HopOn Powerline Review
Cons: Short length, ratchet rattles
Manufacturer: HopOn Slacklines
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Powerline might not have many of the features that some other trickline kits come with, but for most beginning stunt devils, this should be all you need. the webbing is great for dynamic moves and tricks, and the shorter length makes it easy enough to tension without the use of a heavy-duty ratchet system.
Ease of Set-up
This kit is a breeze to set up when compared to other trick-line kits. When tensioning the line, the ratchet has good action with definitive audible clicks that inspires confidence. The line is easy to keep aligned in the ratchet drum when tightening, which, in turn, improves it's lifespan since it won't rub the metal edge of the ratchet when released.
The tree protection included in this kit is slightly longer than the padding supplied with the Gibbon and Slackline industries kits, but also slightly less padded.
The powerline has more dynamic webbing than a true beginner kit, but this line can suffice as decent learning line, yet, if/when the walker progresses and wants to start some dynamic moves, this line will accommodate! The biggest limitation we encountered with this line was simply its length. The 6' ratchet strap repeatedly would not reach around the thicker anchor trees, and the 42' line would fall just a few feet shy of reaching the ratchet when we did find trees that would work.
The Powerline is a great kit with quality components, but nothing sets this line apart from the competition. With basic parts, the quality is just average. We like that the ratchet does a good job of keeping the webbing centered in the drum so abrasion doesn't occur when de-tensioning the line, but the printed graphics on the line sticks to itself in the ratchet drum, and the ratchet has a loud, disconcerting, rattle when you fall off. Ultimately, these issues are harmless and don't affect the safety or function of the line, but should be noted.
The thin "tape-like" nature of the webbing makes this unravel in a quick, usually painless, way. The snap upon releasing these ratchet based lines can be intense, but this line falls on the less jarring side of that scale. However, as "easy" this line is to take down, the process still should be done carefully. Watch your fingers and hair, and keep that webbing in line!
This kit has everything you need to get going but no extra bells and whistles. Two tree pads measuring 6"x51", are about a foot longer than others in the test, but the padding was slightly less protective. The storage bag was so cheap, it broke before we even used it, but I hope you aren't buying a slackline for its bag.
This kit has a good value to someone on a budget, wanting to do tricks. The webbing is the same type used by Gibbon and Slackline Industries for their trick lines, but the kit cost less. Make sure the length will work for your needs, and if so, this kit is worth the investment.
The HopOn Powerline is a basic trick kit that performs pretty well overall. The feel of the line is indiscernible from other trick lines, and the components are all good quality, but the shorter length left us wishing we had a couple more feet of webbing, both on the slackline, and the ratchet.
— Adam Paashaus
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