Gibbon Slackline Review
Have you been slacklining yet? So I have to admit, when I first saw people doing it, I thought it was for the young snowboarder type crowd, ie. bones made of rubber. I had recently spent some time at a friends house during the holidays and saw they had a slackline. So, instead of stuffing my face with food all day, I thought I would sneak off and give it a try. I spent about 30-45 minutes playing around on it and I have to admit, it was a challenge. After 20 minutes of playing, I was able to get the hang of it, and it became a lot more fun. This was the moment when I told myself I need to get one of these things!
Gibbon has been making slacklines for a while now and one thing that I really like about that company is that they make it easy to get into the sport/activity even if you are a beginner. With the rachet system they have in place to anchor onto a tree, it takes a couple minutes to set up the whole thing. After talking to others, it can take up to a half hour setting up other slackline systems, so this was a definite plus for me. Since our crew was more in beginner category, we tested out the Gibbon Funline, which has a grippy graphic and is two inches wide, to give you a better chance at staying on the line. The Funline is 49 ft long, which we found to be plenty long when looking for trees at the park to hook it up to.
We’ve spent a number of hours playing on the Gibbon Funline and one thing that stuck out to us is that slacklining is an excellent ab workout. Pretty much every sport you can think of, having a solid core is important. We found slacklining with the Funline worked our core immensely and also helped us with our balance.
While slacklining, we ran into some more hardcore slackers that like the 1 inch line. All Gibbons lines are two inches for the time being and some people argue that 1 inch wide is best for slacklining, but we feel that if you are not a pro, then 2 inch wide slacklines are the way to go.
Overall, we have really liked the sport of slacklining and think that Gibbon Slacklines are a must when checking out slacklines.