This review is for the 8.5 foot ladder with Soft-Close Locking Mechanism
and model 20309T1ASE COSCO SmartClose Telescoping Aluminum Ladder.
I have been wanting one of these ladders for a while now and must say it's
probably the best on the market for size, weight allowance, closed or opened
dimensions and the total weight of this ladder. This ladder features the
pinch-free SmartClose system. You simply press the unlocking lever on each
side at the bottom of ladder and the ladder begins to close slowly to not
pinch your fingers. Once the ladder is fully closed, wrap the nylon strap
and snap the included plastic buckle on each end of the strap. This great
small compact ladder weighs 17.44 Lbs. When opened, the ladder measures
103.9"H x 19.41"W x 2.99"D and closed it measures 28.62"H x 19.41"W x 2.99"D.
The distance between each step is 10.875" and each step (rung depth) is
1.625" wide. It has a 300LB capacity and 12-14 foot max reach depending
on your height. As for safety features it has a locking indicators at each
step which shows green when locked and red when not locked fully. It is
a stable ladder made of industrial grade aluminum and comes in 3 different
sizes, 8.5ft, 10.5ft 12.5ft. I have a huge cargo carrier on top of my Subaru
Outback and this ladder serves me well for putting stuff in and out of it.
Then it simply folds to a mere 28.62"H closed while stored. I would like to
note several things. The max reach really depends on your height, the angle
the ladder is leaning which takes away from the overall max reach. This
ladder fully opened measures 8'8", I am 5'6", so I climb up to the 4 step
from the top which gives me personally the additional height I require and
in your case may be different. Also, practicing good safety, you are really
not supposed to stand on the top 2-3 steps on any ladder. You do not have
to fully extend ladder, you can leave some sections collapsed if you want.
Look at my pictures which show it not fully extended. The soft close feature
allows each section to slowly close by a cushion of air in the frame. It
does not shut all at once and pinch/bite your fingers. I love this ladder!
I give it 2 thumbs up !!!