Last weekend we were given the opportunity to try the Beachstar beach wheelchair. We are really happy with Braeden’s Sandcruiser and it’s perfect for weekend outings and road trips but it’s too big for us to use when we fly to a destination. After our holiday in Fiji, with no access to a beach wheelchair, we’ve been searching for a chair that would be light and easy to travel with. With that in mind, we were keen to try the Beachstar beach wheelchair. We also always welcome the opportunity to try equipment so we can let our Have Wheelchair Will Travel community know about it.
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Beachstar Beach Wheelchair Review
The Beachstar beach wheelchair can be stored and transported in the large bag it comes in. As it can sometimes be difficult to get a feel for the size I’m sharing the dimensions of the bag which is 100cm long, 60cm high and 34cm wide
The chair is easy to put together with no tools required except If you choose to use the sun shade which does require a tool to lock it into place.
Due to the length and height of the chair Hubby put it together when we got to the beach but we did have a bit of a play with it at home beforehand.
The Beachstar beach wheelchair has three wheels, armrests that lift up to assist with transferring, a seatbelt and a large sun shade.
If I were to describe the Beachstar beach wheelchair I’d describe it as a mix between the Hippocampe and a Water Wheels chair.
It sits lower to the ground than the Sandcruiser so in the water Braeden could remain in shallow water and get wet. The mesh material also dries quicker than the Sandcruiser’s thicker material.
The Beachstar has been designed for European beaches where they are often covered in pebbles or hard sand. On our Australian beaches, with soft sand, the Beach Star isn’t as easy to push as our Sandcruiser with its big balloon tyres.
Popping a wheelie was the easiest way when the sand was too soft or when we needed to turn. Braeden is around 55kg so I’m not sure how difficult this would become with someone who is heavier. The weight limit on the Beachstar is 120kg but I can’t see that being possible on soft sand.
The chair retails for around $2990
Hubby is usually the one with pushing duties at the beach so I asked him for his opinion. His verdict is that after pushing Braeden’s manual wheelchair with a FreeWheel attachment through the sand in Fiji he’d have preferred to have travelled with a Beachstar beach wheelchair. Nothing on the market at the moment will beat our Sandcruiser for our weekend outings and road trips but we certainly miss it when we go on trips to a destination and have no access to a beach wheelchair. This is where the Beachstar may be a solution for families. The packability of the chair is definitely an advantage and the majority of airlines allow two pieces of mobility equipment in addition to the airline luggage allowance so travelling with the chair should be no issue. It would also be relatively compact to store in a hotel room or apartment at our destination.
For more information or details check out the Avant Innovations website. I have seen some other businesses selling this chair with the original European wheels which we trialled and they do not work at all. Avant Innovations have made some adaptations to make the Beachstar more Australian-beach friendly.