As for the Rifton. The Mini and the Size 1 (at least the ones I had) DO NOT FOLD. They are HEAVY and there are a lot of parts to adjust. My son's gait trainer has
*the medium folding frame
* arm prompts and bars for his his hands to grip with Velcro strap to go around his wrist and for arms
* hip positioner (seat)
So putting him in this device using all it has there is 4 Velcro straps for his arms, 2 clips to go around his ankles to stop the scissoring, and 2 clips on the chest prompt. When putting my son in and out he tends to get his AFOS/Shoes stuck on the seat and it takes an effort of twisting and maneuvering to get him out.
It is well made.
It has many options to customize it and different colors. The list of accessories is long and expensive
It folds in 1/2 for easier storage but still large, heavy and bulky (medium size and up)
You can lock the wheels so it does not move, you can make the wheels go in 1 direction and not swivel, and you can make the wheels only move forward so the child can not walk backwards in it.
Easy to take parts off as they are no longer needed. For example once a child can bear weight and shift their weight the seat can be removed, the chest piece can be removed etc.
It does the job, I don't mind any of the features except the ankle prompts. I feel that they are restrictive and harder for my son to move his legs with them on. Without them his legs are everywhere...to the sides, walking on his other foot etc. He has nothing to keep him mid lined.
I have a very hard time getting it adjust just right.
The seat digs in my sons legs leaving red marks..I think he has the size small seat and simply needs the large.
The Pony gait trainer: This is new to us. I have had it about 3 days. Due to the issues with the pressure marks with the rifton my son does not get to use it as long as he used to. His school started working with him in the pony gait trainer. I LOVE how simple it is and how user friendly it is. This gait trainer is also customizable but you don't really have the ability to take as many things off. This is definitely better for a child who may always need support of a seat.
The one Jacob now owns is pretty basic. It is the size 2 purple frame It has the chest support and the grab bar on the front. This one is so much easier to put him in once you have it adjust right. Everything is loosened and tightened by an Allen wrench that has a little storage spot on the back of the seat.
The things I love about the one I have: I love that the seat is padded and "saddle" like. It has a cushioned back to it that adjust to keep his bottom in 1 spot. The seat hooks up in the front to stop him from sliding his hips to far forward. I love that there is no way he can scissor his legs and makes him keep his legs more mid lined with his body. He still has the ability to put his legs in front of him in a "sitting" position but there is nothing for his legs to dig into. There is option hip supports, but mine does not have them. So he has the ability to spread his legs apart as much as he can. I LOVE that it is really simple to tilt him forward to prompt taking steps. The rifton I had to angle the chest prompt forward and constantly adjust the hip positioner (seat) to get him bottom higher up to make him lean forward. This gait trainer was just made for children like him!
Things I wish were better. Mainly the wheels they are tiny compared to the rifton and would be hard to use outside. I can not lock the wheels to only move in 1 direction. Apparently the front 2 wheels can be locked so they don't swivel, but I have yet to find this...I just read it online. :-) You also can not customize the colors. Each color represents which size it it. 0 is yellow, 1 is fuchsia, 2 is purple, 3 is red. Oh I also wish the front support bars to the frame were a little farther forward. Jacob gets his feet up on the bars and kicks them. This also does not fold. Everything can be taken off or pushed down to make it smaller, but then you have to readjust again.
It is so simple to put him in and take him out of this one. No arms to strap in no ankles to strap. I simply put hi legs over the seat and the back of the chest piece Velcros closed and then has a snap clip that secures it.
It is late and probably not the best review in the world. Just my option. I am totally LOVING the Pony gait trainer!
BTW we were very blessed that the new gait trainer was donated to us by family who no longer needed it. I was planning on trying to buy one if he did well on the one he was using at school and now I may have a rifton to donate soon. I'm afraid to get rid of it just yet.
|The medium Rifton Pacer|