Videos: Freedom Chair Wheelchairs for Outdoors

The best way to experience a Freedom Chair is to ride one, but, if that isn’t an option, get your popcorn, scroll down, and settle in!


Meet the GRIT Freedom Chair


Amplify your force with Freedom Chair wheelchairs for outdoors. These all-terrain, lever-driven wheelchairs can provide a low-impact workout, heart health, and the freedom to navigate almost any terrain. Designed by mechanical engineers at MIT, the Freedom Chair has been rigorously tested for outdoor fun.

The GRIT Freedom Chair allows people of all abilities to move beyond the pavement. Follow along as Lindsey uses her Freedom Chair to explore all Boston has to offer—from the trails, to the sidewalks, to the curb-hops between!

Wondering what it's like to ride the off-road Freedom Chair wheelchairs for outdoors? Check out this clip to see it in action on the mountain bike trail!

The Freedom Chair is designed to be used outdoors on difficult terrains, but it ain’t too shabby on smooth ground, either! See how this all-terrain wheelchair compares to walking (and jogging) on pavement.

One bridge, two very different experiences. See how the rugged wheelchair, the GRIT Freedom Chair, makes easy work of this bridge, which proves seriously difficult with a regular manual chair.

The GRIT Freedom Chair is the most versatile wheelchair you'll ever own. It's small enough to use around town and rugged enough to handle whatever you throw at it.


GRIT Freedom Chair owners roll through tough terrain

Independence also means going further, together. The GRIT Freedom Chair helps us explore the outdoors, carry out day-to-day tasks, and work with our partners to overcome all obstacles in our way.

Join Nerissa as she uses her GRIT Freedom Chair to hike a trail near Cedar City, Utah. Just like mountain bikes, GRIT Freedom Chair wheelchairs for outdoors can tackle difficult terrains—just keep those levers pumping!

We’ve designed different Freedom Chair models to cater to different riders. Many stroke victims and others with hemiplegia, like Norm, use the Hemi model, which can be propelled with just one lever. Norm made this video to thank his GoFundMe supporters!

Kyle Maynard is a speaker, author, and ESPY-Award-winning MMA athlete. We were excited to have him join us on our group hike in Copper Mountain, Colorado, where he made easy work of the terrain with a GRIT Freedom Chair.

Engineered for adventure and equally good for casual fun in the backyard! Check out Matt exploring his backyard with his brand-new all-terrain GRIT Freedom Chair.

Riders from coast to coast use the Freedom Chair to conquer their local terrains. Here is Jan taking his all-terrain wheelchair for a casual stroll through Florida's sandy trails.


Everyday adventure in the MIT-engineered Freedom Chair

Cities may seem better suited for wheelchairs than mountain ranges, but they can still be difficult for regular wheelchairs. The GRIT Freedom Chair helps you navigate curb cuts, uneven sidewalks, and find the quickest place from where you are to where you’re going.

The GRIT Freedom Chair lets you choose your own path. Its easy-to-push lever drive and stable frame can handle whatever you and your day throw at it. From curbs, to cobblestones, to grass, this all-terrain wheelchair is ready for your everyday adventures.

GRIT Freedom Chair wheelchairs for outdoors work well on the trail, but they’re also a great way to navigate urban jungles, too. Take it in on public transit and wherever you’d like to go!

Meet up with friends, grab a seat at the table, and enjoy the freedom of going about the day on your own terms. Don’t worry: We won’t tell anyone if you plan on ending your afternoon workout with a ride to your favorite burger spot!


"It's a GRIT Life" video series

In this first video, Nerissa talks about how she got started living a GRIT life and shows you how easy it is to unbox and assemble your new Freedom Chair!

To the beach! Nerissa talks about using these wheelchairs for outdoors, for sand, and for beaches!

In this episode, Nerissa uses the Freedom Chair for some all-terrain wheelchair fun on a recent camping trip.

Nerissa talks about how the GRIT Freedom Chair helps her to continue engaging in one of her favorite activities: Hiking!

Nerissa’s canine companion joins her in her off-road wheelchair journey. In this episode, the two explore nature together.

Nerissa talks about how having a trail buddy has not only enhanced her abilities with her GRIT Freedom Chair, but also strengthened their relationship.

Nerissa talks about the versatility of the GRIT Freedom Chair and how she utilizes this one piece of equipment for a wide variety of situations.

Nerissa talks all about one of the key features of our all-terrain wheelchair: The lever drive system! GRIT Freedom Chairs use levers instead of push-rims for more efficient wheelchair mobility.


Wheel through a variety of terrains, from sand to snow to trails

Whether it's a sandy beach or a rocky trail, the GRIT Freedom Chair gives you the ability to Move Beyond the Pavement under your own power.

Jeremy loves spending time at the beach. See how he propels himself independently with his GRIT Freedom Chair.

Like in any wheeled device, riding through soft sand requires more work, but we think a bit of sweat is worth a trip to the water!

Check out how the GRIT Freedom Chair handles cobblestones on Boston's historic Freedom Trail!

Roger explores the icy and snowy backcountry roads of New Hampshire in his new GRIT Freedom Chair.
George rides his GRIT Freedom Chair on the snowy roads of Minnesota. The mountain bike wheels give plenty of traction, and the levers make it easy to push the chair through the packed snow.


Tips and tricks for using the GRIT Freedom Chair


See basic tips about riding the GRIT Freedom Chair. You'll learn how to use the levers for propulsion, how the levers are inserted into the drivetrain, and how you can remove them and store them on the frame.

The GRIT Freedom Chair disassembles quickly and easily for transport in just about any vehicle. Watch Nerissa take her Freedom Chair apart in fewer than 40 seconds while she sits in her everyday, ultralight wheelchair.

The GRIT Freedom Chair can be transported in a variety of vehicles, even small sedans. In this video Nerissa shows how she is able to independently disassemble and load it into a Toyota Corolla.

You can transfer in and out of the GRIT Freedom Chair from your everyday wheelchair if you need to! See how Nerissa does this from her Tilite AeroZ. Nerissa has a degenerative chronic illness that affects her nerves causing chronic pain, fatigue, muscle weakness, and motor control challenges.