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Buy a Surfline
on January 22, 2013
This is the line that got me into slacklining. While it's nice and dynamic, the ratchet is an absolute nightmare. The ratchet will do damage to the line, snagging the edges. As time goes on, the edges will fray in areas. While you can still use it, it may reduce the dynamic ability of the line. In general, it's just sketchy. The ratchet also wears with time. 6 months in, some of my ratchet teeth are worn, and I have to be extremely careful when tensioning. With 6 months of regular use I was looking to replace it, 1) because it was worn; 2) because I wanted to set longer lines.
At that point, I picked up a Gibbon Surfline, the big brother to this one. It is at least as dynamic as the jibline, twice the length, and has a beefed-up ratchet. Literally all of the problems I experienced with the Jibline are gone with the Surfline. The ratchet is both safer, easier to use, and not destructive to the line. I snagged the edge the second time I de-tensioned my Jibline. The Surfline is pristine after de-tensioning it a dozen times. The fact that the line is longer makes it enormously more versatile. You can rig it more places, and adding length to the line drastically increases the challenge.
My verdict is this: while the Jibline is a good bit of fun, it tears up really easily. The Surfline is a much better investment in that it maintains its life longer, it is more versatile, and it gives you more room to grow. I'd recommend that one!