Retailers’ buyers guide to manual wheelchairs 2020
Discover new and innovative manual wheelchairs on the market to consider stocking on shelves and offering to customers this year.
Excel G-Logic from Van Os Medical
Specifically selected by Motability Operations to represent the manual wheelchair sector on the recognised Motability scheme, the Excel G-Logic is a modern, unique and durable lightweight aluminium wheelchair.
Available in 16-inch, 18-inch or 20-inch seat widths and either Transit or Self-propel, the Excel G-Logic is an inclusive and modern new take on the old G-Lite Pro.
With four frame colours to choose from, including Trail Black, and four upholstery colours, the Excel G-Logic offers end-users more the freedom to customise their chair with a possibility of up to 16 variations.
Cleverly designed cushions featuring Velcro strips enable the user to add or remove cushions with ease, allowing more opportunity to customise, whilst standard features include half-folding backrest, puncture-proof tyres, height-adjustable armrests, swing-away and quick release leg rests with attendant brakes for both Transit and Self-propel models.
The G-Logic is also now crash tested to the latest standard of ISO 7176 EN 12183, something which the company says is unique for a chair in this class.
ICON 35 from Rehasense
The ICON 35 is the lightest wheelchair in the Rehasense ICON range, weighing only 8.2kg.
Boasting a stylish and modern design, the wheelchair comes with a range of features, such as a built-in carry handle and an ergonomic seat and back to give the user maximum comfort while in the chair.
VIP2 from Karma Mobility
Offering a combination of tilt-in-space and reclining positions to ensure users can achieve optimum levels of pressure relief, positioning and comfort, the VIP2 has a 35-degree tilt and comes with either a backrest with fixed recline positions or an adjustable reclining back of 30 degrees.
For the recline angle of the fixed backrest, it can adjust from -5 degrees to 15 degrees.
In addition, the chair comes with an adjustable headrest with a greater range of options in terms of position, a deeper seat for taller users and a tension adjustable backrest.
To address concerns relating to sliding, the VIP2 has located its pivot points of the chair close to the user’s hip joint, synchronising with the motion of the body and the chair to reduce the sensation of sliding.
Also tackling the feeling of anxiousness some users have when going to the tilt position, the chair uses a unique weight shifting system which allows the centre of gravity to travel between the front and rear wheels while tilting, providing steadier balance and a greater feeling of security.
The foldable design of the VIP2 also ensures it can be easily transported in the boot of most standard family-sized cars.
Motion Composites Apex Carbon from Gerald Simonds
The Apex Carbon from Motion Composites represents a revolution in rigid chair design as a fully adjustable, ultra-lightweight rigid wheelchair.
The Apex transport starting weight is just 4.2kg without wheels and a fully configured Apex with wheels weighs 7.5kg.
The Apex cantilever design is not just light, but fully adjustable. Inspired by modern design and aesthetics, the head-turning lines on the APEX prove that form should follow function.
TraveLite Transport Chair from Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare
Specifically developed for easy storage and transportation, the TraveLite Transport Chair folds to a compact size and includes a travel bag with wheels, making it ideal for shopping trips, days out and holidays.
Features include a lightweight aluminium frame in gunmetal grey, flip-up padded desk arms to facilitate easy side transfers, stepper tubes to help safely mount kerbs, as well as parking brakes.
Folding to approximately 1/3 the size of a typical folded wheelchair says Drive DeVilbiss, the TraveLite also uses multiple cross braces for added strength & stability, alongside eight-inch solid puncture-proof tyres for durability and low maintenance.
Excel G-Explorer from Van Os Medical
Enabling end-users to explore all things outdoor, the Excel G-Explorer features quick-release pneumatic 24-inch mountain bike tyres designed for all-terrain, wide puncture proof all-black front castor wheels, swing-away quick-release leg rests, half folding backrest, height-adjustable push handles and armrests, as well as a helpful quick release fold in one mechanism, all as standard.
Designed to be ready for any adventure, the chair is available in two finishes, Silver or scratch-resistant Trail Black, the Excel G-Explorer is described as the definition of robust style.
K2 from Trekinetic
Inspired by Formula 1, the Trekinetic K2 was designed to push the limits of what a wheelchair can do.
The three-wheel design allows it to cope with pretty much any terrain and the carbon fibre seat makes it incredibly lightweight and easy to transport. The K2 includes a nitrogen shock absorber/tilt in space mechanism and a Varicam system which allows you to change the camber of the wheels for maximum versatility.
Ethos from Ki Mobility
Described as an ultra-lightweight high-performance dual-frame wheelchair, the Ethos features patent-pending vibration damping technology, ISO Tech.
The wheelchair design and ISO Tech work together to create an incredibly smooth and comfortable ride experience, says Ki Mobility, whilst protecting the body from the onslaught of high-frequency vibration generally experienced in a standard wheelchair design.
With Ethos, users can independently adjust the caster wheels relative to the seat frame, which means not having to sacrifice performance for stability.
S-Ergo 115 and 125 from Karma Mobility
The S-Ergo 115 Tall and S-Ergo 125 Tall feature a maximum seat depth of 19 inches, making both models ideal for taller users.
Both models are available as a transit or self-propel model and are made from lightweight, aircraft-grade aluminium weighing just 8kg and 9kg respectively when dissembled with the wheels and footplates removed, making them two of the company’s lightest crash-tested wheelchairs.
The 115 Tall and 125 Tall incorporate the patented S-Ergo seat system which promotes pressure relief by spreading the user’s weight over a wider area and increases stabilisation, as well as reducing sliding. Increased levels of strength and durability are provided by the frame which consists of oval tubed double cross braces.
“Additional standard features on the S-Ergo 115 Tall and S-Ergo 125 Tall include slowing brakes, quick release wheels, swing-away footrests and detachable upholstery for ease of cleaning.”
Phantom Wheelchair from Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare
Described as boasting a stylish modern aesthetic, the Phantom Wheelchair is available in both Transit and Self Propel and designed for either occasional or frequent use, both indoors and outdoors.
Consisting of a lightweight aluminium frame, the wheelchair includes an ergonomic handle for the swing in & out footrests and a push-button for smooth angle adjustable armrests, alongside easily removable two-tone padded upholstery.
The Phantom Wheelchair also has a half-fold mechanism for easy storage and transportation, user-friendly long-reach brakes for additional safety, stepper tubes to facilitate kerb climbing and all-round puncture-proof solid tyres.
With a maximum user weight of 21 stone, the chair also includes heel straps as standard; adjustable, padded full-length armrests; tool-free adjustable footrest; and quick-release 24-inch Self Propel wheels (available on the Self Propel model).https://thiis.co.uk/retailers-buyers-guide-to-manual-wheelchair-2020/https://i0.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Buyers-Guide-to-Manual-Wheelchairs.jpg?fit=850%2C550&ssl=1https://i0.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Buyers-Guide-to-Manual-Wheelchairs.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Retailers' buyers guide to...Trade FocusDrive DeVilbiss healthcare,Gerald Simonds,Karma Mobility,Ki Mobility,Motability Operations,Motion,Rehasense,Trekinetic,Van OsDiscover new and innovative manual wheelchairs on the market to consider stocking on shelves and offering to customers this year.Excel G-Logic from Van Os MedicalSpecifically selected by Motability Operations to represent the manual wheelchair sector on the recognised Motability scheme, the Excel G-Logic is a modern, unique and durable...Calvin BarnettCalvin Barnettcalvin@thiis.co.ukAdministratorTHIIS Magazine