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|Stretch||9.22% @ 6kN|
|Weight||62 g/m (4.17 lbs/100 ft)|
|MBS||32.0 kN (7,194 lbf)|
|WLL||6.4 kN (1,439 lbf)|
1.0 - 4.5kN
A classic nylon webbing that was built for bounce. With a weave that is so soft and a stretch that beyond powerful, Type 18 MKII is a solid webbing for anyone looking to get the maximum power out of their longlines.
The overall design of Type 18 MKII combined with the usage of LineSkin resin coating, makes it very burly. However, a lot of webbings that sport a high durability have a reduction in their suppleness. This is not the case with Type 18 MKII. It's one of the softest webbings out there!
Because of the burliness, Type 18 MKII is a great webbing for any project you can throw at it. It has a nice bounce, soft feel, and is exceptionally strong, making it ideal for any type of line you can imagine.
A unique feature of Type 18 MKII is that it uses a single zone construction. This means all fibers at some point come up to the face of the line. This provides a few different benefits over more traditional multi-zone constructions.
First, it gives a much more balanced profile when the webbing sees tension. Given that all the fibers are woven rather than having just the face fibers woven, each fiber will start to elongate at the same time, giving a very uniform and smooth stretch profile.
Second, each fiber has a lower exposure to the outside of the weave. In a multi-zone weave, the face fibers are disproportionally exposed to usage, UV, the elements, etc... as they are on the outside of the webbing. With a single zone weave like Type 18, a fiber will be exposed to the outside of the webbing much much less compared to the outside fibers on the multi-zone weave, giving them a lower likelihood of getting damaged from that outside exposure.
Third, the single zone weave uses the same size fibers everywhere in the weave. This contributes further to the uniform stretch profile outlined above as well as giving Type 18 MKII a very uniform feeling on the hand/foot across it's width. While this can be accomplished with multi-zone weaves, it often results in effects to the stretch that may make the webbing less desireable to walk on certain lines. T18 achieves this uniform feeling while retaining the optimized stretch profile.
Back in 2009, when Balance Community was born, Type 18 was the first webbing we offered in our shop. Some of the first pieces we ever sold are still in use today, 12 years later! We personally have a few of these pieces left that we continue to use at various events around the world.
These pieces of webbing have seen thousands, if not tens of thousands of walks. Even with this extreme usage, these pieces still have a great stretch profile, massive strength, and still feel like a slackline! Many other types of webbing tend to lose their dynamics and livliness with contiued usage. However, something about the way Type 18 is constructed gives it a very big lifespan.
As we outlined in the weave section above, Type 18 has one of the smoothest and most natural stretch curves we've ever experienced. The combination of the weave structure, amount of fibers in the weave, and general behavior of the fibers while being tensioned give Type 18 a very consistent and pure stretch profile.
Because of this fantastic stretch profile, we recommend Type 18 MKII for any and all length highlines up to about 400m (1,312 ft). Beyond this length, it makes a lot more sense to use a high tech or lighter weight webbing for ease of rigging/walking.
Compare the stretch of Type 18 MKII to our other webbings on our Webbing Stretch page
Width – 25.4 mm (1.00 inches)
Thickness – 3.05 mm (0.120 inches)
Weight – 62 g/m (4.17 lbs/100 ft)
MBS – 32.0 kN (7,194 lbf)
WLL – 6.4 kN (1,439 lbf)
Abrasion Retention – 0.6
MBS – 29.0 kN (6,519 lbf)
Thread Type – 138-lb Bonded Polyester
Raw Materials – 100% Nylon
Weave Structure – Flat Weave with MIddle Reversal
Weave Zoning – Single Zone Construction with high density weave and LineSkin Resin Coating
Style – An extremely versatile webbing great for all types of highlines
Optimum Tensions – 1.0 - 4.5 kN (225 - 1,000 lbf)
Preferred Lengths – 20 - 400m (65 - 1,312 feet)
Approved – Yes
Backup Length – How long should the backup be with a Type 18 MKII mainline?
1 kN – 1.3%
2 kN – 2.61%
3 kN – 4.4%
4 kN – 6.33%
5 kN – 7.92%
6 kN – 9.22%
7 kN – 10.42%
8 kN – 11.41%
9 kN – 12.38%
10 kN – 13.14%
11 kN – 13.91%
12 kN – 14.59%