For a quick answer to our #1 question:
Plan a 12' x 12' adjustable frame board. This should also have 2-3' of exposed (above the mat) kickboard. Then you can order the lights and the Medium Launch Layout holds.
If you are in the US or Canada you can order this right now by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you in the production queue. If you are in any other country contact your distributor for pricing. Info on footprints, holds, layouts, frames, and more below.
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. Turnkey solutions provided by our friends who make adjustable walls:
Hydraulic: Vertical Solutions
Hydraulic or Counterweight: Delire
Pneumatic: Lemur Designs
Winch: Grasshopper Frameworks
UK/Europe: Rock City (email link)
Any of these walls can be made freestanding or mounted to your structure, and any can be made to fit both 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, where we get regular visits from professional climbers, competitors, and setters who have helped us test holds and set climbs. Our whole team is committed to continuing to populate the Kilter Board with new and interesting problems.
Testimonial from a gym owner: When you consider the number of problems you quickly realize it is the cheapest climbing space per square foot in the gym.
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 800 unique shapes and counting for the Kilter Training Board System.
Comment from a pro climber: I never board train because I always hurt my fingers on them, but I just climbed on this [Kilter Board] for 5 hours!
The Medium Launch Layout is done and ready to purchase. This layout fits the 8x12 and the 12x12, so the boards can share problems. The 8x12 is contained within the 12x12 layout. The 12x12 has 3 extra columns of holds on each edge, so there will always be more available problems on the 12x12 layout than the 8x12. The difficulty of this layout is ideal for gyms and for most home walls as well.
The holds are very friendly and approachable, and with an adjustable frame we have kept everyone from brand new climbers to some of the strongest pros entertained.
Really? Really! Multiple people who climb V15 were choosing to climb on the Medium Layout Board!
Our friends who regularly climb V11/12 outside spent months helping test the Medium Launch Layout, and they enjoyed it as much as our friends who climb V4/5/6/7/8/9/10. Even our new climber friends were able to climb the easier lines at the lowest angles, and pull moves on steeper angles because there were were holds they could use.
Text we got from a friend who spent all summer on the Kilter Board: I'm doing moves in Hueco that I've never been able to do before! Everyone is asking me how I've been training.
Other layouts: we have been and are continuing to test holds for a "Hard" layout. We'll have a "Pro" layout too in the future of the hardest hard. We focused on finishing and releasing Medium first as it is best for the widest range of abilities. However, we believe gyms should have multiple Kilter Boards, and in our studio the Medium Launch Layout and Hard test layout boards compliment each other very well, so we are continuing to develop future layouts for future training area with multiple boards.
Kilter Board offers a couple of size options and we are working on several layouts (fixed and customizeable) 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 one of the wall builders listed above.
The Kilter Board App supports adjustable or fixed angles walls at 30-35-40-45-50-55-60-65 and 70 degrees.
We are focusing on two 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 (we are working to improve with specific pad size/kickboard/height recommendations for every angle as well). Email us with questions.
The recommended footprint varies depending on if you have an adjustable angle or fixed angle board. The footprints below include space for the entire frame (including the footbox) and the ideal amount of padding to reduce edge danger. That said, you do not need 4' between the edge of the wall and a side wall. If you have limited space you can get away with close to flush, but we recommend at least 1' if possible, and of course up to 4' on each side is also fine. We definitely recommend 4'on each side for a freestanding board in the middle of a weight area. For the "out" dimension, that is from the back of the wall to the far edge of the padding. It can vary for fixed-angle boards based on how steep the board is. You can gain some space if you build a 1' kickbox instead of a 2' kickbox. Basically, if you have space limitiations we're happy to help you figure out what size and angle board you can fit. Just email us!
8x12 BOARD - Half Board
- The most popular training board size on the planet
- 8' wide, 12' tall upper, 1-3' exposed kickboard (4 sheets of 4x8 plywood)
- 209 unique bolt-on holds, 102 screw-on holds, 630 leds/kit
- Recommeded footprint w/adjustable board frame and max padding* 20' (out) x 16' (wide)
12x12 BOARD - Full Board - Square Board - Commercial Board - GET THIS ONE!
- We've tested this size extensively and think it is the best size for gyms but also amazing for home walls, outbuildings, garages, etc... It is the same height as the 8' x 12' so it should fit in most garages just as well as the smaller board does. The extra width makes a huge difference!
- 12' wide, 12' tall upper, 2-3' exposed kickboard (4.5 sheets of 4x8 plywood)
- 323 unique bolt-on holds, 153 screw-on holds, 1060 leds/kit
- Recommended footprint w/adjustable board frame and max padding* 20' x 20'
*max padding is recommended size if you have pad edges people might fall off. If you have a side wall or other climbing wall next to this you don't need 4' on each side of the board.
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.
The install menu is ala carte, you can choose any or all of these services. You may need to have 1-2 staff on hand to help the tech with install.
Frame/Wall Install - You can have your wall builder build and install your frame and boards, you can order a custom frame and have in installed or install it yourself, or you can build your own frame.
Lights/Holds Install - Some wall builders will also install the lights and holds for you or with the help of 1-2 of your staff. This will come at an extra cost as it will take two people several hours to do everything OR you can install the lights and holds yourself using the instructions we will send and the remote support we will provide.
Pad Install - Mats can be installed by the mat company, by your wall company, by you, or by us.
WHITE GLOVE SERVICE
US and Canada. Includes frame, boards, mat, holds, lights, and two techs to come install everything. All you have to do is clear the space and assure us there are no wires or pipes running under the slab where we are attaching the frame and mats. Email for pricing.
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Send us an email to email@example.com with the name and contact of your gym, and we'll let them know you want one!