How to Build Your Own Backyard Zip Line

How to Build Your Own Backyard ZiplineFor this article I wanted to change it up a little bit from the normal lawn tips, and talk about a project that me and my son have been working on. We learned how to build a zipline by watching our neighbors install theirs and realized we needed to get in on the fun.

Building my own backyard zip line is so much fun, and not as challenging as I thought it would be.

Not only is a zipline a blast to ride, but the time I got to spend with my son putting it together was worth every penny. That is not to say that it costs a fortune to build a zip-line, because it is actually not that expensive.

The setup on a zip-line is simple, all you need is one end of the aerial runway to be elevated and the other end to be lower. This allows for your weight, and gravity to do their part and pull you down the wire.

What Materials are Needed to Install a Zipline

  • As for materials you will need a high quality stainless steel cable, and some kind of pulley system in order to slide down. I 100% recommend buying a kit that includes everything you need to be safe and comfortable when scooting down a high flying wire. I will discuss later the top kits to buy.
  • If your land does not have a large declined slope, you will probably end up using a tree to tie one end off. If this is the case then you will need to purchase a tree ladder, if you do not already have one.

Best Zip Line Kits to Buy

A complete kit comes with everything you need to get off the ground with your new zip-lining setup. It will save you time from having to reorder a part that you didn’t know you needed. The following are three great do it yourself kits that cover most any terrain needs.

1. 90′ Eagle Series Seated Zip line Kit

Eagle Series Seated Ziplining KitClick Here for Customer Reviews

Quick and easy to install, the Seated Eagle Series kit comes with a rope seat for added comfort. This is the kit we ended up buying and I can say it is worth it to buy one with a seat. It took close to an hour to put up, but if we had it to do over again, we could probably have it set up within 30 minutes.

The maximum weight that it is approved for is 250 pounds, but from reading the reviews it seems that it can handle more than that. The steel trolley that came with the kit is already set up, and except for a wrench and a pair of pliers, no other tools were needed. Overall this is a great zip line kit and my son and his friends could not have been happier.

2. Slackers Value Series Zipline Kit

Slackers Value Zipline KitClick Here for Customer Reviews

If you are looking to put up a zip line without spending a bunch of money, you can get a nice affordable kit by choosing the Slackers Value Series kit.
The 70′ model comes in at under $100 and provides great value for a first time setup. It doesn’t have plastic parts on the pulley system and many reviewers noted that it seems to be strong and sturdy. You can also control how fast and slow you can go by adjusting the tension for more or less speed.

3. Xtreme DX200 Zip line Kit 

Xtreme DX200 Zip line KitClick Here for Customer Reviews

This is a top of the line kit for a backyard zip line install. It has more safety features and accessories than the the first two kits mentioned.

Every kit comes with detailed instructions on how to build a zipline. If you would like a detailed and visual way to setup your home zipline, be sure to check out the video below. It was a great help for me and my son when we were setting up the Eagle series system.

What is the Best Overall Zip-Lining Kit?

After reviewing all the options on Amazon, and other online stores, I finally settled on the Eagle Series Seated 90 foot zipline kit. I chose this model because it got great reviews and did not break the bank compared to the Xtreme Dx200. All three options are excellent though and I would recommend any of the above.