How to slackline?

When learning how to slackline, it is important to first learn how to balance on the slackline and not how to walk on the slackline.  In the first step, train to stand on one leg, keeping your back strait, your arms in the air and breathing deeply. Once that you are able to do it on both legs, start making your first steps, engaging the movement with your hips and not your shoulders.

At the beginning, your leg will be shacking a lot, it is normal. Because of the instability of the surface below your foot, your muscle get over tense. Breathing deeply and trying many times in a role will stop your leg from shacking. Just like learning how to ride a bike, it will take some times  at the beginning but will quickly turn into a fun and challenging activity ! Everybody can balance on a slackline!

Is it better to slackline with shoes or with bear feet?

It depends on the personal preference of the user. Generally both.

Is slacklining dangerous?

No ! Just like any other sport, you need to start slacklining with a slackline and a set up adapted to your level. By setting your slackline low from the ground and with a short length, you can safely learn how to balance. Your set up will evolve with your progress, the easiest the slackline become, the more your will increase the length and height.

Can I wash my slackline?

You can wash your GIBBON slackline. It should be washed using cold water and very litle detergent, netutral soap is recommended. Any metal parts including the ratchet should never be washed or put in contact with water.

Can I book GIBBON slackliners for event performances?

Yes, it is generally possible to book slackliners for events. Please send all requests to

Can I also do tricks on a CLASSICLINE?

Yes, you can trickline on any GIBBON slackline. If you are looking to get more performance out of your slackline, we recommend getting a GIBBON slackline with more dynamic features (e.g. the GIBBON Jibline).

How do I become a GIBBON sponsored athlete?

We have very limited open spaces for our sponsored pro team each year – please send all enquiries to

Is GIBBON an American company?

No, GIBBON Slacklines is originally from Stuttgart, Germany. We have a US based subsidiary and work with over 30 distributors worldwide. Any HQ related enquiries are best sent to


Can my GIBBON slackline be left set up all year round?

We do not recommend leaving your GIBBON slackline set up when not in use, as it will reduce the perfomance of the webbing over time, and can have adverse effects on any fixpoints (e.g. trees).

Where can I buy spare parts / webbings only / extra ratchets?

For spare parts please check our Accessories, we offer extra ratchets, band slings, etc. For webbings only and advanced accessories, check out our new modular series!

Where can I find the product batch code on my GIBBON slackline?

The batch code can be found on the label attached to either the slackline, or the ratchet band. It will start with “PO” followed by a number.

I can’t open my ratchet, what should I do?

Please check if the ratchet was set up correctly and if the webbing is blocking the natural movement of the ratchet lever. Please always keep hands and fingers out of any areas of the ratchet that have moving parts, as this may result in injury. Try using a screw driver to lever open any blocked part until normal detensioning can be applied.

Can I tension my GIBBON Classic Line with two ratchets?

As all GIBBON Classic sets have a loop for using with a girth hitch around trees, you will not be bale to use a second ratchet with this set. You can howerer, exchange the existing ratchet with band for a GIBBON Powerratchet and band sling.

Which GIBBON slacklines can I tension with the XXL ratchet?

The XXl ratchet is only recommended with the GIBBON Modular Webbing Series. Please refer to our website of Slackapp for product details and for your nearest dealer.

How much tension can I put on my GIBBON slackline while tensioning it?

We recommend not putting more that 100lbs of tension on sets for beginners. Generally it is sufficient to set the line at a tension that causes it to vibrate when flicked.

How much weight can my GIBBON Slackline take? How heavy can the user be?

Our slacklines are rated from 3000-6000lbs depending on the type. We do not reccommend however to us the line with more than one person at a time, and not to exceed 250lbs. Our Independence Kits are rated at 240lbs for a maximum user weight.

Where can I find the user manual?

The user manual can be found in all product packaging, on our website, or alternatively on the GIBBON Slackapp.

What is the minimum age for using a GIBBON slackline?

Slacklining is for all ages, but we do recommend kids below the age of 12 to not use any GIBBON slackline without support and supervision.

My GIBBON slackline is damaged after excessive / wrong use, can I still continue using it?

We do not recommend using your GIBBON slackline if there is any noticable damage to the webbing, the ratchet, or any other part of the system.

My ratchet started developing rust, why?

All metal parts are prone to developing rust if not kept dry and out of any weather conditions. In order to avoid this please keep your ratchet dry and clean, and idally treat it with synthetic lubricant.

The drum on my GIBBON slackline ratchet is full and I can’t move the ratchet lever any further - what am I doing wrong?

The drum on the ratchet is only designed to take about 2-3 rotations. Generally misuse is due to the slackline not being pre-tensioned by hand before applying the ratchet. Please see user manual for details.

What is the difference between the slackrack classic and the slackrack fitness?

Both products are similar. The main difference being the line used and the extra accessories coming with the Slackrack Fitness. For the Slackrack Fitness, the line is thinner and therefore generates more vibration, it also comes with a Tera band and a poster to practice different exercises. We recommend the Slackrack Classic for a family use and the slackrack fitness for balance and coordination training.


Where should I go if I have a warranty claim with my GIBBON product?

For all waranty claims please refer back to the point of purchase first, all retailers are responsible for processing warranty claims. They will evaluate the warranty claim and communicate with us about any disputes.


Which slackline is suitable for doing tricks?

For starting doing tricks on our slacklines we recommend the Gibbon Jibline or alteratively longer Gibbon Surferline. Both lines have the same stretch, only the design and the lenght change. For advanced level tricklining we recommend our  Trickline webbing  Series that you can find on our Webshop.

When to use a GIBBON slow release system?

The GIBBON Slow Release enables a slow releasing of the tension of set up slacklines. The opening of the ratchet lever is no longer needed, which results in no abrasion of the slackline, and no damage to the ratchet. If you would like to know more about our new Slow Release please check out this video

Which slackline is best suited for beginners?

For beginners we highly recommend getting either a GIBBON Classic or GIBBON Funline. They can be set up at a low hight, and have a very high durability. Our Classic line is currently the most used slackline for beginner.

Is there a difference between the available GIBBON slacklines?

Yes, the different sets generally vary by design and by performance. There are different webbings, different widths, and lengths. The main characteristic that change from one line to another is the elasticity of the line.

Where can I buy GIBBON slacklines & GIBBON accessories?

You can find our products in all renowned sporting goods retailers. In order to find the closest store near you, please refer to our storelocator on the GIBBON Slacklines website, or the GIBBON Slacklines APP.


What distances can I set up my slackline at?

The slackline can be rigged to a maximum length of the set, considering the circumference of both anchor points (usually trees) deducted.

How high can I set up my slackline at?

The ideal height for any slackline is always below hip height of the user, but high enough to avoid touching the ground with the slackline when in use.

Can the Slackrack be used indoors and outdoors?

Yes, the GIBBON Slackrack can be used both indoor and outdoor. Please be aware that natural weathering may cause the metal parts to deteriorate.

Is there a minimum distance the GIBBON Independence Kit can be set up at? How much weight can the system take?

For entry level slackliners we recommend setting the ground screws at a distance of 25ft-30ft. The length can be altered using the A-frames with the slackline not under full tension. The A-frames can also be used toset up the slackline at three different heights. When installed properly the ground screws are rated at a strength of 4000lbs. The maximum weight of any user is 240lbs.

What should I do if I only have one tree or no fixpoint(s) to set up my GIBBON slackline?

In this case we recommend getting the GIBBON Independence Kit, or alternatively parts of it (e.g. only one tree). Once installed, it can be set up at no time and offers several set-up possibilities with only one anchor setting.

Which heights can the GIBBON Independence Kit be set up at?

The GIBBON Independence Kit can be set up at 30cm, 50cm, and 70cm height.

Do I have to use a GIBBON Treewear (treeprotection) and why is tree protection used?

Tree Protection is always useful and recommended. When using any trees or fixpoints, the GIBBON Treewear helps to avoid abrasion and unnecessary damage. If the treewear is too short to go around the tree, it is important to place it in the front, facing the direction of the line. In fact the tension is higher in the front of the tree where the side of the slackline are, rather than the back of the tree.

How to set up a slackline without trees?

You can install a slackline without trees using the Independence Kit. The set consist in two frames and two ground screws that can be placed in the ground. If you have small trees or a metal pole, you can also use our indoor gym set. It is similar as the Independence kit but doesn´t have the ground screw. Therefore, you can use it just like a normal slackline using the base of the pole or tree.


Where can I get the GIBBON Slackapp from?

You can download the FREE GIBBON Slackapp from the Apple Appstore and from the Google Play Store by searching for “Gibbon Slacklines”. You can also go to our App Website and download it from there:

Why can I not play the videos on the GIBBON Slackapp?

Please check the settings on your smartphone and enable video streaming.

How do I set up my slackline?

Please download the GIBBON Slackapp from any app store, it is free and has set up video tutorials for each product under the “Products” section!

How do I learn slacklining?

Please download the GIBBON Slackapp from any app store, it is free and has lots of beginner tutorials for any entry level!