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Vippamat Hippocampe vs Extreme Motus X3 Off-road Wheelchair

Hippocampe

Extreme Motus X3

The Vipamat Hippocampe (Hippocampe = Seahorse in French) is manufactured in France. It is a versatile off-road wheelchair that can be equipped with dual bike tires, balloon tires, and even a set of skis. 

The chair can be self-propelled by the user by gripping the wheels and pushing forward. Your hands may get dirty depending on the terrain you are exploring but it’s a nice option to have. 

The Extreme Motus Off-road wheelchair is designed for people who need a caretaker to help them go exploring. The powerful disk brakes make hiking back down the mountain safe and easy.

Many of our customers purchase an X3 for their children who have grown too big to be transported in a backpack. These families want to continue exploring and enjoying the outdoors with the entire family and the X3 allows them to do just that.

Specifications

Specifications

Weight: 37.5 pounds

Cost: $3,280 – $3,964

Self propelled: yes

Contact Info:

832-516-8125

contact-usa@vipamat.com

3 Rue Gustave

Eiffel 56270 PLOEMEUR

www.vipamat.us

Weight: 52 pounds

Cost: $3,999

Self propelled: no

Contact Info:

801-683-9191

Ryan@extrememotus.com

1819 N Main St #9

Spanish Fork, UT 84660

www.extrememotus.com

Hippocampe off road wheelchair
Off road wheelchair goblin valley

Pros

Pros

Ski Kit – If you live somewhere cold be sure to check out the available ski kit.

Self propelled  Many people want the option to be able to push themselves in off-road situations, or to at least be able to help the person pushing them. With the Vipamat Hippocampe users can push themselves. 

Float – This chair floats in water. It’s really cool to watch videos of wheelchair users pushing themselves into the water and go for a swim while the chair floats nearby, swim back to the chair and wheel themselves back to dry land.

Brakes – One of the main advantages of the X3 is the brakes. Each wheel is equipped with independent disk brakes. Wheelchair hiking without brakes is dangerous.

Supportive Seat  The X3 uses a racecar seat which gives additional support on the sides. Wheelchair users who can’t push themselves often need this additional support to stay sitting up straight. 

Frame – The anodized aluminum frame of the X3 has been torture tested by Ryan and Sam everywhere from Skate Parks to National Parks. They have taken it off jumps and done everything. This chair is bulletproof.

Hippocampe off road wheelchair
Extreme Motus off road wheelchair

Cons

Cons

Self propelled – Yes this is both a pro and a con. Unlike a standard wheelchair, there isn’t a push ring on the side of the wheel. Your hands will be directly on the tire. This means the mud, sand, snow, etc. you are rolling through is going to be on your hands too.

Order Process – While researching the Hippocampe I found the buying process to be confusing. There are 40 different options a buyer needs to decide on ranging in price from $63 all the way up to $1315, and they often aren’t explained very well.

Brakes – The optional brakes on this wheelchair are a parking brake system. They aren’t meant to help control the chair while descending a hill.

Care Taker Assist – The X3 is not designed to be self-propelled. A caretaker must push the rider in the chair. This may not be the best choice for a wheelchair user with good upper body strength. 

Interchangeable Wheels – Unlike the Hippocampe the X3 only has one option for wheels. The large low-pressure, durable, Wheeleez tires give the rider a comfortable ride.

Supply Chain – The X3 is often on backorder because of supply chain issues. If you’re interested in purchasing an X3 be sure to reach out to see what Extreme Motus has in stock.

Hippocampe off road wheelchair
Extreme Motus off road wheelchair

Conclusion

The X3 from Extreme Motus is the ultimate hiking wheelchair. Its large low-pressure tires, powerful disc brakes, a super durable frame, and optional luggage systems make the X3 the perfect adventure chair. If you are looking for a wheelchair that will allow you and your family to adventure outdoors then the X3 is the right choice for you.

The Hippocampe from Vippamat is a great beach wheelchair. The ability of the user to push themselves in this wheelchair is a big advantage for people with a disability that doesn’t affect their arms. If you have the upper body strength to push yourself the Hippocampe is a great option for you. 

The perfect Wheelchair?

At Extreme Motus we want to help you find your perfect wheelchair. Getting outside is important to our mental and physical health. Wheelchair users tend to spend more time inside than non-wheelchair users because they don’t have the right equipment to get out into nature. 

Choose the right equipment and you’ll have one less excuse to sit inside and miss out on the beauty our planet is waiting to share with you.

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RazorBlade All Terrain Wheelchair Review

At A Glance

Weight: 17.5 pounds

Cost: $1680.00

Self propelled: yes

Contact Info:

800-892-8998

2061 Cecilia Circle

Corona, CA 92881

www.colourswheelchair.com

Not Your Grandmas Wheelchair

The RazorBlade all terrain wheelchair has taken the traditional wheelchair design and made it better for offroading by adding mountain bike tires to the rear, larger front wheels to roll over bumps, and suspension for both the front and back wheels. 

People like this wheelchair because of the many great customizable options it offers. The chair comes standard with 0 to 6 degrees of camber and height adjustable and angle adjustable backrest and footrest. And an endless amount of other custom options you must choose during the ordering process.  So many in fact you may need a professional wheelchair fitting expert to help you through the process. Do it right and you will be comfortable and safe in your wheelchair because you will be able to tweak this chair to your liking.

While the RazorBlade all terrain wheelchair does have off-road capabilities I feel this wheelchair would be better suited for the streets of a major urban city where wheelchair users face uneven sidewalks and gaps from subway station platform to train. 

RazorBlade All Terrain Wheelchair

With larger tires and suspension the RazorBlade all terrain wheelchair is certainly capable of handling some bumps on dirt roads. Large rocks, logs, sand or other obstacles will present a problem for this chair. The RazorBlade was designed for light off-road use and for some users that is exactly what they are looking for. 

But if you are looking for serious about off-roading should also consider the GRIT Freedom chair or Mountain Trike off-road wheelchairs. The lever drive of those wheelchairs allow for more force to be sent to the wheels. Meaning you don’t have to be as strong to push them in off-road situations, and you can travel farther before getting worn out. The lever drive also keeps your hands off the tires and out of the mud, sand, water, etc. you are rolling through. Dirty hands is a problem for people people using the Vipamat Hippocampe off-road.

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Pros

Price – Priced at $1680.00 the RazorBlade all terrain wheelchair is one of the most affordable off-road wheelchairs we have reviewed.

Suspension – This wheelchair has suspension on both the front and rear tires. Smoothing out the bumps and making for a more comfortable and in control ride.

Weight – At 17.5 pounds the RazorBlade is the lightest all terrain wheelchair we have reviewed.

Cons

Tires – With mountain bike tires users will find it difficult to push themselves in the sand.

No Levers – Doesn’t use levers for extra power like the Grit and Mountain Trike.

Off-road – People who really want to get off road should look at other wheelchairs that are longer and have 3 wheels for added stability off road.

Who it’s for

Wheelchair users with strong a strong core and arms who want a more robust and comfortable daily use wheelchair with larger tires and suspension so they don’t feel every bump and pothole while rolling through the city. 

Competition

GRIT Freedom Chair – Grit uses levers to propell the chair. These same levers act as brakes. There is a third wheel out in front for added stability.

Moutain Trike – Moutain Trike also uses levers to move forward, but has a thrid wheel behind the chair and a steering joystick on one of the levers so that you don’t have to brake in order to change directions.

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COMPASSION MOBILITY SIGNS PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WITH EXTREME MOTUS THAT INCLUDES EXPANDING DEALER NETWORK

Compassion Mobility  signed a partnership agreement with Extreme Motus Off Road Wheelchairs. Compassion Mobility will join the founders of Extreme Motus to create a nationwide dealer and rental network. More details about this exciting partnership coming soon. Interested Dealers can contact Extreme Motus or Compassion Mobility about becoming part of the Extreme Motus Dealer Network.

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Hexhog 6×6 All Terrain Wheelchair Review

Before you fall in love with the Hexhog check out this new article. It looks like this company has gone out of business. “What happened to the Hexhog?”

At A Glance

Cost: $30,200 – $42,000

Charging time: 2.5 hours

Power source: 48 Volt, 5kwh battery

Dimentions: 43″W x 69″L x 67″H

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Weight: 600+ lb.

Speed: 9.4 MPH

Contact information:

www.hexhog.com

sales@hexhog.com

HexHog is a 6 wheel drive all terrain wheelchair. Rather than use tracks like the Action Trackchair or a paltry 4 wheels like the TerrainHopper this wheelchair can transport the user over nearly anything in its path via a joystick operated 6×6 drive system.

The HexHog has a faster top speed than it’s tracked counterparts, and with air filled wheels and Fox Air 2.0 suspension also provides a more comfortable ride.

HexHog has a top speed around 9 MPH, weighs about 615 pounds, and depending on terrain can travel between 8 – 12 miles on a full charge. The battery can be charged to full in 2.5 hours from a standard 120V outlet.

Capable of climbing a 50% grade, and with a zero degree turning radius HexHog should be able to get into and out of plenty of trouble for the adventurous wheelchair user.

The cost ($30,200 – $42,000) and size (it’s nearly 6 feet long) of this unit will provide a barrier for entry for some people. But in exchange you will get a very capable and comfortable ride through the forest. You can explore with confidence that the 6 wheel drive system can climb over or plow through just about anything you can throw at it.

Pros And Cons Of The HexHog Off-Road Wheelchair

 

Pros:

Suspension – Unlike some of its tracked competitors Hexhog has suspension that keeps the rider comfortable. Powered by Fox Air 2.0 user adjustable pneumatic struts.

Remote Control – HexHog has an optional remote control that can be used to easily load or unload the all terrain wheelchair from the trailer.

Climbing – HexHog 6×6 drive can climb 50% gradients.

Cons:

Weight – HexHog weighs a whopping 617 pounds. If it ever runs out of battery you are going to have a very difficult time getting out of the woods.

Range – In deep mud or hilly terrain HexHog will have a shorter than expected range.

Cost – HexHog’s starting price is $30,200, but can climb up to $42,000 depending on options.

Who It’s For:

– People with a disability that allows them to use their hands to operate the controls.

– People who have a truck or trailer to transport it to the location they want to explore.

– People who love outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and hiking will be able to get the most out of an investment like the HexHog.

The Competition

– TracFab

TrackFab also manufactures tracked wheelchairs. They have a gas-powered version to help with range anxiety.

– Overland 4ZS

TerrianHopper manufactures an electric wheelchair that looks similar to an ATV.

 Action Trackchair

Battery powered tracked wheelchairs with many different options and price points.

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GRIT Freedom Wheelchair Review

At A Glance

Weight: 45 pounds

Cost: $2,995 – $5,495

Self propelled: yes

Contact Info:

877-345-4748

info@gogrit.us

Grit 10 Cabot Road Suite 103

Medford, MA 02155

www.gogrit.com

GRIT Freedom Wheelchair

The Grit Freedom wheelchair was engineered at MIT. Rather than placing your hands on the wheels of the chair and pushing the operator uses levers that attach to a chain drive to propel themselves. Not only does this method of propulsion keep your hands clean during off-road adventures it’s also a better way to push.

These levers are about twice as efficient as pushing directly on the wheels allowing you to conquer more difficult terrain, and travel farther without before becoming tired. Depending on where you grip the levers you can maximize your effort for torque or high speed. Grip them up high for hill climbing torque or down low for higher speeds.

Riders can steer the Grit Freedom wheelchair by pushing harder on one drive train than the other. Pushing hard on the right lever will steer you left.

If you need to turn sharp to the left pulling back on the left lever to give some friction to the left wheel while continuing to push on the right lever will allow you to make a quick left turn.

Grit is manufactured from easy to find bicycle parts, if your chair ever breaks down or needs a replacement doohickey your local bike shop should be able to help you get back on the road. 

The Grit Freedom Wheelchair can also be disassembled in less than one minute and fit into the trunk of a small car.

GRIT comes in 3 different flavors. 3.0, Spartan, and Pro. All 3 levels have the name basic design. See the chart below for the differences in each chair. 

Pros

Cost – GRIT is less expensive than it’s direct competitors. 

Independence – If you want to explore dirt roads and don’t want to be pushed by someone else this could be the right chair for you.

Storage – Can quickly be disassembled for storage or transportation.

Cons 

Stability – According to some reviewers Grit Freedom Chair can be unstable at high speeds or over large bumps.

Strength – You need to have good upper body strength, and core strength to operate this chair.

Suspension  – Lack of suspension will make for a bumpy ride.

Who it’s for

The GRIT Freedom Wheelchair is best for independent, athletic wheelchair users who want to explore dirt roads and trails under their own power.

Competition

Moutain Trike – Also a 3 wheeled lever propelled off road wheelchair. The moutain Trike is more expensive, but if you are interested in the GRIT Freedom wheelchair you should at least take a look at the Mountain Trike. 

 

CategoriesPodcasts

The Truth About Things That Suck Podcast Interview

What is The Truth About Things That Suck?

Mindy Henderson, motivational speaker, author and coach. Living life from a wheelchair, surviving 2 devastating car crashes, lost jobs, and a host of other challenges, I have learned to navigate the curve-balls life throws at us, and now, my mission is to bring positivity to the world, to teach others how to navigate adversity well, to stop making excuses, and to see all they are truly capable of. Because…the truth about things that suck, is that…they suck. They won’t be fun, but it’s possible to have two truths that coexist at the same time…the 2nd truth is that there is a lot we can learn, a lot we can do and a lot of gifts that the sucky things bring to our lives and that empower us to make the world better. This podcast is a tool I’ve created to help us uncover those sucky, but surprisingly beautiful circumstances.

To hear more episodes about from this podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-truth-about-things-that-suck/id1533438979

To learn more about Mindy or request her for a public speaking engagement: https://mindyhendersonspeaks.com/

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Spastic Chatter Podcast Interview

Sam and Ryan were guests on the podcast Spastic Chatter. Hosted by Whitney Bailey. In the interview they tell stories about their friendship and the off road wheelchair that allows them to visit so many places.

What is Spastic Chatter?

Spastic Chatter is a platform meant to feature stories from those in the Cerebral Palsy community. I will be getting together with individuals with CP (Like Myself) to have a kind of uncensored chat if you will about what it’s really like to have this type of disability. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/whitney-bailey/support

 

Spastic Chatter Podcast Interview

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