The Outdoor Wheelchair Engineered at MIT

This all-terrain, outdoor wheelchair uses leverage and rugged mountain bike parts to help you adventure, wherever you want.

Whether you’re looking for an all-around outdoor wheelchair or something specific, like a wheelchair for the snow, beach, grass, mountain, gravel, or elsewhere, you’ve come to the right place. The lever-driven GRIT Freedom Chair is resilient, serviceable, easy to transport, and even easier to use. Many riders call it the mountain bike of wheelchairs, and no matter the adventure, the GRIT Freedom Chair can help get you where you want to go.

One of the key features of the Freedom Chair is its patented lever-drive system designed at MIT. A team of mechanical engineers built this lever-driven outdoor wheelchair to be more efficient and versatile than any other wheelchair on the market. By utilizing leverage rather than hands on hand-rims, riders can go faster and farther over more difficult terrain than ever before. Read more about the benefits of levers, below.

All of the moving parts on the Freedom Chair are easy-to-source, easy-to-customize, and easy-to-replace bike parts. We assemble every chair right outside of Boston, MA. The GRIT Freedom Chair disassembles and can fit into the trunk or backseat of almost any vehicle.

Do you miss the outdoors? Do you have difficulty walking over rough or uneven terrain? We’re here to help you get outside—give us a call at 877-345-4748 and we’ll get things, well, rolling.

What are the benefits of an outdoor wheelchair with levers?

This outdoor wheelchair is designed for beaches, trails, gravel paths, streets, and any adventure requiring a bit of them all. Most manual chairs wouldn’t make it to the trail head—let alone the summit, or an obstacle course race, or the muddy overflow from a nearby river, or some sandy vacation traverse, so what makes the Freedom Chair any different? One of the key components: Levers.

The advantage of leverage in an outdoor wheelchair is simple: Less work for more reward. The mechanical engineers who designed the Freedom Chair optimized the placement, specification, and functionality of these levers to make the Freedom Chair as physically productive as possible. The Freedom Chair has been tested to be about twice as efficient as a manual wheelchair.

This mechanical advantage allows our riders to confidently tackle sand, snow, grass, and virtually anything else they want. Using the Freedom Chair is still a workout, sure, but efficient mechanics help you save energy and roll toward (and through, and over) more difficult terrain.

Pushing the levers of the Freedom Chair also activates different muscle groups than reaching down to grab and push hand-rims. When you push the levers of the Freedom Chair, you’re engaging bigger muscle groups in your chest and shoulders than you would with a standard chair. Levers not only improve the ergonomics of this outdoor wheelchair; they make the chair physically safer to use, as our riders are less prone to injury.


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Easy to push

The GRIT Freedom Chair's lever drive has a mechanical advantage between the lever and the wheel, making this outdoor chair easier to propel than push-rim wheelchairs.

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Low impact

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.

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Clean hands

The levers keep your hands far away from the wheels and the debris, muck, and mud you may find yourself rolling through. They also provide easy braking, since you don't have to try to grab slippery push-rims.

 
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Fun to ride

The lever drive minimizes physical stress and work required, so you can focus on enjoying your adventure, your friends, your family, and the world zipping by around you.

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Heart healthy

The lever motion is easy on smooth ground, too, and exercises your heart and lungs rather than just your arms. Many riders use it less as an tame, quiet outdoor wheelchair and more as a low-impact cardio device for adventuring.

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Portable

What good is an all-terrain wheelchair you can’t transport? The GRIT Freedom Chair easily disassembles to fit in the trunk of a small car. Put it in the car (or truck, or airplane) and get to exploring!

Who is it for?

Neither illness, injury, nor age should keep you from enjoying your favorite activities. The GRIT Freedom Chair is used by individuals around the country from all walks (and rolls) of life. Our riders come from all kinds of backgrounds and pursue an infinite number of adventures. When we’re first getting to know you, we’ll probably ask about their favorite outdoor activity—chances are, there’s a way to get there in the Freedom Chair.

Anyone with difficulty walking

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Outdoor enthusiasts

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People who want to exercise

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Freedom Chair owners include people with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, leg amputations, traumatic brain injuries, and other challenges. Since the lever drive on this outdoor wheelchair is easy to push and doesn’t require grip strength to operate, riders who cannot self-propel in regular push-rim wheelchairs may be able to push themselves in the Freedom Chair.

Many people who do not typically use a wheelchair, but who have difficulty walking outdoors or for long distances, can enjoy the benefits of the Freedom Chair. We often talk in great detail with our customers—we want to make sure you understand how the chair works, how you plan to use it, and how we can better assist you as you venture out into the world. We’re a company, we’re a business—that is absolutely true—but we also pride ourselves in our customer service. This means we’ll be with you as much as you want us, for as long as you need us. Let’s talk. You have questions—we want to hear them. See the chat window at the bottom of your screen? There’s a human on the other side of it; drop us a line.

Every GRIT Freedom Chair comes with:

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Flexible financing

We're all about overcoming obstacles, including the financial ones. GRIT helps you finance your off-road adventure with our flexible payment plan through Affirm.

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No-hassle returns

Ride risk-free outdoors at home for a full 30 days. If you don't love your GRIT Freedom Chair, we make it easy to return it.

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Reliable customer service

We are committed to helping people live the lives they want, regardless of the challenges the face. Our team works tirelessly to make sure our customers are satisfied.

 Loved by hundreds of riders around the world!

Choose the next step of your adventure!

Do you want to see more videos of our all-terrain wheelchairs in action and read reviews from our riders? Or do you have questions and want to chat with us? We're here to help! We're a small team and we pride ourselves in the relationships we build with our customers, so don't hesitate to reach out! We’ve got plenty of room in our family—and we have a huge community of Freedom Chair riders ready to welcome you aboard.