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Kuschall North America Champion
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Manual folding wheelchair.
• One hand folding capability
• Horizontal scissor lock
• Auto-up footrest plate
• Fold down back rest
• Fully adjustable axle bracket
• Carbon fiber frame option
• 75˚ & 90˚ front frame angles
• High performance rear wheels
• STAREC aluminum front casters
• Weight capacity: 267 lbs.
• Vehicle weight: 24 lbs. as shown
• Seat widths: >13.5"/34cm to >17.5"/44cm
• Seat depths: >13.5"/34cm to <18.5"/46cm
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# Reviews300
Durability?3.6700
Ease of use?3.6700
Meet expectations?2.6700
Overall Rating:3.000.000.00
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Harry from Austin, TX submitted this review on April 3rd 2007 at 07:38 PM. Harry is an end user who has over a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:Light weight which helps me to pull it into my van -- I do not use a lift. The push energy conversion to motion seems very good. There is very little frame flexing. The original high pressure tires lasted for almost 1-1/2 years. Much longer than those supplied for my earlier Quickie chairs.
Weaknesses:Hand rims are very slippery and I have fallen backwards twice and have became afraid of doing a wheelie to negotiate slopes and curbs. Wearing gloves helps, but this isn't practical to do all the time. I used to do this manuever without a second thought with all my earlier chairs, and I've been in a chair for 55 years, so I am experienced in these things.
Comments:The slippery rims are a definite "bad" item. I am also having trouble locating replacement parts such as new casters. I do not want to pay the dealer the inflated price he wants, so I'm wondering if I can substitute those from another manufacturer. If I had the money, I'd go back to a Quickie chair.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 2 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 2 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 3 Overall
 
Zoltan from Budapest, Hungary submitted this review on August 16th 2006 at 02:43 PM. Zoltan is an end user who has over a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:I wanted a lightweight folding chair and the Carbon Champion fits the bill. It's easy to get into the car and it's much lighter than the type of chair I've used for the previous 21 years. It's shorter, too, so the turning space required is much less.
Weaknesses:I've been using plastic-coated pushrims since I've been in a wheelchair. This option was not available on the Champion so I ordered titanium pushrims to minimize the weight. These pushrims are terribly slippery and extremely cold in the winter. The cold I can deal with using gloves but the slippery pushrims made it very hard to push on an incline and impossible to hold when going down a ramp or off a curb. I fell out of the chair, which I haven't done in more than 10 years. The only solution I could find was to cover the expensive titanium pushrims with tennis grip. If anyone has any better suggestions, please write.

The cord at the back of the chair that you pull to fold the chair was continually getting wrapped around the folding mechanism, making it difficult to lock the chair into the unfolded position. I solved this by changing the cord that attaches to the backrest-folding mechanism (that goes across the back of the chair under the seat) to a piece of shock-cord.

Another problem is the footplate. My chair is less than a year and a half old and one of the bars holding the footplate has broken. The chair is now diffcult to fold as it wants to fold sooner at one end than the other.

The seat sling has stretched. My previous chair lasted years without stretching.
Comments:The chair is excellent in terms of weight and compactness when folded but it isn't proving very durable. It will never last the 7 years each of my first 3 chairs did.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 1 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 1 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 2 Overall
 
Leone from Lumby, BC Canada submitted this review on June 28th 2005 at 10:24 PM. Leone is an end user who has less than a month of experience with the product.
Strengths:I've only had it for a day, but I just had to write about it! I love it. It is so much lighter than my last chair and easier to fold and fits in my car perfectly.
Only one complaint...
Weaknesses:I have trouble gripping the bar to push myself as I have arthritis and the bar is kind of small and slippery.
Comments:I will write an update on my thoughts after having the chair for a while and get the problem with the bar dealt with my dealer as they are very good at solving problems and I have no doubt on my next review I will have no complaints.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 4 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 4 Overall
Great!

Hey, good for you Leone! It's nice to hear about someone getting off to a good start with a wheelchair. Work on that push-rim grasp before it frustrates you. There are many different shapes available now and many different coatings that help improve grasp.

You may also want to try a pair of  "push gloves" for better grasp. The kind with tacky material on the palm and no finger covers. Looking forward to finding out how you are doing with the K. Champion.

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