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Top 3 Safest Zip Line Braking Methods

You're in the market for a zip line for the backyard and you think it'll be so much fun, but wait... is it safe? How do I or my children properly brake? Here at The Zip Line Blog we will be explaining the top 3 ways to safely brake.

1. Bungee Brake
By far the most popular and safest method of braking is using a Brake Block with a Bungee. How it works is a Brake Block is installed at the end of the zip line with a Bungee Cord attached perpendicular to the zip line and mounted to a tree or rock. Once the rider hits the Brake Block on the zip line the block will be pushed but the rider's momentum is absorbed by the Bungee Cord therefore slowing the rider safely and smoothly. Here are a few pictures/videos of it in action!

2. Spring Brake
Next up is a Spring Brake. This method is the easiest to install and understand. It involves a heavy duty Spring Coil that is absorbs impact from a rider and pushes the rider back out. A Spring Brake is often used in conjunction with a Stop Blo…

Zip Line Bungee Block

What it is: The zip line bungee brake consists of a block on the cable that resembles a small square block but is free to slide up and down the cable line. A bungee cord is connected between the block and anchor point (usually a tree or post) off to the side of the zip line. 

How it works: When a rider comes zipping down the zip line cable, the pulley makes contact with the block of the brake which  pushes it down the line; this in turn stretches the bungee cord, providing resistance. The brake slows the rider to a smooth stop at the end of the ride

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