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Rifton Pacer Gait Trainer - A complete guide

The revolutionary Rifton Pacer Gait Trainer can help children with a wide variety of disabilities gain independent movement while provided with appropriate prompt support. The unmatched versatility of the Pacer Gait Trainer allows you to customize the adjustments needed for each child and, as the child's motor skills improve, reduce the prompts.

Caregivers and families can benefit by understanding the full possibilities of the Pacer Gait Trainer.

Rifton Pacer Gait Trainer Features:


The Pacer comes in five sizes: Mini, Small, Medium, Large and XL.

Pacer’s frame in itself can provide great anterior or posterior positioning to the child. The sturdy casters along with handholds can provide much better comfort to the child than most other gait trainers.

The telescoping uprights allow the Pacer to grow with your child. The medium and large frames can be folded so that the Pacer can be easily stored or transported. The communication tray attaches anywhere on the upper bar of the frame. It can tilt up and down or rotate as desired, adjusted with only one knob.

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Arm Prompts

The Arm Prompts on the Pacer Gait Trainer are extremely adjustable and allow for a wide variety of positioning options. The Arm Prompts can be placed in front of the uprights along the top bar of the frame when using the Pacer in the anterior position.

The Arm Prompts, used in conjunction with other prompts, provide the support and positioning needed for each individual child. Arm Prompts can also be placed along the front bar of the Frame for children in a forward-leaning position.

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Chest Prompt

The Chest Prompt clamps can be placed just behind the uprights of the frame, when using the Pacer Gait Trainer in the anterior position. The height of the Chest Prompt can be controlled with the white button on the clamp. Clamps can be placed on the inside or the outside of the frame, depending on the size of the child.

The Chest prompt can either be adjusted and secured tightly for a dependent user, or fastened loosely for a user with improved strength and stability.

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Hip Positioner

The Hip Positioner seat helps bear the child’s weight while walking. The Hip Positioner seat is designed to be wide at the back to help in weight bearing and has four adjustable straps which can be used to position the pelvis as needed. The length of all four straps can be adjusted to assure optimal positioning of the child.

To make the Pacer Gait Trainer more comfortable and to help promote hip abduction, a Hip Positioner Pad can also be ordered. Once the child gains strength in the lower extremities and no longer needs weight-bearing assistance, the Hip Positioner can be lowered to guide the pelvis and act as a safety sling instead of a weight-bearing assist.

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Thigh Prompts

The Thigh Prompts can be attached to the frame to provide either adduction control or abduction control depending on the special needs of the patient. The Thigh Prompts are usually placed about halfway between the Chest Prompt and the back of the frame and can be adjusted up or down as well as medially or laterally. Loosen the knobs for positioning, adjust the position and tighten knobs again to secure the desired position.

Using the Thigh Prompts can also prevent the patient’s body from twisting in the Pacer Gait Trainer. Thigh Prompts maintain leg alignment while swinging forward and back with the child’s leg motion. The straps also help maintain leg separation.

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Ankle Prompts

The Ankle Prompts can be attached under the bottom bar of the Frame to control foot positioning and prevent scissoring. The two spring adjusters can be adjusted to control the stride length of the child as needed. To install the Ankle Prompts on the Pacer Gait Trainer, simply insert the end of the rod without the latch into the slot of the rear caster and then snap the spring-loaded latch end into the slot of the front caster.

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The casters features on the Pacer Gait Trainer are very versatile and can be used in any combination of features as needed.

Swivel lock: Pacer Gait Trainer comes with swivel locks on all casters to help the patient move in a straight line. The casters can also be unlocked to allow swivel and enable steering to left and right. This benefits the patient who is unable to control the lateral movement of the pacer to learn taking reciprocal steps. The swivel locks of the front and the back casters can be unlocked independently for variable steering.

Variable drag: The casters on the Pacer Gait Trainer also feature variable drag which helps slow the forward motion of the child. This is ideal for patients who have difficulties controlling the forward movement of the Pacer Gait Trainer or find it to move too fast. Alternatively, this feature may also be used to increase muscle strength. Setting the drag on one of the posterior casters can guide the forward movement of the Pacer Gait Trainer for a child who tends to veer to one side.

Brake: The brake lever can be pushed on each caster for transfers, for prompt adjustments, or for stationary occupations or lower extremity weight-bearing practice. To release the brake, simply lift the lever back up.

Ratchet control: Set the one-way ratchet control to prevent involuntary backward movement for a patient who has difficulty preventing backward motion.

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Before purchasing any size of the Rifton Pacer Gait Trainer, it is of utmost importance that all the key user dimensions be recorded and the selection of size be made accordingly.

User Dimensions

Key User Dimension: Elbow Height

Measure the vertical distance from the bent elbow to the floor while the user is standing upright. Choose the Rifton Pacer Gait Trainer model that allows for growth.

Pacer Mini (K509) Small (K501) Medium (K502) Large (K503) XL (K504)
15½ - 20½ 18½ - 27½   24 - 34 32 - 47 35 - 50
Important: Make sure that the chest prompt width is adequate, allowing for growth. User's weight must not exceed the maximum working load. Small and medium prompts are recommended for most users of the Medium Pacer.

Item Dimensions (Inches) Mini Small Medium Large XL
Floor to top edge of arm prompt 15½ - 20½ 18½ - 27½ 24 - 34 32 - 47 35 - 50
Overall width 20½ 22½ 26 27½ 32
Overall length 22½ 27 32 38 45
Floor to top edge of chest prompt 17½ - 22½ 22 - 30½ 28 - 38 36 - 51 38½ - 53½
Frame height 12½ 15½ - 19½ 21 - 26 29 - 39 31½ - 41½
Folded frame Does not fold Does not fold 32 x 26 x 17 38 x 27½ x 17½ 45 x 32 x 17½
Frame weight (lbs) 10½ 15 27 45
Maximum working load (lbs) 50 75 150 200 275

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