How Does The New Lightweight Version Compare To The Original UPWalker?
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Pros: Lightweight at just 15.5lbs. Easy to manoeuvre. Very well built and stable.
Cons: Only available in one size. The price.
Best For: You want the best quality lightweight upright walker no matter what the cost.
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The UPWalker Lite was created by LifeWalker who are based out of San Diego. It was designed largely to address some of the criticisms the original UPWalker faced, namely that it was too heavy and bulky for the average senior to use. And it has done an excellent job at fixing these problems, deserving our 4.7-star review.
The UPWalker Lite is 34% lighter than the original, with a significantly smaller foot print, yet maintains the fantastic build quality of the original.
Unfortunately right now it only comes in one size, but we are hoping when the product starts to become more popular and sees success in the market LifeWalker will introduce a wider range of sizes. Other than that, price is really the other other criticism we have of the Lite, with an RRP at the top end of what you can expect to pay for an upright walker.
Overall the UPWalker Lite is a really great product and gets a well-earned 4.7-star rating.
- Build Quality
If you’re looking for the best upright walker money can buy that’s designed to manoeuvre in tight spaces then the UPWalker Lite is a great investment. Right now it’s only available in one size — for people 4’11” – 5’10” and up to 300lbs — so if you’re lucky enough to be a good fit and can find a way to afford it we think you’ll love it.
- Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
- Approximate User Height: 4’11” – 5’10”
- Handle Height Adjustment: 34″ – 45″
- Overall Width: 24.8″
- Overall Length: 29″
- Storage Bag Dimensions: 17″W x 4″D x 11″H
- Seat Height: 21.5″
- Seat Dimensions: 18″W x 10″L
- Wheel Size: 8″ front, 6″ rear
- Product Weight: 15.5 lbs
- Folded Dimensions: 29″L x 40″H x 8.5″W
The original UPWalker was released in 2017 and back then it was the first truely upright walker to hit the market. And while the people who loved it really loved it, there were plenty of elderly people who found it simply too large, heavy, and cumbersome to use… especially indoors. Since then there have been dozens of upright walkers released by other companies which are smaller, lighter, and cheaper. The UPWalker Lite is LifeWalker’s latest product aimed to address the problems seniors faced with the original, as well as compete with all the new products that have flooded the market.
On The Road
With a sturdy frame and good quality rubber wheels, the UPWalker Lite cruises along almost effortlessly on smooth flat surfaces. Being able to stand upright (rather than pushing it out in front of you like you have to with a regular walker) takes a lot of pressure off your hands, wrists, and back, which is really nice.
Throughout a full 24 hour test period we took it through it’s paces and had no trouble navigating normal everyday obstacles. Thick carpet, slick tiles, transitions between surfaces, and a grass football field were all handled with ease. Because your centre of gravity is higher than with a traditional walker you do need to be aware of the terrain and try not to attempt tricky areas with all your weight on the walker, as this can lead to losing balance and potentially tipping over. However the same caution applies to a standard walker as well.
If you’ve used the original UPWalker then the first thing you’ll notice about the new Lite model is how much smaller, lighter, and more nimble it is. They’ve managed to shave 5 inches off the length and almost 8 pounds off the weight, both of which make the UPWalker Lite a whole lot easier to manoeuvre in tight spaces. With the old model it sometimes felt like you needed to live in a mansion in order to turn it around, but with this once you won’t have any trouble walking around most average size homes.
Weight & Folded Size
Weighing just 15.5 pounds the UPWalker Lite lands right smack at the upper limit of what we consider to be a lightweight walker. (While there is no formal definition of “lightweight” when it comes to walkers, in our Lightweight walker comparison we used 15 pounds as the cutoff point for our review.) This makes it almost 8 pounds lighter than the original and makes it much easier for the average senior to lift in and out of a car.
Folding the UPWalker Lite is as simple as pulling the handle on the seat. The unit folds side-to-side and when compressed for transport or storage it measures just 29 inches long x 8.5 inches wide x 40 inches high. This makes it small enough to fit in the trunk of most medium size cars, or on the backseat of a small car if you have four doors.
Equipped with a durable mesh seat that is fixed in place, plus a detachable backrest, sitting on the UPWalker Lite is surprisingly comfortable. While it’s obviously not designed to lounged around on, it’s more than adequate for taking short rest stops. Both the seat and backrest fold with the unit so you don’t have to worry about removing them before traveling.
The seat measures 18 inches wide x 10 inches deep and sits 21.5 inches off the floor. Our test pilot weighs 200 pounds and fit snugly between the handles. If you are closer to the 300 pound weight limit you might find either the seat or handles a little too narrow to make the seat useable for any extended period.
Standing up from the seated position is made easy with the addition of “sit-to-stand” handles. These are two extra handles located lower down on the walker, right where you hands are when seated. This gives you a sturdy and comfortable place to push up with your hands to assist when standing back up. If you have weakness or pain in your legs, back, or hips then these handles are a godsend.
High quality rubber wheels are fitted on all four corners of the UPWalker Lite. Large 8-inch wheels are on the front, while smaller 6-inch wheels adorn the rear. They roll smoothly, grip reassuringly, and barely make a sound when moving. We would have liked to seen 8-inch wheels all around like on the original UPWalker, but in all honesty you won’t even notice the difference when walking around on most everyday terrain.
As is standard with most walkers, the rear wheels are locked in place while the front wheels can swivel 360 degrees. The rear provides stability while the front allows for quick turns and manoeuvrability in tight spaces.
Fitted with dual-action ergonomic hand brakes, you have full control over the speed of the walker with just a light touch of your fingers.
Pull on the hand grips and the brakes are applied independently to the rear wheels. This allows you to brake each side of the walker separately, which is extremely useful for performing extra tight turns. The front wheels are not braked to help avoid “going over the handlebars”.
Push the hand grips forward and you apply the parking brakes which are essential when sitting and very handy when standing still on uneven terrain or hills.
The brake cables are hidden away inside the frame of the walker which is not only more pleasing to the eye, it’s also an important safety featuring preventing the brake cables from getting caught on anything.
If you purchase the walker here on Amazon you get a free storage bag suitable for keeping your personal items safe and secure.
The bag is quite a good size and measures 16.5″ wide x 6″ deep x 12.5″ high. More than enough room for your purse, wallet, keys, a good book, and even some groceries. It’s made of a high quality polyester, secures your items with dual zippers, and simply snaps on and off the frame of the walker when you need it.
The UPWalker Lite was developed and designed in the US and overall build quality and attention to detail is really quite good. Some walkers have a tendency to do a Bill Haley (“shake, rattle and roll”) when moving around, but the UPWalker is smooth and quiet even on bumpy surfaces. All the components look solid and feel like they will last a lifetime. The frame comes with a lifetime warranty and other components such as the wheels, brakes, seat, handgrips, and armrests come with a 6-month manufacturer warranty.
UPWalker Lite Price
The price of the UPWalker Lite is one of the few small criticisms we have of the unit. The RRP is more expensive than most of the other upright walkers on the market. (It is however cheaper than the original UPWalker which is a positive.) So where does the extra money go? You do get a higher build quality than most other products, and small touches like the “sit-to-stand” handles and beverage holder are very handy.
When you factor the cost of the UPWalker Lite compared to other products over the lifetime of the walker we’re talking about a difference of a few cents per day, which is a small price to pay to get the best money can buy.
The UPWalker Lite Plus
You get the UPWalker Lite, a personal items bag, backrest support, cup holder, and bonus flashlight.
What We Liked
- Lightweight upright walker weighing just 15.5lbs.
- Easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces.
- Better suited to indoor use than the original UPWalker.
- Comfortable seat with backrest.
- Storage bag and drink holder are both vey handy.
- Very well built and stable.
What Could Be Improved
- Only available in one size.
- One of the more expensive upright walkers.
While the price may make it unaffordable for some, the UPWalker Lite is technically a fantastic product with a lightweight frame, comfortable seat, and excellent manoeuvrability indoors. If you fit the one available size and can afford it, then this is an investment that will give you many years of joy. Plus in most cases on Amazon shipping will be FREE. Click here to buy now on Amazon.