09. What if the Slackline wraps at one ratchet side, scratching the edge; does it mean that it's defective?


It doesn’t mean that your Slackline is broken or defective. When you get more familiar with the Slackline’s ratchet, you won’t have to think about the wrong wrapping anymore.

Expert tip

Check the 50-mm wide webbing, sewn on the ratchet bolt: it must be in the center position when tensioned. Make sure that the webbing is not displaced on one of the two sides, because it will tend to twist. Then check the long webbing, which is inserted into the ratchet roller slot: it must be absolutely cantered as well. After the first ratchet pulling, check again the alignment of both webbing on the ratchet. Make manually adjustments, moving the webbing right or left. If even after the re-alignment the webbing position is wrong, open the Slackline’s ratchet and start from beginning. You will soon get confident with this and won’t think about that anymore!

 

SLACKLINE

 

“To engage in the art of balance, you’ll need determination and a flexible and elastic length of webbing, between 2.5 and 5cm wide, stretched between two anchor points (eg. two trees, but it could be anywhere). In addition to walking, you can also do jumps and tricks on the Slackline, depending on what speciality you choose between Tricklining, Longlining and Highlining”.

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LONGLINE

 

“... the Longline is not just a length of webbing over 30 metres long, it’s a journey: tell the truth, you never thought that a line just 2.5cm wide would be enough! This long line has no real limits, only the ones you set yourself. To learn, you’ll require particular skills and concentration: your line can be taut or slack, depending on the level of difficulty and the type of activity you want to perform. Your long webbing will take you far... the current record is only 1,020m! Think you can do better?”

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HIGHLINE

 

“...Highline is height, excitement, adrenaline and vertigo...! Highlining is the most extreme expression of slacklining around, practised with a particular kind of webbing installed very high up: between 7 and 1000m. How can you learn to walk suspended in the void, on top of the world, at a height that would be fatal if you fell without a safety line? It’s definitely an activity for experts, and certainly not for the faint of heart...!”

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