GRIT FREEDOM WHEELCHAIR VS EXTREME MOTUS X3 OFF-ROAD WHEELCHAIR
by Ryan Grassley
|February 13, 2022
Extreme Motus X3 Grit Freedom Chair
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.
Rather than placing your hands on the wheels of the Grit Freedom 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 more efficient way to push.
These levers are about twice as efficient as pushing directly on the wheels allowing you to conquer more difficult terrain. Depending on where you grip the levers you can maximize your effort for torque or high speed.
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.
**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.
**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 **– The X3 only has one option for wheels. The large low-pressure, tires give the rider a comfortable ride.
**Supply Chain **– The X3 is often on backorder during the summer months because of supply chain issues.
**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.
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 Grit Freedom chair is a fantastic piece of mobility equipment for people with good upper body strength who want to explore off-road trails without being pushed, or maybe with a little help. Grit is a well engineered piece of equipment and I find myself recommending it to customers when I find out they have don’t have a disability that affects their upper body strength.
The Perfect Wheelchair?
At Extreme Motus we want to help you find your perfect wheelchair. Be sure to check out the Off-road Wheelchair Research Center to help find the perfect outdoor mobility device for you.
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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"Extreme Motus manufactures all terrain wheelchairs. The Emma X3 is capable of traveling through grass, gravel, rocks, mud, snow, and even floats in the water. Nature is wheelchair accessible. We believe the benefits of spending time outdoors are important for everyone. Our all terrain wheelchair can take you places you never thought possible."