Traveler HD is a well-priced, competently engineered heavy-duty wheelchair meant for occasional use. It is recommended for people on a budget who don’t have a lot to spend on a backup chair and only need this one for occasional use.
* Note regarding Brand Reliability: This metric is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect.
Are you heavier than the average user? In the market for an inexpensive chair that can serve as a viable backup, that’s light enough to take with you on trips and such?
If you answered yes to both of those questions, then you’re going to enjoy learning more about the Traveler HD offered by Everest & Jennings.
We’ll be quick to admit here in our Graham Field Traveler HD wheelchair review that this chair isn’t for everyone. In fact, we wouldn’t recommend buying this one at all if you’re looking for something that can stand up to the rigors of heavy daily use. That’s not this chair. There are better options available if that’s what you need.
On the other hand, if you only need something to use as a backup, for occasional use, and you don’t want to spend a fortune on it, this chair might be absolutely perfect for you.
Sure, it’s got its limitations, but it also gets a lot right. In the sections that follow, we’ll step you through everything this model gets right, and be sure you’re aware of its limitations. That way, you’ll have everything you need to decide if this is the model you’ve been searching for.
Sounds good? If so, let’s jump right in and take a closer look!
An Overview of the Everest & Jennings TravelerHD Wheelchair
The first thing you’ll notice about this chair is that there’s not much to notice. It is designed along purely conventional lines. That’s not a bad thing. While there are a few people who buy a chair as much for aesthetics as for what it does, those folks only represent a tiny fraction of the market.
For most of the rest of us, we’re a lot more interested in function over form. The design team at Everest & Jennings didn’t take any chances here. Other than being bigger and wider than your average wheelchair, it doesn’t really look any different than you might expect.
The company did make one small gesture toward aesthetics, outfitting the Traveler HD with sporty-looking mag wheels. That, combined with the all-black frame and upholstery, does give it a vaguely sporty undertone, but only in an understated sort of way.
Before we get into the particular features and functions this model brings to the table, let’s press pause for a moment here in our Graham Field Traveler HD wheelchair review to look at the core stats that define the model. Here’s a quick overview:
- Overall Product Dimensions: 28” (W) x 32” (D) x 37” (H)
- Seat Dimensions: 20” (W) x 18” (D) (Note: the company also offers a variant of this chair with 22” and 24” wide seats. The wide seat versions support the same amount of user weight)
- Chair Weight: 57 pounds
- Maximum Supported Weight: 500 pounds
Let’s talk about these numbers. There’s actually quite a lot to say. First and foremost, note that if you get the narrow version of this chair (20” seat), it will fit through a standard-sized doorway, but only just. You’ll probably have to give yourself a push, then bring your hands in as you sail through the doorway, which will take a bit of practice and finesse to get right.
On the other hand, the 24” seat variant is 4” wider. It simply will not fit through a standard-width doorway, which will present some challenges. Be sure to take a quick measurement, so you know which one is the optimal fit for you. If you can make the 20” seat work, then we recommend that because you’ll solve a fairly important problem you’ll have if you go with the wider seat.
The overall weight isn’t bad for a bariatric chair. Normally, we regard anything up to 40 pounds as being a good fit where travel is concerned, and anything over that line is not really optimal. Still, there are two exceptions to that: Reclining wheelchairs and bariatric chairs.
Adjustability and Comfort of Traveler HD Wheelchair
Extras and Options of Graham Field Traveler HD
That’s a pity, but that’s one of the tradeoffs when you’re looking at value-priced chairs. Corners have to be cut to keep the price low, and extras are usually the first thing on the chopping block.
On the other hand, there are a ton of extras you can pick up from third-party vendors, which gives you the opportunity to treat the chair a bit like a blank canvas. Use it in its base configuration for a while and figure out what you want to add or change, and then start attacking that, one piece at a time.
Portability & Ease of Use
Pros & Cons of Everest and Jennings Traveler
Graham Field Traveler HD Wheelchair Review Conclusion
Recommended For: People on a budget, who don’t have a lot to spend on a backup chair, and who only need this one for occasional use.