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Slack Science

Slack Science, powered by Balance Community: Slackline Outfitters, is a blog run by Jerry Miszewski about slacklining. He offers tips and tricks to various parts of setting-up, taking down, in-depth looks at various aspects of a setup, and hints at walking slacklines.

Jerry's long history with the sport of slackline has given him a wealth of knowledge that he loves to share with his fellow slackliners. Slack Science is a place anyone and everyone to come and learn about our wonderful sport of slacklining.

Recently there has been a discussion about whether rigging a slackline or highline with an upside-down weblock causes an increase in slippage or presents a danger to the rig. Here...

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Introduction Today we are discussing the testing and strength of the 2 different bGebz Knots, shown in our previous Slack Science article here: Anchoring the Alpine WebLock 4.0.   Background With...

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Introduction Soft shackles are a very cool new item in the slackline industry. They have a ton of potential to lighten the load on our backs when we are transporting...

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Introduction With the use of Soft Shackles made from a 12-strand Dyneema Rope becoming more and more popular, there are a number of questions popping up about how they perform...

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Introduction In this article we will be discussing the results of various random tests we have done with soft shackles. There are a number of random things we were curious...

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SCOPE This method is intended for determining the resistance to abrasion of slackline webbing. TEST SPECIMEN The specimen shall be the full width of the material being tested and shall...

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Introduction Over the past several years I have been constantly optimizing my highline setups to make them lighter and easier to rig, while maintaining the redundancy and strength required to...

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Background Over the past few months I have been slowly studying the effects of shockloading as they pertain to highline anchors. I have been examining the effects of anchor extension...

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Introduction Some slackliners believe that for a given tension the amount of sag subjected to a slackline from a slackliner will remain the same regardless of the type of webbing...

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Introduction Psyched on longlines but not psyched on tensioning them? Well, you are not alone. Tensioning a longline can be plenty of work. But with the right equipment, it can...

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Introduction There are a number of ways that slackliners use slings, which are typically spansets, that are non-standard. Until now, we just believed that because of how strong spansets are,...

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Welcome to the Gear Testing section of Slack Science. These types of posts will include experiments that we do using gear that we sell here at Balance Community. I will...

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