Rugged, Durable, and Lightweight Wheelchairs!

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Listen to users of the Whirlwind RoughRider wheelchair talking about their outdoor experiences around the San Francisco Bay Area … and around the world.

New Model Available - the Aurora!

See the similarities and differences of our flagship RoughRider and the new Aurora models.

RoughRider Original

New Lower Everyday Price
$ 895 plus s&h
  • 5 seat widths (12.5", 14", 15.5", 17", 18.5")
  • 3 seat depths (14", 16", 18")
  • Seat Back Height: 15”, 17”, 19”
  • 10 narrow adjustable seat back straps with plastic buckles
  • Proprietary RoughRider parking brakes
  • 5 horizontal front to back rear axle positions
  • Separate rear wheel spacer required (included)
  • Weight: without rear wheels: 34 -35 lbs. with rear wheels: 44-45 lbs
  • Weight Capacity: 220lbs
  • Wide flexible caster wheels for soft and uneven surfaces


New Lightweight RoughRider
$ 1695 plus s&h
  • 4 seat widths (14", 15.5", 17", 18.5")
  • 3 seat depths (14", 16", 18")
  • Seat Back Height: 15”, 17”, 19”, 21”
  • 5 wide seat back straps with velcro
  • Standard toggle brakes
  • 3 horizontal front to back rear axle positions
  • Rear wheel spacer incorporated into axle mount (prevents loss of spacer)
  • Weight: without rear wheels - 23 lbs (10.4kg) with rear wheels - 34lbs (14kg)
  • Weight Capacity: 250lbs
  • Wide flexible caster wheels for soft and uneven surfaces

The RoughRider wheelchair was designed by Whirlwind Wheelchair International, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit with 40 years of history designing rugged and durable wheelchairs for use in developing countries. Whirlwind also does capacity building of disabled-run organizations in developing countries to empower them to become more effective advocates for accessibility and full inclusion into their communities. RoughRider America LLC is a private company that specializes in the production and sale of the RoughRider and Aurora wheelchairs in the US and internationally.

Customizing and Ordering My Roughrider

Seat Width

To find the distance between your hips, first position yourself seated with pelvis upright on a firm surface. Then, measure the distance between the widest points of the hips and thighs without compressing any tissue. Finally, record your measurements. It is important not to have a chair that is wider than necessary as it will be harder to push and may prevent you from passing through narrow doorways.

Seat Depth

Position yourself seated upright on a firm surface. Measure the length of your upper leg, the distance from behind the knee to the back of the pelvis (back of your lower leg). Subtract 1/2” to find the maximum seat depth, to allow for space between the back of the knee/upper leg and seat fabric. Record the final measurement.

Backrest Height

Your preferred backrest height is determined by your personal comfort level and physical ability. Whirlwind recommends, generally, that the top of the back support should fall just beneath the bottom of the shoulder blade. For less active riders who require more torso support, the back support should be higher, falling just beneath the armpit. Position yourself seated upright on a firm surface. Hold your hands flat against the surface you are sitting on. Measure the distance from the seated surface to the desired, most comfortable point for support on your back. To this number add the height of your cushion when you are sitting on it. Record the measurement.

Preferred Backrest Angle

Backrest angles are determined by the torso control of the rider. Whirlwind recommends that those with less torso control, such as quadriplegics, sit with a backrest angled further backwards to avoid falling forward in a wheelchair. Those with more torso control, such as amputees, can sit with the backrest more upright. Proper backrest angle is best determined by an occupational therapist or healthcare professional. Although there is only one option – 8 degrees – in the drop-down list below, you can adjust the backrest angle by adjusting the backrest straps (i.e. looser at the bottom and tighter at the top for a more erect position).

Now please enter your measurements into the fields on the product page before ordering. For more information about measuring, please refer to the RoughRider Fitting Sheet. You are responsible for choosing the right chair for yourself. If you are uncomfortable with determining your wheelchair size, please consult a professional.