It’s not often we get invited to test mobility products, so when Fenetic Wellbeing asked us to test their “Deluxe Wheelchair in a Bag” I was not only surprised but also intrigued because I’ve never heard of a wheelchair in a bag.
I quickly had a look at Fenetic’s website and there it was, “A Deluxe Wheelchair in a Bag”, in fact, they sell quite a few wheelchairs in bags. Obviously, I agreed to put the chair through its paces and it arrived a couple of days later.
Now, I’m going to let you into a little secret, Bridget’s not a fan of transit wheelchairs. Our very first bimble in Cardiff was in an NHS transit chair and it wasn’t the most comfortable experience.
The Lightweight Deluxe Wheelchair in a Bag
The deluxe chair comes in a protective bag with carrying handles. I was pleasantly surprised by the weight of the chair and it was easy to carry with one hand, no easy task with Fibromyalgia
The chair itself is folded neatly into the bag and I can confirm that even after use, it fits nicely back in the bag for storage. One point to note, the chair folds to a 3rd of the size of a standard chair which is excellent if you’re short on space at home or in the car boot.
Inside the bag is the wheelchair, a pair of detachable footplates and a handy set of instructions with a spanner to adjust the height of the footplates.
Top Tip – adjust the footplates to the correct height before using the chair. I forgot and as you can see in the images, Bridget looks a tad uncomfortable but I can assure you she wasn’t.
Setting up the Chair
In truth, there isn’t a lot of setting up to do because the wheelchair comes fully assembled minus the detachable footplates.
Getting the wheelchair ready for use is as simple as taking it out of its protective bag, folding the handles up, opening the seat and pushing it down into its secure position and adding the footplates.
It was time to take the chair for a spin, so off we went to the local park to give it a go.
Look and Feel
Now you might be thinking “look and feel “what’s that got to do with a wheelchair?
In my opinion, a lot. First of all, the chair looks good, I hate chairs that look like they’ve come straight out of the hospital storeroom.
And secondly, despite being lightweight and thanks to the multiple cross braces, it feels much more sturdy than many lightweight chairs we’ve looked at.
Bridget reported the seat position of the chair felt comfortable and secure.
Bridget said the ride was uneventful which is a good sign. It means the chair’s padded armrests and 12 inch rear wheels are capable of absorbing minor bumps in the road surface.
From my point of view, the chair’s handle height and width were comfortable and it rolled with ease.
The highlight for me is the handle brakes. As you can see in the pictures, the handle brakes can be used to not only slow the chair down but also to apply the fixed parking brake.
This is a major selling point because if you struggle to bend down to apply the brake this wheelchair eliminates it. I would honestly buy the chair for this feature alone.
Would We Use This Wheelchair Again?
All in all, The Deluxe Lightweight Wheelchair was a revelation. Initially, I was sceptical, but I needn’t be.
It wouldn’t be suitable for one of our mammoth bimbles, but it’s certainly more than adequate for a walk along the promenade, around the local park, in the hospital or for a trip to the supermarket.
We’ll definitely use this chair again, not least to preserve the life of our main (expensive) chair.
If you’re an occasional user or looking for an inexpensive wheelchair to transport an elderly relative, you won’t go far wrong with this wheelchair.
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