When the kids have too much energy and need something to occupy them both physically and mentally, then it’s time to……
Set up a slackline! Slacklining is the sport of walking on a small, flat nylon strap that is positioned between two anchor points. Some people slackline for the fun challenge, others do it for the athletic benefits, and others for the improvement in their balance and strength. Slacklining as a sport is wonderful in that it can be done anywhere – the backyard, the basement, a park, the beach, or anywhere you can find two anchor points. It’s safe, fun, and perfect for kids and adults of all ages. Best of all, you can do it in summer, winter, day, night, rain or shine.
A slackline is the perfect gift for kids and families, and for once, you won’t need to worry that they’ll be bored with it after an hour or two. Once someone has mastered the skill of walking across the line, then the challenge of tricks, jumps, and balance games begin! A slackline setup has the tendency to draw people in for hours of challenging fun, and that’s one of the reasons they are so popular.
There are many slacklines on the market, but Gibbon makes some of the best slacklines in the world. Our favorite is the Gibbon Classic Slackline. It is a high-quality slackline that is ideal for both beginners and experienced slackers. (I bet you never thought that the word “slackers” could be a good thing….) The 2 inch wide strap is the ideal width to learn on and is also perfect for learning tricks and jumps. At 82 feet in length, there will be plenty of strap to create the perfect set up in any location. The hardware that is included is durable, solid, easy to use, and will hold up a maximum tension of 4 tons, so you don’t have to worry about the line slipping. Set up takes only minutes, and it comes with an instruction manual and a carry bag.
The Gibbon Classic Slackline is affordable, durable, and provides healthy fun for the whole family. It also won the 2009 Backpacker Magazine’s Editor’s Choice award, and that gives it a huge stamp of approval in our book.
2 thoughts on “Turn Your Kids into Slackers – With a Backyard Slackline!”
Every image I see of the Slackline shows it attached to a stand of sorts. I cannot find these stands for sale. If it’s attached to a tree, would it end up sideways?
Not at all. Most people attach slacklines to trees and it is really easy. Gibbon’s website has a wonderful help section with setup videos and tutorials. Here is one of their videos on basic setup: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YVs_s-xc6g The video shows them wrapping the tree with a cloth to protect both the tree and your line. A towel, carpet, or long cloth will work great.