Prodigy CottonSafe Shackle Trapeze

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The Prodigy CottonSafe Shackle Trapeze is an affordable trapeze built to exceptionally high manufacturing standards and using top-quality components.

UK-made, tested, and certified trapezes from Prodigy Aerial.


The bar on these trapezes measures 62cm from end to end and 60cm from shackle to shackle,


Important note: the product length listed refers to the length of the ropes only.


Prodigy Aerial have designed the CottonSafe Shackle Trapeze to provide maximum strength and safety with a rope that is both flexible and comfortable to use.

The Prodigy Aerial CottonSafe Rope used on this trapeze is specially designed for Aerial, super strong, and much more affordable than traditional all-cotton ropes.

Prodigy Aerial CottonSafe Ropes have an industrial strength core with a cotton webbing cover that is strong, soft, and comfortable!

✔ Modular – change the ropes or bar.

✔ Movability – the trapeze movements are more compliant and mobile.

✔ Lighter bar - using the ropes for moves feels better.

✔ Beating feels better with a lighter bar!

X Not as comfortable at the elbows compared to a classic style trapeze.

X Be aware of small fingers' potential to get caught in the shackle area.

X Harder to dress than a classic style trapeze

X If you're used to a classic trapeze, take time to get used to the

increased mobility before trying new moves. 


The bar on a CottonSafe Shackle trapeze is light - only weighing 1,051g. Beating feels better with a lighter bar!

Using the ropes for a move feels better when there isn't a heavy bar waiting to hit you.

 The ropes are highly flexible, ensuring it is both comfortable to use and stable even wrapped and twisted.


The CottonSafe ropes have no bounce, ensuring the trapeze remains horizontal and stable.

A trapeze with no bounce will not cushion the impact from any drops.

The shackles change the way the trapeze moves, making it more compliant and mobile, compared to a classic style.


The Prodigy PolySafe Ropes are fixed to the trapeze bar with high-grade stainless steel (SS316), Prodigy Hex-Lock D shackles. These can be inspected, removed and replaced, and feature on other Prodigy Aerial props such as the Prodigy Multi-point Aerial Hoop.

Dyna-Core Hanging Ropes and other components are inter-compatible and can be used in different configurations. This modular feature of Prodigy Aerial equipment allows for greater flexibility when rigging.

The shackles have a low profile 6mm bar, and the hex head pin locks into place very neatly in an indentation on the shackle bar. This means it locks securely and with no protruding pin to get in the way.

It is essential to use a medium-strength threadlock on the thread of the pin to eliminate any risk of vibrations loosening the pin. Your Trapeze will arrive with threadlock applied, but you must reapply whenever you open the shackle.

There is no compromise on safety with a WLL of 300KG (FOS 5:1) on these shackles.


The Prodigy CottonSafe Ropes are a dream to inspect! They only require regular and straightforward, external inspections (assuming normal use).

The ability to thoroughly inspect every component and replace any part is a huge step forward in safety for a trapeze design. Trapeze boots on the elbows would need to be removed to take full advantage of this feature.

The Prodigy CottonSafe  Shackle Trapeze is ideal for high-use studios because it's easy to maintain! 

The CottonSafe Ropes can be removed, cleaned, and easily replaced.

More details on inspections and maintenance are included with the product.


All Prodigy Aerial equipment is fully certified in the UK, with certificates available on request. Load tests are performed regularly on all equipment at independent certified testing facilities.

Working Load Limit (WLL) : 200kg

Factor Of Safety (FOS) : 5:1


Destructive testing is undertaken at regular intervals or when any component is modified.

Working load limits are based on permanent deflection, not destruction.

Never exceed the manufacturers WLL.

what's in the box

1x Prodigy CottonSafe Shackle Trapeze

2x 25 kN MBS carabiners

2x high-grade stainless steel shackles (with threadlock applied)

1x user guide


Aerial acrobatics products have a different returns policy from the rest of our catalogue.

Please make sure you are familiar with this before buying.

You can find information on rigging here, and general aerial safety information is here.


Everything above 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.

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