Gibbon Jibline slackline

Gibbon has helped bring an underground activity started by rock climbers in the ’70s to college campuses, neighborhood parks, and outdoorsy events with its easy-to-setup slackline kits. Its newest version, the 49-foot-long Jibline, is designed for master slackers who want to practice spins, flips, jumps, butt bounces and other tricks. The nylon webbing line has “grippy” graphics for traction and a rubber mesh integrated to provide more bounce, making it easier to do tricks.

Gibbon Jibline Slackline Kit

The entire line of Gibbon kits, which come of four styles, offers easy setup. They consist of a 6-foot-long piece of webbing with a loop on one end and a ratchet on the other end. The other half of the kit is a 49- or 82-foot piece of webbing with a loop on one end and a loose end for the other side. It’s 2-inches wide, making the line easier to walk on than a traditional 1-inch-wide piece of webbing.

The Gibbon Jibline slackline kit is made for doing tricks and other showmanship maneuvers

Weighing about 6 pounds, the kit is heavier than a DIY version or products like the YogaSlackers’ Slackline Kit. It is pricier than a few carabiners and a length of climbing webbing, which is what it takes to set up a line. But Gibbon’s offerings are so easy to set up — and easier to learn on — that they have become popular with people looking for a quicker entry into the sport.

The Jibline and Gibbon’s other versions cost $80 to $100. www.gibbonslacklines.com

—Ryan Dionne

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.