Xtend+Climb telescoping ladders work like extension ladders but collapse small enough to fit into a car trunk.

The aluminum ladders come in home and pro series that range in height from 8 to 15 feet. The ladders can be adjusted to any height at 1-foot intervals.

A handle is integrated into the design to make the collapsed ladder easy to carry, and thumb releases are positioned to prevent pinching while the ladder is being collapsed.

The ladders range from 16 to 36 pounds. Prices range from $149.99 to $309.99 on http://xtendandclimb.com. The ladders are also available on Amazon.com and from many big-box retailers.

Mary Beth Breckenridge