So what gives with all of these zip line braking methods? There are so many to choose from so how do you make the right choice? Most kits bought online, for example at Zip Line Stop will come with a primary braking system which is a brake block…but what if that fails? When you buy a zip line kit for your home you should always have a secondary braking system for obvious safety reasons. My favorite is the ZLP Spring Stop, it is essentially a stretched out spring that slides onto the zip line cable at the end of the ride. The only downfall is that if you have already installed your zip line you will have to take it down to put the spring stop into place. Although this is an inconvenience, I’ll tell you it’s worth it- especially if you’ll have roughhousing teenagers riding on the zip line… Trust me, you’ll thank me later for putting on the second braking system!
The spring stop also comes in two colors, neon green and black depending on your preferences. The green is cool because if you buy it in conjunction with the Alien Flier zip line kits it will match the color scheme. Now to make this clear, you most likely wouldn’t need a secondary braking system if you only have, say, a 75 foot zip line, but if you have 200 foot zip line I would definitely recommend going with the second system…even if it is a second brake block..just in case. But hey, I mean some people live on the edge, right?