As I narrate the world for the kid, I've always been particular to point out and explain wheelchairs to her; what better time for her to identify with someone in a rolling chair than when she's riding in one herself, I figure. Anyway, that, and my own gear fixation, led me to notice years ago that wheelchairs mostly seem to suck and look bad. They were necessary evils that people had to put up with, constant reminders of a life changed and compromised. To an obviously lesser degree, strollers are like that, too.
So I'm stoked and a little jealous to see these sweet, high-performance wheelchairs from Lasher Sport, an Anchorage-based custom manufacturer. Lashers find design and functional inspiration just where you'd want them to: in mountain bikes and choppers, not tool carts and hospitals. The all aluminum frames feature insane cutouts--like the flames on the new BT-Tribal; and check out the wheels and the punchouts on the BT Ballistic. But with its frog-stance front wheels specially mounted to avoid the always annoying offroad "'face plant' issues," the BT-Trail gets the title: the Bugaboo of Wheelchairs.
Except, of course, that every Lasher is custom-made from scratch to its owner's specifications--and they have a base price of around $5,000. Which makes them the Six Bugaboos of Wheelchairs.
Lasher Sport, premium wheelchairs and sports equipment [lashersport.com via ap]