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Slackline Industries Base Line Review

Slackline Industries Baseline
Price:  $60 List | $56.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, ergonomic ratchet, extra long webbing, beginner friendly
Cons:  Minimal features
Bottom line:  Ideal for beginners and intermediate slackliners; it has a host of features, including an excellent price.
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Width (inches):  2 in
Tested Length (feet):  85 ft
Features:  Tree pro, carrying bag, ratchet
Manufacturer:   Slackline Industries

Our Verdict

Slackline Industries is a newer slackline company that grew from the former US-based distributors of Gibbon Slacklines. They have put their years of experience selling Gibbon lines into creating several improvements to the standard 2-inch line, as well as throwing in some handy extra features. The resulting Slackline Industries Base Line is a great and inexpensive beginner slackline. It comes with durable webbing that is stiff and easy for beginners to learn on, yet bouncy enough for the intermediate. It also boasts an 85' long piece of webbing which provides the option for a longer line and comes with tree protection that's easy to velcro into place.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Leslie Yedor

Last Updated:
Tuesday
May 22, 2018

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The Slackline Industries Base Line Kit covers the "bases" for the beginner-intermediate slackliner. Designed with the novice in mind, this is an easy line to learn on. The 2-inch webbing has a nice stable feel underfoot, while the improved weave of the webbing over the original 2-inch lines of yesteryear gives it enough bounce to be fun as you begin to progress into entry-level tricks. This is an 82-foot line and includes tree protection. Older versions of this kit used to come with an instructional DVD, but that is no longer part of the 2018 package.

Performance Comparison


Whether you are learning to walk or making the jump into tricks  this model covers the basics and then some.
Whether you are learning to walk or making the jump into tricks, this model covers the basics and then some.

Ease of Set-up


The Base Line is simple to set-up, even for the least mechanically inclined person. It has a ratchet-based tensioning system that makes set-up quicker and simpler than a traditional slackline like the Balance Community Primitive Kit.

The trickiest part about setting up any slackline of this nature is finding appropriate anchors. The most commonly used option is mature trees with sizable trunks. This model has eight feet of webbing on the ratchet end giving it one of the longest anchors of the lines we tested. This provides plenty of length to fit around the majority of trees found in your local park or backyard. Its tree protectors, on the other hand, are quite short and are only suitable for trees less than 40" around. If you're hoping to use bigger trees, set-up is mildly complicated by needing to extend your tree protectors.

Tree protection is an essential part of every responsible set-up. This model comes with two that are 40-inches long.
Tree protection is an essential part of every responsible set-up. This model comes with two that are 40-inches long.

If you use trees for your slackline anchors, tree protection is essential. Make sure to properly pad the tree so that the webbing doesn't cause the bark to fall off from repeated rubbing or otherwise harm the tree. You can use sleeping pads, old towels, 1-inch or greater diameter sticks, or purchase additional pre-made pads from most slackline manufacturers. Not only is this better for the tree, but in most National Parks and other conservation areas it's actually a law, and you'll be forced to take your line down if you haven't properly padded your anchors.

The webbing of this model has well-defined graphics on one side only that didn't fade from view despite heavy use, unlike the Slackers Wave Walker. This helps you eliminate twists when rigging the line and ensures that the webbing is laying flat before feeding it through the ratchet for tensioning. Finally, the handle of the ratchet is a soft-molded plastic that is comfortable in your hand as you tighten down the line.

Versatility


The Base Line Kit is a great line for the beginner-intermediate slackliner. Its length provides room for progression from a short line to a long line, and the soft, stretchy webbing leaves room to develop basic tricklining skills.

Just like the intermediate user, this line lands right in the middle of the pack leaving better options for the true novice and the more advanced slackliner. If you are looking for a similar style line that will entertain a more diverse user group, from the never-evers to the intermediate tricksters, check out our Editors' Choice winner, the Flybold Kit.

Libby Sauter working some fancy moves on the Base Line. This model works well for static poses  jumps and learning to walk.
Libby Sauter working some fancy moves on the Base Line. This model works well for static poses, jumps and learning to walk.

Quality


As the popularity of 2-inch slacklines has increased, the companies making these products have adapted them to the changing and growing demand. These lines were once nothing more than a tow strap the likes of which you could purchase at a local hardware shop. Now, the new 2-inch slacklines are calculated and precisely designed sports equipment. This line represents a new generation of 2-inch lines that are specifically engineered for funambulism. With a little due diligence in the set-up and disassembly phase, this slackline will last you for years.

As with all the 2-inch lines currently on the market, some fraying on the edge of the webbing edge was seen at the ratchet site when we repeatedly rigged lines of the same length. If you take care to keep the webbing straight and in line when feeding it through the ratchet and tensioning, the wear will be minimal, and the line will continue to be safe and fun, year after year. When we intentionally caused the webbing to catch in the ratchet (as one might accidentally do if the rigger doesn't tend the line while tensioning), this model experience similar wear to the other slacklines we tested.

Even after a few sessions we had only a small amount of wear on the sides of the webbing. With cautious rigging  this line will last for years.
Even after a few sessions we had only a small amount of wear on the sides of the webbing. With cautious rigging, this line will last for years.

Disassembly


Taking down the Base Line Kit is as easy as all the other classic 2-inch systems with the bonus of a cushioned brake release lever. As with all ratchet lines, releasing the high tension in the slackline is a little dramatic, but the plastic-covered release lever on this model helps save your fingers and comfortably take down this line.

This ratchet worked extremely well and the rubberized grip and safety release were comfortable to hold.
This ratchet worked extremely well and the rubberized grip and safety release were comfortable to hold.

Features


There are a few additional bonus features that make this model stand out from the competition. The extra long ratchet line and the extra long webbing are tremendously useful when the options for appropriate anchors are limited.

The ratchet on the Base Line Kit has a nice plastic-molded main grip as well as a plastic-wrapped brake release that facilitate safe and easy set-up and tear down. Tree protectors are an essential addition to any kit. Many cities have banned the use of slacklines in parks without the use of some kind of tree protection. Including tree protection in their kit ensures that you will have uninterrupted fun all day, and don't need to make an additional purchase or spend time crafting instead of walking.

An 85-foot line  plus 8 more feet for the ratchet end  makes choosing anchor trees as simple as deciding how long you want to walk.
An 85-foot line, plus 8 more feet for the ratchet end, makes choosing anchor trees as simple as deciding how long you want to walk.


Best Applications


This line is designed with the beginner-intermediate in mind and with proper care will keep you entertained for years to come without putting a large dent in your wallet. If you're looking for a beginner friendly line that comes with the added bells and whistle to really get you moving check out our Editors' Choice winner, the Flybold Slackline Kit.

Experienced slackers can still have a great time on this line by jumping and working on their static poses.
Experienced slackers can still have a great time on this line by jumping and working on their static poses.

Value


This model was once our Best Buy winner in a previous review and was only trumped by this year's Editors' Choice. It still has one of the most affordable prices out there, and its durability, additional tree protection, and added length make it an excellent value for your money.

Conclusion


If you are interested in learning to slackline as a casual weekend activity for the family or as a great new activity for your school group, you can't go wrong with the Slackline Industries Base Line. It has lots of great features for beginners, is durable, provides room to improve, and best of all, it comes with an affordable price tag.

Leslie Yedor

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