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The award-winning RoughRider is designed to handle rugged terrain with ease. It has been proven in over 25 countries by thousands of riders who live in the worst of conditions and need the best of chairs.  Riders use it as a super-durable daily-use chair or as a backup when life calls for off-pavement adventures.  See it in action here.

We believe in affordable technology that frees people to live life to the fullest - even in rugged environments.

The RoughRider is Whirlwind's answer to expensive fragile chairs that unnecessarily limit access.Priced at less than half of other outdoor wheelchairs, the RoughRider is by far the best-value rugged wheelchair.
Now available in the USA.


Long Wheelbase: Provides outstanding stability and safety from tipping - the number one cause of injury to wheelchair riders

WideFlex Casters: Whirlwind's signature Zimbabwe wheels float over soft surfaces like grass and mud and absorb shocks for a smooth ride (video)

Tight Turning: Radius Useable in spaces as tight as less stable chairs (video)

High Traction Rear Bike Tires: Perfect for off road adventures and affordable to replace 

Super Duty Tough: Double the industry standard durability performance tests 

Multi Position Rear Axle: Allows for center of gravity adjustment for optimal balance

Easy Transport:  Simple X-Brace folding design

Bucket Seat: Seat dump designed keep the rider safe chair sudden stops

Machine Washable Upholstery 

Easily Available Parts: - Tires, tubes, hardware and bearings are easy to find locally

Sporty Wheel Camber: -3 degrees of wheel camber gives ergonomic push rim placement and lateral stability

Push Button Quick Release Wheels: - optional

Anti-Tippers - optional

Note: Chair cushion not included.


  • Seat Widths:         12.5”, 14”, 15.5”, 17”, 18.5”
  • Seat Depths:         14”, 16”, 18”
  • Front Seat Height:    19.3” *
  • Back Seat Height:     16.5” *
  • Seat Angle:         12 degrees
  • Back Heights:         14”, 16”, 18” (adjustable) *
  • Foot Rest Height:     12” - 17” below seat (adjustable)
  • Lower Back Support Angle:         fixed at 8 degrees
  • Upper Back Support Angle:##        8 degrees, 12 degrees, 15 degrees, custom
  • Wheel Camber:        3 degrees
  • Axle Position:         5-position adjustable +/- 0.8”
  • Max Tested Rider Weight:    220 lbs
  • Track Length:**    20.4” - 23.55”
  • Overall Width:        21.5” - 28.5”
  • Caster Size:        4.5” x 3”
  • Overall Length:***     38.7” - 41.85”                 
  • Frame Type:        Folding
  • Folded Width:        14” including rear wheels
  • Weight:             42 lbs (with Whirlwind Super Duty Mountain Bike wheels)

* Seat Height measurement is based on 15.5 Seat Width.  Seat Height varies +/- 1.2” with other Seat Widths.  Variance in seat height affects effective Back Height, and effective Back Angle Bend.
** Track Length is the distance between where the front and rear wheels contact the ground.  This distance varies with axle position.
*** Overall Length is the distance from the front to the back of the chair.  This distance varies with axle position.
## Upper Back Support Angle describes the angle of the back above the Lumbar area.  At 8.75” above the seat the back tilt increases from 8 degrees to desired tilt.

Buy one Give One in the USA

Buy-One-Give-One For 30 years, wheelchair riders around the world have contributed their innovations to the RoughRider, benefiting fellow riders everywhere. With our BOGO program US riders can directly participate with us in the global disability movement.

As a non-profit guided by our mission to serve wheelchair riders in the developing world with excellent rugged chairs, we will put 100% of the proceeds into advancing our work.

And for every RoughRider purchased through the BOGO program, Whirlwind will see that a second is provided through our local partners in countries like Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Rwanda, and Mexico.

At the BOGO price of $800 the RoughRider is priced at less than half of other outdoor wheelchairs for sale in the USA.

The RoughRider will open up adventures for you that are out of reach for most chairs and, to put it simply, you'll feel good knowing that as you have RoughRider fun in the USA someone else far away will be too.

For more information about ordering the RoughRider® for international organizations