Handbrake Kit

Control the speed of your ride with the handbrake kit. 150 - 500 foot options.
Handbrake Kit components
Handbrake Kit components
Handbrake Kit components diagram

Handbrake Kit (up to 500')

Regular price$620.00

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Control the speed of your ride!

Would you like to control the speed of the ride or stop in a specific spot at the end of the zip line? This kit would be a perfect fit, because the rider has complete control when to stop, just like a hand brake on a bike. The Brakehawk handbrake is simple to operate, comes with a thick rubber brake pad that will last a hundred rides before needing to be replaced. Attach your harness and lanyard with a Quick Lock Carabiner and launch into your next adventure. With this kit, you can control your speed while you sit back and enjoy the view.


  • Torpedo Trolley
  • Brakehawk Handbrake
  • Brakehawk tether for younger riders
  • Lanyard
  • Adjustable harness and quick lock carabiner
  • Up to 500' of 5/16" cable
  • Two turnbuckles
  • Two 8" cable slings (for trees 2 FT in diameter/ 6 FT in circumference)
  • Stop Block which creates a no-pass point on the cable.

Make your installation a breeze

Check out the Tensioning Kit for the initial installation, then return for a full refund. If you don't have a way to tighten cable, you'll definitely want to grab one.

When Does My Order Ship?

Great question!  We try to ship every order on the same day we receive it, however there is a cut-off time for same-day shipping.  Your order must be received by 12:30pm PST, Monday through Friday, in order to ship the same day.  Orders received after the cut-off time will ship the next business day.  Call us at 541-916-4461 if you have questions about shipping.

Our return policy is 1 year from the date of purchase in any condition.  You do not need an RMA or other authorization to send something back to us.

Returns should be sent back to:

Backyard Ziplines Return Manager 903 NW F StreetGrants Pass, OR  97526



Please refer to the manual that comes with your kit for specific installation instructions.

Stand at the end tree and hold a 4 FT Carpenter’s Level like a rifle.  Holding one end up to your eye, point the opposite end at the base of the starting tree, right where the dirt and tree meet. Make sure the bubble is between the two hashes indicating level (crouch down if your yard has a minimal slope or climb a ladder if your yard has lots of slope). 

Once you have the level aiming at the base of the starting tree, measure from the Carpenter’s Level down to the ground.  This measurement is your natural elevation change.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 541-916-4461

Please refer to the manual that comes with your kit for specific installation instructions.

The slope determines the speed of the zip line. Essentially this is the angle you set the cable at between the two trees. The slope is calculated by multiplying the distance between your trees times .03 or 3%.

More details on Slope can be found in the Zip Line Gear handbook included with your purchase. You can also view a digital version of the “Cable Slope & Sag” right here. We recommend finding a landscape with a natural slope of 3% to 6%, This is a 3’ - 6’ foot drop per 100’ feet. 

For zip lines that will NOT utilize a Bungee Brake System, (a Stop Block is NOT a braking system) the maximum allowable slope is 3%. For zip line setups that include a Bungee Brake, the maximum allowable slope is 6%. 

!!WARNING!! Zip line must never exceed 6% (6’ foot drop per 100’ feet) riding slope. High speed collision with end point may cause injury or death.

Yes you can, but you need to carefully read the instructions for how to select, and install posts in the Backyard Zip Lines handbook included with your purchase. Alternatively, you can review the information in the digital version of our handbook right here.

If you are in any doubt as to how to properly select and install a wood post, please do not hesitate to contact us at 541-916-4461.