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    Smile Icon wheelchair - I need you help

    Hi! guys. I am new in this community and need your help for new chair buying. I have joined this community 3 months by now but this is my first post.
    I am a person with polio and an intermittent wheelchair user. I use crutches for walking most of times and use chair when I need to walk long. I live in South Korea (currently staying in US about a year) where there are many stairs so I have to use crutches many times.

    I have had an Action A4 for almost 20 years and it still works, which means that I am not a heavy user of chair. I got it from a friend who bought it as brand new but found it did not fit with him. Fortunately it fits fine with my body(or my body got used to its size). I also have a second hand TR which I bought one month ago to learn about chair (measure). I bought it on e-bay by paying about 1000 dollar but I think it was a good choice because I learnt a lot of measures which I did not know at all.

    Ordering a new chair is my first time experience and I am so nervous about it.

    After reading posts here, I narrowed my choice to Icon and ZRa. If you are kind enough to give me some advice, I will appreciate your advice.
    I am afraid that my English is not good to explain my question clear enough.

    I want to ask question about Icon chair first because my mind is in love with it now. But I have not seen or tried it by myself yet.

    1. Seat pan size

    My question for Icon is how much seat pan can be expandable. I think my body (5" tall with 113 pounds) fits quite well with 15x15 (this is my old chair size and I am OK with it. I got another one, 14x14, in which I feel so tight. One problem is that although Icon gives me many options for seat pan but they don't work for me. I can choose one of twos. The one is with 16" or expandable depth and with 15" width minimum. The other one is with 15" or smaller width and 15" depth. I can get 15" depth seat but it has 15" width at max. I think that I am currently fine with 15" width but my body can gain some weight and 15" max is a kind of risky. There is no possiblity that my legs grow so 16" depth will be the same condition for good for me. Which one should I go with? Can I order a custom seat pan which is 15x15 with the width expandable?

    2. Weight

    Since I put in and out my chair of my car (trunk) while I stand over crutches, the weight of my chair is a critical factor. I have action A4 Titanium (with cloth back rest, no brake, and no side guard) which I think is light enough for me. I compared it with my TR (with CF side guard, brake, but after detaching J3 back) and found that TR seems a bit heavier). JeffAdams mentioned in his post that Icon is about 14 pound without wheels) but I am not sure about it. Does anyone have an Icon chair and know exact weight?

    3. Wheel base

    Interestingly, order form of Icon chair requires my preference of wheelbase. As I said before, I feel fine with my A4 so try to start from it. It has 25" wheels and 5" caster and almost no distance between rear wheels and caster. Thus, my calculation of wheelbase would be 15". Am I right at measuring wheelbase? As I know, Icon chair's wheelbase can be adjustable. Does the form simply ask my rough preference?


    I have more questions but can ask them later.

    Looking for hearing from you.

    Jungsik
    Last edited by jungsik; 10-27-2015 at 02:45 AM. Reason: try to clear meaning of my post

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