First Look Gear Review
Street Price: $0-75
Pros: Inexpensive, lightweight, safe to detension, often can be made from gear you have lying around (if you are a climber).
Cons: Need to assemble parts and figure out how to set up, requires two people to get good tension.
Best Uses: Walking, surfing, tricklining.
The Primitive Rig is not a kit sold in stores but the knowledge to put together a slackline using a lot of gear you already have if you are a climber (plus a nice 30-50 foot piece of webbing you likely will need to purchase). If you are not interested in purchasing a kit but want to have a setup similar to those that started this sport, the primitive rig is the best place to begin. That said, for those starting out in the sport that are looking to purchase a kit put together for your specific needs, we recommend the Gibbon Classic to most people who are just starting out and the Gibbon Flowline for those who are looking for a quality versatile line that they will not outgrow in the near future.
The Primitive Rig is versatile enough to rig everything from a short beginner line, to a reasonably tight trickline, to a bonafide longline. You'll need some friends around to help out with tensioning – but that's part of the fun. And unlike a kit with a ratchet, it is easy and safe to de-tension this line. If you don't want to assemble this kit yourself, you can buy the Balance Community Primitive Kit for $100 or the Pro for $114 (you'll get 20 more feet of webbing).
Check out our complete Slackline review to see how this compared to others.
— Damian Cooksey
OutdoorGearLab Member Reviews
Most recent review: March 28, 2015