2010 Ford Raptor: Long Live the Man Step
October 06, 2010
I have no idea what Ford calls this thing, nor do I care, for Chevy did a pretty good job rechristening it the Man Step. In case you forgot, I've included the video below of former Raider, current Fox analyst and perpetual flat top aficianado Howie Long deriding a portly fellow who is struggles to disembark from his F-150's bed using the Man Step.
Perhaps the Chevy has a longer warranty, but I still think it's pretty foolish to point out a feature your truck doesn't have -- especially when that feature is awesome and all trucks should have one. For all the press the RamBox got, this is far more useful. While tubby climbed down backwards like he was 80-year-old woman about to take a dip into liquid hot magma, in reality you can just walk down frontwards like it's a big stair. Going up is easy -- just grab the sturdy pole* and climb onto the Man Step.
The Man Step came in handy this weekend when moving those boxes, as I loaded them into the rear portion of the bed then quickly climbed up to arrange things. No need to get your pants dirty sitting on the bed, swivelling around and standing up, or hoisting yourself up like you're in a pool. Having the Man Step is especially handy with the Raptor, given that it's taller than every pickup on the road -- other than those modified by 5-foot-2 flat billers named Kyle or Rico. They'd need the Man Ladder.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 9,866 miles
* That's what she said.