Permobil has officially introduced its lightest-ever TiLite ultralightweight wheelchair.
In an Oct. 2 news release, Permobil launched the CR1 (Carbon Rigid 1), which uses “a unique production method” that “redefines mobility with its combination of user-first design, configurability, durability, and ultra-light weight.”
The transport weight of the CR1 is 9 lbs., with seat widths of 13 to 19 inches, and seat depths of 13 to 19 inches. The weight capacity is 231 lbs.
Chuck Witkowski, President of Permobil Americas, said in the announcement, “The TiLite CR1 is a testament to our commitment to pushing boundaries and creating cutting-edge solutions that truly empower individuals with mobility challenges, enabling them to lead fulfilling and active lives. We’re incredibly proud of this innovation.”
The chair was designed by Principal Product Manager Doug Garven, also a long-time ultralightweight chair user, who called the CR1 “a true dream project.”
“It’s got an aerodynamic tube shape inspired by F1 cars for effortless maneuvering, and the flat tubes at the knees provide increased surface area to maximize comfort while also making the chair ‘disappear’ when seen from the front,” Garven added.
A dual-angled front end and narrow caster arms facilitate transfers and allow wheelchair riders to pull closer to objects. The carbon fiber tubes feature a foam core to provide additional support and endurance. The CR1’s back folds easily without a hinge for easy transport; custom-profiled side guards “act as structural members to the frame” to hold the backrest in place, Permobil said.
Thomas Halka, MOT, OTR, ATP, Permobil’s Regional Clinical Education Manager, said, “You’ll see that the CR1 is not just a carbon copy of a metal chair; it is much more. Every TiLite chair is also custom fabricated, and this one is no exception. The center of gravity adjustment of 1 inch forward or back also allows for fine-tuning of propulsion and performance so it can be the perfect match between the individual and their wheelchair.”
The CR1 became available for ordering in the United States and Canada on Oct. 2.