Great looking wheelchair that falls short due to maneuverability flaws
2/5 Ease of Use
2/5 Meets Expectations
Reviewer: ronnie m. from cinnaminson, nj
User Details: 24 M with a neuromuscular disease and limited ambulation.
Strengths: I bought this wheelchair for 2 reasons: it looked great in the pictures and the supposed battery range (19 miles!) was much longer than my previous 2 powerchairs. As a wheelchair user in their mid-20s, appearances in social settings are important to me, which is why I was delighted to see that the chair looked as sleek in person as it did in the pictures. I get compliments on how "cool" the chair looks as I quietly zip down the halls. I work in a hospital and am constantly on the move so it's nice to not constantly be confused as a patient with one of those bulky, standard-issue chairs. The battery life is definitely a big plus too. I've never pushed the chair to the limits to see if it really gets the advertised 19 miles but I believe it. I can use the chair for two days straight (maybe even more) without worrying it will die on me. Never have to worry about finding a charging spot in the middle of the day again.
Weaknesses: Sleek, modern-looking wheelchair with a great battery life... what's not to love? If you primarily use the chair indoors with no inclines, obstacles, thresholds, bumps, etc. and have no intention on using it out on bumpy sidewalks, then this chair would be ok for you. Unfortunately, that's not the case for most users. As some other reviews may have mentioned, this wheelchair gets stuck on the smallest bumps in your path. This chair may not have independent suspensions on the two front wheels like my old pricier Jazzy 600, but I don't understand how Drive could have made this model available to the public knowing its limitations. If you don't approach a ramp head-on, you might spin sideways. If you don't get a running start, your mid-drive wheels might just get stuck trying to get over a door threshold not even an inch high. I've gotten stuck on short grass trying to get back on the sidewalk. My review is especially critical because of the availability of cheaper options that outperform this chair. My (now broken) Golden Literider has 2 less wheels, much less torque, and $500 cheaper has no problem negotiating difficult terrain. I've even taken it off roading in the woods before. If I could go back, I'd return the Titan AXS and just get the new Literider model. I really wanted to like this chair, but it just annoys me how I have to make a much more conscious effort in navigating around what should be very minor obstacles.
Reviewed on 01/06/2019