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    Question: Has anyone used the all-terrain Freedom Chair?

    I am a 55 yo female wheelchair user who would like to get outside without flipping my TiLite or splitting wheels or castors and I'm considering all terrain options including the Freedom Chair...I've looked at the Freewheel attachment but I am not sure it would fit on this chair...Any suggestions?

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    Looks interesting. I saw that it won't be shipping until June, but maybe someone here has tried it. Here is a link with specs: http://www.gogrit.us/specs/
    Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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    I have no personal knowledge of this chair, but just going off what's on their website:

    You'll want to check the fit - it looks like it comes in either a 16 or 18 inch width, and a 16 inch depth. The full width is pretty wide, either 28 or 30 inches, so if you need to get it through doors, that's something to consider. If you're going to be loading it into a vehicle, note that the heaviest single part is 27 or 29 lbs, which is moderately heavy, probably due to the fact that the frame is steel. It looks like it's got a fair amount of dump, and the backrest angle is 80 degrees.

    This is apparently the first world version of this third world development project: https://www.ted.com/talks/amos_winte...ir?language=en

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    Freedom Chair looks OK but the range on the measurements seems unnecessarily limited. I guess they're going for a "two sizes fit some" approach. The published weight also seems reasonable but I wouldn't be surprised if it's under reported, or at least misleading, like most wheelchair weight marketing claims. I'd seriously consider finding out whether a Freewheel is compatible with your existing chair. Over the past decade I've been down the path of multiple chairs for multiple applications, including off-road. I have yet to beat the Freewheel in terms of portability, ease of use, performance, and overall convenience with any other solution. Combined with a quality power assist it really shines. I also really like the front attaching powered 5th wheels, like the Firefly, but as a decently fit and functional para I use my Freewheel the most.
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    Saw it at Expo, I'm a big fan of three wheels, but was not impressed, bulky, seemed cumbersome for operator who is shown on website. I'd go for the Freewheel. I originally wanted a Freewheel so bad I found an old cheap gpv to use one on, but things worked a different course for me.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    Hi,
    I am currently looking at Freewheel as well. I do need my anti-tippers which I would not have with the Freedom Chair. I have heard that Freewheel is not good with uneven curbs. Where do you use yours and can it really be used on the beach?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth09 View Post
    Hi,
    I am currently looking at Freewheel as well. I do need my anti-tippers which I would not have with the Freedom Chair. I have heard that Freewheel is not good with uneven curbs. Where do you use yours and can it really be used on the beach?
    I don't have a Freewheel. This is what I have instead. I rebuilt a Quickie 3D tennis chair into an everyday chair:
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    I don't know what you mean by uneven curbs. This goes most anywhere and I'm able to run it and at high speeds without worry of small bumps. But the tires are too skinny for me for the beach. See my avatar for what I know what works at the beach.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    Being made of standard bicycle parts should be a big advantage in getting wide tires for soft surfaces. So if they have left enough space for wider rims it is worth a look at.

    I'm not sure if the levers are an innovation or gadget. I suspect the latter as I said before it looked clunky.

    As an off road chair it looks good with three wheels. But look closely at the caster trail.
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    Compare it to the Freewheel design's extreme trail. I tried a front caster design like the Freedom Chair has, but it did not work out. What happened was on ordinary concrete pavement the chair would wander. The caster would not track straight. So I looked at Pat's design and discovered his extreme trail and copied it. Mine tracks perfectly now. That used up footrest room, so I traded one for the other.

    In this case I suspect the Freedom Chair works fine in the woods or off road where you push often, but where coasting on pavement is involved I bet it will not track straight.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    You might find some of these videos useful:

    How to install the FW (shows how the FW attaches to different types of footrests): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6_RF5CXZO8
    FW in the woods/gravel/etc: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=31&v=31LwHfTaypo
    FW on grass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=11&v=9Rlxj8H5Alg
    FW in the woods (strong wheeler): https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=15&v=SoqDNT_O2Ak
    FW on uneven pavement with anti-tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAl97-t6BFs
    FW in snow (strong wheeler): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB6VLT3tgbc
    FW on the beach (strong wheeler, firmly packed sand): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufpTYF4wZuc
    FW in muddy, rugged terrain (strong wheeler): https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=14&v=7shkA_rWpaU

    Thread about FW & footplates, with pictures: http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthr...eel-attachment

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    Quote Originally Posted by nonoise View Post
    Saw it at Expo, I'm a big fan of three wheels, but was not impressed, bulky, seemed cumbersome for operator who is shown on website. I'd go for the Freewheel. I originally wanted a Freewheel so bad I found an old cheap gpv to use one on, but things worked a different course for me.
    " I'd go for the Freewheel."

    Totally agree!
    Gary Is = L-1 Para for 34 years.....................
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