According to readers the most popular compact, lightweight, folding rigid is the K¼schall Champion. It folds from side-to-side and the back rest folds down, making it small enough to load into a vehicle without removing the wheels. This enables people who lack lifting strength to load it into their vehicles independently, by rolling it over their lap. Insert pix 11 & 12 The man loading the kuschall is Wentzel Barnard

Solid, automatically folding, footplates add rigidity to the frame, enhancing the pushing efficiency of the chair.

Price: from ± R37,000

Self-folding footplates. Well suited to people with limited hand function. Can be loaded with wheels due to small frame size when folded.

With wheels: 10.7kg

Without wheels: 7.7kg

Folded width: 30cm

Folding: Central bar underneath wheelchair folds. Pull string from front and back for opening or closing.

AltoMobility's Alto Select has a similar design to the Kuschall Champion. Made of aluminium alloy it is a few kgs heavier, but half the price. Alto Mobility continuously improve the design toreduce weight but increase reliability and performance.

Price: R16,239.30

Self-folding footplates. Well suited to poor hand function. Can be loaded with wheels on or off due to small frame size when folded. Fairly heavy for loading.

Without wheels: 10.5kg

Folded widthbwithout wheels: 17cm

Folding: Central bar underneath wheelchair folds. Pull string from front and back for opening or closing.

Supplier: Alto Mobility,

The K'tana is another local chairsimilar to the Champion. It has a Velcro strap to keep the chair together when folded.

Price:from R19,665

Well suited to people with poor hand function. Can be loaded with wheels on or off due to small frame size when folded.

Fairly heavy for loading.

Without wheels: ±10.5kg

Folding: Central bar underneath wheelchair folds. Pull string from front and back for opening or closing. Self-folding footplates.

A number of X-frame folding wheelchairs areclosing the gap on rigid frames through innovative X-Bar designs and singlefixed footplates. This added rigidity improves performance. Some, such as the Quickie Neon and Quickie Xenon have optional folding backrests. Chairs listed below have an option of a single rigid footplate.

The Quickie Neon's innovative X-bar design allows the backrest to fold forward when the chair is folded. When the chair is open the backrest can fold flat. It has very neat out-of-the-way brakes that do not catch thumbs when pushing.

Price: R26,790

We found it difficult to load with the wheels on as the backrest handles hooked on the car door frame.

With wheels: 9.7 kgs

Folded width: 25cms

Folding: Lift seat upholstery and pullstring to fold backrest. Optional single footplate flips up to one side, or automatically folding footplates.

The Quickie Xenon's unique cross brace design comes close to the performance of a rigid frame. When folded it locks and stays folded. Optional half-folding backrest (folds backwards), and single solid footplate or a self-folding footplate.

Price: from R29,640

Easily loaded with wheels on without backrest folded down.

Withwheels: from 8.4kg

Without wheels: 6 kg

Folded width: 27cm

Folding: The Xenon can be folded inseconds with just one hand.

OttoBock Avantguard CS and CLT

These folding frame active wheelchairs are agile and manoeuvrable thanks to their stable design and integrated footplates. The CS has Frog leg softrolls and suspension forks for the ultimatesmooth ride. The CLT offers a modular, lightweight design with tubular aluminium frame.

Price: from R16,300 (CS), R19,600 (CLT)

With wheels: from 11kg (CS), 9kg(CLT)

Without wheels: from 8.5kg (CS), 7kg (CLT)

Folding: Central double cross bar.

Meyra X2

Another remarkably light folding frame chair, with impressive performance. Optional solid or self folding footplates.

Price: from R26,000

With wheels: 9.5kg

Without wheels: 7.5kg

Folded width:35cm

Folding: X Bar, lift up seat upholstery, optional footplates: single, self-folding or standard flip up bilateral

The Meyra Mex X is a junior growing chair allowing for 24-40cm width and up to 75kg. Brake handles are integrated into side guard. Optional single footplate.

Price:from R24,000

Folding: X bar, lift seat upholstery, lift up footplate.

Supplier: GH Medical,

The K¼schall Ultra Light is a well-balanced, light weight folding chair with optional solid footplates for improved performance.

Price: from R33,000

With wheels: 9.8kg

Without wheels: 6.1 kg

Folded width: 28cm

Folding: Cross bar -  lift seat upholstery to fold.

Supplier: Medop,

The Melrose Foldable pushes weight limits with its titanium option. Imported from New Zealand, Melrose are known for their performance sports chairs, seen in abundance at the Paralympics.

Price from R32,000 (Al) from R42,000 (Ti)

Without wheels: 7.0 kg (Al), 5.0 kg (Ti)

Folding: X bar, lift seat upholstery, removable solid footrest.

Supplier: Zero-2-100,

The MeyraXR does not fold from side-to-side. The backrest folds and lifts the castors toward the seat, making it very small when folded. A latch holds it once folded, making it easy to lift.

Price:from R34,000

With wheels:10kg

Withoutwheels: 6.5kg

Folding: Fold in plastic side guards, pullcable under the seat.

Supplier: GH Medical,

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