RGK HiLite Manual Wheelchair

RGK HiLite Manual Wheelchair

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Tell us what your wheelchair looks like: 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.

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Ottobock B400 Powered Wheelchair

Ottobock B400 Powered Wheelchair

Overall Rating ★★★★

Tell us what your wheelchair looks like: 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.

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