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Marvel M1 Marvel
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Manual wheelchair made from carbon fiber and aluminum, with modular design, suspension, and adjustability.

 End UserCaregiverClinician
# Reviews200
Durability?3.0000
Ease of use?1.5000
Meet expectations?1.0000
Overall Rating:1.500.000.00
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Charles from COVINGTON,LA,USA submitted this review on April 24th 2011 at 10:25 AM. Charles is an end user who has less than a month of experience with the product.
Strengths:The initial look to the chair is very appealing and sexy. The adjustable shock absorber creates a revolutionary approach in wheelchair suspension. The adjustability of the chair seems to be very broad and open to different types of adjustments.
Weaknesses:First of all, customer service is at an all-time low with this company. They're ready to make the sale, but not ready to do what is necessary to properly fit/support the wheelchair user and backup their work when they do something wrong. Don't get me wrong, that's what your DME vendor is usually for, but when the sales rep from the company won't even take responsibility for an engineering flaw which he took part in during a seating assessment, well that says a lot about someone and their company. Overall price for the chair is way to expensive. Way too many moving parts to adjust. Caster wing is limited depending on size of feet. Unstable for those users trying to lean forward to pick something up off the ground. Back wheels will lift and potentially cause you to tip forward. Anti-tipper design is faulty and dangerous. In conclusion there's a reason why this chair has been "black-balled" from one of the USA's top SCI rehab facilities.
Comments:This is an advanced chair, and not meant for the initial first time wheelchair user. Very responsive due to the balance of the chair. I would NOT recommend this chair to a Quad/Tetraplegic.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 3 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 1 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 1 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 1 Overall
 
Dale from Virginia Beach, VA submitted this review on June 27th 2010 at 01:05 PM. Dale is an end user who has over a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:A true suspension under the seat. The air shock is an off the shelf mountain bike shock, so any correct mm shock will drop in. Stock is adjustable for both comression and rebound dampening making this GENUINE suspension, not a piece of rubber hiding vibrations. Spring it softly and it's like sitting on air. On the other side, it can handle drops of up to 36"!! (Youtube has plenty of examples).

Also, it's adjustable to fit most people. Something different about the M1 adjustability over, other adjustable chairs on the market, is that the seat width is also something you can change. That's nice.
Weaknesses:The caster wing. It is FAR too small. Both in width and depth. I'm a US size 9 and the skinniest ankles of anyone I know (and I roll in the SCI crowd, so that's saying A LOT!) and my feet and lower legs DO NOT fit between the sides of the wing OR onto the 9" footrest and barely fit onto the 10" footrest. My ankles touch both sides of the wing and needless to say ankle bone on metal isn't a good selling point. I wish I had been fitted properly, but I didn't notice the issue until it was too late (no sensation in feet to tell). I've tried the footrest in the full up and full down position and everywhere in between but it's the same thing: bone on metal.
Comments:Great chair, tons of carbon fiber and innovation. Expensive but a really good value for what you get (REAL suspension, CF side guards, CF seat pan, CF rigid backrest). It's the BEST suspension chair I've used and I've tried them all, to date. BUT, until they address the size of the caster wing it's a failed design, IMO.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 3 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 2 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
 
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