It's summertime, and many of us want to plan for vacations along ocean beaches and inland rivers. But for those of us in wheelchairs, there's a bid question to answer first. Will we have to just sit and watch or can we participate in all the beach frivolity?
This article , adapted from an original review by GRIT, lists different wheelchairs that can set our spirits free.
Sand Rider beach wheelchairs have superior stability and a comfortable seating position and height. They’re easy to push. Transport a Sand Rider in a small car trunk, store it in a closet, or fly with it to your beach vacation.
Featuring an ergonomic push handle design and a convenient front pull point, you travel from your car to the water with ease. Sand Rider uses oversized Wheeleez™ wheels for superior sand and off-road performance.
Sand Rider adjusts for different-sized riders. It offers several accessory options including movable arm rests, seat belts, combination beverage/beach umbrella/fishing rod holders, parking brakes and rolling travel bags.
Price Range: $2300 - $3220; Not Self Propelled: With “Wheeleez” balloon tires. Return Policy: Only unused products within 30 days from delivery, 100% complete, in re-sellable condition for full refund. Custom colors are subject to a 20% restocking. Buyer responsible for shipping charges.
GRIT spent eight years rigorously engineering what they consider the most versatile all-terrain chair on the market. They went through dozens of prototypes, continuously improving and perfecting the design. Hundreds of wheelchair riders and outdoor enthusiasts helped out. So, you can
cruise faster than walking speed on smooth ground, but also gives you the power you need to climb over hills and roll through grass, dirt, and sand. Click here for more info.
Price Approx: $.3,000; Self Propelled; Tires are All-Terrain Mountain Bike (1.75" width) - Sand/snow tires (2.25" width) available. Return Policy: Ride at home risk-free for 30 days. Return for any reason for full refund, including shipping.
Collapsible, lightweight and non-bulky, you can take it anywhere. It’s new look and eye-catching silhouette make it the ideal accessory for the more restfully inclined to enjoy an outdoor life whilst the more energetic can enjoy the thrills of water sports. The Hippocampe has already won several awards.
The low seat of the Hippocampe makes it simple to transfer oneself between the ground and the chair. At only 31 lbs., it is light and floats in the water. All its parts are sand and water resistant and its aluminum tubes are sleeved to stop them getting hot in the sun.
Price Approx: $3,200; Not Self-Propelled: double width rear tire & balloon front tire. Return Policy: 30 days of delivery for a full refund, less shipping, handling, and a 20% restocking fee; returned in new condition, in original boxes with all paperwork, parts and accessories in order satisfy their return policy.
The De-Bug Beach Wheelchair is for those that desire to live life outdoors, reducing their limitations and gaining joyful experiences. The balloon wheels of the all-terrain wheelchair are operable in grass, gravel, snow, and uneven terrain, as well as at the beach.
This wheelchair has a twenty-degrees articulated rear suspension which ensures that all four wheels are in contact with the ground at all times. The De-Bug's stainless-steel frame is built to last. This De-Bug will support up to 350 pounds.
Price Less Than: $2,800; Not Self Propelled; Tires are “WheelEEZ” Balloon Wheels; Return Policy: The De-Bug Beach Chair is sold through dealers, all of whom accept a return within 30 days, less shipping costs (as long as it's still in it's original, unused condition) and a restocking fee which varies from 15% - 30% of the purchase price.
The Mobi-Chair is a high quality, rolling beach chair that provides a seamless transition from boardwalk-to beach-to water. It was designed with everyone in mind: wheelchair users, people with special needs, or even children can benefit from the convenience, portability and comfort of the Mobi-Chair.
Mobi-Chair is the ultimate partner for leisure time and entertainment. The aluminum frame and stainless steel parts are corrosion free from salt water and the flotational wheels and armrests provide an unprecedented experience due to their stable buoyant design.
The Mobi-Chair is suitable for use at the beach or in swimming pools
Price Approx: 2,300; Not Self Propelled, but with Rubber Pneumatic Tires; Return Policy: Return within 30 days for a refund, less shipping costs and a 15% restocking fee.
Due to its high-quality, UV protected PVC frame, this wheelchair can be taken into salt water without risk of corrosion or discoloration. This wheelchair uses “Wheeleez” wheels and tires exclusively. There are also swivel casters in the back for easy steering.
This model has two 19.3" large front wheels and two 11.8" rear smaller wheels casters. This ensures chair will not tip on a sharp turn. Wheels are gray, non-corrosive, and guaranteed not to puncture. These patented balloon wheels will roll over sand, dirt, snow, rocks and just about anything.
Price Approx: $1,200; Not Self Propelled; with “Wheeleez” Balloon Tires; Return Policy: 30 day return policy from date of shipment, subject to a 15% restocking fee plus the return package must be in tact. Custom items are non-returnable.
For all of you Adaptive Surfers, beach bunnies and trail blazers, every BOX Beach Bomber Wheelchair is custom designed and built, from start to finish, by a single craftsman.
Built specifically for the beach and trail lifestyle, this chair uses a combination of 5" wide beach tires and massive inflatable creeper front wheels. It comes in your choice of 26 different powder-coated colors... available in solid, metallic, matte, and polished finishes. Standard Kevlar upholstery, custom built from the ground up to your exact needs and desires. The Box Beach Bomber comes with a 10-year warranty on welded frames which have a 500 pound limit.
Price: Starting at $3,195; Self-Propelled: with 10" front & 24" X 4.5" rear wheel tires; Return Policy: Living Spinal - the only authorized dealer we could find online - accepts returns for exchange or refund within seven calendar days after delivery. After seven days, they offer an exchange for "store credit" only. Returns must be in "new, unaltered and unused condition" - no signs of wear or damage. No returns on special or custom orders.
GRIT, with it's Freedpm Wheelchair, has put together a great "Day at the Beach Planning Guide." Just check it here https://bit.ly/2NpimHU