How To Release Slackline

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Rewritten: The recreational outdoor activity of slacklining involves balancing on a narrow, suspended webbing. Properly releasing the slackline is a crucial part of the activity and failure to do so can result in the line violently snapping back, potentially causing harm or damaging the line. This blog post aims to provide guidance on safely releasing a slackline.

Step 1: Check the surroundings

Before you begin to release the slackline, it’s important to check your surroundings thoroughly. Make sure there are no people, pets, or valuable objects in the immediate vicinity which could potentially get hit by the line if it snaps back.

Step 2: Loosen the line

Start by gently loosening the tension on the line. This is typically done by using the ratchet mechanism attached to the slackline. Depending on the specific type of ratchet your slackline uses, you might need to pull or push a lever to begin releasing the tension. Do this slowly and cautiously to avoid sudden jerks.

Step 3: Disengage the ratchet

After you’ve loosened the tension on the line, the next step is to disengage the ratchet. This usually involves pressing a release lever on the ratchet. Be careful during this step, as the ratchet could still potentially snap back with some force.

Step 4: Completely unwind the line

Once the ratchet is disengaged, you can start unwinding the line from the ratchet completely. This should be done slowly and carefully to prevent the line from tangling.

Step 5: Store the slackline properly

After releasing and unwinding the slackline, it’s important to store it properly to ensure its longevity. Ideally, the slackline should be neatly coiled up and stored in a cool, dry place.


Releasing a slackline may seem daunting at first, but with practice and care, it becomes an easy task. Always remember to take your time and do it safely to avoid any accidents. Happy slacklining!