SLACKINOV' AND SPIDER SLACKLINES
1 COMPANY 2 BRANDS
OUR CONNECTION AND WHO WE REALLY ARE
It has been a while the community keeps asking the same question: "SPIDER Slacklines and SlackInov', what's the difference or connection between these two brands, who are clearly selling the same or almost identical products on their shop?" We want to finally explain it all and share more "about us” on the way. In the very beginning, these two brands had literally nothing to do with each other. SlackInov' had started as a french slackline company and SPIDER Slacklines independently in Italy. But in 2019 when SlackInov' founder Florent Berthet (33, alpinist, climber, highliner and engineer) needed some serious change for his company, he was thrilled to find SPIDER Slacklines in Italy and their passionate slackliner and manager Edoardo Galizzi (33), where both seemed to have more in common than only the same business goal. A shared, deep passion and love for the slackline world.
Edoardo was immediately into the idea to unite forces and to team-up combining skills and expertise, but to keep both brands separated in order to maintain their already established, but slightly different main-focus. Therefore, today we keep SPIDER Slacklines on the road to continuously present an ideal and trusted companion for absolute beginners but also for their following path through possibly Tricklining, Longlining or even Highlining. Whereas at SlackInov', we concentrate a deeper focus on the fabrication of innovative Highline and Longline material, plus on the goal to provide our expertise and support to the highline world and to the seemingly most "impossible" projects.
Since 2020 highliner, photographer and marketing ace Julez (Julie) Engelmann took over SlackInov's brand management, her strong rigging, organisational and imaginary skills help us today even better understand and connect with our Slack-and Highline world. Similar happened for Spider Slacklines with highliner and expert Sirio Izzo in Italy, who manages the social representation and the organisation of local events and courses.
Everything began way back in 2008, when FLORENT BERTHET put his foot for the first time on a real Slackline in South Africa’s Cape Town. Already passionate a lot about mountain sports and balancing activities like the unicycle or climbing, he quickly got hooked to this new, meditative but endearing sports discipline.
In 2012, Florent and his friend Clément Peltier decided to start a new association called « A fleur de selle », in order to collect money to finance their dream trip - a bike tour around the world. This association being used to create slackline gear, Florent, a studied engineer, created the first so called « slackibloc » for the slackline community and it was an immediate, first success. An easy weblock, inexpensive but safe and efficiently designed, it led to great sales and enough to finally make their trip reality.
Florent, at some point tired of this mechanical engineering work, follows his desire to create a real, own slackline brand and company - SlackInov'. Using his extensive experience in mountaineering, combined with this knowledge and diplomed expertise in rope access, he arrives fast to create and produce innovative, efficient and smart slackline gear, which facilitates today the practice itself for a lot of slackliners.
The first SLACKIMOUFFLE sees light, an optimized pulley system, adapted fully to the new sport, ultra light and with high efficient performance. Sales are taking off and Florent’s inspiration and ambition as well. Until today he doesn’t stop to feel driven by the desire to create even smarter, even saver and always lighter gear to facilitate and support the sport of slacklining for everyone.
Today, the new SlackInov' and Spider Team, together with our professional Trickliners, Longliners and Highliners help testing and reflecting about new and old products and exchange constantly about the creation of gear which could make this sport more accessible to everyone, but also much safer.
SlackInov’ produces and offers ergonomic and innovative products, following an environmentally friendly approach by using mostly « Made in France, Germany or Italy » manufacturers and with the continuous ambition to create always even more efficient, easier but more important more safe products for the people who use them.