Pacer Gait Trainer – Mini & S

Providing outstanding support in learning to walk


The slides below contain specific details on the function of each Rifton Pacer gait trainer accessory and how they can be used to enable partial weight bearing gait training or over land gait training, based on your client's needs.

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Arm prompts

  • Arm prompts, often crucial to gait training, accommodate numerous positioning requirements. Adjust them tool-free while the user is in the Pacer. Height, rotation, angle, lateral proximity, forward and backward adjustments can be made in minutes.

    Padded surface area: small 4½"x 8", large 5"x 9"

    Adjustment range: (elbow to fist): small 9"– 12½", large 10½"– 15"

  • A pair of arm prompts attached at the most typically-used position on a Pacer gait trainer frame. Placed at the front of the Pacer frame, they encourage a forward-leaning posture.

  • Jamir has achieved enough leg strength and trunk stability to use only the arm prompts for weight-bearing support. Placed at elbow height aligned with shoulders, arm prompts assist partial weight-bearing gait training.

  • Individualized arm prompt positioning supports a user with contractures.

Hand loops

  • Hand loops can be used on any size Pacer. Providing a handhold boosts a client's sense of stability and confidence while moving. Handholds attach as a pair or singly anywhere along the Pacer's top bar, and are height and angle adjustable to fit each client's unique needs.

  • Justin is getting the feel of a hand loop on his mini Pacer.

Chest prompt

  • The chest prompt is available in three sizes and accommodates a wide range of users. It holds the client's torso at the desired angle, with tilt adjust forward or back in 15° increments. One knob adjusts both the tilt-angle and width of the chest prompt. The chest prompt retro-fits to all earlier and future Pacer gait trainer models.

    Range of circumference: small 14"– 28", med 22"– 40", large 28"– 50"

    Height: small 4½", med 6½", large 8"

  • Adjustments to the chest prompt  are tool-free and can be made while client is in the Pacer. The cover is cleanable, healthcare-grade vinyl. The chest prompt fits snugly to support dependent users, or wraps loosely as a training guide for gaining independent trunk control.

  • The chest prompt opens at the back to allow for easy access during transfer.

  • In its lowest position, the chest prompt becomes a hip corral for users who have good upper trunk control but need some support at the hips.

Pelvic support

  • For clients who need less abduction, the pelvic support is a softer alternative to the hip positioner. It provides weight–bearing assistance and freedom of movement while clients build strength and stamina.

    See Sizing for user and item dimensions.

  • Offering a less rigid, narrower fit for larger clients or those who find the hip positioner too bulky between the thighs, the pelvic support is ideal for the youngest walkers and others who need support with minimal abduction.

  • The pelvic support is made of microbe–resistant polyurethane over a core of closed cell foam padding. It will withstand routine cleaning with a 10% bleach solution. This foam and web–reinforced construction is comfortable yet durable.

  • To determine the correct size pelvic support needed, measure half of the user's thigh circumference:

    Small: 4" - 8"
    Medium: 6" - 10"
    Large: 8" - 14"

Hip positioner

  • The hip positioner swings with a client’s walking motion, allowing the user to shift weight from one leg to the other. The hip positioner is sold with one pair of handholds.

    See Sizing for user and item dimensions.

  • Rings on the posterior strap of the hip positioner or pelvic support clip onto the handholds mounted on the Pacer frame, allowing you to quickly secure a client following transfer

  • The hip positioner pad, sold separately, slips over the hip positioner to give cushioned comfort. Raise the handholds and shorten the straps for partial weight-bearing gait training.

  • To keep the user’s pelvis midline, and behind the shoulders, attach the anterior straps farther back on the Pacer frame. Anterior straps can be attached to the posts of the chest prompt or at the intersection of the Pacer frame upright with the top bar.

  • Lower the handholds and lengthen the straps to use the hip positioner as a safety sling. Raise the handholds and shorten the straps for partial weight-bearing gait training.

Thigh prompts

  • Thigh prompts swing with the user’s stride and prevent leg scissoring. They are height adjustable in the medial and lateral positions and prevent user from turning within the Pacer frame.

    Length (from clamp to strap): small 5"– 8", large 5"– 11”

    Max. leg circumference: small 15", large 20"

  • The thigh prompts assist leg abduction. Used with the ankle prompts they can also prevent scissoring.

  • Thigh prompts shown on a medium Pacer frame.

Ankle prompts

  • Ankle prompts snap securely onto the frame and have comfortably padded ankle straps. The spring adjusters limit stride length and control stride placement. Adjust the strap length to determine foot separation and prevent scissoring.

  • Ankle prompts help to prevent scissoring. Used with the thigh prompts they can assist with leg abduction.

  • Ankle prompts are snapped into position.

  • Slide the spring adjusters to limit stride, front and back.


  • The ergonomic handholds are height-adjustable and can be positioned in four directions and placed anywhere along the top bar of the frame. A pair of handholds automatically comes with every hip positioner or pelvic support; an additional pair can be purchased if needed.

  • They can be used by either the caregiver or the client.

Communication tray

  • The communication tray holds most communication devices or other small objects.

    Inside dimensions: 8½"x 11"

    Max. working load: 10 lb.

  • The communication tray shown on a small Pacer frame.

Attendant guidebar

  • The optional attendant guide bar attaches to the center front of the top bar of any size of the old-style Pacer. It enables caregivers to guide clients while gait training, and can be rotated 180° to pull from the front or push from behind the Pacer.

  • Olivia’s caregiver is guiding her first steps in a mini Pacer.

  • The attendant guide bar attaches to the center front of the top bar of any size of the old-style Pacer gait trainer.

Accessories tote bag

  • A tough and attractive tote bag big enough (14"x 16"x 9") to keep all your Pacer accessories together when not in use. Made of black ballistic nylon with a zippered top, here’s a bag that will hold up to whatever you throw in it and still look great.

    And like all things Rifton, it’s made in the USA.