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The Rifton Pacer Gait Trainer So Much More Than a Walker

September 20, 2011 by Elena Noble, MPT

A versatile, customized Pacer gait trainer allows children – and adults – to improve mobility at their own pace.

A therapist helps position a young girl to be a walker in a mini Rifton Pacer Gait TrainerOften parents of children with disabilities – and adults who have incurred serious injuries – seek out walkers to provide mobility and improve it through practice. While walkers have their place in rehabilitation, these very basic support devices offer very little in comparison to gait trainers – and even less in comparison to the Rifton Pacer gait trainer.

The Pacer is really so much more than a walker or standard gait trainer. Offered in five sizes from mini to XL adult size gait trainer, it’s a highly supportive, adjustable, versatile adaptive ambulation device that allows children and adults to improve their mobility at their own pace, according to their unique challenges and needs. The Pacer helps provide children and adults a greater quality of life, through health benefits, motor learning, and the opportunity to be upright and move independently.

Gait trainer customized to each client’s needs

One of the biggest features making the Pacer so unique is that it is fully customizable. It begins as a plain, prompt-free, basic unit, to which a variety of different supportive prompts can be added (refer to our guidelines for functional use of the Pacer gait trainer document), to meet a user’s individual needs. Unlike gait training with a standard walker, the Pacer’s supportive prompts enable active participation and promote valuable motor learning, strength gains, and mobility. As the child or adult gains skills, improves function and achieves greater independence, the prompts can be removed.

Because the Pacer is specifically designed to offer prompt reduction over time, through changing the angles of prompts or removing them altogether, it is particularly unique among gait trainers. And this unique capability gives the name “Pacer” a double meaning; it helps clients improve their walking pace through practice, while helping them develop, heal, and become more independent at their own pace.

Five sizes of gait trainers, in six fun colors

Our recent addition of two new sizes – mini and extra-large – allows us to help a broader range of children with disabilities.

Sean Carter is a walker, moving across a parking lot in his Rifton Pacer gait trainer

The mini was introduced for early-intervention, for children from 9 – 18 months of age. We wanted to give children with disabilities the opportunity to begin walking at the same age as other children. The extra-large opens the possibility of use into adolescence and adulthood. It’s also useful for injured adults going through rehabilitation, like those recovering from spinal cord injuries (SCI) or traumatic brain injuries (TBI), providing them a more supportive device than a non-weight bearing walker, that allows them to practice their walking.

We’ve also made our small size pediatric gait trainer smaller, lighter and more portable. There are three great new Pacer colors, too – raspberry, purple and lime – in addition to the red, blue and champagne that we already carried.

Why the Pacer is better than gait training with a walker

  • Prompts mount anywhere; no tools required
  • Simple two-handed height adjustment in 1″ increments
  • Innovative casters with separate swivel lock, brake, variable drag and one-way ratchet control
  • Fits easily in car trunks and through standard door frames
  • Easy rear access for transfers from Rifton SoloLift
  • Users can face either way (posterior or anterior)

As a therapist, parent or user, what has been your experience using the Pacer gait trainer?

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Reply by Shan on August 23, 2013 at 4:38 AM

I am a paraplegic. Just starting to walk. How gait training equipment could help. I am In malaysia, What is the shipping procedures and cost. Thanks

Reply by Elena Noble, MPT on August 27, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Dear Shan,

Hi Shan,
Thank you for your interest in Rifton Equipment, and we wish you the best as you learn to walk again. Please contact our distributor Aegir International Medical, who can help you get the equipment you need.
Phone: 951 296 2310

Reply by Bruce Maclean on August 27, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Interested in the rifton pacer, do you have a distributor in Bangkok, Thailand we could contact, thanks

Reply by Elena Noble, MPT on August 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Hi Bruce,

Thank you for your interest in Rifton. Please contact Aegir International Medical, who will put you in touch with our distributor in Thailand.
Phone: 951 296 2310

Reply by Bee Yen on January 16, 2014 at 9:35 PM
Hello, i am from malaysia, i am interest to buy this gait training equipment for my son, he is 7 years old. Just start to walk, may i know what is the price of this equipment? what is the shipping cost? Can i buy this equipment in Malaysia? thank you.
Reply by elena on January 17, 2014 at 9:52 AM
Thank you for your interest in Rifton Equipment. Our products are imported into Malaysia by Aegir International. Please contact: Terry Waligora USA Phone: 951 296 2310 Website: Email:
Reply by Sharon Eldridge on June 24, 2014 at 12:06 AM
Hi, I am interested in your Xl trainer for my son who is recovering from severe traumatic brain injury. I am in South Africa . Do you have local agents please
Reply by Erna Albertz on July 02, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Hello Sharon,

Yes, our local distributor for South Africa is:

Loh Medical

Phone: (USA:) ++(570) 737 4143



Warm regards,

the Rifton team