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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…

Best Backyard Zip Line Supplier

When looking to buy a zip line kit for your backyard you first want to make sure that you are buying the kit from a reputable seller. You definitey don't want to buy the kit from Amazon or some other company that doesn't actually specialize in zip lines, and I'll tell you why. If you encounter any type of issue during the installation of your zip line who are you going to call? If you buy your zip line from an online company such as Zip Line Stop you can call and get step by step instructions, advice, and tips on setting up your backyard zip line the right way. The last thing you want is a botched zip line in your backyard, because not only would it be unsafe for your children, but it would be a lawsuit waiting to happen with the neighborhood children. Choose wisely, and if your not sure google some reviews about what zip line suppliers and kits are the best choice for you and your family. Some kits are harder to set up then others, for example the manufacturer ZLP makes zip line kits that require you to tighten the kit using a turnbuckle, while on the other hand Alien Flier zip line kits require you to tighten the zip line cable with a ratchet kit that comes with the zip line. In my opinion, it is always better to buy a complete kit if it's your first buy and your inexperienced with the mechanics of how they work. Buying parts separately can be a hassle and extremely confusing for beginners. Keep this in mind when choosing a supplier as well, you want one that can supply complete kits, but accessories if you want to switch things up down the road.


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