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    New Sports Chair

    It's time to look into a new sports chair for my son (age 13, T6 Complete, scoliosis but very flexible in his spine, and bloody long arms!). Current favourite sport is badminton, but he has played pretty much every sport he can, and I can see him continuing to play several sports as he gets older. He's used a Motivation chair for the last 5-6 years (very cheap sports chair, made in China, distributed via U.K., has been very good value).

    I'm thinking that Invacare's Top End Pro-2 All Sport Wheelchair, with the Freewheel add-on option looks pretty good, as he does a small amount of 4-5km road races during the year too (he already has a freewheel and uses it for those races with his Icon day-chair). https://bike-on.com/invacarer-top-en...s_tab_products

    Whilst I know there are lighter chairs around, I don't think we should be specialising too much at this stage, particularly as he is still growing (although I can't believe that he will grow much more in length - his arm span is already longer than mine!)

    Does anyone have the Pro-2? Any positive/negative reviews? Any other chairs we should look at? (Note that there is no chance of getting a demo here in Australia, so it will be an on-line purchase when we make a decision).
    Gordon, father of son who became t6 paraplegic at the age of 4 in 2007 as a result of surgery to remove a spinal tumour.

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    The adjustable features of that chair look to be a huge selling point both now and for resale. You might have to cross brace the seat to stiffen it, but it looks like they make that easily DIY done.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by nonoise View Post
    The adjustable features of that chair look to be a huge selling point both now and for resale. You might have to cross brace the seat to stiffen it, but it looks like they make that easily DIY done.
    Yep, I agree about the seat support not looking stiff enough, but I suspect my son will want a fair bit of dump, so the rear seat height will probably be as low as it will go and that should keep it stiff enough (if indeed it is an issue).
    Gordon, father of son who became t6 paraplegic at the age of 4 in 2007 as a result of surgery to remove a spinal tumour.

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    From what I can see in the pictures it looks like the only way to adjust the caster clearances is all at once with the back one. It is probably enough, changing tire size can come into play.
    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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    I'm assuming there is some adjustment in the rear caster height, as that one is removeable (which I'm happy about...I've hit my feet on his current rear caster many times!). We've certainly not had to adjust his casters on his current chair, but I'm not sure that we've ever changed his tyres/wheels significantly either....
    Gordon, father of son who became t6 paraplegic at the age of 4 in 2007 as a result of surgery to remove a spinal tumour.

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