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Flybold Complete Kit Review

This basic slackline is easy to set up, durable, and makes for a great line to learn on.
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Price:  $60 List | $47.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Beginner friendly, extra long tree protectors
Cons:  Not great for advanced slackliners
Manufacturer:   Flybold
By Adam Paashaus ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Sep 20, 2019
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Our Verdict

The Flybold Complete Kit makes a great all-around basic slackline kit. The webbing has more stability than trickline style slacklines making this a great line to learn on. If you are looking for an advanced system, for tricks or longlining, this isn't it, but If you want a basic kit for backyards, parks, climbing gyms, for learning or for casual use, this does a good job.


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Pros Beginner friendly, extra long tree protectorsLightweight, lots of length options, gear is adaptable for progressionAttractive package, beginner friendlyInexpensive, long length, beginner friendlyEasy to set-up, challenging, long
Cons Not great for advanced slacklinersMore complicated set-up than ratchet systemsRed dyeMinimal featuresNot great for beginners
Bottom Line This basic slackline is easy to set up, durable, and makes for a great line to learn on.This model uses a traditional rigging technique to achieve a 1-inch line that will help you progress into more advanced slacklining disciplines like longlining and highlining.A great complete package that has all the features to get you walking the line.This affordable slackline is perfect for those wanting to start walking longer lines.This simple to set-up 1-inch line is great for your first foray into the art of longlining.
Rating Categories Flybold Complete Kit Primitive Kit Zen Monkey Complete Kit Base Line Gibbon Flowline
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Specs Flybold Complete Kit Primitive Kit Zen Monkey... Base Line Gibbon Flowline
Width 2 in 1 in 2 in 2 in 1 in
Features Tree pro, carrying bag Tree pro w/ loops, independent anchor slings, BC shackle, webbing specific carabiners, multiplier ring, BC line locker Overhead training line & ratchet, Arm Trainer, Tree protectors w/ loops, Cloth carry bag Tree pro, carry bag, ratchet cover Two rachet anchors
Time to Rig 5 minutes 10-15 minutes 5 minutes 5 minutes 5-10 minutes
Tightening System Rachet Primitive Rachet Rachet Rachet
Anchor Length 8.33 ft 8 ft 8.08 ft

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Flybold Complete Kit is a great line for the novice through intermediate slackliner. If you've never walked a line before, the weave of this webbing is conducive to learning, and the polyester webbing offers just enough stretch for beginning tricks and static poses. With a 49-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


Here we set up the Flybold on the loose side for some surfing fun.
Here we set up the Flybold on the loose side for some surfing fun.

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 kit also has tree protection that is big enough to reach around most trees, making set up that much easier.
Quality tree pro reaches around most trees.
Quality tree pro reaches around most trees.

Versatility


This model comes with webbing that is bouncy enough to be fun, but stable enough to make learning easier. This is sold as a 57' slackline kit but keep in mind, the 57' listed, is the ratchet webbing and the slackline webbing combined. That means the longest set-up will be closer to 50' once you wrap the ends around the trees/anchors. However, 50' is actually a pretty good length for a basic kit that will offer a lot of options.

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

Quality


Everything about this kit is a bit above average quality. The webbing is durable and shows very little signs of repeated use. The ratchet mechanism inspires confidence and after all the testing, never failed or missed a beat. The included tree protection is the longest off all of the competitions'.

Disassembly


Like all other ratchet systems, this has that sudden POP! that occurs with releasing such a large amount of tension. Unfortunately, this one manages to both, POP with tremendous force, and comes with more anticipation, due to the slight extra force needed to trigger the release mechanism. All in all, though, the release is still basically the same as the rest of the ratchet based systems.

Features


Overall, this is just a basic slackline kit with no special bells and whistles, but the ratchet is top-notch and the webbing, resilient. The kit includes some of the best tree protection of the whole bunch. The 6"x60" felt and velcro pads reached around all but the largest trees we encountered and provided average padding.

The Voodoo tree protectors are 40-inches long which is pretty average among its competitors  but look short compared to the 59.5-inch versions from the Flybold Kit.
The Voodoo tree protectors are 40-inches long which is pretty average among its competitors, but look short compared to the 59.5-inch versions from the Flybold Kit.

The kit did come with a backpack/storage bag, but We wouldn't buy this slackline for its bag, as its quality isn't the best.

The Flybold is a basic  but high quality  easy-to-use line.
The Flybold is a basic, but high quality, easy-to-use line.

Value


This kit has a good price to performance ratio. The parts and pieces are all of great quality and, with proper care, this line should last you for years.

Conclusion


This is a high-quality slackline that will hold up to a lot of use and please even the most seasoned slackers who give it a try. It sets up easy, with a dependable ratchet, and has a line feel that is both good for learning and great fun. however, if you want a high tech line, this probably isn't your best option.

Not our first choice  but a worthy slackline for beginners or casual slackers.
Not our first choice, but a worthy slackline for beginners or casual slackers.


Adam Paashaus