There are a few things you need to consider when purchasing a trapeze: type, bar size and material, rope length and composition, and manufacturer and quality control.
Type: There are many types of trapezes available on the market. For use at Sky Candy, you will want to purchase a static trapeze. Static trapezes can be designed for solo work or duo work and may come with or without pegs (bars that extend past the ropes). Many manufacturers allow for them to be customized in a wide variety of ways, including bar size, rope length, and elbow color and material. Many of those elements are up to you and what your preferences are.
Bar Size: For most of our students, we have found that the idea bar length for a solo trapeze is the width of your hips plus your two hands (so, while sitting in a chair with your fists at your sides, measure from pinky finger to pinky finger — this offers a fair approximation of the minimum length you need to be able to comfortably sit on your trapeze bar and be able to get a full grip with both hands at your sides). Most of the bars at Sky Candy are approximately 22”-24” in width. If you would like to get more information on any specific bar at the studio, just email us!
For duo work, you will want to consult with your partner about an appropriate length for the kind of work you do together. Do you need to be able to comfortably do catcher’s for lots of basing? Do you do lots of mirroring side by side? Pegs are strongly recommended for duo work as they allow for more real estate on the apparatus for two people to navigate on while not bringing the ropes too far apart.
Bar Material and Composition: We recommend solid or tube (hollow) steel 1” for your bar and that is what we have purchased for all of the bars we have at the studio.
Rope Length: Many manufacturers will allow you to custom order ropes in any length you’d like. For use at Sky Candy, because of our very tall ceilings (21-27’), you have a lot of freedom in getting quite long ropes that would still allow you to do high doubles work if that is your intention for your bar. If you plan on doing standing work on your trapeze, we would recommend at least 8’ ropes. If you plan on having the versatility of rigging your trapeze as a single point, 10’ may offer you more headspace when your ropes are rigged to a single point.
Rope Material: We recommend 1” cotton ropes with an Amsteel/Dyneema core for the best mix of comfort and safety. You may opt for a slightly thinner or thicker rope diameter depending on your personal grip preference. Cotton ropes can also come with steel cores, though these will require more care as the steel cable can get easily twisted. Do not get cotton ropes without any internal support – these can be very bouncy, causing excess strain on the shoulders, and can more easily fray and break.
At the studio, all of our ropes are nylon as they are easy to clean and very strong, but they are not the most comfortable to grip. Some trapeze makers will cover nylon ropes with fabric for a more cushioned and comfortable grip if you would like to go in that direction.
Manufacturer and Quality: We only allow equipment purchased from reputable manufacturers to be used in the studio. We strongly discourage students from purchasing equipment from Amazon, eBay, Etsy, or other similar sites where the original manufacturer may not be known or guaranteed. Our trusted vendors have a long history of manufacturing high quality products. Where applicable, products are batch tested for safety and come with ratings that indicate either the minimum breaking strength (MBS) or safe Working Load Limit (WLL).