If you need more assistance than a traditional walker can offer, and have issues with poor posture, then this model may be the perfect solution.
The UpWalker is a mobility assistance device that claims it can help a person to walk completely upright, using the proper posture, with more security and less pain. This is all due to the walker’s adaptable and elevated design. The walker promises it can help users to regain their independence, allowing them to maintain a more active lifestyle, but is this walker really all it claims to be?
Let’s find out.
Overview and Features
The manufacturer has taken an innovative approach to walker design, providing a versatile model that can help to improve posture during ambulation.
This walker weighs in at thirty-three pounds and folds up easily for transport and storage. It comes equipped with height adjustable, soft armrests and a chair complete with built-in back support. The seat allows you to rest comfortably and makes transitions from standing and sitting easy. It also comes with a handbrake system with an easy locking feature, so you can park or come to a complete stop quickly.
The walker’s adjustable armrests will allow users from four feet, six inches tall, up to five feet, ten inches tall, to stand straight.
The frame’s width is thirty-two inches, so it will fit through standard doorways.
The walker itself is designed for both indoor and outdoor use.
Included are three accessories: personal bag which allows you to bring along important gear, drink holder, and a seat backrest for ultimate support when you’re in need of a break.
The tough frame has a three-hundred-pound user weight limit, which is twenty-five to fifty pounds more than the average rollator walker.
This aluminum walker weighs in at thirty-three pounds, which can make it difficult for some people to use. While the design features a fast fold-up system, picking up the walker to store it can be very difficult without assistance.
You can click here to read our walking device buyer’s guide which includes lightweight models that are easy to transport and store.
The UpWalker comes with large rubber wheels that provide a nice smooth roll, however, there have been reports that the walker does not do well with outdoor use on uneven terrain or grass.
Models such as the Volaris All-Terrain Patrol Fitness Rollator Walker can be a better choice for people searching for a model that can handle a variety of terrain types.
The Manufacturer’s Claims
The manufacturer claims that the walker is designed to help people with a wide range of mobility issues such as severe degenerative joint disease or cardiovascular disorders, and those with orthopedic, and neurological disorders. The walker is designed to provide a more effective, safer way to get around without assistance.
The manufacturer specifically claims that they have addressed many of the common issues you’ll run into with a traditional walker, such as poor posture, increased risks of falls, and a general lack of comfort.
The idea behind the walker was to provide a more secure, comfortable walking experience that would place less stress and strain on the hands and wrists, a must for people suffering from arthritis.
The manufacturer reports that the walker has undergone clinical studies that were carried out with thirty participants who tried out this model. Participants stated that the walker helped them to walk fully upright, correcting ongoing issues with poor posture. This resulted in a reduction in joint inflammation and chronic back pain.
Just from looking at the walker, it’s obvious that the forearm support and raised design can potentially allow users to feel more secure and comfortable during use.
But considering the walker is equipped with large, fast rolling wheels, it may not be a good choice for people struggling with advanced arthritis or those with severe ambulation issues. Aside from eating healthy foods for joint and cartilage health, doctors often recommend traditional two-wheeled walkers or basic walkers for people suffering from arthritis or osteoarthritis. For some, this style of walker may be too difficult to handle and keep up with.
The large, ergonomic grip handbrakes are easy to use and very responsive.
- Foldable design
- Easy to use
- Comfortable hand grips
- Built-in seat
- May not work for people with severe ambulation issues