I’ve been living with the Sunrise Xenon for two days now. I am going to give a summary of it but tomorrow it will be put through its paces properly – and it’ll be interesting if my opinion of it remains the same… if you have read previous entries, you’ll know I’ve already tried out a Kuschall Champion.
This particular chair is white. It is a horrible colour for a wheelchair but it stands out, I guess. The casters on this chair are on a curved fork standing away from the chair, in line with the rear wheels. The front bars dropping to the foot rest curve slightly and make the chair look like it was designed for someone who is in their teens, whereas on the champion it has a more flowing and smooth look to it (although the grey paint helped). This demo chair also has no handles but comparing the height to my own Q2HP, there is very little in it – sadly though we can’t find out how it is to push up the hill and goodness knows how I will find out tomorrow leaving work…
Rather than a side ways brace to support the chair frame, this has a cross brace that looks like it has been squished, on which the the seat canvas is mounted, unlike the champion which has the canvas on the seat frame. The wheels are on two short stems beneath the frame.
There are two things to note – first off, the horrible way that the Champion flexed on each side independently does not happen. The second is the non-auto folding footrest is crap – and I mean really terrible. Getting a Xenon? Order the auto folding footrest or be prepared for a lifetime of the foot bar coming away from its lock.
Using the chair – the Xenon takes two good pushes to get going, where as the Champion will go in an instant – the downside is that the Champion would stop quickly too – the Xenon somehow keeps on going. This particular Xenon is not as bucketed as the Champion, something I am slightly keen/not keen on. Because my cushion is old, in the Champion it got too firm very quickly, whilst in the Xenon, the lack of bucket seems to help the cushion remain slightly bouncy. But because of its sharp angle (90 degrees) of seat to foot rest, the Xenon has the feel of a bar stool or a sofa poof – I feel like I am going to roll about and order a couple of cocktails – fine for an hour but I wonder how I’m going to feel tomorrow at work.
Last grip for now – the stupid new brakes – they don’t work properly if your tyres are not at the right pressure… no – really! You can’t easily put them on if the tyre is over-inflated and they won’t work if its under inflated – a brake designed for solid tyres if I ever saw one.
A positive now – the upholstery on the Xenon is superb, the small bag under the front of the seat and two rear pockets make me feel like I’m sat in something that is going to be a convenience, not a pain to get at stuff… and there is no constant bit of string hanging beneath me.
Tomorrow I will rate them both in a table. I hope that by 18:30 tomorrow, I’ll hopefully made up my mind.