RGK HiLite Manual Wheelchair
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It has a titanium, fixed frame with fairly high push handles (my husband is very tall), a fixed carbon fibre foot plate, brakes with extensions (to make it possible for me to pull them back and forth), detachable swing-away arms, carbon fibre side-guards and a seat belt. It is coupled with a Jay back rest, to give good back support, and a Vicair cushion for pressure-relief. It was made to measure, with as little wasted space as possible at the sides so that I could get through the very narrow doorways of an ancient house. The chair itself is 58cm wide and 80cm long, and very light.
How did you get this wheelchair:
Paid for by myself
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What would you rate this wheelchair:
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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?
This is by far the best manual chair I have had (over 40 years): well-balanced, extremely easy to push and very good in confined spaces. This is partly because there is no slack in the frame. Because of the vehicles we use, we chose and are ourselves perfectly happy with a chair that does not fold nor has a folding backrest. However we were nearly caught out when scheduled to travel in someone else’s saloon car, finding it could not be put directly through the relatively small opening into the boot. Luckily, there was also an alternative route to the luggage compartment by means of folding down the back seats, posting the chair through from inside then putting them up again! In retrospect, maybe a folding back rest would have been better.
The swing-away armrests are of a relatively crude design used by several manufacturers (a pipe shape with hard foam sleeves on). Even though I only use them to lean on while I’m getting dressed, the hardness was causing hard skin pressure problems, so I have additional Kerrapro pads on top to give pressure relief. I also use Kerrapro pads on the footplates if I’m not wearing shoes.
The brake extensions work really well, and they can be flapped down out of the way when necessary. They would have been better still (as would ones without extensions) if they were set a bit lower so didn’t get rather in the way during sideways transfers. Scissor brakes would have been an option for some people, but my fingers are not strong enough to operate them.
I wouldn’t hang a bag on the back because it would affect the balance, but I have a small pouch under my knees and there is the option of a bigger bag that fixes under the chair.
After falling out of my chair a few times in the early days, due to incompetent pushers tipping me forwards or a front wheel catching, I decided to always wear a seat belt. It enables me to pick things up safely as well as not fall out. I have had 2 paraplegic friends break both legs by falling out of their wheelchairs, and don’t want to join their club.
Disability or Medical Condition: Paraplegia & Neurosarcoidosis
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