The price of an all terrain wheelchair ranges in from $1,000 to $20,000+ this means you have many options to choose from. It’s a good problem to have but finding what is right for you can feel overwhelming. This article discusses the factors one should take into account when choosing the right all terrain wheelchair for their wants, needs, and budget.
There is a perfect wheelchair for everyone, but there isn’t one chair that is perfect for everyone. When deciding which all terrain wheelchair you should buy there are many factors to keep in mind.
All Terrain Wheelchairs are a fantastic way for people to visit places that aren’t paved. Some of the United States most scenic places to visit are at the end of unpaved trails in our country’s National Parks. When people understand the health benefits of spending time outdoors they search for solutions that allow them to visit more places.
Manual Off-road Wheelchairs are more affordable than their powered counterparts. They are lightweight, low maintenance, and can be taken into National Parks without the need for a special permit. They can also be used in the water without worrying about expensive batteries and electronics.
But they often need someone pushing from behind. Some wheelchair users are not interested in being pushed. People like this should look at wheelchairs that use levers to propel them forward.
Powered Off-Road wheelchairs can give people the independence to explore on their own, but they have some downsides. They are more complicated than manual wheelchairs, meaning they will need more maintenance. At around 500 pounds they are heavy, you will need a truck or trailer to transport it to the beach or hiking trail you want to explore. They can be very expensive between $12,000 – $20,000.
Action Trackchair TR
What features are most important to you?
As you research which off-road wheelchair is best for your needs you should decide early on where you want to spend most of your time in it. Different manufacturers tend to focus on different segments of the market.
If you live near the beach you might plan on spending a lot of time floating in the water. If you live near the mountains and will spend more time hiking you’re going to take that into consideration when making your choice.
- Is it rolling on mountain bike tires, or softer balloon type tires?
- Does it have brakes?
- Can it carry bags for storage?
- Does it break down for storage or transportation?
- Does it float in water?
- Can it be self propelled or does it need to be pushed by someone else?
A good hiking wheelchair needs to be maneuverable to be able to make its way over, under, and through obstacles on a trail. Some wheelchairs which are specially designed as beach wheelchairs have a hard time doing something as simple as going up or down a curb.
Extreme Motus Emma X3
How Much Should I Spend On An All Terrain Wheelchair?
The cost of an all terrain wheelchair can vary greatly. When you’re budgeting to purchase an off-road wheelchair think about
- How often do you plan to use it?
- Where do you plan to use it?
- How will you transport it?
- Powered off-road wheelchairs are very heavy (+/-500 pounds) and will require a truck with ramps or a trailer. If you don’t already own these things they can add a significant amount to your budget for an outdoor mobility device.
What material is it constructed from?
Quality all terrain wheelchairs are constructed from aluminium, or stainless steel. This allows people to take them to the beach and put them in the salt water and not worry about corrosion developing on their wheelchair.
People without beaches nearby use their all terrain wheelchairs for hiking and the frame needs to be strong enough to get a little banged up as it rolls down sometimes rough and rocky trails.
Self Propelled or Caretaker Assist?
Athletic wheelchair users with strength in their arms may choose a wheelchair like the GRIT or Mountain Trike. People with a disability that affects their arms should look at the Extreme Motus Emma X3.
Emma X3 about to catch some air.
What is the price of an all terrain wheelchair?
In your search for the perfect off-road wheelchair only you can decide what is best for your ability level, budget, thirst for adventure, and geographical location. The Emma X3 we manufacturer at Extreme Motus is great for hiking, and also floats in the water. We’ve taken it on extreme hikes, and short walks around the neighborhood. If you feel the Emma X3 will fit your needs we would be happy to serve you.
However, we sincerely believe in the health benefits that being outdoors can bring and we want you to experience every bit of our planet you can safely visit. So whether you choose our all terrain wheelchair or one of our competitors get out there and explore new places.
Our All Terrain Wheelchair Research Center is always growing with more information and reviews about manual and powered wheelchairs that can make the inaccessible accessible.