< Go to Aiders / Etriers

Hands-on Gear Review

Petzl Quickstep Review

Petzl Quickstep
Price:   $40 List | $39.95 at Backcountry
Compare prices at 2 resellers
Pros:  Light, low bulk, easy to adjust.
Cons:  Not comfortable, inefficient to lead with.
Editors' Rating:     
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Manufacturer:   Petzl

Our Verdict

The Petzl Quickstep are some of the best aiders you can get in this style. I am generally not a fan of this adjustable kind because you can't lead with them efficiently. However, these are so light that I may consider using them as jugging aiders in certain applications, such as speed climbing. I just used them on a one-day ascent of Mt. Watkins with Tommy Caldwell and was pretty impressed.

Overall, they are a specialty item only suitable for experienced wall climbers who climb walls fast (and even those climbers may not want them). The main competitors are the Yates Speed Stirrup, which is much heavier but more comfortable, and the Metolius Easy Aider, which is a little heavier and more bulky but also more comfortable and a hair cheaper. Overall, I lean toward the Petzl because the whole point of an aider like this is to be as light and streamlined as possible.

See How this compared to the other aiders and etriers that we tested in our complete aider Review.

RELATED REVIEW: Finding the Perfect Big Wall Aider

select up to 5 products
Score Product Price Style Weight Step Width
Editors' Choice Award
Ladder 15.6 oz 1.75"
Top Pick Award
Ladder 13.6 oz 1"
Ladder 11.8 oz 1"
Best Buy Award
Etrier 11.2 oz 1"
Etrier 6.8 oz 0.8"
Etrier 9.0 oz 1"
Etrier 8.5 oz 1"
Ladder 5.0 oz 1"
Etrier 3.7 oz 3/4"

Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Chris McNamara
Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Last Updated:
May 7, 2010



These are the lightest aiders to use for ascending that I know of. They are also very streamlined and not bulky. The quick adjusting buckle is easy to use to get the right length. The buckle is also nice and small my main resistance to this style of aider is that most other models use really big, beefy buckles. Your feet generally stay in the aiders and there is even an extra cord to make them stay. I never used it but beginning aid climbers might appreciate it.


While these work great on walls with lots of ledges, they are not ideal for walls with many hanging belays. The steps are thin and not comfy to stand in for an hour or more. It is also a bit of a pain to constantly adjust the length at a belay because you then have to re-adjust it later.

While it is fairly easy to get your feet in and out, it is not as easy as with a typical pair of aiders. This means they are not great for tricky pitches to clean and not good for traversing pitches (like the Great Roof on The Nose).

Best Application

These are ideal for mostly free big walls that you are climbing a day. They would excel on something like Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome where you want to save weight and want a low bulk aider for cleaning. They are not ideal for serious aid routes.


At $35 these are not cheap, especially in that they are not very versatile really only good for cleaning in specialty applications. For the same price or less you can get a real pair of aiders.
Chris McNamara

  • Share this article:
You Might Also Like

Where to Buy?

Seller Price  Shipping Cost Visit
Backcountry $39.95
Amazon $39.95 Check Site

Thinking about buying some gear we've reviewed? Help OutdoorGearLab out if you do. Just click on any of the above seller links and if you make any purchase, the seller will contribute a portion of the sale to help support this site. It won't cost you anything extra, and it's a simple way to help us fund our gear reviews. Thanks!

*Most retailers free shipping offers apply only to lower 48 US states using ground/economy shipping. See retailer's website for details.

OutdoorGearLab Member Reviews

Most recent review: August 30, 2011
Summary of All Ratings

OutdoorGearLab Editors' Rating:   
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Average Customer Rating:   
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

100% of 1 reviewers recommend it
Rating Distribution
2 Total Ratings
5 star: 0%  (0)
4 star: 50%  (1)
3 star: 50%  (1)
2 star: 0%  (0)
1 star: 0%  (0)
Sort 1 member reviews by: Most Recent | Most Helpful
Write a Review on this Gear

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
   Aug 30, 2011 - 07:19am
Stefan Jacobsen · Climber · Danmark
In my opinion the Petzl Quickstep and Quickfix are much easier to use than normal daisies and aiders. Both for leading and cleaning. However, the adjustment buckles can work a bit tight. That's why I look forward to test the Metolius Easy Daisy and Easy Aider. From the video this combination seems to work like a breeze. I can't really see any cons compared to normal aiders and ladders.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Help other readers find the most helpful reviews
Was this review helpful to you? 

Have you used the Petzl Quickstep?
Don't hold back. Share your viewpoint by posting a review with your thoughts...

Write a Review on this Gear
Where's the Best Price?
Seller Price
Backcountry $39.95
Amazon $39.95
Compare prices at 2 sellers >

*You help support OutdoorGearLab's product testing and reviews by purchasing from our retail partners.

Table of Contents

Follow Us