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.

Have you ever setup a slackline and found that your anchor slings were either too long, too short, or just did not sit right on the trees you are using?...

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Introduction Slacklining, and Longlining especially, are very gear intensive sports. It can take quite a while to set up a line if you are not fully prepared as there are...

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Introduction Anyone who has longlined in high winds knows that the wind can cause subject serious vibrations and sinusoidal oscillations to the line, especially without wind dampeners. Although the oscillations...

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Introduction So now that we know how to pack our bags at home such that the rigging process is super smooth and without interruption, and we can efficiently rig our longlines using the properly...

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Introduction When rigging your longline, have you ever found yourself having to go back and forth between your two anchor points multiple times? These extraneous trips back and forth between...

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Introduction Setting up a slackline can sometimes be a daunting task, especially as you get into longer and longer lines. You almost have to devote an entire day just to...

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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 Have you ever been in the situation where you have pulled all that you can out of your pulley system, but the line is still not tight enough? When...

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Introduction Due to the nature of slacklining, there can be a significant amount of tension and force involved. Sometimes the tension on our slacklines can exceed 1,000 lbf (even 2...

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Introduction When tensioning your slackline it can sometimes feel nearly impossible to get any more tension on the line. You try running with the rope in your hands, or pushing...

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Have you ever been to a spot where all the trees were either too big or too small for the spansets you have? What if there was a way that...

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Introduction Today we are looking at comparing the actual mechanical advantage of the SMC 3" Double PMP with the Rock Exotica Mini Machined Double Pulley. We are interested in how difficult tensioning will...

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