23 April, 2019
Karma Mobility shared the following letter with us from one of their Ergolite Transit wheelchair customers.
Dear Karma Mobility,
In March last year, we bought an Ergolite Transit Wheelchair for me to use while travelling to other countries, which we do for several months every year. So far, it has spent 2 weeks, then 3 months across the States last year and, recently, 3 months across Australia.
We have adapted* it slightly by removing the feet and moving the material bar downwards, fixing it with bolts and that is where I put my feet. This makes the chair lighter and smaller, which means it fits into the closets inside the larger aeroplanes and I don’t have to worry about it being in the hold or waiting for the airline staff to bring it to me when we’ve landed. I also don’t have to worry about carrying the feet around.
This chair has been pushed and dragged over every kind of terrain you can imagine and it has been incredible, putting up with any punishment and with me in it, of course. We are always on road trips so it is hauled in and out of cars, pushed into shuttle buses, trains and hoists and it looks as good as new. We put our smaller backpacks onto the handles and, through the airports; I carry my 75-litre backpack across my knees too: Still the chair just takes everything we do with it.
I am attaching some photos just to give you an idea of how brilliant this chair is and how much I rely on it. I had a Z-Tec but in 3 months both of the front wheels shattered and I lost faith in it, it would never have survived the travelling the Karma has, it was unable to survive the environs of Harpenden! My Karma is so comfortable and I never have any back problems, or any other aches and pains when using it, which can be several hours. I am very impressed with the flexibility in it, which means it moves with whatever surface it is going over. When we are at home, I do have a larger-wheeled chair for independence.
Please share this letter with those who would be interested in knowing what a great design of this chair is.
Letter originally published by Karma
* Please note, Allied Medical does not endorse self-made adaptions to equipment and these can impact the performance and warranty of a product. If you want to make adaptions please call 0800 31 61 81 and chat with one of our team about ways we can help you to achieve the desired outcome.