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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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Hexhog 6×6 All Terrain Wheelchair Review

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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. 

 

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AdvenChair All Terrain Wheelchair Review

At A Glance

Cost: $9,950

Manufactured: USA

Weight: 60 pounds

Contact information:

www.AdvenChair.com

INFO@ADVENCHAIR.COM

20841 SE WESTVIEW DR.
BEND, OR 97702

The AdvenChair All Terrain Wheelchair

The Advenchair (cool name!) is new to the market and currently (April 2020) is waiting to secure 10 orders before going into production. It is a rugged off road manual wheelchair that is pushed or pulled by friends and family to allow wheelchair users to visit places they may have had a hard time getting to in a standard wheelchair. 

How Much Does It Cost?

This off road mobility device is more expensive than any other manual wheelchair we have reviewed for the All Terrain Wheelchair Research Center. At $9,950 it is closer in price to powered all terrain wheelchairs than the manual wheelchairs in this list.

Where Can It Go?

This all terrain wheelchair can conquer depends on how heavy the rider is, how many people are pushing/pulling and the type of terrain you encounter.

The build quality of this off road wheelchair makes us think it should be able to handle anything you throw it at it. If your team is strong enough it can get you where you want to be.

Transformer

One of my favorite features about this wheelchair is it’s ability to transform. It can do one thing competitors struggle with: go indoors. By removing its front wheel it is transformed into a more traditional wheelchair that can easily be maneuvered indoors. At 31″ wide it won’t be able to fit through most inteior doors, but it’s great for visiting your favorite restaurant after an adventure. Off road wheelchairs like the Extreme Motus Emma X3 or Vipamat Hippocampe are narrow enough to fit through a door but their length makes them somewhat impractical to maneuver indoors. 

It Has Brakes

Any good hiking wheelchair must have brakes. It wouldn’t be safe to attempt a proper adventure in a wheelchair designed for the beach that doesn’t have brakes.

Dual disk brakes on the rear wheels will allow you to safely descend your favorite hiking trails.

Dimensions

At its widest point Advenchair is 31” which is narrow enough to fit through the standard exterior door. In wheelchair mode (with the front wheel removed) it is 48 ½ inches long. Transformed into all terrain mode the wheelchair is 74 inches long. 

Folded up for transportation it shrinks down to 31” x 24” x 44”. Small enough to fit into the back of an SUV, but you may have difficulty fitting into the truck of a car.

What Size Does It Come In?

With one frame size and 3 different seat sizes. They come in 13”, 15”, and 17” sizes. These seats can be swapped out over time so that children can switch their seat as they get older.

Who It’s For

Not designed to be propelled forward by the person riding in the seat. Some wheelchair users with strong arms may be more interested in seeing where they can get in the Grit Freedom Chair or Mountain Trike than being pushed or pulled down a trail.

This wheelchair is best for people with a disability that has affected the strength or development of their arms.

Pros

Brakes – Rear disk brakes will allow you to safely descend steep terrain.

Transformer – Being able to remove the front wheel to turn the all terrain wheelchair into a regular wheelchair is a cool feature.

Rugged – Solid design will allow it to take a beating as you and your friends explore your favorite trails

The Competition

Extreme Motus Emma X3 – Solid hiking wheelchair with 3 wheels, brakes , and large low pressure low tires.

Vipamat Hippocampe – 3 wheeled chair that can be pushed by the rider, floats in water.

Cons:

Price – With a price of $9,950 this the most expensive manual all terrain wheelchair we have reviewed.

Weight – This wheelchair tips the scale at 60 pounds which puts it on the heavier side of the chairs in this category. It weighs 55 pounds with the front wheel removed.

Suspension – Advenchair only has suspension on the front wheel. Without suspension under the rider it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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TERRAIN HOPPER OVERLAND 4ZS Review

TERRAIN HOPPER OVERLAND 4ZS

At A Glance

Weight: 450 lbs without batteries

Speed: 4mph or 12mph

Range: Up to 34 miles

Cost: $17,995

Manufactured: USA

Contact info:

833-846-7737

info@terrainhopperusa.com

8270 S Kyrene Road, Suite B-106 • Tempe, AZ 85284

Overview

 Overland 4ZS stands out as an off-road power wheelchair because it has four wheels, rather than tracks like the Action Trackchair and TracFab. While tracks certainly look cool and provide more traction in mud and snow, wheels give this chair an edge over its tracked competitors in a few important areas.

Ground Clearance

One of the most important factors in an all-terrain power chair is its ability to clear obstacles in your path. Tracked wheelchairs tend to have ground clearance between three and six inches. That doesn’t leave a lot of room to roll over ruts, rocks, and roots on your adventure.

Becoming high centered can complicate your adventure quickly. Murphy’s Law means that it will never happen in a convenient location, and tracked wheelchairs can weigh 400 to 600 pounds, so it might not be easy to free yourself.

What? No Tracks?

TerrainHopper’s Overland 4ZS gives the operator a more comfortable ride because it has not only air-filled tires, but also independent suspension.

If a tire has air in it, that means there is a chance of getting a flat tire on your trip, so be sure to carry a repair kit to prevent getting stranded.

Speed

This off-road power wheelchair’s speed options are a nice touch, too. When building your 4ZS, you can choose from three different speeds. Remember that if you plan to ride your 4ZS with friends or family members who don’t use a wheelchair, the average walking speed of a human is 3 MPH.

4 MPH – This option is for extreme off-roading. It may be moving slow but it has gobs of torque to keep the wheels moving through any terrain.

8 MPH – This option is faster than the tracked wheelchairs and is a good balance of power and speed. A good all-around choice for a mixture of off- and on-road adventures.

12 MPH – With a higher top end but less torque this is a good choice for wheelchair users who want to keep up with friends as they jog along the beach.

Because you must choose this option when building your Overland 4ZS I believe this is permanent and cannot be easily changed later. You may want to choose the 4 MPH option because you plan to do a lot of off-roading, or maybe because you know your child well enough and don’t want to give them the option of going any faster.

Pros:

Accessibility – Can travel on pedestrian trails, walking paths, and even indoors.

Clearance – With 10” of ground clearance the 4ZS can go places that would leave the tracked competition high centered.

Suspension – The Terrain Hopper offers four-wheel independent suspension, giving the operator a smooth ride over the bumps.

Cons:

Expensive – Starting at $17,995 this is an expensive ride. There are many options to choose from. The price for each option was not listed on the website at the time of writing.

Heavy – This rig weighs 450 pounds before you choose which battery you want. This will require owning a truck or trailer to transport it to the trails you want to explore.

Storage – Does not fold or breakdown into a smaller size for storage or transportation.

Range

How far your Overland 4ZS can travel depends on factors like; weight of the rider, if they are traveling up or downhill, and ambient temperature lithium ion batteries lose range when it is cold. Terrain Hopper gives 3 choices of batteries. Each choice will add range, weight, and cost to your ride.

– Lithium 60AH – 12 mile range

– Lithium 100AH – 17 mile range

– Lithium 200AH – 34 mile range

Who it’s for:

The Terrain Hopper is built like a four-wheeler but classified as an off-road power wheelchair. This means it can be driven on walking paths and other places a four-wheeler wouldn’t be allowed to go.

If you plan to do most of your traveling on walking paths then the Overland 4ZS is a great option. If that isn’t important to you, and if your disability allows you to operate a four-wheeler, then you should spend some time researching them. They weigh about the same, are more powerful, and less expensive than a specialty device like the Terrain Hopper Overland 4ZS.

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MOUNTAIN TRIKE ALL TERRAIN WHEELCHAIR REVIEW

At A Glance

Weight: 44 pounds

Cost: 5873

Self propelled: yes

Contact Info:

+44 (0) 1270 842616

Info@mountaintrike.co.uk

www.mountaintrike.com

Wybunbury Road, Walgherton, Cheshire,

CW5 7NG, United Kingdom

 

Mountain Trike All Terrain Wheelchair

The first Mountain Trike was developed in 2007 by inventor Time Morgan. Several revsions later the company has grown and now produces 3 different models.

Mountain Trike is a 3 wheeled wheelchair manufactured in the United Kingdom. The 3rd smaller wheel in the back of the chair can be controlled by the operator with a sort of “steering wheel” on one of the push levers.

Lever Power

Similar to the Grit Freedom chair the Mountain Trike is propelled by levers. The biggest difference between the 2 chairs is that in order to turn the Grit chair you use the levers to brake one wheel while pushing the other. This means you will lose some momentum each time you need to make a turn. 

Steering Made Easy

With the Mountain Trike you can coast along a trail and make turns with the steering mechanism without losing any speed. Using levers to push yourself is more efficient than pushing on directly on the tires, but it still takes a lot of energy. With the Freedom wheelchair you will lose some of that hard earned energy each time you make a turn.

The Mountain Trike is not built for speed. It’s standard gear ratio is better for climbing a hill than for going fast. The sprocket can be swapped out for stronger people or those who live in flat areas. But for most off-road applications operators will want an easy gear ratio.

The Mountain Trike all terrain wheelchair is available in 3 different models.

  • Self propelled
  • Caretaker propelled
  • Electric Assist

The self propelled version can be upgraded to the electric assist if you decide you need the extra help later.

Pros

Electric assist – Propelling yourself over the type of terrain this chair is designed for will be a serious workout for your arms. Having a little help from the battery is a great option.

Steering – Steering the chair with one hand allows operators to hold hands with someone as they go for a walk together.

Air Suspension – Equipped with suspension to smooth out the bumps on your adventure.

Cons 

Mountain bike tires – Depending on the terrain a standard mountain bike tire may have difficulty in loose sand, mud, or snow.

Price – The base model of the Mountain Trike is $5873. Add a battery and a motor the price can climb to $8885.00

Steering – Steering the wheelchair like a boat rudder can take some getting used to.

Who it’s for

Wheelchair users who have a strong upper body, and want the independence to explore on under their own power. Also not so strong users who opt for the battery assisted model will enjoy the Mountain Trike all terrain wheelchair.

Competition

GRIT Freedom Chair – Also powered by levers and with its third wheel in the front this wheelchair is the Moutain Trikes main competition.

 

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TracFab All Terrain Wheelchairs Review

TracFab All Terrain Wheelchairs

At A Glance

Gas Model

Weight: 600 pounds
Range on 5 gallon tank: 35 miles
Cost: $11,995.00 & Up
Speed: 5-6mph
Weight limit: 350 lbs
Manufactured: USA

Electric Model

Weight: 485 pounds
Range: 8-9 miles
Cost: $13,995.00
Speed: 3-4mph
Weight limit: 350 lbs
Manufactured: USA

Meet the TracFab

TracFab manufactures 3 different models of tracked wheelchairs in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. It’s difficult to look at TracFab without comparing them to the Action Trackchair. But there are a few key differences between the 2 competitors.

Gas power

To cure off-road wheelchair users of any range anxiety Tracfab offers a gas powered tracked wheelchair. This chair tips the scale at a whopping 600 pounds.  but so long as you have a few jerry cans of fuel around you don’t need to worry about running out of power and being stuck in the woods.

 

Floating Seat

TracFab all terrain wheelchairs don’t have any suspension on the tracks, but does smooth out the bumps with a floating seat. We like this seat not just because of the added comfort factor, but also becuase it comes with a 5 point harness to keep from falling forward when when desending a hill.

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Chain Drive

TracFab chairs are chain driven rather than direct drive like the Action Trackchair. This means that the gear ratio on the chair can be adjusted to suit the user. It isn’t a transmission that can be shifted on the fly, but removing the chain and swapping out the sprockets for a different size can be done. 

If you plan on towing heavy loads having a lower gear ratio will slow you down a little, but it will also give your chair more torque while putting less strain on your motor. This is important with the electric version of the chair because having the proper gear ratio keeps the batteries and motors from doing more work than they need to. Overheated batteries and motors will drain quickly and could leave you stranded.

Pros

Range – Gas version has an impressive range of 35 miles on a single tank.

Clearance – With 6” of ground clearance the gas model can clear obstacles twice as high as any Action Trackchair model.

Suspension – Floating seat suspension helps smooth out the bumps.

Cons

Weight – At 485 pounds for the electric and 600 pounds for the gas model, both versions are heavier than competitors.

Transportation – Requires a truck or trailer in order to move the chair. Some people may find driving a TracFab up a ramp into a truck to be a little unnerving.

Who it’s for

The gas powered model really sets TracFab apart from the other tracked mobility devices on the market. If you are the kind of person who wants to go for a week long camping or hunting trip you won’t be able to plug a battery powered chair in every 10 miles and let it charge for 10 hours. 

Weight – 600 lbs

Width – 36″

Length – 61″

Height 61″

Seat Height – 23″

Ground Clearance – 6″

Range – 45+ miles

Speed – 5 – 6 mph

 

The Competition

Action Trackchair – Similar to the TracFab uses tank treads. Many different models including a standing version, but they don’t make a gas powered wheelchair.

Overland 4ZS – An electric off road wheelchair with wheels rather than tracks. There both advantages and disavatages to using wheels over tracks so it’s worth a look.

– HexHog – A 6 wheel drive all terrain wheelchair with suspension, great traction, and a 9.5 mph top speed. Made in the United Kingdom.

Contact Information –

Trac Fabrication Inc.

111 Arrowhead Drive

Unit D

Slippery Rock, PA 16057
Tel: (717) 862-8722

 

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VIPAMAT HIPPOCAMPE ALL TERRAIN WHEELCHAIR REVIEW

At A Glance

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

Vipamat Hippocampe Beach Wheelchair

The Vipamat Hippocampe is manufactured in France. And if you’re asking yourself, “What’s with the strange name?” Then you probably don’t speak French. Translate Hippocampe to English and you’ll learn that it means “Seahorse” and that name actually makes a lot of sense for this all terrain wheelchair. One of it’s best features is its ability to allow wheelchair users to roll themselves into the water.

Unlike the Emma X3 from Extreme Motus the Hippocampe can be propelled by the user. By placing your hands on the tires and pushing you can explore on your own.

It’s really cool to see the man in this video push himself into the water, go for a swim while his chair floats nearby, then swim back to the chair and wheel himself out of the water. It’s a form of independence not many wheelchairs can offer to people.

The front wheel of this wheelchair is fixed. In order to turn in this chair you will need to have the strength and coordination to pull a wheelie to change directions. And pushing on the tires means that whatever terrain you are rolling through is going to end up on your hands so be sure to bring gloves.

As of this writing the Hippocampe has a base price of $3,379.00. There are many options for this wheelchair, and I found the ordering process to be somewhat confusing. 

For example, the difference between a “fixed reclining back” and an “adjustable reclining back” is $132. But if they both recline doesn’t that mean they’re both adjustable? And despite visiting several different websites selling this chair I was never able to discover what the difference was between the 2 options. This makes it difficult to determine what you want or need to select when ordering.

The Vipamat Hippocampe comes standard with double wheels to allow you to roll over packed sand. For an extra $572 you can get the large inflatable balloon wheels that will do even better in the sand and absorb more of the bumps.

Another cool option for this wheelchair is the set of skis that replace the rear wheels and attach to the front wheel. The skis are an additional $813 but for people who love the snow it could be a great way to explore the outdoors in the winter.

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.

 Cons

Self propelled – Yes this 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 a confusing. There are 40 different options a buyer needs to decide on ranging in price from $63 all the way up to $1315.

Brakes – The brakes on this wheelchair are more of a parking brake system that locks into place. They aren’t meant to help control the chair while out on an adventure.

 

Who It’s For

The Vipamat Hippocampe all terrain wheelchair is best for people who have the strength and desire to push themselves on dirt roads or on the beach.

Competition

Emma X3 – Also a 3 wheeled all terrain wheelchair the X3 from Extreme Motus is a foldable, durable, floats in water and is easy for a caretaker to push over obstacles.

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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.

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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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