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By Mickey Wilson
Nov 19, 2012
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Hey guys, this is an awesome video about highlining that was filmed, edited, and produced by The Good Line Productions, in collaboration with Josh Beaudoin and myself from Gibbon Slacklines. It was shot in Rock Canyon near Provo, UT. Let me know if you have any questions or comments about highlining or slacklining in general!

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By Hardhat n Hexes
From Flagstaff, AZ.
Nov 19, 2012
super cool video, thanks for sharing. makes me want to go walk a highline!

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By 20 kN
From Hawaii
Nov 22, 2012
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Although I tend to steer away from anything sponsored by Gibbon Nooblines, I must say it was an interesting video, good work.

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By Mickey Wilson
Nov 23, 2012
why do you steer away from gibbon lines? their highline and longline gear is really good, and their tricklining gear is not that bad either. The ratchets are, of course, not ideal but provide a super easy, super cheap way to get lines REALLY tight. Gibbon, overall, is a pretty cool company in my opinion. Just trying to spread the stoke of slack :)

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By Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
Nov 23, 2012
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Mickey Wilson wrote:
why do you steer away from gibbon lines? their highline and longline gear is really good, and their tricklining gear is not that bad either. The ratchets are, of course, not ideal but provide a super easy, super cheap way to get lines REALLY tight. Gibbon, overall, is a pretty cool company in my opinion. Just trying to spread the stoke of slack :)


Hey, question on the Gibbon ratchets - I bought my nephew a Funline setup for his bday - its only 12m, so if we need a longer line, could we use 1" webbing with the same ratchet for longer setups and when progressing from the starter 2" line? And how hard can I crank on that ratchet for tension, safely? Are they pretty durable? thanks

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By Mickey Wilson
Nov 25, 2012
Hey Matt,

I have seen people use the 2" ratchets with 1" but I have never done so myself, but I'd imagine it would be fine so long as you make sure the webbing wraps nicely. Just use common sense when using the ratchets. Crank on them until the webbing wrap becomes too big for the ratchet. I'd say you can trust your ratchets on lines up to 120' or so.

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By Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
Nov 26, 2012
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Cool - thanks for the info.

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By Mickey Wilson
Nov 26, 2012
when you start to go longer, you really just need pulleys and rope

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By 20 kN
From Hawaii
Dec 1, 2012
Mickey Wilson wrote:
why do you steer away from gibbon lines? their highline and longline gear is really good, and their tricklining gear is not that bad either. The ratchets are, of course, not ideal but provide a super easy, super cheap way to get lines REALLY tight. Gibbon, overall, is a pretty cool company in my opinion. Just trying to spread the stoke of slack :)

Well, I am not a trickliner, I am more into longlining and highlining, so I cannot comment on their tricklines for that application. However, they come across as a cheap, "just get it set up quick" type company. Of course that opinion is heavily based by their implementation of ratchets that are not designed for the application they being used in. Ratchets are garbage for any serious slackline application (outside tricklining) as they can and often do fail. I have never heard of some breaking a legit longline system with proper components.

But I suppose my opinion is ultimately based upon the fact that they heavily tailor to the newbie crowed. If you look at any noob learning to slackline, it is likely they are walking a Gibbon line. If you search "highline failure" on YouTube, most of the lines involved are Gibbons. By contrast, I dont know a single longliner who uses Gibbon lines. I know some use the Proline and Flowline, but honestly, for longlining, their webbing is pretty fair compared to what is available.

Gibbon's widespread appearance in the beginner crowed has labeled them as the Wal-Mart of slacklining, which is why I believe that most serious longliners and highliners do not take Gibbon as a serious and legit company. The most popular advanced grade slackline equipment manufacturer in the USA is likely Balance Community.

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By MJMobes
From The land of steady habits
Dec 1, 2012
modern man
trends are funny to me for some reason

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By forlin13
Sep 10, 2013
I am new to the slackline community and have a gibbon red classic line and want to set up a 20 foot high line. I'll be wearing a harness obviously, but is there any other safety precautions I should take? should i look into different types of slacklines for highline walking or will a gibbon classic do the trick? thanks.

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By forlin13
Sep 10, 2013
^^^ PS. ill be seting my line up from two trees ^^^

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By Ryan Nevius
From The Range of Light
Sep 10, 2013
Mt. Agassiz
You can back it up with a rope...Or use two lines on top of each other, like in the top video. You want some kind of redundancy.

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By The Phoenix
Sep 10, 2013
The Phoenix
TR purist wrote:
trends are funny to me for some reason


ur a trend...

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By Alex McIntyre
From Tucson, AZ
Sep 10, 2013
forlin13 wrote:
I am new to the slackline community and have a gibbon red classic line and want to set up a 20 foot high line. I'll be wearing a harness obviously, but is there any other safety precautions I should take? should i look into different types of slacklines for highline walking or will a gibbon classic do the trick? thanks.

Absolutely do not rig any sort of highline with a ratchet. Ratchets can and do fail in this application.

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By forlin13
Sep 10, 2013
Alex McIntyre wrote:
Absolutely do not rig any sort of highline with a ratchet. Ratchets can and do fail in this application.


What do you recommend to do? Pulley systems work best im guessing? Should I have a back up line rigged as well?

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By Ryan Nevius
From The Range of Light
Sep 10, 2013
Mt. Agassiz
forlin13 wrote:
What do you recommend to do? Pulley systems work best im guessing? Should I have a back up line rigged as well?


You should go with someone who understands redundancy, gear limitations, and failure modes of a system.

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By Mickey Wilson
Sep 13, 2013
forlin13 wrote:
What do you recommend to do? Pulley systems work best im guessing? Should I have a back up line rigged as well?


Hey forlin13, trying to set up a line higher than your head with ratchets is kind of frowned upon/not a good idea. So if you are looking at a 20 foot highline, you really can't use ratchets, even if it's a short line. It's possible they can release suddenly when a person falls off the line and their leash catches them, sending a shock to the system. There are a lot of rules to the highline. It even says that in the video at the top of the thread. Josh says it pretty clearly, "The highline has a simple set of rules that you need to follow" It's hard to know what all these rules are the first time you experience highlining but as you go more and more (with experienced people who are willing to teach you) you begin to learn the ropes as it were.

So in summary, please don't go and try to set up a highline with a ratchet because you don't want to take the risk it could break or release, and for that matter, please don't go and try to set up a highline at all before learning how it's done and what gear is appropriate.

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By Mickey Wilson
Sep 13, 2013
20 kN wrote:
Well, I am not a trickliner, I am more into longlining and highlining, so I cannot comment on their tricklines for that application. However, they come across as a cheap, "just get it set up quick" type company. Of course that opinion is heavily based by their implementation of ratchets that are not designed for the application they being used in. Ratchets are garbage for any serious slackline application (outside tricklining) as they can and often do fail. I have never heard of some breaking a legit longline system with proper components. But I suppose my opinion is ultimately based upon the fact that they heavily tailor to the newbie crowed. If you look at any noob learning to slackline, it is likely they are walking a Gibbon line. If you search "highline failure" on YouTube, most of the lines involved are Gibbons. By contrast, I dont know a single longliner who uses Gibbon lines. I know some use the Proline and Flowline, but honestly, for longlining, their webbing is pretty fair compared to what is available. Gibbon's widespread appearance in the beginner crowed has labeled them as the Wal-Mart of slacklining, which is why I believe that most serious longliners and highliners do not take Gibbon as a serious and legit company. The most popular advanced grade slackline equipment manufacturer in the USA is likely Balance Community.


And 20 kN, I have to say, I just went back and read the old posts of this thread, and I think you should be more careful with throwing around words like Noob and Newbie because some of the best slackliners in the world ride for Gibbon. Flowline is great for longlines and highlines. The longest highline in Colorado is rigged with doubled flowline on a regular basis. It is also the webbing used in this video even.

The reason the most highline failures are associated with Gibbon ratchets is because Gibbon is by far the biggest slackline company in the world, and also probably holds the record for most converted slackers. It's only natural that the most incidents would be more heavily associated with the biggest company. Gibbon promotes all kinds of slacklining and if you took a second to look around, you'd see the weblocks and linegrips they have which work as good as any gear out there, especially for highlines. Don't be so elitist just because it feels good to jump on the "let's hate on the big company" bandwagon. Gibbon is good for slacklining. elitist dudes like you maybe aren't

and p.s. i see plenty of "noobs" learning on 1" primitive lines as well as gibbon lines and they all seem to be having fun, which is what matters anyways.

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By Kimball Hill
Oct 2, 2013
Hey, if anybody is going to do this highline and would be willing to teach somebody, I would love to learn! I have been trying to get into highlining, but I currently lack the funds and want to go with someone who knows what they are doing first. I have experience rock climbing and have read about many ways to set up a highline. Let me know, thanks!

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