There are a lot of different wheelchairs and mobility aids on the market today, which can make it overwhelming when narrowing down your search and looking for the most appropriate solution.
You may have heard of Geo Cruisers before. This is a wheelchair range that has been designed and manufactured by Pathway Mobility. But are their wheelchairs right for you? And if so, which model should you go for? Continue reading to discover everything that you need to know.
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What is a Geo Cruiser?
A Geo Cruiser is a foldable and lightweight power wheelchair. It has an easy-fold design, which enables easy transport and convenient storage. It can sit in just about any car.
The design of the Geo Cruiser has been patented, which is why it is so special. With functionality and user comfort in mind, not only is this wheelchair easy-to-use but it comes with a number of different standout features.
Pathway Mobility have added a number of different models to their range over the years, we will take you through some of the best Geo Cruiser models for 2021 later in this guide.
What is a power chair?
You may have noticed that Geo Cruisers are power chairs, so what does this actually mean? Well, to understand what a power wheelchair is, it is important to first understand what a manual wheelchair is. This is a wheelchair that is lightweight and tends to be foldable. A power wheelchair, on the other hand, may be less versatile in terms of volume or weight, but it is ideal for those who want to move without the effort.
This makes it a great choice for people that have weak arms, for instance, individuals who are suffering with neurological disorders.
A lot of power wheelchairs also come with different power seating options, for instance, stand, tilt, and recline. This enables you to customize your seating position so you have as much comfort as possible.
Who has the Geo Cruiser been designed for?
This range of wheelchairs has been designed for anyone who is not able to propel themselves to move their wheelchair. It is also perfectly suitable for elderly people with weak arms.
Benefits of Geo Cruiser wheelchairs
There are a number of benefits that are associated with Geo Cruisers when compared with competing foldable and lightweight electric wheelchairs on the market. This includes the following:
The Geo Cruiser has been cleared for safety by the FDA. It has been awarded what is known as an 510K, which is a significant difference when compared to most of the other models that are available today.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of companies that claim that their wheelchairs are FDA-approved when they have not been, whereas others will skirt around the issue by claiming that their products are not medical devices.
You can determine whether or not a product has FDA clearance by contacting the FDA by email or calling them. Having FDA clearance is important because it means that product has been reviewed closely and has passed the examination.
Not only are Geo Cruisers considered the best in terms of safety, but they provide a number of standout features that set them apart.
All of the models have been anodized to protect from corrosion and provide a richer finish.
They also all come with the following:
- Leg guards that can be removed ro adjusted
- Quick release batteries
- Anti-slip footrests
- Three-position adjustable footrests
- Four-position adjustable backrests
- Under-seat basket with a cover for privacy
- Seat cushions that do not need to be removed when folding
- Armrests that have a contoured design and are 2.75 inches wide for optimal comfort
Convenient and easy-to-use
Another reason why the Geo Cruiser models have become so popular is because they are very quick and easy-to-use. You can fold and unfold the wheelchair within a matter of seconds. Plus, all of the models can be used both outdoors and indoors.
What should you consider when choosing from the different Geo Cruiser models?
There are a number of different Geo Cruiser models out there, so how do you distinguish between them and choose the best wheelchair for you? Well, there are some factors you should consider, including the following:
How much weight you need the Geo Cruiser to support
When choosing from the different Geo Cruiser models that are available, one factor you need to consider is how much weight you need the wheelchair to support. For example, the new E Geo Cruiser EX will support up to 350 lbs, whereas the Geo Cruiser DX will support up to 265 lbs.
The type of wheelchair you need
You also need to think about your needs in terms of the type of power wheelchair you’re going to purchase. This will be dictated by your own personal health requirements, as well as how often you are going to be using the chair. For example, someone who needs to use their chair all day long is going to have different requirements to someone who only needs to use their power chair on an occasional basis. For someone who is going to be spending most of their day in a power wheelchair, they will want a full-size chair, with larger seats, as well as footrests, armrests, and more padding for improved comfort.
The drive system
Another factor that you need to take into account is the drive system. There are three options to choose from here, which are as follows; rear wheel drive, mid wheel drive, and front wheel drive. The table below explains the differences between the three options.
Rear wheel drive
Wheelchairs with rear wheel drive power will operate well over difficult terrain, which makes them an ideal choice if you are someone who loves the outdoors. Greater maneuverability is achieved by having the drive system in the rear of the wheelchair, even if you are driving at high speeds. It may be challenging to maneuver indoors, though, so do keep this in mind, and this is because they have bigger turning radiuses.
Mid wheel drive
Mid wheel power chairs tend to have the tightest turning radius of all of the three drives, and they are ideal for use in any location whereby space is going to be restricted, from shopping malls to apartments. It is very easy to maneuver this type of wheelchair indoors or while outdoors on a flat surface, but they do not maneuver well over rough terrain or hills.
Front wheel drive
Finally, we have front-wheel drive power wheelchairs, which maneuver effectively over small obstacles. They are easy to maneuver within tight spaces or the home, and they have a respectable turning radius. These sorts of power wheelchairs are known for delivering good levels of stability, but it is possible that they may fishtail if turning at very high speeds, so do keep this in mind.
Aside from the points that have been discussed so far, you also need to think about your living environment and where you are most likely to be using the wheelchair.
Using your wheelchair indoors
So, let’s discuss indoor environments first. Make certain that the power wheelchair you choose can easily fit indoors and maneuver effectively. We would always recommend that you measure the doorways in your property. When doing this, make sure that any hinged doors are accounted for, as they can lower the opening by as much as two inches. The last thing you want is for your wheelchair to arrive and to find that you cannot move it around your home.
Your doorway opening needs to be large enough for the joystick, should it protrude out beyond the chair’s base, as well as the armrests. You should also be able to make 90-degree turns into rooms and navigate through hallways. If you are struggling to determine what sort of sized wheelchair is going to be right for you, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us and we would be more than happy to assist you with this.
Using your power chair outdoors
The terrain in your environment is going to have an impact on the chair’s range. Wider and bigger casters and wheels are going to be able to navigate over rough terrain with greater ease, making the ride smoother.
Aside from the points that have been mentioned, another factor that needs to be considered is the controller. The most common controller for a power wheelchair will be a keypad and joystick. The joystick will control the speed and direction of a lot of models, whereas the keypad has the ability to control speed, as well as some other functions, for example, the degree of horn and recline.
Most wheelchairs demand continual pressure so that they can operate. Once pressure is lifted from the control, the wheelchair will break. Depending on the user’s physical condition, the power wheelchair must be able to accommodate different types of controllers. For example, there are the following options:
Of course, whether you need any extras like this will depend on your medical condition and this is something you can discuss with one of our customer service agents who will be more than happy to assist you in any manner they can.
Does Medicare cover the cost of a Geo Cruiser?
Unfortunately, Medicaid and Medicare does not cover the Geo Cruiser, as it is not coded for either of them. The Geo Cruiser is FDA-cleared, though, so there is nothing to worry about on this front.
Does private insurance cover the cost of a Geo Cruiser?
You need to get in touch with your insurance provider to discover whether or not your Geo Cruiser wheelchair will be covered. This depends on the insurance provider and the ins and outs of your policy, as they are all different. However, there are a lot of insurance companies that may provide full or partial reimbursement.
The Best Geo Cruiser Models for 2021
As mentioned, there are a number of different Geo Cruiser models for sale, and so we are going to take you through some of the best for 2021.
Geocruiser (Pathway Mobility): Geo Cruiser DX Lightweight Foldable Power Chair
The first model that we recommend is the Geo Cruiser DX, which is a lightweight, foldable electric power chair. The design is portable and compact, enabling you to unfold and fold the unit in just seconds! Because of this, it is an ideal choice for transportation. In fact, it is cruise-ship ready and airline approved, so you have nothing to worry about in this regard.
There are a number of different features that make this wheelchair one of the best on the market. It is very comfortable, boasting removable seat covers, armrests that can be raised, and an adjustable footrest and backrest. It is also very easy to clean and look after, requiring little maintenance and servicing.
The wheelchair is also easy to use, with an easy-to-park kickstand, a quick-release joystick for right-hand or left-hand usage, and the ability to fit through a stand home or business dorway. It also has a driving range of as much as 15 miles.
Geocruiser (Pathway Mobility): Geo Cruiser Elite EX Lightweight Foldable Power Chair
Another wheelchair that we highly recommend from the Geo Cruiser range is the Geo Cruiser EX Lightweight Foldable Power Chair. This wheelchair comes in a range of different colors, ensuring you can pick one in a style that is suitable for you.
It comes with a lot of similar features when compared with the former model. However, it differs a bit in terms of specifications. This is because it weighs a bit more, yet it also has a higher user weight capacity. The wheelchair weighs 65 lbs with batteries, or 59 lbs without. It also has a maximum user weight capacity of 350 lbs.
The wheelchair is also undeniably comfortable. It features a ComfortRest Foam seat, as well as Contoured Soft Foam armrests, ensuring that you can use this wheelchair for hours on end without feeling uneasy.
In terms of power for this wheelchair, it features two 250-watt high performance brushless motors. This gives it a driving range of 15 miles.
Geocruiser (Pathway Mobility): Geo Cruiser LX Lightweight Foldable Power Chair
The third Geo Cruiser model that we would recommend is the Geo Cruiser LX Lightweight Foldable Power Chair. Similar to the other models, you can choose from different colors, with red wheelchairs available.
There are a number of different accessories and features associated with this wheelchair that make it such a good choice. This includes the free under-seat backseat and the beautiful anodized paint finish, which not only looks rich in appearance but can protect from rust as well.
The wheelchair is also very convenient, coming with seat covers that can be removed for easy cleaning, armrests that can be raised for easy side access, an adjustable footrest and backrest, and it is very easy to fold and unfold.
In terms of the specifications for weight, the wheelchair weighs 53 lbs without batteries or 59 lbs once the batteries are included. The maximum weight capacity for this wheelchair model is 330 lbs.
Similarly to the other models, it is easy to use thanks to the quick-release joystick and the easy-to-park kickstand. We’re sure that you will not be disappointed if you decide to go for this wheelchair.
Why purchase your Geo Cruiser from Scooters N Chairs?
You may be able to purchase your Geo Cruiser from numerous suppliers, so why is Scooters N Chairs a recommended choice? Well, there are a number of reasons, including the following:
When you purchase your wheelchair from our website, you will benefit from full warranty coverage, ensuring you are protected should anything go wrong. This lowers the risk when purchasing from us. We never recommend purchasing a user Geo Cruiser because there is always the worry that you could end up buying something defective and then not being able to get your money back.
Outstanding customer support
We have a great reputation in terms of the customer service that we provide. Our team is friendly and professional, and they will always go out of their way to assist you in any manner they can. Whether you have a complaint, you need help choosing a product, or you have a query about any of the items we sell, we will always be more than happy to help.
Shipped directly from the manufacturer
All of the Geo Cruiser mobility aids that we have available for sale are sent directly from the warehouses of Pathway Mobility. This reassures you that none of the wheelchairs will have been used as showroom products. They are sent straight from the Pathway Mobility warehouse to your address.
Our prices are some of the best you will find
You are going to find it extremely difficult to find better prices than what we offer. On the majority of items that we have for sale, we offer the lowest prices that any dealer can legally charge. If that was not enough, unless you are based in GA, you won’t be subject to any sales taxes. We also provide free delivery for any purchase above $99, making your savings go further.
You can pay for your wheelchair per month
Most of our wheelchairs come with the option for you to pay per month. We know that power chairs can represent an expensive purchase. You may feel like getting the right wheelchair for you is simply going to be impossible because of the cost. However, we have made sure that this is not the case by offering affordable solutions and manageable monthly payments. This means that rather than needing to make one large upfront payment, you can split the payment over many months, so that it is a manageable monthly amount that you need to pay.
We have a great reputation in the industry
If you see the reviews that have been left by others, you will see that we have an excellent reputation in the industry, and this is something we are very proud of. This can put you at ease when you choose our service, as you know that we will not let you down.
Authorized Geo Cruiser dealer
Last but not least, we are an authorized dealer of Geo Cruiser wheelchairs. This means your warranty will be directly covered by Pathway Mobility.
Contact us today if you have any queries about the Geo Cruisers we have for sale
If you have any questions or concerns about any of the products we have for sale, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for more information.
You can reach our friendly and professional team by dialling 1-800-674-8395. Alternatively, you can send an email to [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.