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    Hello All,
    I am just back from picking up my new chair. I was injured (T10 Complete) in early February and was measured on March 6th. I went with a Tilite ZRA in Matt Titanium Grey with Sapphire aluminum bits. I had not found this color combo in any of the million pictures I looked at online but I like it a lot, understated but with a little edge because of the blue.

    I am a total newbie with this whole thing but had my OT, the sales guy, and my rehabilitation places wheelchair "expert" sat down with me for the fitting. The only thing that needed to be done was raising the footrest an inch. The chair feels pretty good so far. While I was in inpatient I they gave me an old Quickie rigid aluminum chair to get around but for the last 10 weeks since I left I have been in a steel folding hospital chair. It is amazing just how much easier the new chair is to push. It is also amazing how much shorter the new chair is. I had to take a run around the house checking different places I go and with the chair being so much shorter it is much easier to spin around in different locations.

    I do have a question on armrests, My chair came with the tubular armrests which my wife found to be a PIA when putting the chair in the car. I have already taken them off and I am thinking I may just go without them. Do most of you guys run armrests or no?

    Cheers,
    Jim
    Last edited by LJH; 06-06-2018, 03:38 PM.

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    Originally posted by LJH View Post
    Hello All,
    I am just back from picking up my new chair. I was injured (T10 Complete) in early February and was measured on March 6th. I went with a Tilite ZRA in Matt Titanium Grey with Sapphire aluminum bits. I had not found this color combo in any of the million pictures I looked at online but I like it a lot, understated but with a little edge because of the blue.

    I am a total newbie with this whole thing but had my OT, the sales guy, and my rehabilitation places wheelchair "expert" sit down with me for the fitting. The only thing that needed to be done was raising the footrest an inch. The chair feels pretty good so far. While I was in inpatient I they gave me an old Quickie rigid aluminum chair to get around but for the last 10 weeks since I left I have been in a steel folding hospital chair. It is amazing just how much easier this is to push the new chair. It is also amazing how much shorter the new chair is. I had to take a run around the house checking different places I go and with the chair being so much shorter it is much easier to spin around in different locations.

    I do have a question on armrests, My chair came with the tubular armrests which my wife found to be a PIA when putting the chair in the car. I have already taken them off and I am thinking I may just go without them. Do most of you guys run armrests or no?

    Cheers,
    Jim
    most dont use armrests
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    • #3
      Originally posted by fuentejps View Post
      most dont use armrests
      Yeah. Dead weight.
      "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

      "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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      • #4
        I use minimal armrests only because I have an extremely unstable shoulder that can't manage without. Otherwise, there's no way I'd have them; they get in the way.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Oddity View Post
          Yeah. Dead weight.
          will be in vb in late july Dale. lets try dinner and drinks again.
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          • #6
            I've been without armrests for 20 years.
            But the first couple years, I kept the armrests that came with my first chair, a Quickie Revolution.
            They socketed in brackets clamped to the frame below them, and were T shaped with the top being a nice padded thing about 2"x9"
            I mention these because in some ways they were irreplaceable! I could transfer up onto them, sitting diagonally on one or the other and really reach things. This was helpful because I'm a mechanic and a foreign car shop owner (retired 2 years ago) and I could get into upper drawers of my toolbox or reach manuals high in our library, etc.
            The armrests telescoped and you could get them up pretty high, about 7 or 8 inches above normal, and if using things like a car fender or radiator support, you could pretty much "stand" on them.
            Then I got a standing chair and dragged that around the shop a couple years before finally accepting that I was now a much better manager than mechanic, although I still did a lot of brakes, CV Boots, and front end work sitting in my Ti. A lot of welding too-leaving innumerable BB holes in my cushion covers!
            69yo male T12 complete since 1995
            NW NJ

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            • #7
              Originally posted by fuentejps View Post
              will be in vb in late july Dale. lets try dinner and drinks again.
              Absolutely. Pm me when you're here.
              "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

              "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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              • #8
                You're a T/10; no need for armrests and try to get the back low.

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                • #9
                  Yep armrests are for newbies

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                  • #10
                    No to arm rests, no to anti-tip bars, no to push handles and no to side guards. IMO.
                    Rollin' since '89. Complete C8

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                    • #11
                      I couldn't do without my CF side guards. My pants and shirts would get wrecked. I run snug chairs. I also need something to attach the CF fenders to in the wet and the dirt. I have mine contoured to the tires, 1/4" higher, and don't even notice them. I do notice my stuff not rubbing the tires though! I guess if my chair was and inch or two wider it wouldn't matter, but rolling in the smallest footprint I can manage is a high priority for me, and that means side guards.
                      "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

                      "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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                      • #12
                        My chair is quite snug, too, but my experience has always been negative with them. For whatever reason, they just get in my way. That's not to say they're a bad, just my experience tells me to not add them.
                        Rollin' since '89. Complete C8

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                        • #13
                          Understood. Having them profiled to the tire heights keeps them well out of my way, I think. Mine also don't use any brackets to bulk up the situation, which I think also contributes to their out-of-the-wayness.
                          "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

                          "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by nmireles View Post
                            Yep armrests are for newbies
                            I am a newbie....but giving it a go without.

                            I am having a heck of a time with the Roho cushion, and maybe the height of the chair, for transfers to and from normal furniture. I guess I just have to get more use to going up before sideways to get back in the chair. The Roho cushion feels so squishy and then it rolls up under my inboard leg. Guessing I just have to remember up first and not diagonal.

                            I also found a number of loose fasteners, the port side brake bracket was hand tight and by this morning that brake was not doing anything, I adjusted the brake but need to go over the chair and look to see if any other fasteners are loose.

                            Cheers,
                            Jim

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                            • #15
                              No armrest or antitip bars since the beginning 16 years ago. I only use the sideguard as to protect my clothing. If the roho is too difficult to transfer into, talk to your DME and you might be able to get a Roho Hybrid, it has foam under the thighs then Roho air bladders under the butt. Great combo and I use this mostly as my everyday cushion. Post a picture of you in it, its always good to see how it fits you and your level of injury at T10.
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