Zip Line Stop offers several different zip line cables that come in set lengths- 75 foot, 100 foot, 150 foot, and 200 foot zip line cable. The hardest part about deciding to put up a backyard zip line is deciding how long it will be. If you have younger kids around 3 or 4 you will mostly likely want to go with a shorter cable size such as the 75 foot cable. For older kids around 5 or 6, the 100 foot zip line would be mostly appropriate and once your kids are around 7 and up you can choose between the 150 foot to 200 foot cable. Don’t get me wrong, an 8 year old would definitely still enjoy a 75 foot zip line in their backyard but it just won’t be as long as ride.
Zip Line Stop also sells just zip line cable. The cable comes in varying thickness depending on the weight of the load and the length of the ride. It comes in 3/16″, 1/4″, 1/2″, 5/16″, and 3/8″ cable. The zip lines sold on the website come as follows: The 75 foot and 100 foot zip lines come with 3/16″ cable and the 150 foot and 200 foot zip lines come with the 1/4″ cable. The increase in cable size is due to the increased length and tension put on the zip line during the ride.
I’ve seen a multitude of parents who have chosen the 75 foot zip lines to attach them to their children’s tree houses. This is such a fantastic idea! One father decided to set the zip line up to his son’s tree house as a birthday surprise and it was a huge success, not only with his son but for the entire party! Zip Lines catch attention, they are like magnets for kids because it is something that kids crave. They love the idea of being able to freely operate something that moves so quickly and provides such a rush that is in their BACKYARD.
One couple who lived in Virginia purchased the 200 foot zip line for with an amazing plan in mind. They assembled the zip line to zoom over top of their lake in their backyard! The lake was about 150 feet across and it was designed in such a way that it looked like rider was going to dive right into the bottom of the lake, but instead it they just skimmed the waters surface. They originally installed if for their 14 year old son that was constantly rigging up rope swings with his friends to jump into the lake, but they had a concern over the safety of the platforms that they were building. Again, a summer birthday surprise- he got a zip line…that flies over a lake! Lucky kid.
As you’ve read the hardest thing to consider when you want to buy a backyard zip line is what the purpose will be. There is no doubt that it will be an amazing and thrilling experience, but how do you want to utilize it? Do you want to build a platform and zip down from an incline? Do you already have a sloping hill in your backyard that would be the dream spot for a zip line? Or do you want to be super adventurous like the couple in Virginia and design the perfect zip line over a lake? The possibilities are endless!