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Firetoys Freestanding Outdoor Aerial Rig - 5.5m - BigRig

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A precision-engineered, fully UK-designed and manufactured, and independently strength tested, 5.5m outdoor aerial A-frame suitable and certified for up to two people (174kg Working Load Limit (WLL).

Factor of Safety (FoS) 10:1

free standing outdoor aerial rig

The Firetoys BigRig is a free standing outdoor aerial rig with three rigging points. This precision-engineered aluminium rig is suitable for trapeze, aerial hoop (Lyra), silks, corde lisse, and any other aerial apparatus. It's also strong enough for two-person training and performances. This rig resulted from 3 years of design, testing, and refinement and is one of Firetoys' most highly engineered products. 



This top-spec freestanding A-frame won't sway or distort even under heavy loads. It's easily assembled and disassembled without tools and fits in most estate cars.


This aerial rig has two rigging height options, a 5.5m rigging point height and a 4.5m rigging point height. The BigRig's footprint is 7.3m x 7.3m when set up for the 5.5m height. When set to the lower 4.5m height, the footprint is 5.4m x 5.4m. It's completely freestanding and braced, so it doesn't require pegs. This rig will not sway or distort even with heavy beating (see video below).




This rig's aluminium is corrosion resistant, making this trapeze rig suitable for permanent outdoor use.

All components are precision machined and standardised, so all the legs are interchangeable, making this rig's set-up easy. This rig can be leisurely assembled by two people in under 10 mins without any tools. You can see a sped-up video of Big Rig's assembly below. Disassembly is nearer 5 minutes. The total weight is 102kg, and the longest component is 1.9m (3'7"), so the disassembled rig will fit into most estate cars with the back seats down.






The crane bar has five rigging points: three central and two for safety lines and pulley setups. The crane features a central solid plug for load distribution. The legs all feature chest height connection points for tying off or connecting carabiners.


Our aerial rig has been fully CAD designed and engineered to give it the optimal strength to weight ratio. We have fully developed and manufactured these rigs in the UK. All spigots are machined in-house to reduce tolerances, and all joins are engineered to ensure exact fits before welding to maximise bonded areas. These include high precision twinned bird's mouth cuts and bespoke gusseting.

We've used high penetration industrial TIG welding to ensure the strongest bonds. This type of welding is more robust and predictable than MIG and other welding techniques. All seams are triple welded for ultimate strength: a root pass, a second pass, and a weaved capping pass. This means the welds penetrate 70% of the aluminium wall (resulting in up to 10mm of precision welded material).




Though we built this A-frame to use outdoors, where no rigging points are found, it is perfect for use in any building where you can't rig to the existing structure. The grip on the base of the feet will provide traction without damaging floors, allowing it to be set up without issue.

The feet can be bolted to the floor if you intend a semi-permanent indoor installation.




The Firetoys BigRig has been fully strength tested and comes with certified working load limits (WLL). Destructive tests at an external professional load testing house were carried out to certify this rig. This gave us a WLL of 174kg at a safety ratio of 10:1.

We also performed extensive in-house dynamic load testing using fully calibrated load cells, imparting real-time forces of up to 1.74 kN. Certificates are available on request.




PLEASE NOTE - All pulleys, carabiners, ropes and apparatus pictured are sold separately. We've included these items in some of the images for illustration only. You can buy the pulley set up here.



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ManufacturerFiretoys Aerial
Country of ManufactureUK
Base7.3m x 7.3m
Top Bar Width1.67m
MaterialPolished Aluminium
Maximum Component Length1.9m
Working Load Limit174kg
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