Firetoys Freestanding Outdoor Aerial Rig - 5.5m - BigRig

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The Firetoys Outdoor Aerial Rig is precision-engineered, fully UK-designed and manufactured, and independently strength tested. This 5.5m outdoor aerial A-frame is ideal for festivals, outdoor events, or even putting in the garden if you have one big enough!
This rig is suitable and certified for up to two people and has a Working Load Limit (WLL) of 174kg using Factor of Safety (FoS) 10:1.

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.

Rigging Available Separately
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Aerial Safety

Aerial equipment should never be used unsupervised, please consult a professional.

Everything below assumes you have a suitable and safe rigging point, like a professionally installed rigging point or a reputable and rated freestanding rig. Not every home/studio will be the same, so we cannot advise on this part. If you haven’t established a safe rigging point, please do this first with the help of a structural engineer/experienced rigger/professional familiar with what you're hanging and where you're hanging it.

Check out our aerial blogs for more information.

Big Rig, Big Opportunities

The Firetoys BigRig is a free standing outdoor aerial rig with three rigging points. Due to it's large frame, 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. 

Spacious and Stable

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.

Indoor and outdoor

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

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.

Rigging Versatility

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 parts are machined in-house to precise tolerances and all joins are engineered to ensure exact fits before welding. These include high precision twinned bird's mouth cuts and bespoke gusseting.

We've used 3 phase industrial TIG welding. This type of welding is achieves maxium tensile strength while providing aesthetically pleasing welds. All joins are triple welded for ultimate strength: a root pass, a second pass, and a weaved capping pass. "

Firetoys Big Rig assembly


Tech Specs

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.

  • Base: 7.3m x 7.3m (24' x 24')
  • Height: 5.6m (18'5")
  • Top Bar Width: 1.67m (5'6")
  • Material: Polished Aluminium
  • Weight: 100kg (221 lbs)
  • Maximum Component Length: 1.9m (6'3")
  • Working Load Limit: 174kg (384 lbs)
Really pleased with the rig. The assembly is as easy as the video and after a few practices we could put this up simply with just two people. It is very sturdy and perfect for training on various pieces of circus equipment
— Billywood

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Jonathan T Jester
Awesome Piece of kit

This is a really impressive bit of kit. If you are fit and you know what you are doing it is easy to put up with a little bit of practice. And it does fit in a car but think hard about where the poles will go if you are shunted. We have used it to great effect and we love it. there are effectively 5 hang points. If you are using silks for workshops I reccommend hanging them from a pulley so if your student gets tangled you can lower them. I think it is well worth the money.

brillant rig, great service

Really pleased with the rig. It is well made and fits together really easily. Two of us had it set up in no time. The fact that each leg is in four parts makes it possible to fit in my car as well as making storage much easier. I asked if it could be delivered in time for my first show, which while they did not have any in stock Firetoys managed to make sure it was delivered in time. Brilliant rig, great service.

Best Thing I've ever bought!

I am completely over the moon with this rig I've had it for almost a year and don't know how I could live without it!!
It's so easy to put up (me and my sister can do it in 15 minutes!) and take down, venues are always surprised by how quickly we've gone once we've finished our performance.
It's very steady and strong and FITS IN MY CAR!!! With all of our dance floor, crash mat and props.
The feet and straps could do with being a bit more substantial (more for my peace of mind) but they've been tested so I'll trust that, also Firetoys have answered all my many many questions when I've called up, their customer service is top notch!
I'd recommend getting some silicone to go between your carabiners and the eyelets as if you sway then it can make a clicking sound as it moves over the imprinted numbers on the eyelet.

Love it

Put rig up today and its so easy. Daughter absolutely loves it. The quality of it is well worth the money :) Thanks for all the help .

Big rig

Put this together with ease. Perfect for all aerial arts. Construction is of a very high quality. Feel confident that this will last a very long time. Well worth paying a little more for something of this standard.