Hands-on Gear Review
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Street Price: $90
Pros: Inexpensive, lightweight.
Cons: Not great for tricklines or longlines.
Best Uses: Recommended uses: walking, static poses.
The Trango eLine has been discontinued. Our new top slackline is the Gibbon Flowline, which wins our Editor's Choice Award. Another option for beginners is the Gibbon Classic that is $15 less expensive, faster to set up, and a little easier to learn on. Check out our complete Slackline review to see how all of the slacklines that we tested measure up.
The Trango eLine takes the old-school primitive rig to a new level of functionality with its low-stretch webbing. If you're looking for a line that's easy to rig, easy to carry, and will keep you focused on balance alone – the eLine would be an excellent choice. It mainly comes down to if you value the eLine's webbing and the fact it comes in one package. That said, the Classic (despite the name) does not give that classic slack feel that the eLine or Primitive Rig have.
If you want a line that is even faster to set up and ideal for tricks, check out the Gibbon Surfline.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
In the Trango eLine (a.k.a. YogaSlackers Slackline) Trango and YogaSlackers teamed up to sell an unpretentious, truly slack slackline. This line is not meant for tricklining and they don't try to sell it as a trickline. The Trango eLine is a very simple, lightweight slackline kit. The eLine is sold as a complete kit, with 15 meters (49 ft.) of webbing. However, no tree padding is included. Please be sure to protect anchor trees with cardboard or a scrap of old carpet.
We like how the Trango eLine does what it says it will do. It is meant for walking and static poses, and it is a darn good line for these purposes. The low stretch webbing has a gentle bounce with a nice feel under low to medium tension.
The eLine is simple and fast to rig once you get the friction wrap down. It comes with low-stretch polyester webbing, which makes it easier to rig with the friction wrap than traditional nylon webbing. This saves quite a bit of time and effort with rigging.
The anchors, the webbing, the tensioning method – basically everything about this slackline – is well designed for its intended use.
The eLine is not a very versatile slackine kit. If you want to progress from simple walking and static poses to aerial tricks, this line will leave you wanting more.
One small disadvantage of the eLine is that the line itself is used in the tensioning system. This means the walking line will suffer some additional wear and tear as compared to systems designed to keep the line and tensioning system separated.
Another point of wear is at the sewn end of the line. We saw a decent amount of wear develop by using the same tree multiple times. This would likely be the place the eLine would wear out first, but it would take a lot of use before this would happen.
— Damian Cooksey
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Most recent review: July 17, 2011
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