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We asked our developer, engineer and founder Florent Berthet of Slack Inov' about his development process, how and when he uses his own invented gear and what are the standards he implements. Does development happen with standards or each product is different? And how much time does he finish to make a new invention?
For this project, the alpine style was kind of nonsense, because of the huge weight of highline gear itself, and because we wanted to be able to leave the line as long as possible in order to give all highliners on the team a chance to ride it. So we decided for the "himalayan style": heavy backpacks, full of food, comfortable tents, mattresses, warm sleeping bags…
Our Slack Inov' Pro Team 2021
We are proud and immensely happy to announce the new group of pro athletes, who represent our new Slackinov' Team 2021. From many different places all across Europe, our team has got a big international touch this time. We can't wait to follow the progress and adventures of all those talented and diverse personalities.
July 2022 we received the information, that a group of experienced highliners have had a mainline failure during a highline session on a 270m setup in France. The ruptured slackline was one of our webbings from a batch dating production in 2018 (Joker) and equipped with t-loops made in a non-automated machine process, as well from 2018. The incident immediately alerted us to learn more and to collect every possible piece of information to analyze and understand this rare type of webbing failure, appearing in the middle of a t-loop.
The ISA had recently the opportunity to test Slackline material using completely different methods with access to new testing machinery. Trending usage like Trick-Highlining has led to important new questions regarding gear fatigue, which needed to be answered by testing. In a first attempt, the ISA testing-team started to test cyclic forces and gear resistance on 4 different slackline weblocks.
Due to recent, intensified double checks of the resistance (MBS) of our tubular nylon webbing NOVA, we discovered some inconsistencies in our test results compared to those indicated by the manufacturer.
For our second article of this technical section, we choose to present you the concept of our « anti-projection » designs. Obviously, this is refered to all our products.
In that objective, I developed the Split connection, allowing to get it with standards lengths of webbing (50m or 100m), whatever the webbing is used for mainline or for backup. This is much more versatile than having really long continuos strands, or than having different sizes of strand depending if the webbing is dedicated to be a mainline or a backup.