Zip Line Kits

Backyard Thrills

When this Grommet arrived for testing, there was no shortage of volunteers. All the adrenaline junkies in our office wanted a chance to fly through the backyard on a zip line. Sleaddventure makes it easy with its all-inclusive zip line kits.

The company was founded five years ago after Nathan Sleadd, who was 15 at the time, got hooked on ziplining at Out’n’About Treehouse Treesort in his home state of Oregon. His grandfather gave him some of his old cable, and his grandmother -- who is the oldest zipliner Nathan knows
-- pitched in, too. Working in his parents’ garage, Nathan put together a kit with all the necessary zip line materials and instructions and started selling it online. Nowadays, Sleaddventure operates out of a small warehouse, and Nathan receives his supplies by the truckload.

We heard about Nathan’s kits from frequent Grommet-spotter Liz Boksanski. The Viper Zip Line Kit includes everything you need to get started, including 1/4" cable, setup hardware and a Viper Pulley. The Viper Deluxe Kit has all that plus a 20' bungee braking system and clip-on seat. With either kit, all you need is a ladder, a wrench and a sense of adventure. But remember, every zip line ends with a tree so be careful (we recommend helmets).

— Julie

Like all products that require self-assembly, we recommend you follow the manufacturer's instructions to ensure proper use of these zip lines.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Aaron

    Hello ladies and gentlemen! Huge thanks to the Daily Grommet for featuring Sleaddventures LLC and our unique zip lines kits. We're delighted to see that other folks love what we sell as much as we do.

    My name is Aaron Sleadd. My older brother, Nathan, is the owner of Sleaddventures LLC. It's been so wonderful to see how our little business has grown exponentially as the interest in the zip line industry has also grown.

    Today I get to be your guide as you learn more about Sleaddventures and zip lines. If you have any questions or thoughts for us, please don't hesitate to leave a comment. Merry Christmas!

  • Lynn
    12/14/2010 1:17 PM

    I've been thinking about doing this for quite awhile and happy to see this kit. Questions:

    1. Do you need branches to put the line over or do you just put it around the trunk. The branches on our trees are way to high for us to reach even with the tallest ladder.

    2. Seems to me with my limited knowledge, the line needs to be a certain distance off the ground which might depend on the angle from the top to bottom? Do you spell all this out in the instructions?


    Signed someone who is probably as old as your grandma!

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    12/14/2010 1:26 PM

    @Lynn: The kits are designed to be installed to a sturdy anchor, like a tree trunk. The cable stretches from one anchor to the other, a second tree trunk. Hope this helps.

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    12/14/2010 3:10 PM

    @Lynn: Great questions! Joanne had a great answer for your first question. Zip lines (and more specifically, the Viper Kits) will work with any solid post or structure. Tree trunks however are ideal for zip lines. If you are going to use trees we recommend finding trees that are AT LEAST 12' inches in diameter (3 feet circumference). You can test this by wrapping a tape measure around the tree trunk and checking to see if it is over 3 feet around.

    To answer your second question, each kit comes with detailed instructions. The manual does address the info about what kind of slope and sag to anticipate. It's good practice to have around 6' of drop for every 100' of line. You also want the zip line to leave room for your rider. This means for a 100' zip line, we would recommend starting the zip line 10'-15' above the ground and ending the zip line around 6' above the ground. Of course, if you're installing on sloped ground then these measurements will vary.

    We really try to assist anyone setting up a zip line so if you're having difficulties during your installation leave us a comment and we'll help you out!

  • Lynn
    12/16/2010 5:07 PM

    @Aaron Sleadd: Thank you, that answer helps. Also, I'm probably missing it, but it doesn't say what the maximum distance is between beginning and end with the kit. I assume you have to figure in distance around each tree plus distance between. How do I know there is enough cable in the kit?

    Also curious about what takes so long to set it up. This in response to your saying it took 2-3 hours when you took somewhere for weekend. I like the idea of doing that, but that seems like a long time to wrap the cable around two trees. What takes so long?


  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    12/16/2010 7:32 PM

    @Lynn: The Viper Zip Line kits come in 3 different lengths- 100', 150' and 200'. You can determine the length that you will need by measuring the distance between your trees and adding 8-10' to that measurement. (The extra footage is for wrapping around your trees and supplementing for the slight sag in your line. Also, it's much better to have extra cable than not enough.) --> You asked about the time it takes to set up a zip line. For a simple set up, installation shouldn't take you more than 30-60 minutes. The time consuming part is tensioning your cable and calculating the proper slope. Once your cable is installed it may take a few test runs and re-adjustments to have things as you like it. The 2-3 hrs that I mentioned earlier included the total time it took to find a good location, string up the cable, re-adjust the tension of the cable and uninstall the zip line. Have a fantastic day!


  • Barb
    12/14/2010 1:32 PM

    We would love to stretch this over the river on our property. Would we have to have a second kit to bring us back or is there a way to change the elevation? What would you recommend?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/14/2010 2:29 PM

    @Barb: That sounds like so much fun!! Aaron will have some advice for you, but I just wanted to chime in that you have to send pictures or come back with stories when you get this up and running!

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    12/14/2010 2:38 PM

    @Barb: That sounds wonderful! We have lots of folks who like to set up their zip lines over rivers and lakes. Zip lines are gravity driven so you can only go one direction for each ride. Technically, it is possible to change the elevation on your zip line to return. However, it would several hours to adjust. If it is within your budget, we would recommend a second zip line to return your riders.

    If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask!

  • VIctor K
    VIctor K
    12/14/2010 2:55 PM

    Hi Aaron,

    Congratulations on finding this great little niche! Isn't it great to 'work' your passion?

    Again congratulations for the product and for being featured on Daily Grommet!!!


  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    12/14/2010 3:17 PM

    @VIctor K: Thanks Victor! Yes, we love what we're doing! The best part is hearing from customers who are ecstatic about their zip lines.

  • Emily
    12/14/2010 5:32 PM

    Hi Aaron - we live in New England so I'm wondering if these kits can be taken down and put back up seasonally to prolong their life expectancy.

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    12/14/2010 6:58 PM

    @Emily: Hello Emily. That's a great plan! It will certainly extend the life of your zip line. The installation of these zip line kits is not permanent so there's no difficulty in uninstalling for the winter. --> A few years ago we actually took one of these kits to a group camp-out for the weekend. We installed it on a Friday and uninstalled it on Sunday. It took us 2-3 hrs total. The trees were completely unharmed and we were able to use that same kit for later events. Uninstalling is fairly simple and easy --> If you're concerned about your cable rusting over the winter, don't worry. It's galvanized cable which means it has a rich coating of zinc to prevent rust. All the hardware that comes with is also galvanized or stainless steel. With this in mind, many folks will just leave their cable and hardware up and take everything else down for the winter. Blessings! -Aaron

  • pat
    12/14/2010 7:22 PM

    I have a75ft metal grain leg how would that work. It have platforms for us to stood on for the go spot

  • pat
    12/14/2010 7:26 PM

    @pat: pat again

    how many ft of cable would I need

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    12/14/2010 9:19 PM

    @pat: I'm not sure I entirely understand your question. Could you please clarify? If by "grain leg" you are referring to a steel tower then yes, you can certainly attach one of the zip line cable to a tower assuming it is solidly anchored in the ground. Many towers or poles also require the use of guy cables for structural integrity. A guy cable would run from the top of the tower down to the ground at a 45 degree angle. If 75' is the height of your start point you would need a cable length of 1,000' in order to achieve the proper line slope. Let me know how I can better answer your question.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/19/2011 12:10 PM

    We originally featured these zip line kits in December. Now that summer is in full swing we thought we'd remind everyone of this fun way to transform your outdoor space. We are here to answer any questions you have!

  • Holli
    12/10/2011 11:10 PM


    I would like to purchase this for my grandsons; ages 6 1/2 and 11 1/2. I can't have it too far up or my younger grandson will not be able to reach it and I am concerned with safety. Any tips or ideas for optimum installation.


  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/12/2011 3:54 PM

    @Holli: I have touched base with the team at Sleaddventures and this is what they recommend:

    Hi Holli,

    The height of the cable can be pretty high off the ground. A zip line in a back yard that is flat could have a starting point 10' to 14' up in the air. In that case a platform of wood or hay bales or a tree house are common launch structures. If you have slope in your yard or have a short distance between your trees you may not need a platform. On the safety subject, it is advisable to purchase the harness kit along with the zip line kit. The harness just attaches the riders so they don't fall. Always wear a helmet and follow all of the safety recommendations.

  •  Windy
    11/8/2012 1:17 PM

    My grandchildren are only here weekends and I would like to disconnect the cable from one tree so that the cable is only up when in use. Is it possible to have a chain on the lower tree (protecting the tree as recommended) and be able to connect and disconnect the cable with a quick link and loosen and tighten from the other end with a turnbuckle?

    Thank you.

  •  sarah woolwine
    sarah woolwine
    11/11/2012 8:16 PM

    I was wondering if i could order 400 feet?

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