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By PosiDave
Dec 31, 2011

I am looking into anyone choice of Pulleys and tension/locking system for slackline/highlines

-I am looking at buying the SMC 3" pulleys. Are there any other pulleys that are on the same level or close? (Any experience with SBI pulleys or the Gibbon Chain hoist?)

-Anyone have any experience with the Gibbon Linelocker or other linelocker? I have used a rapring and steel biner before. any big advantage?

Any other suggestions on gear I haven't mentioned is great. I am comfortable with rigging/set. But, I mostly climb so the slack specific gear I don't have much experience with.


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By David Stallman
Dec 31, 2011
me at the crackhouse

I've done quite a bit of slack lining and high lining and have used all the things you're asking about, and there are some definite advantages between them.

The SMC pulleys are great, and so are the SBI. I would go with the SBI pulleys for most lines due to the integrated brake and high strength. The SMC ones will need a rigging plate and a brake. I've used grigris, petzl ID's, and the petzl rig. My favorite is the ID, it's a little beefier than the rig, and way beefier than the grigri. The grigri or a cinch would work just fine, and I've even seen an atc-guide used. The ID is much nicer than the rig for de-tensioning, as the can be the scariest and fastest parts of the whole show if done carelessly.

But back to the SBI, they're compact, and while the brake can be a little Slow to engage, I've never had it slip, and if a beefier brake is required for a longer line, it can easily be added to the system. The main difference between the SBI and the SMC are pulley diameter, which can make a noticeable difference when tightening the line, larger the better, SMC wins, but it's noticeable for short lines or if you have more than 2 people pulling. You can also easily add a multiplier to either system to make it waaaay easier. Best multiplier is a small BD pulley (aluminum with plastic pulley) attached to the line with a ropeman 2 or tibloc.

As for line locker, the gibbon and similar are super great, and allow you to remove slack in the line before you start to tension it, an impossible task with rings. Also, as you make longer lines, the gibbon's higher strength and larger bend radius can help prevent your line from snapping.

As for purchasing, our can obviously hunt and gather, but balancecommunity.com offers a pretty great one stop shopping. Also forum.slackline.com has a pretty good forum to buy gear and ask advice.

Tl;dr go with SBI and rings for park lines or SMC and line lock for long lines.


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By MJMobes
From The land of steady habits
Dec 31, 2011
modern man

ummmm, webbing and some biners?


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By S Denny
From Carbondale, CO
Dec 31, 2011

David pretty much nailed it. The nice linelockers are awesome. The linegrip (if you can afford it) totally changed the game. Super easy to tension lines and pull the whole system out.

as for webbing and biners... yeah... that'll work...


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By Rob Warden, Space Lizard
From Springdale Ut
Dec 31, 2011
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webbing, steel ovals, pick up truck...done at least thats how my friends did it when they were to drunk to mess with pulleys and blocking plates.


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By David Stallman
Dec 31, 2011
me at the crackhouse

if you're just getting into slacklining, webbing and biners and rings are the way to go.

Pulleys add swing weight, which will make it harder to slack at shorter distances. Pulleys get to be super useful when making lines longer than around 40 feet (given you have enough people to pull a friction tensioning system) or making super super tight lines for air.

I'd definitely start with webbing and rings though


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By PosiDave
Jan 21, 2012

Thanks guys,

I run a regular slack set-up. Webbing,Steel Biners, Rap Rings. But am looking to set-up high-lines and don't think the biners would work for the length of some of them with 2 people pulling.


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