(This post has kindly been sponsored by Trekinetic. However, all opinions expressed are based on our personal views.)
Like many events, Naidex 2020 (originally due to take place in March and then November) was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. It is now due to take place on the 9th and 10th of March 2021, but until then, we wanted to share a new blog post every week with information on the AYL Treasure Hunt!
This exclusive activity involves working with 16 trusted exhibitors to ensure attendees have a chance to discover and visit stands they otherwise might not have known about. You will have to wait until nearer the time to learn how you can take part, but for now, I am proud to introduce the sixth exhibitor - Trekinetic!
Trekinetic specialises in the production of ultra-lightweight, manual and electric wheelchairs designed for everyday use, regardless of the terrain. Founded in 2006 by engineer Mike Spindle who struggled to understand why wheelchair users didn't have the same access to the world as everyone else, Trekinetic set out to build a brand new type of wheelchair, which has lead to them becoming a global leader in the production of ultra-lightweight, high-performance, all-terrain manual and powered wheelchairs. It took 6 years and 14 prototypes before they were ready to launch in 2006, but it is clear that the hard work and determination was worth it, as both these state of the art chairs have gone on to win multiple awards, because of their incredible design and ability to tackle all terrains.
Both the Manual K2 and the Powered GTE have 2 large front wheels, a monocoque tilt in space seat, rear shock absorber and 24" mountain bike tyres to ensure your ride is as smooth and as comfortable as possible. Treknetic's patented Varicam system allows you to change the angle of the wheels by simply turning a bar under the seat, meaning you can have a wider wheelbase for improved off-road stability or a narrower wheelbase for better indoor practicality. In addition to this, the seat can be customised further with hyperforma linings, growth kits for children, handlebar extensions, water bottle holders and more! Finally, the GTE is one of the only all-terrain power chairs on the market that can also be operated as a manual chair, preventing users from getting stuck should the battery run out of charge, or from not being able to physically manoeuvre a chair in an emergency!
At AYL we have discussed in depth the importance of customising wheelchairs in order to make it feel more personal to you; after all, they are an extension of ourselves. So knowing that Trekinetic’s unique carbon fibre seat gives users the option to customise the outside of their chair in a choice of over 200 colours is a major selling point! Best of all, both the powered and manual models are designed to fold down and fit into a small vehicle with minimal effort. Meaning users are not dependant on wheelchair accessible vehicles and can be transported via train and plane with ease! All of which gives people of all ages and abilities the option to independently explore otherwise inaccessible off-road places, and feel even more like ourselves whilst doing so!