My wife and I have been thinking about buying a zipline for our kids for the last year or two. Our kids have always enjoyed the “professional” ziplines at various amusement parks and ropes courses we’ve visited and it seemed like installing a zipline in our backyard would be a great outdoor activity for them.
Our biggest concern with buying a zipline was the safety of our kids and making sure the equipment was rigid, sturdy and durable. I found a lot of great do it yourself (DIY) zipline instructional videos on the internet but I really didn’t want to take any chances with a zipline that wasn’t properly engineered.
After searching around for the best zipline kits, we came across the Slackers Brand Eagle Series Zipline Kits from Brand 44 that received amazing reviews on Amazon. The kits are available in a variety of lengths and configurations to suit your needs so there is no need to do any cable wire splicing or cutting. Literally everything you need to install the zipline is included in the kit.
We chose the 90′ zipline with the attached seat and our kids (ages 9, 7, and 4) absolutely love it. The entire system is very safe and after a few runs they were fully independent in getting on and off the line without any assistance. When it comes to the safety of our children, my wife and I are very careful and extremely cautious and even we are impressed with the quality and safety of the Slackers Eagle Series Ziplines.
Depending on how you install your zipline, I also recommend that you buy the Slackers Bungee Black Zipline Breaking System as well (about $30.00). The zipline break system is a must to ensure you don’t run in to the object that the finish end of your zipline is attached to (tree, pole, building, etc.).