"Why are all the steps on your aiders on the same side?"
After trying all the alternatives, this set up has proven itself to
be more efficient. It seemed that the orientation of the steps was
too haphazard when the steps were on alternating sides. With all the
steps on the same side, an easy walk-up was easier to achieve.
"What keeps the steps open and how well does
We put tubular webbing into the steps and then add numerous rows of
stitching to stiffen the steps. Our steps are not so stiff that they
will catch on nubbins when pulling them up from the lower pieces,
yet stay open and flexible while in use. Unlike the urethane inserts
some manufacturers use, ours will not ever kink permanently or wear
through and poke out the side of your aiders after one wall.
"Should I get grab loops on my aiders?"
Personal preference. I don't use them because they tend to make me
lean awkwardly outward when trying to get up and into the aiders.
I prefer to just grab the aiders either by the biner or directly behind
the top loops and use my arm as a lever to launch into the steps.
It feels to me more rigid and less wobbly than using the grab loops.
"How many pairs of aiders do I need?"
Two pairs is the standard. Using 3 single aiders has its fans, but
two sets of two is the way to go. Fast, efficient, and easy to manage.
"Should I get them the same colors, or mixed
Two colors might make things easier, but it is not really that big
of a deal. Usually you are standing in one pair and the other pair
"Should I get Alpine Aiders or your regular
Depends. The Alpine aiders are made from
3/4" webbing instead of the 1" webbing on our Smart Aiders.
The pros are they are lighter and will bundle up easily into a biner
when you are not using them. The cons are they "might" hurt
your arch if you are doing a really long wall or have super soft shoes.
I have not found this to be the case, but this is what I've been told.
I personally use the Alpine Aiders and have had no problems.
"Pros and Cons on your new Ladder Aiders?"
Pros: Always open, easy to advance up the steps, convenient handle
at the top to pull on, lightweight.
Cons: Bulky, the handle that keeps them open can be a PITA in a tight