Hands-on Gear Review

Flybold Complete Kit Review

Flybold Kit
Editors' Choice Award
Price:  $60 List | $57.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Beginner friendly, includes a hand line for learning, extra long tree protectors
Cons:  Not suitable for advanced slackliners
Bottom line:  A great line with ingenious features that will help turn the never-ever into the intermediate slacker.
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Width (inches):  2 in
Tested Length (feet):  57 ft
Features:  Tree pro, carrying bag, hand line, arm trainer, ratchet cover
Manufacturer:   Flybold

Our Verdict

Established in 2017, Flybold is an outdoor gear company sold exclusively on Amazon. Where this company got its beta for designing a slackline is your best guess, but somehow they totally nailed it. The Flybold Kit has it all. A 100% polyester 57-foot line of quality construction provides versatility in length and suits beginners and intermediates alike. The kit also comes with a serious array of bonus features. They stepped up the utility of the overhead hand line by adding in an arm trainer to help teach the proper form for balancing. It also includes extra-long tree protectors and an 8-foot ratchet line which opens up a wide range of anchor trees.

While this product is excellent for most people, if you're looking for a traditional set-up or have plans to progress into longlining, our Top Pick for Traditional Slacklining, the Balance Community Primitive Kit is your line. If you don't need a handline, we highly recommend the Flybold Essential Kit. It only costs $35 and comes with everything in the Complete Kit except for the hand line and ratchet cover.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Leslie Yedor

Last Updated:
Tuesday
May 22, 2018

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The Flybold Kit is an outstanding line for the novice through intermediate slackliner. If you've never walked a line before, the overhead hand line with arm trainer is an indispensable learning tool. The polyester webbing has the familiar feel of a classic line underfoot but offers just enough stretch for beginning tricks and static poses. With a 57-feet main line and an additional 8-feet of webbing on the rachet line, this model will get you started and keep you walking for a long time.

Performance Comparison


Whether you're just learning or have mastered the walk  this model has the bases covered for beginner through intermediate slackliners.
Whether you're just learning or have mastered the walk, this model has the bases covered for beginner through intermediate slackliners.

Ease of Set-up


This model uses the simple and standard 2-inch wide webbing with a ratchet for tensioning. As the popularity of ratchet systems has increased over the last decade, advances in ratchet quality have improved both the safety and simplicity of rigging a line. This line's ratchet is made with strong components and consistently operated smoothly. The handle never bent despite excessive tensioning nor was there ever any misalignment within the ratchet's inner moving parts.


The handle is also very comfortable. The main grip point is made with a soft-molded plastic that nestles snugly in your hand while tightening. While this seems like a small point, once we cranked down on the ratchet as hard as possible (as you must do to get adequate tension), we appreciated the comfortable handle found on this line. The ratchet provides sufficient mechanical advantage for a single individual to tension this line without needing assistance.

The ratchet's plastic molded handle makes tensioning this line quick and comfortable.
The ratchet's plastic molded handle makes tensioning this line quick and comfortable.

The overhead hand line is a miniature version of the main line, and set-up was just as quick. The easiest way to rig the hand line is to first entirely set up the main line and, with the support of the anchor tree, stand on it to reach higher up the trunk. The height of the hand line can be adjusted to accommodate kids and adults of all shapes and sizes.

The tensioned main line provides the perfect step-stool for setting up the hand line.
The tensioned main line provides the perfect step-stool for setting up the hand line.

Versatility


This model comes with webbing that is bouncy enough to be fun, but stable enough to make walking back and forth easy for a beginner.


The overhead hand line with arm trainer makes it the perfect line for never-evers and for adults who want to learn but have enough common sense to be wary of the hard ground below. It is too short to be considered a longline, so for that, we recommend our Top Pick for Traditional Slacklining, the Balance Community Primitive Kit. The moderately stretchy webbing of the Flybold is great for beginning tricks and static poses, but the Voodoo Trickline is a better match for advanced tricklining.

One of our testers gets tricky with a static yoga pose.
One of our testers gets tricky with a static yoga pose.

Quality


The 57-foot piece of webbing that comes with this kit is durable and comfortable to walk on with bare feet. Nothing hurts bare toes like the sharp edge of curled webbing, but this line stayed flat across the distance of the line. It also never showed signs of fraying where it was fed into the ratchet.


The line sports sleek, classy graphics and its bright colors create good visibility if for a crowded park which helps prevent the accidental "close-lining" of running children or distracted adults.

Every piece of this kit  from the webbing to the tree protectors  is high-quality.
Every piece of this kit, from the webbing to the tree protectors, is high-quality.

Disassembly


Like all other ratchet systems, the sudden POP that occurs with releasing such a large amount of tension can intimidate a beginner. But thanks to the improved ratchet design and ratchet quality, the process quickly becomes routine.


Previous generations of slackline ratchets had significant problems in this category. Ratchets bent, lines caught and sometimes the ratchet failed to release at all. Thankfully, taking down this line gave us no trouble. The hand line above was just as easy to disassemble. Remember to take the hand line down first if you want to reach it without a ladder!

Features


This kit shines in its added features and was without equal among the other models we tested in this category. The overhead hand line with an additional small line to use as an arm trainer is an ingenious feature for helping future-slackers learn to walk. While you can just hold on to the hand line, the arm trainer provides assistance but still requires that you engage your core. It also teaches proper arm placement and helps the beginner take steps towards walking without this crutch.

The overhead hand line helps  the beginner safety learn proper technique.
The overhead hand line helps the beginner safety learn proper technique.

This model also includes two 60-inch long tree protectors that easily wrapped the biggest trees we tried to use, and their adjustable velcro closures made it a simple process.


It comes with a ratchet cover which protects bare feet from the metal edges of the ratchet but keep in mind, it's not advisable to walk across the ratchet anyway. This ratchet cover was cleverly designed to snap into place after the line is rigged too. The carrying case is too small to be practical, but you can store the kit in it.

We loved the extra-long 59.5-inch tree protectors for letting us use the biggest trees we wanted.
We loved the extra-long 59.5-inch tree protectors for letting us use the biggest trees we wanted.

Best Applications


This is a great first slackline kit. It has everything you need to learn to walk along with the versatility to keep you entertained well into the intermediate stage. More advanced slackliners will prefer the Balance Community Primitive Kit for longlining and the Voodoo Gold Trickline for aerial tricks.

This kit assists the never-ever through the progressions necessary to advance from novice to intermediate.
This kit assists the never-ever through the progressions necessary to advance from novice to intermediate.

Value


This kit has a fantastic price to performance ratio. So much so it deserves both our Editors' Choice Award as well as the Best Buy award. At $54.95, it's the second least expensive line of all of the models we tested and comes with more features than any of its competitors. The parts and pieces are all of great quality and, with proper care, this line will last you for years.

Conclusion


Whether you are just dabbling in the sport or want the option to progress towards beginning tricklining, our Editors' Choice winner is the way to go. This model is unmatched in its quality among 2-inch ratchet based lines, and its bonus features make it suitable for a wide variety of users.

Your reviewer trying to finding some zen in a balanced lotus pose.
Your reviewer trying to finding some zen in a balanced lotus pose.
Leslie Yedor

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