THE KILTER BOARD
THE FUTURE IS NOW
Technology and hold design have come together to build a tool many climbers have been dreaming about for decades. Training boards of various sizes and shapes have been use for years, but with industry expansion, the demand for better, more varied training tools has only gotten stronger. The Kilter Board features all-new holds designed by Ian Powell with a brand new light-up system developed by Kilter and Aurora Climbing. The whole thing is controlled by the Aurora Kilter Board companion app, which is available for iPhone and Android.
FUN, INTUITIVE TRAININGThe Kilter Board raises the bar for climbing training. The entire perimeter of the base of each hold lights up. It might seem like a simple innovation, but it's a total game-changer for training boards. Every hold is incredibly easy to see from any angle, so you don't need to "find" your route anymore.
- Intuitive and easy to use
- Set your own problems - endless potential!
- Access professionally set routes and problems
- Tailor your app to your wall angle (or build and adjustable wall!)
- Log your progress
- Holds specifically designed for training comfort
Our friend Peter Michaux at Aurora Climbing in Canada contacted us to work on a new training wall to go with an app he wanted to develop. Peter has been climbing for decades and training almost as long, he and Jackie have been friends for a long time, and with over 10 years as a professional tech engineer he was the perfect partner for Kilter.
With Peter's light strings and test app we began working with our US manufacturer Aragon Elastomers to create a system where the entire perimeter of each hold could light up. It was a bit more complicated than we expected, but the end result is exactly what we were looking for. The Kilter Board Holds are the same high-quality Aragon elastomeric urethane that has proven itself year after year at gyms and home walls around the world. They can be washed like regular holds (brush them or take them off and power wash).
If you want someone to build the board for you, we can send our specs to any wall builder so they can drill your panels on site or include them in your building plans. For a turnkey solution, Vertical Solutions have adjustable hydraulic freestanding boards, Lemur Designs makes an adjustable freestanding pneumatic wall, and Grasshopper Frameworks have an adjustable freestanding (or mountable) counterweight board system. Any of these walls can be made to fit all the Kilter Board sizes.
Every climber wants to get the most mileage out of their training space, whether it's a garage or a gym mezzanine.
The Kilter Board provides you with billions of potential problems in a relatively small space. Tired of setting for yourself? Want new challenges outside of your normal style? Our app is there for you, tapping you into a global network of professional athletes, setters, gyms, and other Kilter Board users.
Kilter's whole team--owners, employees, reps, and athletes--is made up of professional route setters. We have two Kilter Boards at our studio, and our whole team is committed to continuing to populate the Kilter Board with new and interesting problems.
After 25 years of shaping, meet Ian Powell's first training holds.
Every aspect of each shape has been carefully considered. Meticulous attention has been paid to details like finger position, wrist position, edge radius, and taper. These subtle elements can be taken for granted, but when they aren't right it's obvious. In testing for the Kilter Board Ian rejected many shapes didn't quite cut it. The resulting collection of grips are comfortable, interesting, and fun to climb on, with challenging options for every level of climber. There are over 300 shapes and counting for the Kilter Training Board System.
Kilter Board offers several size and layout options so you can build something that works well in your space and suits your needs. We recommend making the angle adjustable, which you can do yourself if you know what you're doing, and we can provide drilling specs for any wall builder so they can include the board in their plans. Please seek professional help to make sure whatever you do is structurally sound. If you want an easy way to make sure your adjustable wall is secure you can call our friends at Vertical Solutions and let them send you a hydraulic freestanding wall kit, call Lemur Designs for an adjustable freestanding pneumatic wall, or call Grasshopper Frameworks for a freestanding or wall/ceiling mountable adjustable wall kit.
The Kilter Board App supports adjustable or fixed angles walls at 30-35-40-45-50-55-60-65 and 70 degrees.
We have developed three sizes of Kilter Boards. If you aren't sure which wall will fit in your space, download the spec sheet PDF here and use the wall angle/room height guide.
- The most popular training board size on the planet
- 8' wide, 12' tall upper, 1-3' kickboard (4 sheets of 4x8 plywood)
- 209 bolt-on holds, 102 screw-on holds, 630 leds/kit
- Nice for garages and other limited-height spaces
- 12' wide, 12' tall upper, 2-3' kickboard (4.5 sheets of 4x8 plywood)
- 323 bolt-on holds, 153 screw-on holds, 1060 leds/kit
- Our full-size board for gyms and large garages/outbuildings
- 12' wide, 14' tall upper, 2-3' kickboard (6 sheets of 4x8 plywood)
- 374 bolt-on holds, 153 screw-on holds, 1060 leds/kit
We recommend a neutral background color for your board. This makes it easy to see what color the holds are lighting up as. The holds themselves are light gray with the light up permieter, so if you go with a neutral background the whole wall will look neutral until you light up a line to climb.
For neutral colors that work well, satin black looks amazing, as does finished natural wood, like the wall below by Vertical Solutions at the Longmont Climbing Collective.
For a home wall natural wood is just fine, or use satin black or light gray paint.
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