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My particular Ottobock B400 has a black-frame. It is a rear wheel drive, indoor/outdoor chair, 58cm wide, with desk arms, a kerb climber, an electrically moveable backrest and a seat that will tilt backwards 45 degrees. The footplates are removable, and there is a kickstrap to keep my feet from going backwards. I also have a pommel between my legs to stop one turning in, which was causing a pressure point where the side of my heel pressed on my shoe.
I have a Matrx TR back shell to give lateral support, coupled with Vicair air-cushioning to give pressure relief on my bony back, and a Vicair Academy seat cushion to give pressure relief and cope with the asymmetry of my lower trunk. The chair was also modified with smaller anti-tipping wheels so that there was enough ground clearance for me to back up the little ramp onto my vehicle’s side lift, and additional rear tie-down positions that I could reach myself. (Only the crash-tested tie-downs are used if I’m seated in the chair during motion.) A luggage rack on the back allows oxygen cylinders to be fixed in such a way that I can reach the controls myself. There is also a lap belt, gel-pads are incorporated into the armrests for pressure relief and there is a detachable headrest for use while in a vehicle. I have added little LED lights myself, since Wheelchair Services would not pay for built-in ones.
How did you get this wheelchair:
Where did you get this wheelchair:
RMS prepared it for the Wheelchair Services
What would you rate this wheelchair:
This wheelchair is really comfortable?
This wheelchair is easy to take apart?
This wheelchair is easy to transport?
This wheelchair is easy to use on public transport?
This wheelchair is great off road?
This wheelchair can go up or down a kerb/small step?
This wheelchair can easily be adapted?
Can you hang bags and equipment onto the wheelchair?
Do you have problems with the wheelchair tipping?
How long does the battery last?
I've shopped in it all day, or been for longish walks, but have never tried to go more than about 5 miles at a time.
(Manufacture claims 30km)
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This is more an indoor chair than an outdoor one. It is narrow enough to fit through most doors and compact enough to use in quite tight spaces, and the kerb climber takes it up small steps – indoors or out. It is good on the flat, even on quite rough surfaces (my casters are the chunkiest I could get), reasonable at hills (helped by having smaller anti-tipping wheels than normal) but hopeless on a sideways camber. I use it round town and in the village, but have to be careful when passing a dropped kerb that it doesn’t spin round sideways into the road. I am happy to use it “cross country”, but only in flat areas. As with most power chairs, a wheelchair accessible vehicle is the only sensible way to transport it, and I drive a VW Caravelle with side lift. Putting tie-down positions out of reach of the occupant on any chair is unnecessary and, I believe, a design fault. Whether this is an issue will depend on the individual concerned, but it is important to someone like me who drives themselves and may not have anyone with me. An automatic tie-down system involving attaching stuff to the bottom of the chair would have been an option, but reduces ground clearance. I have always preferred (and am able) to manage an alternative strapping system, and I regularly go over ground rough enough to require the maximum clearance possible. The kickstrap going from one footplate to the other, to keep my feet falling back, makes removing the footplates a bit awkward, but the heel-loops on offer were a worse option and I rarely need to remove the footplates anyway. All the conventional oxygen cylinder holders I know about hold cylinders high and vertical, sticking out at the back of the chair with knobs that I could neither read nor reach to turn. Being able to lie a cylinder sideways just behind the backrest on a rack worked relatively well.
I really had to fight for this chair. It took 1 year 8 months for the Wheelchair Services to finally produce something that really suited my needs, but it was worth it in the end. I would have preferred something with better outdoor capability, but that would have been at the expense of the narrow width and indoor capability and is not something they offer where we live anyway. I am lucky enough to also have a very ancient outdoor/indoor chair that I keep for country walks, and the pair of chairs suit me well.
Disability or Medical Condition: Paraplegia and Neurosarcoidosis
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