A few months ago I got an email asking me if I wanted to test an Xtend + Climb telescoping ladder. I said I’d be happy to try it, but I couldn’t promise I’d blog about it. I try lots of products, but only the ones I love get mentioned on the blog. The litmus test is if I would recommend it to a close friend. If I would, then I share it with you (because y’all are like friends I just haven’t met yet.)
The 760P Xtend + Climb ladder arrived in a compact box. When it arrived, I doubted that it really contained a 14.5ft ladder. But, sure enough inside was the telescoping ladder. Over the course of three months, I truly gave it a work out. I used it to clean the gutters and…
…I used it to remove a huge limb off our porch.
But, I truly appreciated the merits of a telescoping ladder when working on the library makeover at my sons’ school.
The ladder fit neatly in my trunk. And, I can’t even imagine trying to navigate the school halls with a long extension ladder? There was no way I could do that. BUT, the Xtend+Climb was easy (and safe) to carry into the school.
My good friend Leen and her husband really liked the ladder and remarked they need to buy one for their sign and graphic business!
The ladder weighs 20 lbs., so it’s not a featherweight. But, it has a thick padded handle at the bottom that makes carrying it more comfortable.
To set up the ladder, you start by resting the base of the ladder on firm level ground. If you don’t have a level area, use a board to level the low side. Pull up the top section until it locks into place. Check for the appearance of a green dot that signifies the section is locked.
Continue raising one section at a time and checking for the green dot until your ladder reaches beyond where you need it.
Then climb on up! The ladder was a lot less wobbly and bouncy than a traditional extension ladder. Granted, this is the 14.5 ft. ladder. I would expect there to be a little more flex with a taller model. But, overall it felt very sturdy and safe.
When you are done, you simply press the red tab on both sides to collapse each section. There are plenty of warnings written in the instructions to remind you to keep your hands free of the the collapsing rung (to avoid pinched fingers.)
When it is completely closed, the ladder will store easily and won’t take up nearly the amount of space a long extension ladder would.
This is definitely my go to ladder now when I have exterior climbing to do. The ladder sells for approximately $149 on Amazon, which is a comparable price to your standard 15 ft. extension ladder. I also noticed they sell a top rung cover to keep from marring your walls. Adding that accessory might make this ladder versatile enough for me to retire my A-frame step ladder and bring the ladder inside for painting jobs.
Disclosure: This is an honest product review for the Xtend & Climb telescoping ladder. I was not paid or compensated for my time to write this post. The product was sent to me to try. As with all other brands and products I mention, if I don’t like them you won’t hear about it.