“An everyday chair with the ability to handle most off road conditions, whilst sufficiently manoeuvrable to be equally at home indoors”
Well that's one way to carry it
Take the Trekinetic on a plane, bus, taxi or bullock car
Can your recommend theTrekinetic GTE?
There are so many powered wheelchairs available, how do you choose the one that will suit you and your lifestyle ?
Perhaps it’s worth asking what do I want from my chair and where do I want to be able to go ?
If the answers to these questions are comfort and safety, and the freedom to choose, then the Trekinetic GTE might be the one for you.
We hope the question and answer format below is helpful, but if any questions you have have not been answered, we will of course be delighted to talk to you.
Q. Why is the seat shaped like a bucket?
A. The carbon fibre monocoque seat is designed to suit the human shape and provides for a secure and comfortable ride over most terrains. For those who experience floppiness, the high sides can provide support, especially when reclined. This tilt in space feature means the user can change their weight distribution thereby improving, circulation, pressure management and comfort.
Q. What makes the chair a smooth ride?
A. The rear nitrogen filled shock absorber together with the Mountain Bike Tyres, result in a smooth and comfortable ride even over rough terrain, which might be particularly helpful for those who experience spasms; dystonia etc
Q. How much does the GTE weigh?
A. 36kg making it a third lighter than any other powered wheelchair we’ve come across. We believe it is possibly, the lightest, powered, all terrain wheelchair in the world, and the only one that can be lifted and put into any car without the need for an adaptation or hoist.
The motors are housed in the wheels and when these and the battery are removed, the chair weighs just 15kg.
Being able to lift the chair is particularly appealing to teenagers, as it means they can go out with friends without the need for an adapted vehicle. Freedom and independence - every teenagers quest!
Q. Is the chair suitable for children?
A. Yes. With the insertion of a hyperforma seat liner and the ability to raise the footplate, it will suit even small children. And as they grow, the liner can be adapted until such time as it’s no longer needed, making it suitable right through childhood and into adulthood
Q. How long does the battery last?
A. That really depends on weight and terrain. The NMH battery which is charged out of the chair, will roughly provide 3.5 – 5 hours of continuous use, and the Lithium Ion, charged in chair battery, 5-7.
BUT if your battery does run out the GTE has 2 clever little levers that will enable you to easily switch it in to manual mode - then all you’ll need is someone to push.
This power to manual mode is actually also a useful feature for those who want to exercise. Self propel for as long as you wish then switch back to power mode. Great for developing upper body strength and for cardiovascular exercise. The chair also makes a great walking frame as it cannot tip over backwards. Again, this is very useful for those with Cerebral palsy who experience uncontrollable body movements, as they will not be able to tip the chair over backwards or sideways.
Q. Can I travel with the GTE?
A. Being sufficiently lightweight to lift, the GTE can be put on a bus, train, taxi, plane and apparently, a canoe or bullock cart. When flying, the joystick can easily be removed which means you have the heart of your machine in your hand luggage.
Q. What is the benefit of 3 wheels?
A. Firstly 3 wheels weigh less than 4 ! but perhaps more importantly, it enables the chair to turn on its own axis, which means it is as suitable for indoor use as it is outdoors.
Q. What is the variable camber?
A. This is a bar underneath the chair that when turned to the ‘Mean’ position, slants the wheels providing greater stability. In the lean position and measuring 28” / 71cm it is ‘Lean’ enough to go through most doorways - except for very old properties.
Q . What if I want a headrest or toe loops?
A. Each chair is bespoke and made to suit the individual. We can add headrests, lap belts, toe and heel loops and many more.
Q . Can the chair be personalised to suit me?
A. The benefit of being bespoke, is that the Trekinetic chairs can often be adapted to suit the individual. For example, we have recently added ankle huggers and a grip handle, as well as making the necessary arm rest adjustment to a chair for a Ella, a delightful child with CP and dystonia.
Q. What do you mean by ‘the chair breaks down barriers’?
A. Cerebral Palsy is frequently misunderstood by the general public. Difference unnerves them, they don’t know what to say, and so they avoid eye contact and conversation. The stylish, funky, state of the art design of the Trekinetic, which can be personalised in any colour, rarely fails to catch the eye of passers- by, and often owners are stopped in their chair to talk about it. So once again, the Trekinetic breaks down barriers between able and disable and from exclusion to inclusion.
To summarise, the Trekinetic GTE’s features & benefits
For more information on how theTrekinetic GTE can help those with cerebral palsy visit:
beyondtheboundarywheelchairs.com or call Michelle on 020 3643 5943 or Viv 07885 059990.