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Grit Freedom Chair – Lever Drive Wheelchair

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Grit Freedom Chair – Lever Drive Wheelchair

Grit Freedom Chair

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The GRIT Freedom Chair’s easy to push lever drive helps you get a heart-healthy workout while enjoying the outdoors with the people you love. Push yourself through parks, around town, and down your favorite trails.

Grit Freedom Chair - ForwardThe GRIT Freedom Chair’s lever drive has a mechanical advantage between the lever and the wheel, making it easier to push the chair forward than on push-rim wheelchairs. The lever drive uses an ergonomic motion that engages large muscle groups in the chest and shoulders. It can help eliminate the shoulder issues that plague push-rim wheelchair users. The levers keep your hands far away from the wheels and everything they are rolling through. They also provide easy braking, since you don’t have to try to grab slippery push-rims.

MIT-designed patented lever drive is easier to push than regular wheelchairs, but is way more powerful. We use the properties of levers to give you the benefits of shifting gears on a bike. This means that the GRIT Freedom Chair lets you cruise faster than walking speed on smooth ground, but also gives you the power you need to climb over hills and roll through grass, dirt, and sand. Ready for a break? Pulling backwards on the levers applies the brakes.

The lever drive is compact, especially when compared to crank-drives on handcycles. The GRIT Freedom Chair easily disassembles to fit in the the trunk of a small car.

The GRIT Freedom Chair is the first all-terrain wheelchair that’s just as easy to get to the trail as it is to use on the trail. The wheels, seatback, and footrest are all quick release, enabling the GRIT Freedom Chair to fit into the trunk of a small car. We designed it to disassemble in less than a minute, and the more you disassemble the lighter it gets (as opposed to folding chairs, which stay the same weight regardless). The weight of the heaviest part to lift into the car is just 25 pounds.

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

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