The completion theory

I have done it. I know what I want and how I want it, in the way I would like it.

I have made a choice for a new wheelchair – the ease to push, the feel of the ride, the seat comfort. There is so much I think this chair will offer to me that I will be quite happy with it – the method of moving about leaves me really comfortable.

I barely used my feet with the wheelchair, I could move it with ease. I could push it up hill, roll it down again. I found it balanced nicely, requiring very little to for a gentle lift, requiring less to just bounce up a kerb.

Choice made. I am going with the chair that left me happiest – now I am going to be an impatient child awaiting for Christmas day again. Out of the Champion and the Xenon, I know which I want to arrive at the end of this long journey.

(And I still need to choose a colour!)

An inert gas formula

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.

The Seated Principle

I never imagined it could actually be this difficult – well, I’ll re-put that – I knew this would involve a change but actually I think its dawning on me.

I have, for five years, been using a chair that has been fantastic – light for its time, supportive, quick, smooth, comfortable. 

And now I am facing a change because I know that the chair is not as light as it was, nor am I as strong as I was.  I think they say recognising something is half the battle?  I don’t know if I’d agree. 

I’ve written about how this will affect the way in which I will move, how I perceive myself to be – but I didn’t write about the psychological.  The fact is that there are possibly two chairs to consider.  I’ll write about those in a moment, but there is one thing bugging me: am I really ready to change the way I move?

I would like to think I am but at the same time I am worried I won’t adapt – what if I crash the chair within a week – what if I cannot get the same performance from it – a whole world of what-ifs.  A chair, such as the type I am looking at, is very expensive.  Would I feel right if I said yes to something, moved forward and then found it to be futile?

Its itching at my head.

Anyway – there are two chairs under consideration – the Küschall Champion and the Sunrise Quickie Xenon.  I tried the Champion today.  It was different – it was very smooth compared to my chair, very comfortable.  It was incredibly light – the centre of gravity set up quite well.  It moved smoothly and quickly.  It was bucketed, cushioning me nicely and I actually felt comfortable in how I moved. 

And (kick me here) it did look good. 

But we’ve not said yes yet – the next bit is to try out the Xenon and Champion in my own life – to see how they would fit around my home. 

Anyway – have a look at these links:

Küschall Champion

Quickie Xenon

Tell me what you think.