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If you’re looking for an that’s safe and stable on all surfaces there are a lot of options to consider. While many walkers say they provide capabilities, most fall far short and are simply not up to the challenge different landscapes present.
We looked at 14 different models that claimed to be able to go anywhere, before narrowing the list down to the best 4 for an in-depth review.
Whether you need a walker that can handle soft wet grass so you can watch your grandchild’s football game… a lightweight rollator that can cruise over the cobblestone streets during your travels in Italy… or an off-road knee walker to help you get out in nature while recovering from an injury… we’ve got you covered.
Best All Terrain Walker Reviews
Drive Medical Nitro
This is a well-designed model that takes only one hand too fold it up! The large front wheels make it easy to maneuver and are steady on most terrains. The weight capacity for this walker is 300 pounds. If this limit is inadequate please check out our heavy-duty walkers here.
Other than a relatively small seat, price is the only real downside to this walker. Most people who get one absolutely rave about it, and you really can feel the difference in how well made it is, but the price will put it out of reach for some people.
Why we love it:
- maneuvers easily
- Small dimensions when folded
- Built for extended daily use
- the brake cable is actually built into the frame
- lightweight aluminum frame
- removable zippered storage bag
What could be improved:
- It is a bit on the expensive side
- The seat is small and not designed to be sat on for long periods.
If money is tight but you still need a walker that’s going to help you traverse all but the most difficult landscapes, then the Nova Zoom is an excellent option.
It comes with Nova’s 8-inch “rugged” wheels which feature a larger than normal 1 1/2-inch width that will take you to most places without drama. While they lack the truly “go-anywhere” capabilities of the Volaris, they are more than up for the challenge of most everyday situations you might find yourself in such as loose gravel, wet grass, or bumpy sidewalks.
With adjustable handles and available in four different seat heights (18, 20, 22, 24 inches) you can get the perfect fit for both standing and sitting whether you are 4’10” or 6’2″. If you’re taller than this you might want to look specifically at a walker designed for tall seniors.
- Good size 8″ wheels suitable for most surfaces.
- Available in 4 different seat heights.
- Feather-touch brakes are easy to apply and hold strong.
- Comfortable padded seat with plenty of storage underneath.
- Metallic paint looks quite nice in the sunlight.
- Locks in the folded position so you can lift it in and out of the car with ease.
- Lifetime warranty on the frame and five year warranty on the brakes.
What could be improved:
- Seat height is fixed so make sure you get the right size.
- Rated to 300 pounds however the seat might not be wide enough if you are close to this weight.
If you’re looking for a three-wheel walker that’s nimble enough to navigate tight spaces but also doubles as a rough-n-ready all-terrain vehicle then the Nova Traveler is what you need.
One look at the large rubber wheels and you can see this thing was designed to go off-road. At 8-inches in diameter and 1 3/4-inches wide, these wheels are significantly larger than you’ll find on most walkers. While deep soft sand is a no-go, anything harder than this is not a problem.
Being a three wheeler, the turning radius of the Nova is very tight, making it perfect for making quick turns through narrow passages. It folds using our preferred “side-to-side” motion and stays standing while in the folded position, so it’s easy to tuck out of the way when you’re not using it. And it comes with all the storage options you need to make it a handy everyday walker.
All in all this is a great little walker that will handle most situations you throw at it.
- Large rubber all-terrain 8″ wheels with super wide 1 3/4″ width.
- Basket, tray, and zippered storage all included.
- Comes in blue, black, red, and purple color options to suit your taste.
- Stays folded in the standing position.
- Nova’s “feather-touch” brakes are some of the best on the market.
What could be improved:
- No seat because it is a 3-wheel walker.
- Not as stable on an as a 4- walker.
- Weight capacity is only 250 pounds.
If you’re recovering from an injury or surgery to the ankle, , or lower leg, then the KneeRover QUAD is quite simply the best walker available on the market today.
Featuring four gigantic 12-inch — similar to what you’d find on a push-bike — this knee walker is extremely stable and can handle even the most challenging geography. Compact sand, gravel, wet grass, and large gaps in the sidewalk are easily tackled.
Other key features include automotive style tie-rod steering, rear drum brakes, adjustable handles and knee support.
Try one of these and you’ll wonder why anyone resigns themselves to hobbling around on awkward and often painful crutches.
- 12-inch air tires will take you anywhere you need to go in comfort.
- Quick release folding system makes it easy to transport.
- Four wheels provides extra stability over three-wheels models.
- Locking brakes with push button park brake.
- 350 pounds weight capacity.
- Beautiful metallic blue color.
- Adjustable handles and knee support makes it suitable for people from 5′ to 6’4″.
What could be improved:
- It’s one of the more expensive knee walkers… but one of the only true all-terrain options.
What To Look For In An All-Terrain Walker
Once you have the basics sorted — such as making sure the walker is suitable for your height and weight, is light enough for you to handle, and will fit everywhere you need to take it — there are a couple of things you need to pay special attention to when shopping for an all-terrain walker.
Wheel Size & Material
One of the primary features of all-terrain rollators is the size of the wheels. In short, bigger is better. Larger wheels allow you to cruise over bumps, cracks, and debris with confidence. Where small wheels might get stuck — potentially causing a fall — or bog down and stop rolling, big wheels will just keep on truckin’.
8-inches is the smallest wheel size we would ever go with for a walker that needed to handle many different terrain situations.
However size is only one part of the equation, wheel material is also something you should consider.
Cheaper walkers tend to have lower quality plastic wheels and tires. These not only don’t grip very well but they also transfer more vibrations into your hands and have a tendency to crack over time.
Better walkers come with higher quality rubber tires that grip better and better engineered plastics that absorb more of the bumps and vibrations of the road giving a more comfortable user experience.
Frame Material & Design
If you’re only ever using your walker on smooth surfaces (especially if you’re mostly indoors) then you can often get away with a relatively basic frame and never have any issues. Even the base models offered by brands such as Drive Medical, Nova, or Medline have quality aluminum frames that are up for these everyday tasks.
But if you plan on using your walker on a variety of challenging surfaces such as grass, compact sand, rough cobblestones, or dirt tracks, then frame material and design become extremely important.
Cheaper models can be quite uncomfortable to use on rough surfaces, transferring the majority of the bumps and vibrations up the handles into your hands. In some extreme cases, they can even rattle themselves enough to shake screws and nuts loose.
Higher quality models such as those from Volaris have bump dampening built into the frame so the unit rolls smoothly over most terrain and absorbs the majority of bumps and shakes.
Where you stand in relation to the walker is one of the most important factors in your overall stability, yet it’s one of the least talked about things.
You see, with most walkers you are standing slightly behind the walker and pushing it out in front of you. This is fine on smooth, flat surfaces. But this can be quite dangerous as the road steepens or the terrain worsens, because when you inadvertently put too much weight on the walker they can slip out in front of you and tip over, resulting in a fall.
But with the design of the Volaris you actually stand inside the walker. This puts you in a much safer upright position with your weight going directly down onto the center of the walker, making it extremely stable. This is one of many reasons why the Volaris Patrol gets our #1 pick as best overall all-terrain walker for seniors.
All-Terrain Walker – Infographic
You really can’t go wrong with any of the walkers that made our shortlist here today.
We picked the Drive Medical Nitro as our #1 choice because it really is a couple of steps ahead of all the other options, but we’re realistic about the cost making it unaffordable for some people. If that’s the case for you then the Nova Zoom is a great budget-friendly option.
As always, choose the walker that best suits your needs and budget and you will be a happy walker!
And remember, it can be difficult to see the difference in quality between different brands if you’re just looking at photos online, so pay special attention to reviews and ratings to get a better understanding of how the walker functions in the real world.
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