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Kuschall Champion
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Folding manual wheelchair with carbon chassis.
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# Reviews600
Durability?3.5000
Ease of use?3.5000
Meet expectations?4.1700
Overall Rating:3.830.000.00
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Cat from Nottingham submitted this review on October 9th 2016 at 05:10 PM. Cat is an end user who has over a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:Folds small. Was further customised by Draft Wheelchairs to use Quickie (Sunrise Medical) push handles (so I could have a higher backrest and the rigidising back bar too).
I've got soft roll casters on this chair, and find they work well. I wish you could have Frogs Legs caster forks with this chair, but sadly it's not an option.
I like the fixation strap to help hold the chair closed when folded, however it is often tricky to clip together, especially if you have dexterity difficulties. (I've put a strap on the rear to keep that end closed - I use a £1 fluorescent dog collar!) And a strap to hold the folding back down too, which make it easier when lifting the frame).
Draft made me some great side guards with integrated armrests to swap with plain black metal side guards, as I cannot use armrests all the time, but there are times I need to use armrests.
Weaknesses:Seat sling is saggy, so I need a rigid board under my Roho Quadtro cushion.
Back bar is difficult to attach and, although it makes the chair more rigid, it frequently pops out! The clips that hold it in are weak, as are the plastic brackets that hold it!
I have to adjust the back upholstery every time I use the chair, as I need it very tight in places, and I cannot fit the rigidising back bar if it is tight. I also need more padding than the standard back upholstery.
The Küschall push handles were rubbish, and stick up above the backrest height, so Draft were fantastic and fitted Quickie push handles instead!
I find it difficult to keep the automatic folding footplate down, as my feet barely reach the footplate. (Unfortunately the footplate cannot be raised, and, as I need the solid board under my cushion, with the 4in cushion, the footplate is too far away! I'd make sure the cushion depth is taken into account next time! Without the board, the footplate is fine, but I can't get as much support and positioning without the board! A catch-22 situation!)
There's a lot of 'frame-flex' which gets very uncomfortable after a while.
The folding mechanism can be tricky, and mine has 'chewed' through the plastic that is used to protect the 'unfolding help' cord. I paid for the cord to be anchored to the front of the seat canvas. The second time I used it, it ripped off. I now use a Velcro cable tie to keep it out of the way!
As I said above, I wish you could have Frogs Legs caster forks on this chair. I've got the 5x1.4" soft roll casters though, which do help and make it more comfortable than 5x1" casters.
The frame is fairly heavy, but was lighter than most semi-rigid folding chairs at the time. (Quickie Xenon hadn't been released at the time I got my Küschall!)
Comments:I hate the 'frame-flex', especially as my 'usual' chair is a fantastic Draft 'ED' ('Every Day') chair, and is a rigid box-frame chair. When I needed to use my Küschall chair for a few months whilst repairs were being done to my Draft chair, I was finding the Küschall uncomfortable. If you don't need to fold your chair for a while, by using plastic cable ties on the footplate to hold it down, you can make this chair behave much more like a non-folding chair! (OK, so this means you can't fold it as easily, but, if you're using it for a long period without folding it, this may be worth a try!)
For a semi-rigid folding chair, this chair works very well. I use it as a 'backup chair' and for occasions when I need a slightly narrower chair than my 'main' chair. I also use it when I need to go in smaller vehicles, as this frame folds, unlike my everyday chair! (I've used it frequently at my parents house when I've been to stay, and use this chair upstairs, and my Draft ED downstairs, as it's easier for mum to get the Küschall upstairs past the stairlift!)
I'd definitely recommend this chair, especially as a backup chair.
(I have the 90° aluminium frame version).

I've said durability 3 due to the 'unfolding help' strap coming detached and the 'backrest stabilisation bar' breaking a few times.
Ease of use - 2 due to the complexities of folding and unfolding the frame and attaching the stabilisation bar. It's difficult for others to understand 'how' you fold/unfold the chair. Once you get the hang of it, it becomes easier, but my footplate always catches on my calf strap. (Next time, if I get a Küschall Champion, I'd probably have the calf strap mounted on brackets, not round the frame, so this did not happen!)
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 4 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 4 Overall
 
Neil from Leeds, UK submitted this review on February 15th 2007 at 10:43 AM. Neil is an end user who has over a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:Small when folded and will fit every car boot I have tried. Will often be transported on board rather than in hold on long haul flights (so confident you will still have a chair on landing). Very durable; although the spokes tend to come loose with solid tyres. Although it si a folder it is very rigid when up giving good solid performance
Weaknesses:Heavy and expensive.
Plastic footplate.
Seat stitching has come away but adjustable backrest is excellent.
Comments:Great travel chair, especially if you want the flexibility to be able to stow in different vehicles - mine has been on just about everything from a safari truck in Kenya to boat taxi in Vancouver.
But it is heavy and I wouldn't want it to be my only chair, preferring a lighter rigid chair for everyday use.

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But it is heavy and I wouldn't want it to be my only chair, prefering a lighter rigid chair for everyday use.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 4 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
 
George from Brussels - Belgium submitted this review on September 15th 2006 at 04:09 PM. George is an end user who has over a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:Take very little room in storage. Easy to fold. A rigid foldable, thanks to the use of a strong metal bar, that's great.
Weaknesses:I broke the metal bar with the 2 previous models, but I think they fixed that weakness at the factory. Always had a lot of problems with footplate, it's plastic!.. Screws are rusting.
Comments:Very nice chair. I had 3 and the next one will probably be a Kuschall Champion... Unless I walk again, doctor...
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 2 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 3 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 4 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 4 Overall
 
Jacques from Cape Town, South Africa submitted this review on June 21st 2005 at 02:16 PM. Jacques is an end user who has over a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:These chairs although not rigid are very solid, but also flexible giving you the feel of the terrain you are crossing.
Very good seating position reflecting good posture. There are no better chair for a Quad to singelhandedly load in and out of a car.
Weaknesses:My first two chairs were superb but the new one is not as good a quality as they were, screws are rusting, I live close to the sea and the aliminuim is loosing colour. Do not have same confidence in it.
Comments:I am a C6 complete Quad have been in a Champion since 1988 I have been on the Great wall of China with my Champion, this chair is my life, I have sold lots of chairs for this company, but its my legs and I want others to have the confidence I have
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 4 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 4 Overall
 
Jo from Cambridge UK submitted this review on February 15th 2005 at 08:17 AM. Jo is an end user who has over a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:I really love this chair, its been amazing. The folding frames means it will go in tiny boots/take up little room in storage .. but the metal bar makes the chair totaly rigid when in use. The chair look very sporty and "top end" with the security of being foldable.
Its very adjustable, with lots of costom options, including very groovy colour shots!
Weaknesses:It is sometimes hard to explain how to fold the chair, but i dont care, its been so goood, i wouldnt have it any other way. The foot plate has a slight problem in that the sping goes, i think this is from putting weight on it and bending it. It was replaced by my insurance afer a year.
I would recomend the movable handles if your going to be pushed lots- some of my carers find it hard to get m up cirbs because my handkes are quite low.
Comments:I love this chair, its comfotable, looks good, folds perfectly into peoples cars, very easy to push for both user and carers .. I could go on.
I've had this chair 2 years and so far 3 other friends brought one, suprised at its capabilitys as a floding chair.
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
 
Anna from UK submitted this review on June 22nd 2004 at 05:40 AM. Anna is an end user who has over a year of experience with the product.
Strengths:A folding chair that looked like a rigid chair so fits into friends cars etc easily.
Weaknesses:The folding footplate often jarred as a spring in it regularly broke, unfortunatly I had to replace the whole footplate mechanism, when it was broken it meant I had to transfere, fold at the back, turn the chair around and pull the footplate up.
Comments:A nightmare to explain to friend, taxi drivers etc how to fold.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 2 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 3 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 3 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 3 Overall
 
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