Whirlwind Wheelchair puts users in the center of the design process. As such, the RoughRider has evolved out of the most common user needs we found. This is the first installment in a series that highlights some of the design features that make the RoughRider a dynamic chair.
So what makes the RoughRider a different kind of wheelchair? Solid flexible all rubber front caster wheels- Whirlwind’s co-founder Ralf Hotchkiss talks about what makes the USA RoughRider’s rear tires stand out against the competiton.
Whirlwind Wheelchair puts users in the center of the design process. As such, the RoughRider has evolved out of the most common user needs we found. This is the second installment in a series that highlights some of the design features that make the RoughRider such a dynamic chair.
So what makes the RoughRider a different kind of wheelchair? Sturdy, fully adjustable, footrests. Check out this video showing the benefits of the RoughRider’s footrests.
The main goal here at Whirlwind is to help people go where they want. In Will Krajewski’s case this meant going with his Boy Scout troop to the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree, an event that only happens every four years. Watch this incredible documentary below showing Will at the Jamboree motivating his troop and striving to help others. This is an amazing story and we are sincerely blown away by Will’s strength and motivation. We would like to thank WIll Krajewski and Scoutmaster Wes Forgey for sharing their story, as well as The Boy Project for putting together such a beautifully made short documenting it all. Keep up the good work guys!
Whirlwind Wheelchair’s RoughRider® will be used by actor Blair Underwood, Golden Globe Award nominee, in the pilot episode of NBC’s remake of IRONSIDE. The reboot is highly anticipated given the original’s success. The drama series is about a recently disabled homicide cop, Robert Ironside. The show, now available to pre-screen on Hulu.com, is scheduled to air Wednesday October 2nd at 10pm, follows the wheelchair-riding detective as he leads a hand-picked team of “specialist” crime solvers.
Looking at the original Ironside wheelchair, it’s interesting to see how far wheelchair technology and style have progressed. Ironside’s new wheelchair, the RoughRider, is both stylish and active. The RoughRider’s rugged design and ability to go anywhere fits perfectly with Ironside’s determination to go where he has to go.
Checking out the shows’ Facebook page, we’re excited to see that the RoughRider’s sleek and sporty contours give both a bold and confident look to the rider; while its super-durable frame has even helped the show’s film crew use it for anchoring large cameras for close-up scenes.
Baylee, a camper of the youth with Spina Bifida Camp Joy program, with Paige’s Princess Foundation Fundraisers, who made the RoughRiders possible.Camp Joy is now more accessible to a variety of campers thanks to the addition of the Whirlwind RoughRider wheelchair. Camp Joy, located in Clarksville, Ohio, is an independent, non-profit organization that specializes in the advancement of youth and adults from all backgrounds. Last month Camp Joy bought two of Whirlwind’s RoughRider all-terrain wheelchairs with funds donated from Paige’s Princess Foundation. The new RoughRiders help campers who use wheelchairs to access more areas of the camp. According to Gunner Blackmore, the development manager at Camp Joy, “the chairs are going great.” One camper tried the RoughRider out upon arrival to Camp Joy and loved it so much her father ended up putting her regular wheelchair back in the car. She continued to use the RoughRider for the duration of her stay. With the help of the RoughRider, the campers who use wheelchairs can more easily access the graveled and wooded areas of the camp that would be difficult to navigate in a traditional wheelchair. According to Gunner, the camp is “working on improving the path down to the water” along with other parts of the camp with the hopes to make the camp’s facilities accessible to all campers. So far, the two RoughRiders that were purchased have been beneficial to many campers including the Spina Bifida camp, Amputee Coalition participants, and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital campers.
We at Whirlwind Wheelchair are delighted to see campers getting good use out of the RoughRiders. We would like to thank Camp Joy and Paige’s Princess Foundation and look forward to hearing from them in the future.