Fox in a Box FAQ’s

How much is postage?

The kits are quite bulky, they arrive in a large box and weigh 18-35 Kgs.
when you place your order we will contact you with a shipping quote.

How long should my "CORE" Kit be?

To make it easier to put the Zip Line up , you will need about 5 meters of extra wire rope. Lets say your trees are 20 meters apart, then you should buy a kit with at least 25 meters of wire.

Can adults use the Zip Line?

Yes absolutely. The suggested maximum user weight is 120Kgs.
(this will depend mainly on hoy strong your poles / trees are, and how much sag is in the wire rope)

How long will the CORE kit last outside in the Aussie weather?

The Fox in a Box kit is “designed to wear in not wear out”.
All of the components can be left outside and should serve you very well.
Wherever possible things are galvanised, and all of the rope used is UV stabilised.

How strong is the Wire Rope used in the "CORE" kit?

10mm Galvanised Wire Rope is supplied as standard with the CORE kit, it is much heavier duty than most of the Zip Line kits available. This wire is produced according to an Australian Standard and must meet a minimum breaking strength of 70kN (about 7 tons)

How high should the start end be?

The Instruction manual recommends a fall of about 4-5% of the span between the trees.
So lets say your Zip-Line is 100 meters long, you would want the wire to be attached to the start tree 4 or 5 meters higher than in the finish tree.

How big should my trees be?

There are a few things to consider;
how well is the tree rooted into the soil?
how healthy / vigorous is the tree?
how long is the zip-line and how much load is it exerting onto the trees? (the longer and tighter the wire the more load is put on the trees)
will the zip-line used with harnesses?
what would be the consequences of the tree falling over?

If you have doubts about your trees a local arborist will be able to assist you.

Im going to use posts, how deep should i embed them into the ground?

Depends how well guyed / braced the pole is, and what type of soil you have.

Generally we embed the pole 1 meter + 10% of it length.
so if you have a 5 meter pole, it would go in 1.5 meters
and a 7 meter pole would go in 1.7 meters

Do I need "TREE HUGGERS" Tree protectors?

Your trees will really love you for getting “TREE HUGGERS”. Some of the mightiest Eucalyptus trees have bark that is very easy to damage.

What is the "HIGH RIDER" upgrade?

The CORE kit is a fun ride, and is designed to be installed so that a rider is never further than 1.8 meters from the ground.
The HIGH RIDER upgrade is required if you plan to use your zip-line to support a person riding higher than 1.8 meters
The difference is in the Wire Rope Grips used to form eyes in the wire rope. The CORE kit uses standard Galvanised Wire Rope Grips (These are not rated for creating safety lines) and the HIGH RIDER upgrade provides 9 Crosby Fist Grips (These are rated and endorsed for creating safety lines).

What type of harness do i need?

Harnesses are a bit like shoes in that there are lots of different types available for different purposes, and some just don’t feel right!.
The most basic harnesses are known as ‘sit harnesses’, these are the type used by rock climbers mountaineers etc.
Full body harnesses reduce the risk of someone falling out of the harness if they tip upside down, especially if the person doesn’t have well defined hip bones or is top heavy.

Do I need a winch kit?

The CORE kit is supplied with a simplified winch system and instructions. the simplified winch system is great for shorter zip-lines, but as the wire get heavier you will really appreciate a chain winch.
If your Zip-line is longer than 70 meters then a winch and a Cable Grab will be required.

I only need the tools once, they're a bit expensive!

We really want you to have all the right gear to make your build go smoothly.
If you decide that you really dont want to keep the tools, you can return them for a refund of 75% of the purchase price. (They must be in pretty much the same condition as when we sent them to you). and please be aware that they may not be brand new when you receive them.

Will I need a BRAKE KIT?

Not if your overall fall is 4-5% of the length of the zip line or less.
Coming to a stop naturally under the power of gravity is always best, but if you have a steep hill, or if you are launching from a cubby to the ground, chances are you will need a “BRAKE KIT”, It absorbs the energy of the Zip Line rider and brings them to a gentle stop.