The Aerial Essentials - Our award-winning complete hardware packages

The best hardware at the best price.

Welcome to the Aerial Essentials. We aim to provide you with everything you need to take your aerial training to the next level. From hardware and apparatus, to rigging suggestions, tutorials, and expert advice. We are sure you will find our staff both professional and eager to help.

Our equipment is trusted by aerialists worldwide and is the standard in professional circus productions and schools. Our staff also actively trains, teaches and performs on our equipment allowing them to give you both professional and personal recommendations on its use.

Just select a product category from the menu above and begin to see the Aerial Essentials difference. High quality, safe and reliable products at prices you can afford. Thank you for shopping at Aerial Essentials!

Aerial Silks

Specialty fabric created for Aerial performance. Strength tested and proven in shows all around the world. High quality aerial fabric in both Non stretch and Medium Stretch.

Trusted by aerialists worldwide, our fabric is safe, beautiful and the standard in Cirque productions and schools. Machine washable and easy to care for.

NON-STRETCH AERIAL FABRIC

This non-stretch fabric is preferred by beginners and professionals alike for the ease of climbing and solid wraps. It is 106" wide and great for aerial yoga hammocks as well.

Made from 100% nylon tricot with a 40 denier. Beautiful colors available with a slightly shiny finish. Machine Washable and easy to care for.

For more info on choosing the right fabric, watch this video.
The first fabric demonstrated is non-stretch fabric.

MEDIUM-STRETCH AERIAL FABRIC

This fabric is preferred by more experienced and advanced performers who like a bit of bounce in their fabric for larger drops and techniques. Often used in higher rig points where an artist can take advantage of the bounce.

Our fabric is 60" wide with four way stretch. It is a 70 denier interlock, with a very vibrant matte finish. Machine washable and easy to care for.

Complete Aerial Silks Hardware Setup

The complete hardware package for rigging your aerial silks safely.

Choose your own colors!

Includes one Rescue-8, Two Steel Carabiners, & One Aerial Swivel. Everything you need to rig your fabric safely to any structural rig point.

Basic Aerial Silks Hardware Setup

The basic hardware required for hanging your aerial silks from an existing rig point.

One Rescue-8 and One Steel Carabiner.

Choose your own colors!

STEEL CARABINER

The best carabiners for all aerial rigging. Comes with either a screw gate, and autolocking gate.

Easy to use, and extremely safe. Made with an extremely high strength steel. These carabiners will last for years with proper care and always keep you safe.

Aluminum Carabiners

Extremely lightweight and very strong. These cold forged aluminum carabiners are great for all aerial rigging and pair beautifully with our silver and red rescue-8s.

Our carabiners meet both ANSI Z 359.1 and UIAA standard requirements for fall arrest systems.

INSTRUCTION BOOKS & MANUALS

By far, the Best instructional videos/books available for aerial training. Clear, professional, thorough, and a great resource for teachers or students. Available in paperback, and downloadable format.

Created by the incredible Rebekah Leach.

Aerial Yoga

With the newest form of fitness revolution, Aerial based yoga proactices are incredible workout, regimes that promote both physical, mental, and spiritual health.

We sell everything you need to set up your aerial yoga practice at home, in the studio, or anywhere else. See our specialty fabric, and hardware used to take your yoga practice to new heights.

NON-STRETCH AERIAL FABRIC

106" wide and perfect for your aerial yoga hammock. We recommend purchasing 7 yards for a standard yoga hammock.

This fabric is 100% nylon tricot with a 40 denier. Beautiful colors available with a slightly shiny finish. Machine Washable.

AERIAL YOGA HARDWARE SETUP

Easy to use hardware setup for your Aerial Yoga performance and training.

Clip in your hammock to a single rig point safely and easily.

Includes two Steel O-Rings and one Steel Carabiner of your choice.

STEEL CARABINER

The best carabiners for all aerial rigging. Comes with either a screw gate, and autolocking gate.

Easy to use, and extremely safe. Made with an extremely high strength steel. These carabiners will last for years with proper care and always keep you safe.

Aluminum Carabiners

Extremely lightweight and very strong. These cold forged aluminum carabiners are great for all aerial rigging and pair beautifully with our silver and red rescue-8s.

Our carabiners meet both ANSI Z 359.1 and UIAA standard requirements for fall arrest systems.

STEEL O-RING

Neccessary for all slings and aerial yoga hammocks. We recommend two O-Rings per hammock (one on each side) for safety and ease of rigging.

These Stainless steel rings are rated for 22.2Kn (4,990 lbs).

DAISY CHAIN

With a working strength of over 5,000lbs these daisy chains are used for height adjustment with your yoga hammocks.

Made from 19mm nylon webbing these chains allow for multiple carabiner heights without re-tying knots or moving rig points.

INSTRUCTION BOOKS & MANUALS

By far, the Best instructional videos/books available for aerial training. Clear, professional, thorough, and a great resource for teachers or students. Available in paperback, and downloadable format.

Created by the incredible Rebekah Leach.

Lyra (Aerial Hoop)

We offer 36" aerial hoops made from 1" steel tubing and 2" steel welded tabs for safe and easy rigging.

We provide both single and double point lyras as well as all the hardware needed for performance rigging. Our hoops are strength tested for over 4,000lbs making them great for beginners and advanced performers alike.

Single Point Lyra

Our 36" lyra are the industry standard and are great for beginners and professionals alike. Although in very specific circumstances a larger or smaller lyra is required, 36" is the standard and will fit most all aerialists.

Our 1" steel tube is exceptionally strong and has been tested at a 1,400lb deformation and 4,000lb breaking strength. Our tabs have a 9/16"hole allowing for the use of all standard carabiners.

Two Point Lyra

Our two point lyras allow for double point rigging and much more over bar choreography. They come in 36" diameter, 1" steel tube, with a breaking strength of over 4000lbs.

The two tabs are 22" apart and have 9/16" holes allowing for standard carabiners.

If you are looking for easy to use, professional lyra with quick turnaround time- order here.

Lyra Hardware Setup

With One Aerial swivel and three Steel Carabiners you now have the ability to hang your lyra from any point high or low.

(Just add your own rope, chain, slings, or span-sets)

STEEL CARABINER

The best carabiners for all aerial rigging. Comes with either a screw gate, and autolocking gate.

Easy to use, and extremely safe. Made with an extremely high strength steel. These carabiners will last for years with proper care and always keep you safe.

Aluminum Carabiners

Extremely lightweight and very strong. These cold forged aluminum carabiners are great for all aerial rigging and pair beautifully with our silver and red rescue-8s.

Our carabiners meet both ANSI Z 359.1 and UIAA standard requirements for fall arrest systems.

Aerial Hoop (Lyra) Manual

In this first volume of the Aerial Hoop Manual series, you will find over 600 pictures to help depict over 50 families of moves which are explained through detailed step-by-step instructions.

Students will gain an understanding of where the content fits into the big picture of aerial hoop. Teachers will be assisted in learning how to properly teach progressions, grip choices and much more.

STRAPS

Although aerial straps have been traditionally showcased almost entirely by men, this beautiful act has transitioned into a much broader range of performers, and we are so glad to see such a flourishing growth in the straps community.

Although our opinions are probably a little bias - we have yet to find a better set of straps anywhere.

10 ft Aerial Straps

Our straps are made with a cotton/nylon blend that is both exceptionally strong, and fabulously comfy! These are NOT your typical nylon straps that cut into your arms, nor the straight cotton tubing that holds no shape and has a breaking strength roughly half of ours.

These are not just hight quality straps - they are The Best available.

Straps Hardware Set

Setting up straps has never been easier. This setup gives you everything you need for dual line rotation within your performance which is necessary for straps (or Trapeze, Net, Chains, Hammock or any two point apparatus hanging from a single rig point)

The set includes three swivels, six connectors & One spreader Plate. You also get to choose your carabiner type, or shackles if you prefer.

Complete Straps and Hardware Setup

Here is the complete straps setup- ready to hang and start training.

Includes a 10 ft set of straps, and all the necessary hardware. As long as you have a solid rig point you are ready to clip in and begin.

Stainless Steel Shackle

Many straps artists prefer to replace the carabiners with Schackles - If so, Here you go!
Stainless Steel Screw Pin Shackle. 3/8" with a breaking strength of 10,000 lb. and a working load set at 1 ton.

These shackles are easy to use, reliable, and extremely Strong.

Aerial Swivel

These extremely strong and versitile swivels are made to give your aerial acts the movement and freedom you desire. Made from high density aircraft aluminium they are reliable and strong. Start spinning and enjoying the freedom to dance in the air.

Aluminum Carabiners

Extremely lightweight and very strong. These cold forged aluminum carabiners are great for all aerial rigging and pair beautifully with our silver and red rescue-8s.

Our carabiners meet both ANSI Z 359.1 and UIAA standard requirements for fall arrest systems.

Steel Carabiners

The best carabiners for all aerial rigging.

Easy to use, and extremely safe. Made with an auto-locking gate and extremely high strength steel. These carabiners will last for years with proper care and always keep you safe.

Spreader Plate

Great for single point or dance trapeze, straps, hammock, net, or chains - all these apparatus use spreader plates for a more versitile performance.

These plates remove unneccary friction and wear on your lines and prolong the life of your equipment.

Aerial Rigging Hardware

Equipment from Aerial Essentials is trusted by circus schools, touring productions, and individuals worldwide. We have shipped our equipment to every continent excluding Antartica (although we are still trying to convince those penguins to take up silks!) and are proud to have our products currently hanging in over fifty coutries.

We provide quality hardware to those who seek to expand the horizons of flight and aerial arts. From large studios and cirque schools, to individuals setting up their first set of fabric in the living room - our equipment is always safe, reliable, and affordable.

We offer complete hardware setups, as well as individual hardware pieces to complete your current rigging.

Complete Hardware Setups

Aerial fabric, Trapeze, and Lyra each require their own specific hardware setups.

Purchase your hardware together in a complete setup for your aerial apparatus.

Individual Hardware Pieces

Carabiners, Rescue-8's, swivels, spreader plates, sling loops and more!

Available in multiple colors, styles, and options. Purchase Individual hardware pieces for any rigging situation

Complete Aerial Hardware Setups

Equipment from Aerial Essentials is trusted by circus schools, touring productions, and individuals worldwide. We have shipped our equipment to every continent excluding Antartica (although we are still trying to convince those penguins to take up silks!) and are proud to have our products currently hanging in over fifty coutries.

Complete Aerial Silks Setup

One Rescue-8, Two Steel Carabiners, & One Aerial Swivel. Everything you need to rig your fabric safely to any structural rig point.

Consider adding a Span-set for added rigging versitility.

Basic Aerial Silks Setup

One Rescue-8 and One Steel Carabiner. Now you can safely hang your fabric from any structural rig point.

Consider adding a Span-set for added rigging versitility.

Aerial Yoga Setup

Two Steel O-Rings and One Steel Carabiner. Clip in your hammock to a single rig point safely and easily.

For Two Point Hammocks purchase one more carabiner.

Lyra Hardware Setup

With One Aerial swivel and three Steel Carabiners you now have the ability to hang your lyra from any point high or low.

(Just add your own rope, chain, slings, or span-sets)

Basic Trapeze / Hammock Hardware Setup

Set up your Trapeze bar from a single point with this easy setup. One Spreader Plate, One Aerial Swivel & Four Steel Carabiners.

A great setup for trapeze, two point lyra, hammocks, or slings.

Complete Trapeze / Straps Setup

Complete hardware setup for Trapeze, Straps, Net, Chains or Hammock, etc (Used with any two point apparatus hanging from a single rig point)

Includes three Swivels, Six Steel Carabiners & One Spreader Plate.

Individual Hardware Pieces

Equipment from Aerial Essentials is trusted by circus schools, touring productions, and individuals worldwide. We have shipped our equipment to every continent excluding Antartica (although we are still trying to convince those penguins to take up silks!) and are proud to have our products currently hanging in over fifty coutries.

Rescue-8

Using a rescue-8 is truly essential for rigging aerial fabric. These extremely strong pieces of hardware prolong the life of your fabric, and allow for much easier, safer rigging.

We do not recommend rigging your aerial fabric without one.

Aerial Swivel

These extremely strong and versitile swivels are made to give your aerial acts the movement and freedom you desire. Made from high density aircraft aluminium they are reliable and strong. Start spinning and enjoying the freedom to dance in the air.

Steel Carabiners

These alloy steel carabiners are exceptionally strong, and an aerialists best friend. Unlike many other companies we provide modified D shaped carabiners with larger gate openings to fit a wider variety of apparatus and to make rigging much easier.

Easy to use, and extremely safe. These carabiners will last for years with proper care and always keep you safe with every flight.

Aluminum Carabiners

Extremely lightweight and very strong. These cold forged aluminum carabiners are great for all aerial rigging and pair beautifully with our silver and red rescue-8s.

Our carabiners meet both ANSI Z 359.1 and UIAA standard requirements for fall arrest systems.

Aerial Pulley

These extremely high strength pulleys can hold up to a 15mm rope and are great for raising/lowering equipment and apparatus.

These pulleys are also ideal for spotting belts.

Double Pulley

After rigging a double pulley system, you can easily hand raise and lower aerialists to create flying acts.

With a correct double pulley system you can lift 4 times as much weight with the same amount of work.

Spreader Plate

Great for single point or dance trapeze, straps, hammock, net, or chains - all these apparatus use spreader plates for a more versitile performance.

These plates remove unneccary friction and wear on your lines and prolong the life of your equipment.

STEEL O-RING

Neccessary for all slings and aerial yoga hammocks. We recommend two O-Rings per hammock (one on each side) for safety and ease of rigging.

These Stainless steel rings are rated for 22.2Kn (4,990 lbs).

DAISY CHAIN

With a working strength of over 5,000lbs these daisy chains are used for height adjustment with your hammocks or other apparatus.

Made from 19mm nylon webbing these chains allow for multiple carabiner heights without re-tying knots or moving rig points.

TUFLEX Span-Set

The best in theatrical and aerial rigging solutions. Round sling span-sets are a neccessity for any aerialist looking to rig in multiple venues.

Our Span-sets are rated for over 10,000lbs when rigged properly.

Four foot Sling-Loop

AVAILABLE in BLUE and BLACK.

At 4ft long and only 19mm wide these high strength nylon webbing sling-loops are light, reliable, easy to use, and extremely portable.

1/4 inch Stainless Steel Rigging Plate

These Stainless steel rig plates are designed for attaching to wood beams. They are made form ¼ inch stainless steel and have a 1.75" hole at the bottom for easy rigging.

Straightforward and very easy to rig, if you’ve got big wood beams – these are the plates for you.

Stainless Steel Shackle

Stainless Steel Screw Pin Shackle. 3/8" with a breaking strength of 10,000 lb. and a working load set at 1 ton.

These shackles are easy to use, reliable, and extremely Strong.

Instructional Books and Manuals

By far, the Best instructional manuals available for aerial training. Clear, professional, thorough, and a great resource for teachers or students. Available in paperback, and downloadable .PDF format.

Conceived and created by the incredible Rebekah Leach, of AerialDancing.com

Aerial Fabric: Beginner's Manual

The best aerial fabrics instructional manual ever written.

With over 250 detailed pictures, and instructions ranging from injury prevention to performance tips. This is the only manual you need to learn, or teach, beginning aerial fabric.

Aerial Fabric: Intermediate Manual - Part 1

Taking your aerial fabric lessons, or performance to the next level has never been easier.

This intermediate manual covers over fifty new moves, wraps, locks, climbing techniques, and sequences of choreography.

Aerial Fabric: Intermediate Manual - Part 2

The third and most advanced in the aerial fabric series.

Detailed instructions for drops, sequences, and variations, rounding out a truly comprehensive instructional series.

Aerial Yoga Manual - Volume I

With over 300 detailed pictures and step-by-step instructions, this manual covers everything you ever wanted to know about aerial yoga.

Designed for teachers & students- perfect for any aerial yoga studio.

Aerial Yoga Manual - Volume II

Covering more than fifty moves, this is the second and more advanced volume in the Aerial Yoga series.

With detailed descriptions and pictures at every turn, moves such as handstands, back arch poses, and planks are explained step-by-step. Teachers and students alike will benefit from adding this manual to their resource library

Aerial Hoop (Lyra) Manual

In this first volume of the Aerial Hoop Manual series, you will find over 600 pictures to help depict over 50 families of moves which are explained through detailed step-by-step instructions.

Students will gain an understanding of where the content fits into the big picture of aerial hoop. Teachers will be assisted in learning how to properly teach progressions, grip choices and much more.

Aerial Accessories

Athletic Tape, and Spray Rosin. Making sure you have the little things to let you keep on training.

Tuf-Skin 10oz Spray

Tuf-Skin spray, made by Cramer. Giant 10oz can of spray.

Better grip, tougher skin -- for all aerialists and acrobats.

Train harder, for longer.

Mueller Athletic Tape

Used by circus artists, acrobats, and aerialists to wrap ankles, wrists, trapeze bars, Chinese poles, lyras, and fire toys too.

Portable Aerial Rigs

Freestanding, portable rigs are a must for any modern aerial arts company or production with constantly changing venues.

We are proud to offer two incredible rigs from the best in the business. These rigs allow for quick and safe setup on nearly any surface and bring your aerial dancing to new locations, venues, and heights.

Suspendulum Rig

An amazing 20ft tall tripod rig which can be set up by one person in as little as 10 minutes.

This freestanding aerial tetrahedron is made from nine pipes (8ft long) and weighs only 125lbs.

Comes in a beautiful powder coated glossy black and can be used on most all ground types.