Stimulite Wheelchair Cushion Review w/ Hand-Cycle Customization (Video)

 

To Cut or Not To Cut Your Wheelchair Cushion, That Is the Question….

Wheelchair cushions come in all different models, shapes, and sizes.   A wheelchair cushion that’s absolutely perfect for my situation may not be the best for your specific situation.  With that being said, the best advice I can give is to try as may wheelchair cushions as you can get your hands on, so you understand the positives and negatives of each. 

From my own personal experience in a wheelchair, I’ve decided the best cushion for me is a “StimuLite”, made by Supracor.  It took 4 years of using a Roho Quadtro cushion to realize the StimuLite was actually much better.  My biggest issue with the Roho cushion was that it would “pop” a microscopic hole somewhere, and all the air would slowly leak.  The result would often be an incredibly annoyed guy (me) rolling around on a flat wheelchair seat.  No bueno… The StimuLite, on the other hand, is made of soft flexible honeycomb cells, which don’t require air or liquid gel to work properly.  That means it can be thrown, stepped on, poked with pins, folded, bent, and/or submerged under water for any length of time, and at the end of the day it’ll smile at you, saying “please come sit on me again”.  I’ve had the same StimuLite Classic for the past 5+ years and it has yet to warp into any shape other than the shape it arrived in.  I have an extremely boney bottom, and have yet to receive any sort of pressure sore.  Although, with that being said, please keep in mind that everyone is different.  If you’re known to get pressure sores, always keep a close watch when switching cushions.

A few months ago I decided to cut apart my perfectly good Stimulite cushion, which is my primary wheelchair cushion.  The catalyst for this decision was the fact that I needed extra padding on my hand-cycle seat bottom.  My 1999 Freedom Ryder hand-bike had a hard seat bottom, which needed a remedy.   So, rather than spend money on a new seat cushion, I thought it may be a decent idea to simply cut a slice off the Stimulite cushion.  Below is a video showing the final version.  Basically, 1 perfectly good stimulate cushion was transformed into 2 perfectly good stimulate cushions.  Anything needed for a “disability” is unfortunately expected to be expensive. But a “wheelchair cushion” has an even more exaggerated dollar expense. This saved me $300-$400 dollars on a new cushion. Sweet.

 

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  • Jason
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    I currently use a roho slim. Suggested to me cause I have a bony butt just like you said. I experience all the frustrations you mentioned. Thanks for the heads up. I will try one these honeycomb cushions.

    • Jacob
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      Jason, If your roho pops every couple months (give or take) and you don’t have a huge issue with pressure sores, def try the stimulite. Much more durable. Only thing is, make sure to check for pressure sores first couple months if you can’t feel. If no sores, you’re good to go. No more flats, ever… I less thing to worry about. Rock on bro.

      • Jason
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        Good advice. I’m gonna be ording some new supplies soon. I’ll try the stimulite then.

  • annette
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    was wondering, do you get many comments from women? Like i said, new to computer and blogging, and thus far see only men commenting. women likely more private because of %&%&YYGY&!!! Maybe?

    • Jacob
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      Annette, No I don’t get many comments from woman, other than maybe my mom;) Thank you for reading!

  • lyna
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    Two days ago i was ready to buy cushion Roho Quatro LP. and today after your article i have big doubts…i live in ukraine, so no chance to buy my size roho or stimulite, i planned to buy in US…if i tried Roho, so i know what it is…and about stimulite i know nothing. even didnt hear this name before. so better to choose Stimulite?

  • lyna
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    Thanks so much for your direct email with recomendations. Now my direction of thoughts are more clear. i know what i want now. 🙂

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