Off-road Walkers: How can I continue to go on hikes and walks along beaches while needing a walker?
How can I continue to go on hikes and walks along beaches while needing a walker?
Products mentioned in our answer below are provided to inform you about the types of technologies available and have not been evaluated by CanAssist. They may or may not be appropriate for your particular situation. Some technologies and devices may require an in-person assessment. Speak with your health care provider for additional information and support.
Going on regular walks along the beach and hikes is a great way to stay active and healthy; however, conventional walkers are designed to function on paved roads only. Luckily, there are some options for you to consider:
- Akana F160 Walker comes equipped with large rubber wheels, disc brakes, and ergonomic handlebars. It also features a unique folding system with quick-release wheels, handlebars, and seat for easy storage and transportation. The product costs around $1000 (CDN) and is available to try out at Island Mediquip. Island Mediquip has stores in Victoria, Courtney, Duncan, Nanaimo, and Campbell River. Contact the store first to ensure the product is currently in stock to try out.
- Veloped Tour 12er by Trionic comes equipped with big 12inch air-pressured rubber wheels, a foldable frame for narrow passages, a U-shaped and ergonomic grip bar, and all-terrain brakes. The product costs around $2000 (CDN) and is available to try out at Island Mediquip. Island Mediquip has stores located in Victoria, Courtney, Duncan, Nanaimo, and Campbell River. Contact the store first to ensure the product is currently in stock to try out.
- True Premium Rollator by Trionic comes equipped with either 9-, 12-, or 14-inch big wheels and pneumatic tires for extra traction on all terrains. The bigger wheels perform well on uneven terrain. The product costs around $1,800 (CDN). Trionic’s office is located in Victoria, and you contact them through their hotline at 1-855-895-6635 to inquire about testing their walkers.
- Euro Style Walker Rollator by Drive Medical can be easily collapsed with one hand to a compact size by pulling the seat grip up and bringing the sides together. The walker features large front wheels crafted to increase the walker's turning radius. The product costs around $400 (CDN) and is available at Wellwise by Shoppers’ Drug Mart. Contact your local Shopper’s Drug Mart to ensure they have the walker in stock for testing.