The Quickie Puma 40 is a traditional drive wheelchair with a rare option of front or rear drive. You might think, as a party trick, the Quickie Puma might stop there. Instead the Puma surprises you and we’re going to tell you why.
Quickie Puma Specification
The Quickie Puma 40 has a great range of battery options, with 50, 60 and 74 Amp Hour batteries that can offer 25-42km of range. This is coupled with max speed options of 6, 10 and 12.5 km/h, meaning that it is no slouch in the oomph department.
With huge chunky front casters to ensure that you don’t struggle for traction on the rear-drive model, you’re going to feel confident with the drive in town, in the park or in the country.
The Quickie Puma 40 is crash tested and has 4 tie-down points for safe transport. Talking of safety, lights come as standard as well. It’s a Class 3 wheelchair.
Base weight for the wheelchair is 89kg and has max user weight is 160kg. With the range of options, it can cater for most core needs for a users clinical need – the range of mobility limitations a person might have.
The motors have a significant amount of “pull” as well as push, which means that it can handle difficult surfaces as well as the tarmac. With a turning circle of 600mm for the Front Drive and 850mm for the rear drive, its also very maneuverable.
The optional Gyro Tracking will only add benefit by enabling the drive power to adjust depending on the amount of camber of the current surface, meaning you can drive in a straight line and the Gyro Tracking will take care of the adjustments for the drive motors.
And if you really value your oomph from your chair, there is an extra torque option too, which gives more pulling or pushing power if you like to go off-road – a surprise from a chair that would ordinarily been seen being driven around the town.
The Quickie Puma 40 can be fitted with the standard seat and back rest (called Sedeo Pro), which includes a cushioned backrest. Alternatively it can be fitted with a Sedeo Ergo seating system, giving more options for the seating positioning and support. We’d recommend a read of our review.
Both seating systems can be fitted with Lift, Recline and Tilt as well as leg rest reclining, which if combined with the Sedeo Ergo system offers a really capable wheelchair with comfort and support for all levels of clinical need.
With a seat width range of 400mm to 540 mm and depth of 440mm to 600mm, the Quickie Puma can accommodate most people’s sizes. The backrest comes in 420mm to 540mm heights and up to 30 degrees recline. Both armrests can be moved or removed to enable a side transfer.
At the moment you can either have the VR2 or R-net controller, both of which will enable you to control both the seating and the wheelchair drive profiles. The controllers can be programmed by your Quickie Support Agent to ensure that the profiles match your needs, including acceleration, braking and turning speeds.
Interestingly, the Wheelchair controller element is progressing forward, with many in the industry looking to the Internet of Things (IOT) and smart home automation. It’s very much something to keep an eye on over 2018.
The Quickie Puma 40 can also be fitted with attendant controls, which enables someone to support the wheelchair user.
Given that the wheelchair can cater for a range of clinical need, from those with core mobility need through to users with specialised control needs, the Puma has a number of options that can provide support, including side cushions, leg supports and headrests. As well as this, as mentioned earlier, a lift, tilt and recline system can be added.
For a core wheelchair design in a world where mid-drive seems to be king, the Quickie Puma 40 delivers options for front or rear drive with power delivery and drive range to match.
We’re very impressed with the delivery of that power and coupled with the controller telling you the speed as well as being able to adjust your seating.
Our options we’d take would be the Sedeo Ergo seating and headrest and we’d stick to the 60 Amp Hour battery.
Base price starts from £5,170. You can find more information on the Sunrise website.