I bought this kit for my two kids and couldn't be happier. The instructions were pretty simple to use and the installation didn't take very long. I'd recommend this zip line to anyone who has kids with extra energy! A++
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Review of Viper Kit
I only had a 60ft span between my trees so I ordered over the phone and got a shorter cable and added a carabiner for about the same price as the regular kit. I'm fairly handy (e.g. I can build a fence) and I put up the zip line by myself in a day. I wish I'd had a helper because it wasn't easy to hold the line tight and tighten the clamps at the same time, especially when I had an old car tire strung on one end. The turnbuckle takes up a surprising amount of slack so I probably worked too hard. I set it up according to the very clear instructions and then fiddled with the anchor heights and tension until I had a suitable run with gravity brake for a 6 year old. Good fun.
Kids Love it, but parents love it more
Gave this kit to our kids for Christmas and boy were they excited, they opened the box and I then had the reality check of installation. There is a nice card in the box with a phone number, I called and they quickly picked up, answered all my questions, gave me advice and then I proceeded. The instructions make it simple and it was hooked up in no time. The one challenging part, is pulling the cord long enough. I ordered the 150ft kit and the line is very heavy. If you have a lawn mowing tractor, we used that to pull the line tight and finish off installation. It is very easy, kids are loving it and parents are sometimes riding, but always having fun watching their kids. I strongly suggest one if you have the space and trees.
I did a fair bit of research and toyed with the idea of going to the hardware store and doing it myself. After I called and talk to these guys, I decided it was much more important to be sure it was done right and to have some installation expertise available if I needed it. While it may have cost few bucks more than cobbling together myself, I'm very happy I chose this route. Equipment is good quality, advice was dead on, installation was easy (I did it with two able bodied assistants aged 10 and 6) and I feel much safer that I have a quality product vs a homemade frankenzip. I'd highly recommend.
Just one flaw
The zip line itself is excellent and of high quality. My line goes over a pond, so you have to drop off into the water before you would otherwise hit a pole extending from the dock. The problem is that the trolley flips over when unmanned, and then doesn't slide down the cable to where it can be retrieved. I will have to design a weigh of some sort that will return the device to an upright position so it will slide down the cable on its own. My cheap old plastic trolley would return to a upright position without a weight.
to Marvin I am having the same problem mine goes over the tank and some times I cant get it back even with a weight on the bottom of it. Sometimes it wraps as many as 5 times I don't know what to do, Mine is when the kids drop off over the pond.
Bought the basic Viper kit and it is great. Arrived ahead of schedule. First impressed with package-much like how Apple packages an iPhone. Shows attention to detail. The product itself seems is very well made. It's for the grandkids use, so that makes me feel good. Instructions were simple and it all went together just fine, though it is definitely a 2-person job and required some muscle. It works as well as it looks and the kids love it. I really could not be more pleased. I love to see quality and this company delivers it on all fronts.
Great product; very sturdy and looks like it will be very durable. The installation instructions were great--easy to understand and easy to install. Went up quickly, just like the instructions said it would. We are very pleased with this product.
Blast! Blast! Blast!!!
Purchased this kit a few years ago. I installed the zip line from 2 huge trees in my backyard. My 2 daughters 7 & 9, plus ALL of their friends have hours of fun on it. I definitely recommend this product to anyone. Just make sure you take the time to install it properly.
Great Product. Great Company
Purchased this kit. I have a massive black walnut in my yard that the pre-swagged cable wouldn't fit around. Called up Zipline gear, they told me to measure it and sent out a new length of cable. The customer service was fantastic.
I recommend getting the tensioning kit and boa brake, which both work like a charm. With the tensioning kit, it was a one man job. The boa brake lets you get some speed, which makes for a more fun ride and decelerates you easily.
After I found the right location, made the calculations for the start and end height, I had it up and running in an afternoon. I am a long time rock climber and can say their gear is bomber; the quality is outstanding. Also, the knowledge base from the website and their youtube videos made it very easy to understand. I have a 30' high ridge across my yard that is the starting point and the end point was at the bottom, so I had to make the calculations for elevation; their video tutorial on youtube was perfect.
I bought the 150' kit and my 4 and 7 year old kids love it; so do the adults when we have people over. It was so easy and fun, I am thinking of putting in a 500' zipline. I can't say enough good things about their products and service.