Updated April 17th, 2019

What do we mean when we talk about your Teeter ankle lock system?

The ankle locking mechanism is the feature that locks and secures your feet/ankles prior to inverting. It is a simple yet vital part – this is what holds you in! In fact, the ankle lock is one of the main components evaluated by UL’s inversion table safety spec (UL 1647). You wouldn’t want to hang upside down from an inversion table ankle system that hasn’t been held accountable to a 3rd party safety certification – would you? Currently, Teeter is the only brand of inversion table listed to UL 1647.

Are there different types of ankle lock systems?

Teeter offers 3 different types of locking mechanisms on our manual inversion tables.

What do they all have in common? Each design is evaluated and safety-certified by UL for your security. To ensure comfort, every Teeter ankle system also includes Ergo-Embrace Ankle Supports, engineered with thick foam to fit the shape of your legs and ankles and evenly distribute pressure around the joint. Their patented, wrap-around design backed by a hard outer shell prevents accidental side release for a more secure fit.

So, which type of ankle lock system is right for you?

T-Pin Ankle Lock System

Offered on many models, including the wildly popular EP-560 Ltd. This spring-loaded pin features an ergonomic grip for comfortable release, yet snaps in place securely when you push down on the front foam rollers to lock your ankles in place.

When the pin fully engages, you can hear an audible ‘click’. If it does not engage, you will still see part of the orange circle. Adjust the front foam rollers until you hear the click of the pin snapping into place and you can no longer see the orange. The T-Pin does require users to have to bend over a little further to secure their ankles, but is a comfortable option for many people.

EZ-Reach-Ankle System

The EZ-Reach Ankle System is offered on select models, including the EP-960 Ltd.

Our Ratchet requires less of a reach than the T-Pin, so it is an ideal option for those who have trouble or experience discomfort while bending over. Instead of pulling up as you would on the T-Pin, simply push down on the long handle, slide closed and release to secure your ankles.

Deluxe EZ-Reach-Ankle System

The deluxe option is offered on the Teeter EP-970 Ltd. model and the new FitSpine models, including the FitSpine X3 and FitSpine LX9 inversion table models.

This ratchet is even longer than the EZ-Reach System! The extra-long, smooth ratcheting handle is ideal for back pain sufferers and offers the easiest option for securing the ankles. A simple push of the button controls the patented, micro-adjusting lever so you can find your perfect fit for the ultimate comfort and support. Unlocking this deluxe option is easy. Simply push down on the blue button on top of the ratchet then pull towards you to unlock.


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