The off-road wheelchair for riders with many different conditions

Riders with many different disabilities use the GRIT Freedom Chair to move beyond the pavement. From wooded trails and grassy fields to obstacle course races and parks, our riders are out in the world, all the time, having lots of adventures! With many different models to choose from, the GRIT Freedom Chair is a terrific wheelchair for individuals with a wide range of ability levels.

“This illness has taken away my ability to walk distances, but I’m not ready to say ‘give me a scooter’ and be done…The biggest change for me has been the ability to go outside on my own…today, in my Freedom Chair, I went to the park and there were several areas where there were lips or drops and they didn’t slow me down at all.”    —Helen, Neuropathy and Fibromyalgia    Read more about Helen

“This illness has taken away my ability to walk distances, but I’m not ready to say ‘give me a scooter’ and be done…The biggest change for me has been the ability to go outside on my own…today, in my Freedom Chair, I went to the park and there were several areas where there were lips or drops and they didn’t slow me down at all.”

—Helen, Neuropathy and Fibromyalgia

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“I usually use a walker to get around safely, but I found that I was missing out on walks with my wife, kids, grandkids, and friends. Going on a hike in the woods was no longer feasible…We did a family vacation on Cape Cod with our three kids, their nine kids, and a few nieces and nephews. We went on a hike in the White Cedar Swamp walk in the Marconi Station National Park area. We like to be ‘memory makers' for our kids and grandkids, and being able to do this with them rather than sitting back at the house was fabulous.”    —Kenny, Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS)    Read more about Kenny

“I usually use a walker to get around safely, but I found that I was missing out on walks with my wife, kids, grandkids, and friends. Going on a hike in the woods was no longer feasible…We did a family vacation on Cape Cod with our three kids, their nine kids, and a few nieces and nephews. We went on a hike in the White Cedar Swamp walk in the Marconi Station National Park area. We like to be ‘memory makers' for our kids and grandkids, and being able to do this with them rather than sitting back at the house was fabulous.”

—Kenny, Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS)

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John, a fourteen-year-old phenom from Anchorage, Alaska, used the GRIT Freedom Chair to help fulfill his wish to participate in the reenactment of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, commemorating the start of the American Revolution. John worked with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, GRIT, and local reenactors, including the Acton Minutemen, to make his wish come true.   John McConnell, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy    Read more about John

John, a fourteen-year-old phenom from Anchorage, Alaska, used the GRIT Freedom Chair to help fulfill his wish to participate in the reenactment of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, commemorating the start of the American Revolution. John worked with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, GRIT, and local reenactors, including the Acton Minutemen, to make his wish come true.

John McConnell, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

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“The Freedom Chair is, honestly, to us, an everyday/everyplace kind of chair that gives us the leverage to go faster and farther. Just about everyone, with even limited use of hands/arms, can do it.    —Nathan, Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) Disease

“The Freedom Chair is, honestly, to us, an everyday/everyplace kind of chair that gives us the leverage to go faster and farther. Just about everyone, with even limited use of hands/arms, can do it.

—Nathan, Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) Disease

“I was able to go to my local Fourth of July Festival with my mom in my GRIT Freedom Chair! It was in a grassy field behind the elementary school and I can’t go on grass in my standard manual chair, so it was really fun to be able to experience it in my Freedom Chair.”    —Hayden, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)

“I was able to go to my local Fourth of July Festival with my mom in my GRIT Freedom Chair! It was in a grassy field behind the elementary school and I can’t go on grass in my standard manual chair, so it was really fun to be able to experience it in my Freedom Chair.”

—Hayden, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)

“Up here in Fairbanks, Alaska, clear-paved bike trails and access are only a dream. Really rough on wheelchairs. The Freedom Chair is a game changer.”    —John, Parkinson’s Disease

“Up here in Fairbanks, Alaska, clear-paved bike trails and access are only a dream. Really rough on wheelchairs. The Freedom Chair is a game changer.”

—John, Parkinson’s Disease

Benefits of the GRIT Freedom Chair

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Reduced fatigue

The GRIT Freedom Chair is significantly easier to push than a regular wheelchair. No matter your physical challenge, the ergonomic lever drive lets you use large muscle groups to reduce fatigue and keep you adventuring longer. 

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Low-impact cardio

With our easy-to-push lever system, you can exercise your heart and lungs rather than just your arms. Many riders use it as a low-impact cardio device. What are you waiting for? Get out and work up a sweat!

Freedom Chair FAQ

How much strength do I need?

Pushing the levers is easier than pushing push-rims, so if you're able to maneuver those, you'll be absolutely fine in the GRIT Freedom Chair. A number of our current riders are unable to use push-rims but have had tremendous success in our chair (with or without grip aids). Of course, you will need some strength to push the levers forward (in the Freedom Chair, you are the motor), but very little to pull back, as the backward stroke just ratchets and resets for the next stroke.

How do I stay secure in the chair? 

The Freedom Chair is a consciously engineered wheelchair for riders with different disabilities, in part due to its angled seat and seat back. The seat is angled backward (dumped) 14 degrees from horizontal and the seat back is angled 7 degrees back from vertical. These features keep you secure in a comfortable riding position, even if you have weak abdominal support.

 

Have another question? Contact us or check out our more general FAQ.

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Still unsure about whether or not the Freedom Chair is a good fit for you or your loved one? No problem! We'd love to connect via email or telephone to go over the chair and answer any questions you have.

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