Living on an inert gas phenomenon

I’ve been living with my new Sunrise Xenon for about a week now, having taken delivery on Tuesday.  It is a complete change from my last chair, a Sunrise Q2, which had a 100 degree footrest angle and weighed in at about 10kg.  By contrast, I’m now weighing in at little under 9kg and with a 92 degree footrest.

xenon-logoI’ll start with some basics about the Xenon.  It’s green – a nice, dark green – with 24 inch rims on the back and soft-roll 4 inch on the front.  The seat is 40cm by 40 cm and on a tilt back, nesting me into the angle adjustable back.  I’ve also got an auto folding foot plate.

There is a definite difference in this chair to other chairs – its very well balanced for such a short chair.

frogleglogoI have got some major differences to the previous chair that make a huge difference though.

The first is the Frog Leg suspension, which, coupled to the 4 inch soft roll wheels, mean that I am not feeling every single lump and bump any more.  I like them a lot and they were worth the investment.

Secondly, I have got a lot of pockets – 3 to be exact but considering most chairs have no way to store anything around them, this is a major plus.  One of the pockets is locked under the cushion which offers a secure storage point for things like my wallet or a Double Decker.

xenon-pocketI am no longer seated on vinyl but instead on a Visco memory foam cushion, which is offering my derriere previously unknown levels of comfort.   Actually, in truth, its nice for my rear end to not be sweltering away and it is complimented by the vented upholstery on the back as well.  On the end of the upholstery are the other two pockets.

xenon-brakeThere are other useful bits too – the fold down handles prevent someone from helping me without first asking if I need or want help.  The wheels have a simple change camber, meaning I can switch from 4 degree to 0 degree with the useful tools, supplied.  The brakes sit neatly beneath the under frame to prevent interfering with a side transfer.

As a chair goes, this one is light enough for me to push myself uphill.  That, for someone with a muscle disease, takes real effort.  It is smooth and will roll with minimal effort.  I’ve already taken it on a few trains with some success – its been welcomed by taxi drivers so far too.  It looks smart, I feel comfortable and I trust it not to do something silly like tip back randomly.

The downside is that I’m afraid to get it mucky or the hand rims scratched.

6 thoughts on “Living on an inert gas phenomenon

  1. hey I want to say that you have a great and helpful blog!! =D
    I just have a question: How much seat angle do you recommend for this chair?
    Im planing to get a xenon but Im not sure If 3cm (1.2 inches) is too much or not?

    please email me ! 😉

    • Hello,

      Rather than a one-person email, its probably better to say it to all – you should get your chair built for you. Depending on your arm motion radius, back strength and core muscle tone, an occupational heath specialist will know better than I what will work best for you. I sit well in a bucket but others might not.

      Good luck with your chair change and enjoy – its a really nice chair.

  2. Thanks for the info and the demo (at UCLH) I’m now off to try and change my manual chair on order for somthing more like this! 🙂

    • You are welcome – I hope you get a chair suited to what you want, need and will be able to use for the next few years. Remember that you should try it out first before you get them to order it – give it a really good test in your every day life.

      Best wishes

  3. Hi! I got measured for a quickie xenon about a month back and am looking forward to it’s delivery (100 degree, aluminium footplate, slim guards, spinergy wheels, marathon tyres, jay basic cushion, angle adjustable back, fold down handles and a seatbelt!).

    However as this will be my first active wheelchair I was wondering whether you would be happy to give any advice on how you get in and out of trains? As I live in Leyton and would love to know how best to get around; preferably without cracking my head open on the platforms…

    Is it better to get out of it, sit on the step and put the chair in behind you or is there a way to get on without that need? I was wondering about wheelies and and using the handrails just by the door but not sure how best to do it one handled?

    Btw; I have a nerve disorder that causes pain and weakness in both feet/ankles but I am able to move short distances and have been using a standard self-propelled for 3 years but am now going to be using it basically full time. So decided an upgrade was in order.

    I really hope you don’t mind me asking and have loved your blog 🙂


    • You know, I’m not sure I ever replied to this – but in my defence, I’m rubbish… anyway – I take the chair off the train backwards, provided the height and gap is right – I do ok otherwise.

      I know you have the new chair now and are loving it… look forward to hearing your thoughts and even a review?

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