The award-winning RoughRider is designed to handle rugged terrain with ease. It has been proven in over 25 countries by thousands of riders who live in the worst of conditions and need the best of chairs. Riders use it as a super-durable daily-use chair or as a backup when life calls for off-pavement adventures. See it in action here.

We believe in affordable technology that frees people to live life to the fullest – even in rugged environments.

The RoughRider is Whirlwind's answer to expensive fragile chairs that unnecessarily limit access.Priced at less than half of other outdoor wheelchairs, the RoughRider is by far the best-value rugged wheelchair.

Now available in the USA.

Customizing and Ordering My Roughrider

It is important that your RoughRider fit you well. A poorly fit wheelchair can cause pressure sores and fall-related injuries. A well fit wheelchair promotes safety, health, and provides the most independence through mobility. Take a moment to carefully measure yourself for your RoughRider. With the help of your Occupational Therapist or other health care professional, determine the Seat Width, Seat Depth, Backrest Height, and Back Rest Angle of your RoughRider before ordering. If you already know your wheelchair dimensions, Skip Below to ordering.

icon-number-1SEAT WIDTH

To find the distance between your hips, first position yourself seated with pelvis upright on a firm surface. Then, measure the distance between the widest points of the hips and thighs without compressing any tissue. Finally, record your measurements. It is important not to have a chair that is wider than necessary as it will be harder to push and may prevent you from passing through narrow doorways.
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icon-number-2SEAT DEPTH

Position yourself seated upright on a firm surface. Measure the length of your upper leg, the distance from behind the knee to the back of the pelvis (back of your lower leg). Subtract 1/2” to find the maximum seat depth, to allow for space between the back of the knee/upper leg and seat fabric. Record the final measurement.

 

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icon-number-2BACKREST HEIGHT

Your preferred backrest height is determined by your personal comfort level and physical ability. Whirlwind recommends, generally, that the top of the back support should fall just beneath the bottom of the shoulder blade. For less active riders who require more torso support, the back support should be higher, falling just beneath the armpit. Position yourself seated upright on a firm surface. Hold your hands flat against the surface you are sitting on. Measure the distance from the seated surface to the desired, most comfortable point for support on your back. To this number add the height of your cushion when you are sitting on it. Record the measurement.
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icon-number-2PREFERRED BACKREST ANGLE

Backrest angles are determined by the torso control of the rider. Whirlwind recommends that those with less torso control, such as quadriplegics, sit with a backrest angled further backwards to avoid falling forward in a wheelchair. Those with more torso control, such as amputees, can sit with the backrest more upright. Proper backrest angle is best determined by an occupational therapist or health care professional. Although there is only one option – 8 degrees – in the drop down list below, you can adjust the backrest angle by adjusting the backrest straps (i.e. looser at the bottom and tighter at the top for a more erect position).
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Now please enter your measurements into the fields on the product page before ordering. For more information about measuring, please refer to the RoughRider Fitting Sheet. You are responsible for choosing the right chair for yourself. If you are uncomfortable with determining your wheelchair size, please consult a professional.