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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.

CategoriesMeet Our Families

Meet the Barton Family

Meet the Barton Family

One cool wheelchair brings the WHOLE family together for family time.

In a lot of ways, Tyler Barton is your average 12-year-old boy. He likes to have fun. He likes to be outside, and he loves spending time with his family. 

But for the past 12 years, being together outdoors as a family rarely meant the entire family was together. 

“In the past, it’s always been a situation where somebody has to wait in the car with Tyler, or we had to leave Tyler at home,” his mom, Janette, said. 

Tyler was born with Pfeiffer syndrome, a disorder that causes a premature fusion of the bones in the skull. Over his short life, Tyler has had more than 30 surgeries. In one of his first brain surgeries, a bleed created long-term effects on Tyler’s motor skills. 

But that hasn’t held Tyler back. “He’s a super stud who loves to do a lot of things,” Tyler’s dad, Joe, said. “He’s the toughest person I know.” 

The “Cool Wheelchair” 

The Barton Family lives an active lifestyle filled with sports and hiking, pastimes that can be difficult or impossible in an average wheelchair. 

“In a regular wheelchair, it has even been hard for us to get through grass at a baseball game,” Janette said. “Which is why we get to ride in the cool wheelchair.”

The “cool wheelchair” is Tyler’s Emma X3 off road wheelchair. With its all terrain wheelchair tires and long, narrow design, the X3 can travel over difficult terrain with ease. And it’s a smooth ride for Tyler. 

“We can do trail hikes. We can go rock climbing. We can go over hills, in the mud, over weeds, and we have fun,” Joe said. 

Family Time Means Together Time

On a recent family trip through Arizona, the Bartons stopped off to enjoy a scenic overlook at Horshoe Bend. The whole family was excited to experience some of nature’s most beautiful handiwork. 

Unfortunately, when the Bartons arrived, they saw that the short trail to the overlook was made of sand. 

“There was no way we could take the regular wheelchair. So, Mom and Tyler had to stay back at the parking lot while everyone else went up to the overlook. It was sad that we couldn’t all be together,” Joe said. 

With the Emma X3, the Bartons never have to spend family time apart again. 

“We recently went to a haunted hike for Halloween, and for the first time in 12 years we all got to go and experience the same experience,” Janette says. 

The hike promised to take the Bartons past werewolves and mummies, but the scariest obstacle was the terrain — a steep incline through trees and over rocks in the dark of the night. 

“We’ve never been able to go on a hike. Not even a little hike, and this was an extreme hike,” Joe said. “But we didn’t even have to worry about getting up there. The chair was super easy to push.”

With his “cool wheelchair” in tow, Tyler is ready to take on a world of new adventures. 

“It has opened up a lot more opportunities for us to be able to go as a family and experience some of the things that we’ve always wanted to show Tyler,” Janette said. 

Discover our groundbreaking all terrain manual wheelchair: The Emma X3. Adventure starts today!

 

CategoriesFAQ

How big is the X3 off-road beach wheelchair?

Size – Length, Width, Weight?

 

This article discusses the dimensions of the Emma X3 off-road/beac wheelchair. In it you will learn:

1. How wide is the Emma X3 off road wheelchair.

2. How long is the Emma X3 off road whellchair.

3. How heavy is the Emma X3 off road wheellchair.

4. How the Emma X3 off road wheelchair Folds for transport or storage.

This Video Help Explain

Note: (In the above video the rear wheels of the chair are easily removed with a pin. In current models we have moved the disk brakes from the from to the rear wheels. This change has made braking much better but means the wheels are no longer as easy to remove and we recommend leaving them in place during storage or transport.)

The Monster Truck Of Wheelchairs.

This outdoor wheelchair is unparalleled in mobility, comfort, and durability. But when you see that the Emma X3 is basically a 4×4 wheelchair (minus that one wheel), you might find yourself wondering , “Do I have room for this”?

How Wide Is The Emma X3

The large wheels cause a sort of optical illusion causing the wheelchair to look wider than it is. The Emma X3 is rugged, but also designed for navigation tight spaces.

The X3 is actually a narrow wheelchair. In fact, when you place it next to a standard size wheelchair, you’ll see that they both have about the same width. The all terrain wheels are large enough to roll over grass, rocks, and even float in water, but the Emma X3 will still fit through most regular-sized doors. The rear wheels are 32″ wide. Skinny enough to fit through the standard 33″ exterior door of a home.

How Long Is The Emma X3

During use the X3 is 6 feet long. It’s length and low center of gravity give it stability on the trail. An aluminum frame and all terrain wheels create a durable but light chair for tackling even the roughest terrain.

How Heavy Is The Emma X3

Our wheelchair is made from nearly 100% aluminum. At 49 pounds most people can lift it into the back of a van or truck by themselves. If you have a truck you can load the X3 the easy way. Don’t pull the pins or fold the chair. lean the chair back, put the front wheel on the tailgate, lift the chair into the truck.

How Do I Store The Emma X3

During use the X3 is 6 feet long. It’s length and low center of gravity give it stability on the trail. An aluminum frame and all terrain wheels create a durable but light chair for tackling even the roughest terrain.

Emma X3 Easy Use

When you are done using your chair, simply pull the two base pins. The X3 folds in half in seconds without the use of tools. The pins are tethered to the chair so they won’t be lost when it’s time to ride.

When configured for storage the length of the chair is cut in half. Dropping from 72 to 31 inches.

Small Space, Big Adventures

When you make space for the Emma X3 you’re also making space for more freedom, travel and fun. If you want to learn more or have question about the Emma X3 off-road wheelchair please give me a call, text, or send an email.

Ryan Grassley

801-683-9191

ryan@extrememotus.com

CategoriesMeet Our Families

Meet the Durst Family

Meet The Durst Family

When Sam Durst was young, his family loved to go to the beach.

Since Sam was in a wheelchair, the Durst Family’s approach to beach day required some modification. His father or brother would carry him across the sand and out into the water to help him swim in the waves.

But as Sam grew older, it became more difficult for the Dursts to do these types of activities. A day at the beach now required help from a few strong friends or family members to carry both Sam and his wheelchair onto the sand.

“We’d lay out a towel and set Sam’s wheelchair on top of it so it wouldn’t get sand on it. Then, he would just have to sit there because we couldn’t risk harming the chair,” Sam’s mom Christine Durst said. “He was left parked in the chair while everyone else was out on the water.”

That was the status quo — until we put Sam in an off road beach wheelchair.

A Better Beach Wheelchair

The Emma X3 off-road wheelchair opened the door to new experiences for the Durst family. The large all terrain wheelchair wheels glide over sand and rocks with ease but are buoyant enough to float in the water.

The lightweight wheelchair frame weighs only 49 pounds making it simple to lift and maneuver through both the sand and the water. And the entire wheelchair folds in half for easy transportation to and from the shore.

Equipped with his new beach wheelchair, Sam no longer had to stay on the sand. He could freely move from the beach out into the water and back, enjoying the day like everyone else.

“It gave me the freedom to run with my family and with my nieces and nephews,” Sam said.

Is Delicate Arch wheelchair Accessible?

The chair also offered a new sense of freedom to Sam’s parents.

“We had no worries about having to carry him, no worries about his wheelchair getting damaged,” Christine said. “We are now able to things with Sam that we haven’t been able to do for a long time.”

 

CategoriesResearch Articles

Sand Rider Beach Wheelchair Review

At A Glance

Weight: 49 pounds

Length 72
Width 38
Height 48

Capacity 350 pounds

Cost: $2,340.00 – $2,605.00

Self propelled: No

Contact Info:

757-847-9338

5329 Hamilton Lane 

Virginia Beach, 23462

www.sandriderusa.com

Sand Rider Beach Wheelchair

The Sand Rider is purpose built for the beach. With large low pressure tires an aluminium frame this wheelchair is ready to spend some days playing in the sand and surf.

We like that the frame of the Sand Rider wraps around the front wheel and can be used as a handle to pull from the front. In certain situations this would come in very handy. A rope could also be attached to this bar so that multiple people could be pulling and pushing to lighten the load.

Transferring

Transferring into the beach wheelchair is made easy because the armrest quickly swings out of the way allowing the wheelchair user to slide into the seat, and swing the armrest back into place once they are situated.

Low Pressure Wheels

The Sand Rider has 3 wheels and uses the same brand of tire as the Emma X3. These tires are made by Wheeleez and run at only 4 psi. With such low pressure the tires act as suspension for the rider. Smoothing out the bumps as they roll across the beach.

These wheels are also large enough to keep the Sand Rider buoyant in the water, but with a rider in the seat the wheelchair is top heavy and could tip over or capsize in rough waves, or deep water. Always use a life jacket in the water.

Beach Cruiser

Because the main function of the Sand Rider is a day at the beach it doesn’t come with a seat belt as standard equipment, it’s a $60 option. Wearing a seatbelt in the water isn’t a good idea so it does make sense that it isn’t included. 

Wheelchair users who prefer to spend more time floating in the water should look to the similarly priced Mobi-chair with it’s large buoyant armrests that keep it stable in the water.

No Brakes

A parking brake for the Sand Rider beach wheelchair is available as a $140.00 option. However this is only a parking brake and isn’t used to slow the wheelchair down when descending a steep hill. Using the Sand Rider as an off road or hiking wheelchair would give new meaning to the phrase, “Send it!”

Storage

The frame of the wheelchair can be quickly disassembled after use, and the tires removed to be placed into a large duffle bag for transportation. Once disassembled the heaviest piece weighs only 12 pounds. A travel bag can be purchased for $225.00.

Reassembling the beach wheelchair can be accomplished in about 2 minutes.

Frame

Sand Rider is built using powder coated aluminium. Stainless steel nuts and bolts and nylon washer. Perfect for playing in the salt water of the ocean. These corrosion resistant materials means this wheelchair will last a long time, and only weighs 49 pounds.

Pros

Arm Rests – Armrests swing out of the way so the user can transfer into the seat. For an extra $60 it can include a cup holder for your favorite beverage at the beach.

StorageWe like how small the Sand Rider can be. Taking a flight and being able to check your beach wheelchair as luggage is a cool feature.

Price – With a starting price of $2,340 the Sand Rider is one of the more affordable beach wheelchairs we have reviewed.

Cons 

Brakes – The Sand Rider’s has optional parking brakes, but these aren’t for use while pushing or descending a steep hill. 

Options – There aren’t many options for this wheelchair, but they can be a little pricey if you decide you can’t live without them. Cup holder $60, head rest $200, seat belt $60, parking brakes $140, and a travel bag $225.

Beach Only – The Sand Rider is a good product, but it is specifically designed for the beach. We don’t consider this a multi use wheelchair that would be good for hiking or exploring off the beaten path.

People who live near the beach and enjoy spending more time taking long strolls on the sand rather than floating in the water should consider the Sand Rider Beach Wheelchair.

Competition

Emma X3 – Extreme Motus developed this lightweight, all-terrain manual wheelchair to make nature more accessible for people who may not typically get to experience it. Low-pressure tires provide a smooth ride over bumps of all kinds.

Mobi-Chair – Mobi-chair is one of the best wheelchairs for people wanting to spend time in the water with their beach wheelchair. The design incorporates floatation devices as arm rests to keep the wheelchair stable in the water.

VippaMat Hippocampe – Made in France the Hippocampe or “Seahorse” is a 3 wheeled chair with multiple options for beach tires, or even ski’s.

CategoriesResearch Articles

Mobi-Chair Floating Beach Wheelchair Review

At A Glance

Weight: 66 pounds

Cost: $2039.00

Weight limit: 300 lbs

Self Propelled? No

Contact Information:

www.mobi-chair.com

info@mobi-mat.com

973-928-3040

218 Little Falls Road,

Cedar Grove, NJ  07009

Mobi-chair floating beach wheelchair

If you live near the ocean and plan to spend the majority of your time in your all terrain wheelchair floating in the water the Mobi-chair is in its natural element on the beach and may be the best option for you.

The Mobi-chair floats because of its 3 buoyant tires and its large armrests double as floatation devices that keep the chair buoyant and stable in the water. This means the chair won’t tip over in deep water like Emma X3 from Extreme Motus.

Although great in the water the Mobi-chair website still cautions users that their product is a wheelchair, not a boat. Life jackets are required for non swimmers, and the wheelchair should not be used in areas with strong current or strong waves.

The chair is easy to transfer into because the arm rests change from a horizontal position to a vertical position. Once out of the way the passenger can transfer to the beach wheelchair.

Mobi-chair uses 3 wheels like the Vipamat Hippocampe and Extreme Motus Emma X3, but unlike those wheelchairs Mobi-chair’s front wheel can rotate 360 degrees. This means it can turn with all 3 wheels on the ground and doesn’t need to pop a wheelie. A nice feature for users who may lack the strength to lift the front wheel into the air on the other wheelchairs.

In one video people can be seen pulling the Mobi-chair backwards instead of pushing forward. An interesting technique that must have been an easier way of crossing the sand on their way to the ocean.

The Mobi-chair beach wheelchair can be assembled in just 5 – 10 minutes using quick release pins and joints. The Mobi-chair is 60 inches long and even with the wheels and armrests removed for storage is still pretty long and fills the back of an SUV. Transporting in the trunk of a car will likely require you to fold down the rear seats.

Pros

Water – Mobi-chair is at home in the water with 2 large armrests that keep it buoyant and stable in calm waters. And a seat made from material that will dry quickly once taken out of the water.

Maneuverability – Unlike other wheelchairs in this space Mobi-chair has a front wheel that rotates 360 and can make turns with all 3 wheels on the ground.

Cost – Mobi-chair is less expensive than other wheelchairs in this category.

Cons

Brakes – Without brakes this wheelchair would not do well when used for hiking or traveling places with a steep incline.

Weight – Tipping the scales at 66 pounds Mobi-chair is heavier than other wheelchairs in this category.

Storage – Even when folded flat with the wheels removed this beach wheelchair takes up a lot of space. It folds flat but remains long. The large wheels and armrests will take up a lot of space in your trunk.

Who it’s for

Wheelchair users who plan to spend most of their time at the beach or in the water will get the most out of the Mobi-chair.

The Competition

Extreme Motus Emma X3

Vippamat Hippocampe

– Sand Rider

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