How to Make an Affordable Slackline in Ho Chi Minh City
As backpackers, our goal was to travel as light and as cheap as possible. Once we purchased motorcycles in Vietnam we were able to carry more items with us, one of those items being an affordable slackline. Below is a step by step guide directing you where and how to buy the materials for a basic slackline in Vietnam. We were given this information from Ken over at X-Rock Climbing, they have a pretty legit rock wall in the middle of Ho Chi Minh City. Check them out if you get the chance.
Purchasing The Slackline Materials
- All of our slackline materials were purchased from the streets close to the Russian Market. We bought our climbing webbing here: 27 Yersin, Cầu Ông Lãnh, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
- We purchased 46 meters of 1-inch climbing webbing (didn’t have a 50-meter roll) on the street corner above for 184,000₫ (Vietnamese Dong)
- There are many locations around this area that sell carabiners (locking and nonlocking). These were 90,000 each and were too expensive for us. Instead, we purchased some steel D shackles here: 342 Nguyễn Công Trứ, Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam.
- We purchased 4 these for 20,000 each – 80,000 total.
- These shackles are not ideal but for the price they were the best option. We are using the fittings as carabiners as well as the repeal rings needed to lock the slackline.
Setting up The Slackline
We followed and tweaked instructions from NWSlackline.org. Check out their site they have some really good tutorials and information on slacklining.
- We tied a loop at the end of our slackline, eliminating the need for an additional sling, carabiner, and rappel ring.
- Our locking and attachments are exactly the same as mentioned in the NW Slackline article above. We have just changed the hardward used. Substitute the D shackles for the carabiners and rings and you will be ready to slackline.
Things to note
- When purchasing the D shackles, make sure to get ones that are as smooth as possible, any bumps, ridges, or burrs on the metal will slowly fray your slackline.
- I would recommend against using any of these materials for any sort of high line. The quality of materials is great for leisure slacklining between palm trees on the beach. But I certainly wouldn’t put my life in the hands of the materials.