Karma Mobility to exhibit latest product innovations at Trade Days
From the 7th-8th of October at Trade Days, Karma Mobility will be showcasing several new products including the S-Ergo 115 Tall and 125 Tall, the second generation VIP2 folding tilt-in-space wheelchair and Star 2 wheelchair.
The S-Ergo 115 Tall and S-Ergo 125 Tall feature a maximum seat depth of 19”, making them ideal for taller users. Both are available as a transit or self-propel model and are made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminium weighing 8kg and 9kg respectively when broken down once the wheels and footplates have been removed, making them two of the company’s lightest crash-tested wheelchairs.
In addition, the 115 and 125 incorporate the patented S-Ergo seat system which promotes pressure relief by spreading the user’s weight over a wider area which increases stabilisation and reduces sliding. Increased levels of strength and durability are provided by the frame which consists of oval tubed double cross braces.
Additional standard features on the S-Ergo 115 Tall and S-Ergo 125 Tall include slowing brakes, quick release wheels, swing away footrests and detachable upholstery.
Also on show will be the second generation VIP2 folding tilt-in-space wheelchair which includes a new recline feature and headrest design. The VIP2 is the latest addition to the Karma Mobility portfolio of manual wheelchairs and offers users a combination of tilt-in-space and reclining positions.
The VIP2 has 35-degree tilt and comes with either a backrest with fixed recline positions or an adjustable reclining back of 30 degrees; the recline angle of the fixed backrest is adjustable from -5 degrees to 15 degrees.
Coming with an adjustable headrest with a greater range of position options, the VIP2 also has a deeper seat for taller users and a tension adjustable backrest, which Karma says were popular options on its VIP-515 wheelchair.
Following feedback from retailers and customers who said that they worry about sliding in reclining wheelchairs, Karma Mobility has looked to address this problem by locating the pivot point of the VIP2 close to the user’s hip joint, which synchronises with the motion of the body and the chair, therefore reducing the sensation of sliding when reclining.
Karma Mobility added that the feeling of anxiousness some users experience when going into the tilt position has also been considered with the design of a unique weight shifting system. The system allows the centre of gravity to travel between the front and rear wheels while tilting which provides steadier balance and greater feeling of security.
The recently launched Star 2 will also be on Karma’s stand, which the company describes as a “stylish” wheelchair and comes with a patented footrest hanger design for added user comfort.
Mark Duffield, General Manager at Karma Mobility, commented: “We hope these latest enhancements to our range of manual wheelchairs will further help support our UK retailers when they are talking to customers looking for a suitable wheelchair to meet their requirements and we are delighted to be showcasing these innovations at Trade Days.
“The two-day event provides us with a fantastic opportunity to engage with existing and potential new retailers from around the UK in a relaxed atmosphere and myself and the rest of the team are anticipating another successful show.”
Karma Mobility can be visited on stand TB01 at Trade Days, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from the 7th-8th October.