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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.


Long Wheelbase: Provides outstanding stability and safety from tipping - the number one cause of injury to wheelchair riders

WideFlex Casters: Whirlwind's signature Zimbabwe wheels float over soft surfaces like grass and mud and absorb shocks for a smooth ride

Tight Turning: Radius Useable in spaces as tight as less stable chairs

High Traction Rear Bike Tires: Perfect for off road adventures and affordable to replace 

Super Duty Tough: Double the industry standard durability performance tests 

Multi Position Rear Axle: Allows for center of gravity adjustment for optimal balance

Easy Transport:  Simple X-Brace folding design

Bucket Seat: Seat dump designed keep the rider safe chair sudden stops

Machine Washable Upholstery 

Easily Available Parts: - Tires, tubes, hardware and bearings are easy to find locally

Sporty Wheel Camber: -3 degrees of wheel camber gives ergonomic push rim placement and lateral stability

Push Button Quick Release Wheels: - optional

Anti-Tippers - optional

Note: Chair cushion not included.


  • Seat Widths:         12.5”, 14”, 15.5”, 17”, 18.5”
  • Seat Depths:         14”, 16”, 18”
  • Front Seat Height:    19.3” *
  • Back Seat Height:     16.5” *
  • Seat Angle:         12 degrees
  • Back Heights:         14”, 16”, 18” (adjustable) *
  • Foot Rest Height:     12” - 17” below seat (adjustable)
  • Lower Back Support Angle:         fixed at 8 degrees
  • Upper Back Support Angle:##        8 degrees, 12 degrees, 15 degrees, custom
  • Wheel Camber:        3 degrees
  • Axle Position:         5-position adjustable +/- 0.8”
  • Max Tested Rider Weight:    220 lbs
  • Track Length:**    20.4” - 23.55”
  • Overall Width:        21.5” - 28.5”
  • Caster Size:        4.5” x 3”
  • Overall Length:***     38.7” - 41.85”                 
  • Frame Type:        Folding
  • Folded Width:        14” including rear wheels
  • Weight:             44 lbs (with Whirlwind Super Duty Mountain Bike wheels)

* Seat Height measurement is based on 15.5 Seat Width.  Seat Height varies +/- 1.2” with other Seat Widths.  Variance in seat height affects effective Back Height, and effective Back Angle Bend.
** Track Length is the distance between where the front and rear wheels contact the ground.  This distance varies with axle position.
*** Overall Length is the distance from the front to the back of the chair.  This distance varies with axle position.
## Upper Back Support Angle describes the angle of the back above the Lumbar area.  At 8.75” above the seat the back tilt increases from 8 degrees to desired tilt.

Buy one Give One in the USA Ends

Our BOGO program was what they call in Silicon Valley "a great idea, but not a very good idea."  We conceived it as a way to link our US sales program directly to our mission in the developing world.  It was a way that people here could help someone who needs a good wheelchair in the developing world since profits from every chair bought here would go to buy a wheelchair for someone in a developing country.  

As a non-profit guided by our mission to serve wheelchair riders in the developing world with excellent rugged chairs, we will still put 100% of the proceeds from US sales into advancing our work in the developing world.

But the BOGO program had three problems.  First, it promoted the concept of giving when we think that everyone can and should pay at least a nominal sum for their wheelchair because it promotes a sense of ownership.  The rider will be more likely to take care of the wheelchair and will feel less like an object of charity.  Second, the BOGO program didn't pay for itself, and we were faced with having to raise the price here, when we wanted to be able to offer people here an affordable alternative to expensive wheelchairs. Finally, the program was also difficult to administer since we didn't sell enough chairs in the US to keep the costs of distribution in the developing world manageable.

So, instead, we will use the funds from US sales to support our design work and our collaborative efforts with other organizations. These efforts will promote disability rights and the capacity of local disabled-run organizations in developing countries to run sustainable businesses either building or assembling wheelchairs, and to act as effective advocates for their disabled constituencies.



For more information about ordering the RoughRider® for international organizations