Slackline Industries Trick Line Review
Cons: Short length
Manufacturer: Slackline Industries
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Slackline Industries Trickline comes with a 50 feet (42+8) of bouncy webbing, a ratchet for tensioning, two tree pads, and a safety backup system for the ratchets.
Ease of Set-up
As with other similar 2-inch set-ups, getting this line up and ready for walking is a breeze once you select the appropriate anchors. Wrap the ratchet webbing around a tree or post, do the same with the webbing end, feed it through the ratchet, crank it down and you are ready to go in five minutes. The backup line is easy to install as well. You'll want to wrap any extra line using the same tree that the ratchet anchor does and put it through the ratchet handle. You can secure it by putting the free end through the double D-ring buckle. This ensures that the ratchet won't come flying at you in the unlikely scenario of the ratchet failing due to the high tension in a trick-line.
While this line is designated as a trick-line, it functions as a decent line to learn to walk on as well. The webbing has a little more kick to its movement but that only slightly increases the challenge of walking. This makes the Slackline Industries Trick Line a good choice if you have both beginner and intermediate slackers to please.
However, because the line comes with a single ratchet and only 50 feet of webbing, it is limited in its depth as a trick-line. In order for a line to give you competition worthy air, two ratchets and more webbing are necessary.
This is a high-quality line that gave us very few issues. The ratchet held up nicely under the large forces applied to a trick-line. We had no problems with bending handles or with the tension slipping once the line was fully locked. As with other trick-lines with highly textured graphics, we did have some melting of the graphics which caused it to catch in the ratchet when we released it after a prolonged session.
Disassembling the Slackline Industries Trick Line is marginally trickier than your average ratchet-tensioned slackline. Because the line is coated with sticky graphics to help the slacker's foot stay put in between aerials, the graphics melt to the webbing when rigged under high tension. This causes the webbing to catch on itself and stay in the ratchet even after the ratchet lock has been fully released. It is an easy fix (just pull on the other side of the webbing) and a problem that is universal amongst trick-lines.
Marketed as a line for jumps and tricks, the Slackline Industries Trick Line is not your average 2-inch slackline. Super bouncy trampoline-like webbing lets you catch extra air when jumping, provided the tension of the line is high enough. The rubber graphics ensure that your foot stays right where you put it when landing back on the line. The ratchet is no different than those found on other 2-inch Slackline Industries lines, but this kit does come with a backup safety line. While it is rare that a ratchet has failed under the extreme forces of trick-lining, this extra feature ensures that if the worst-case scenario happens, there won't be a heavy metal ratchet flying at you.
This line can be great for beginners as well as intermediate tricksters, and for the price, we consider it a good value. If care is taken to get the line set-up right and taken down correctly, this line should last years.
The Slackline Industries Trick Line is an easily assembled line for those who have beginner and intermediate slackers to please. The durability of the webbing and ratchet plus the moderate price tag make this a great line for your everyday slacker.
— Adam Paashaus