strong.

True. And if you're talking about one of those city-maintained public playgrounds where eveything is imbedded solidly in the ground and made of big logs, then yes it will probably be fine.


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4 biners: 20 dollars

40 feet of 1 inch tubular webbing: 12 dollars

2 slings for rapping around trees: 5 dollars

the fun you will have slacklining: priceless


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