The Complete Guide to All Terrain Wheelchairs

It's usually easy to find detailed information online comparing and contrasting big ticket items - like, say, a flat screen television or a mountain bike - but we’ve noticed that there’s not a lot of information out there like that for all terrain wheelchairs, so we decided to make our own.

There are a lot of different kinds of all terrain wheelchairs out there, and because we truly believe that people of all abilities should have the opportunity to spend more time outdoors, we've tried to include a few options from every category.

Read on for the complete guide to all terrain wheelchairs!

Post updated August 6, 2018.

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Versatile Mobility

GRIT Freedom Chair

PRICE: $2,995 USD

The Freedom Chair's easy-push levers allow people with a wide range of abilities to improve their fitness and enjoy the outdoors whether that means mountain paths, sandy beaches, cobblestone streets, or your own backyard. 

Unique Features:

  • Patented lever design reduces shoulder strain and helps improve fitness

  • 80% faster than regular wheelchairs on pavement, and with 50% more torque for rough terrain

  • Braking is simple: pull back on levers to stop

  • Moving parts are the same as on bicycles so it can be serviced at any bike shop

  • Beach tires available

  • Easy to take apart/compact for low-stress travel

  • Ultra-High-Strength steel frame

  • Zinc coating protects from rust for the life of the chair

  • Made in the USA

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Looking for other wheelchair options?

Manual, Self-Propelled Wheelchairs

Powered Wheelchairs

Manual, Caregiver-Propelled Wheelchairs


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Manual, Self-Propelled Wheelchairs

Off-road cruiser

The Mountain Trike

Price: $7,695 USD

Good for parks, mountain trails, playgrounds, and city streets, each Mountain Trike is made to order in the United Kingdom. Their US distributor is Spokes'n Motion.  

Unique Features: 

  • Direct drive steering means you can steer and drive with only one arm

  • Air Suspension gives you a smooth ride

  • Hydraulic Disc Brakes offer great control and braking in all weather

  • Available with dual brakes (one brake lever that operates both brakes at the same time) or independent brakes (one for each wheel, better suited for advanced riders) depending on your preference.

Additional Products: Mt Push, MT Evo


Dependable

WhirlWind Roughrider

Price: $875

Originally created to aid wheelchair riders in third world countries, the Whirlwind RoughRider is was created to be a durable, low cost, functional everyday wheelchair.

Unique Features:

  • Long wheelbase prevents tipping and provides stability

  • Push button quick release wheels

  • Simple X-Brace folding design for easy transport

  • Easy to load into transportation via ramp or hitch

  • Tight turning radius good for indoors/other tight spaces

  • Bucket seat designed to keep the rider safe during sudden stops


Beach

Hippocampe

Price: $3,280 USD

Thanks to the low seat of the Hippocampe Beach Chair it's neutral buoyancy design allows it to be used in or out of the water while double width wheels are great for traveling on sand. 

Unique Features:

  • Available in 4 sizes

  • Made in France

  • User can operate independently and a push bar is available for caregiver

  • Low seat makes it easy to transfer between chairs

  • Weight: 31 pounds

  • Packs down into carrying case for travel


Extreme Downhill 

Explorer III

PRICE: $8,900 USD

 

The Explorer III is designed to tackle extreme off-road conditions and provide opportunities to get up close and personal with places that are normally inaccessible. This handcycle has already taken many users to the highest peaks of Europe, including the Alps and the Tatra mountains as well as Mount Kilimanjaro.

Unique Features:

  • Full independent suspension

  • Hydraulic disk brakes

  • Schlumph Mountain Drive

  • Choice of drivetrain ranging from 16-22 gears

  • Chest steering for use when pedaling

  • adjustable carbon fiber seat & footrests


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Powered Wheelchairs

Motorized

Action Track Chair

Price: $15,795 USD

The Action Trackchair has been called “the Humvee of personal mobility machines” and it’s easy to see why: treads that take the place of wheels can slog through even the diciest of terrain.

Unique Features:

  • Built primarily for hunting

  • Wide variety of add ons and accessories including gun racks, fishing rod holder, & utility tray

  • Equipped with power seat tilt

  • Max speed up to 5 MPH

  • Joystick wheelchair controls


Motorized

Whill

Price: $13,495 USD

Designed to “reimagine sidewalk transportation” the Whill Model A was created with a particular focus on creating a visually pleasing, minimal design.

Unique Features:

  • 4 Wheel Drive

  • All directional wheel technology

  • Accompanied by Iphone App which connects via bluetooth for remote control operation/adjustment

  • Easy to load into transportation via ramp or hitch

  • Lots of customization features


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Manual, Caregiver-Propelled Wheelchairs

Trekking

Black Diamond TrailRider

Price: $5,300 USD

Affectionately called a “cross between a wheelbarrow and a rickshaw” the Black Diamond Trail Rider’s one wheel design uses the help of friends and family acting as volunteer “sherpas” to allow people with disabilities to access a wide variety of outdoor terrain.

Unique Features:

  • Lightweight and ergonomically designed

  • Full adjustable seating, footrests, armrests

  • Large pneumatic tire rolls smoothly over all terrain

  • Disc brake system for increased safety

  • Cargo compartment for gear/storage

  • Folds down for easy transportation


Trekking

Off Road Chairs (ORC)

Price: $5,372 USD

The ORC was designed after creator Brian Bell test drove the Trailrider with some friends.  Whereas the TrailRider rests on a single pneumatic wheel, the ORC rides on three and includes two shock absorbers.  A single Sherpa can push the machine and its occupant over relatively smooth terrain, but two handles in front allow for help from two additional Sherpas if needed. 

Unique Features:

  • Each ORC is custom built to users specifications

  • Production time is around 24 weeks

  • 3 Pneumatic tires & 2 shock absorbers

  • Drum Brakes

  • Folds for Transport

  • Weighs 45 pounds


Trekking

Joelette

Price: $6,000 USD

The Joelette is a French-made machine that rolls along on a single wheel with the help of two volunteer sherpas to enable even the most heavily mobility challenged individuals to get involved in hiking. 

Unique Features:

  • Each ORC is custom built to users specifications

  • Production time is around 24 weeks

  • 3 Pneumatic tires & 2 shock absorbers

  • Drum Brakes

  • Folds for Transport

  • Weighs 45 pounds


There are a lot of good options -- deciding on the right one can be hard! Fill out the survey by clicking below and one of our off-road wheelchair experts will reach out to answer any questions you have.



Want to see if the GRIT Freedom Chair
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The GRIT Freedom Chair is the most versatile chair on the market, designed from the ground up to handle any terrain. From trails to grass to snow, the Freedom Chair is built for you to push yourself. Born out of research at MIT, the Freedom Chair's patented easy-push levers reduce shoulder strain and put you in control of your mobility. Ready to hit the trails? Learn more about the GRIT Freedom Chair at www.gogrit.us