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Pros: Easy to set up, easy to walk, great value.
Cons: Ratchet tricky to release, not durable and wears down webbing.
Best Uses: Walking, static poses, beginning aerial tricks.
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. If you are just starting out with slacklining, you can’t go wrong with the Gibbon Classic. If you want a similar line with more stretch that is better for tricks, we would go with the Gibbon Jibline ($90), which has more bounce and a special rubber coating ideal for sticking tricky landings.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The Gibbon Classic Line was the beginning of Gibbon’s sojourn in the slackline world. Realizing the complexity and mechanical understanding required to rig most slackline kits, Gibbon marketed a line that is incredibly easy to rig and fairly versatile in its uses.
Criticized by traditionalists for doubling the width of the line (slacklining started out on one-inch wide webbing, the Gibbon Classic is two inches wide), Gibbon has created a niche of the sport that is here to stay.
The feel of Gibbon Classic line is fairly stiff. There is not a lot of movement or stretch in the webbing. The kit is complete, however no tree padding is included. Please be sure to use cardboard or carpet to protect trees being used for slacklining.
The Gibbon Classic slackline is utterly simple to rig. We like that the width of the ratchet matches the width of the webbing. This is a very important consideration when purchasing a slackline. Beware of kits that sell two-inch-wide ratchets with one-inch-wide webbing – this does not work.
Although we have stated that ratchets are far from ideal for tensioning slacklines in general, Gibbon chose reasonably functional webbing for use with a ratchet in this kit. We saw far less abrasion on the webbing of the Classic Slackline as compared to other ratcheted slackline kits. The webbing is surprisingly durable enough to withstand the abuse of the sharp edges of the ratchet. That said, with repeated use the line will suffer some wear from the ratchet.
Our only real complaint with the Gibbon Classic line it its limited versatility. The lack of movement of the line is something we like, but it is also the feature that limits the uses of this line. A better trick line would be either the Gibbon Jibline or the Gibbon Surfline.
Promo Video for the Gibbon Classic Slackline
Video on How to Set up a Gibbon Line
— Damian Cooksey
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