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Over the years, I have been called the "crash test dummy" and I have come by that title honestly. I have had many crashes over the years, but crashes come when you test things to their limits time and time again. You are bound to break things, and you are bound to make mistakes from time to time. I spend my time pushing the limits of products as I push the limits within myself. At the end of the day, I have grown personally, and I have something to pass on to the next person -- knowledge. Learn from my trials, tribulations, and victories. Go out and do likewise!

2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

I figured I might add to the never ending list of things that I would write about and tell everyone what I think about the 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara. I must be just that full of myself or… I figure I can tell people what I find out and they can learn from my experiences. I have a lot of plans for this truck, so just wait and see…

Accessible Designs, Inc. Carbon Fiber Backrest w/Supracor

After a few emails and a couple months, I finally received one of the coolest "upgrades" to my chair to date. I talked the powers to be at Accessible Designs, Inc. (better knows as simply ADI) into putting the unbeatable Supracor honeycomb cushion material in their already killer carbon fiber backrest.

Black Wolf Cedar Breaks 65 Pack

Black Wolf Cedar Breaks 65 Pack

While wandering around the Southland Mall just outside of Melbourne, an outdoor store caught my eye -– as they often do -– so, I had to roll in and check the place out. In my constant search for better travel gear, I stumbled upon the Black Wolf line of expedition-style back packs and instantly fell in love.

Box Wheelchairs Rigid Wheelchair

What is it like to have a wheelchair custom made just for you by one of the greatest builders in the industry, you ask? Well, it's like going to Enzo Ferrari to have a race car made. This was the feeling I had as I went down to Norco, CA to get spec'd out for my new chair.

Box Wheelchairs WCMX Wheelchair

Well, after the great experience with the build of my everyday chair from Box Wheelchairs I set Mike up for a new challenge.. I asked him to take his already battle tested WCMX chair and turn it into a trail shredding, snow throwing off-road animal.

Colours AZ-1 Portable Hand Controls

Colours AZ-1 Portable Hand Controls

For those of you who travel and/or rent vehicles, or just have a vehicle that can’t always have hand controls in it, Colours Wheelchair has the answer in the form of the AZ-1 portable hand control! These hand controls simply clamp down to the accelerator and brake pedals and tighten down with a plastic wing nut, giving you the ability to drive almost any vehicle you can climb into with an automatic transmission.

D's Locks Hub Lock Brake System

D's Locks Hub Lock Brake System

This system is killer! I had avoided brakes altogether on my chair like the plague for years, after smashing my thumbs repeatedly on the old school “push-to-lock” versions. And the “scissor” locks are just awkward to get to.

DynAccess Ltd. Torque 2

DynAccess Ltd. Torque 2

During an event at the Big Bear Ski Resort in collaboration between Triumph Foundation and US Adaptive Rec. Center I had the fortune of FINALLY getting some seat time in the DynAccess Ltd. Torque 2 mono-ski. I have been itching to get a hold of this ski for ages and after years of being in the wrong place at the wrong time I actually got my skinny behind in one.

Frog Legs EPIC Soft Roll Casters

Frog Legs EPIC Soft Roll Casters

The new and improved Soft Roll casters from Frog Legs, Inc. now go by the name “EPIC” and the name says it all! A smooth 3-spoke design CNC machined out of 6061-T6 heat-treated aluminum (for you fellow gearheads), or in a composite hub. Both come with a long lasting urethane tire that aids in vibration absorption. These wheels are great in gravel and grass and float over cracks and cobblestones.

Frog Legs Ultra Sport Forks

Frog Legs Ultra Sport Forks

I have now had multiple sets of these “Ultra Sport” front forks from Frog Legs, Inc. on my chairs over the years and I absolutely love them! They let your front casters float over cracks and are great for vibration resistance, reducing back pain and leg spasms dramatically. They work great even on broken sidewalks and cobblestones. I have used these in my travels all over Europe and Australia. They are light weight, super strong, and have a very durable design; not to mention the just plain hot looking, CNC machined 6061-T6 aluminum parts. Good for every gearhead like myself.

Jetflow Raptor Hydration Pack

Jetflow Raptor Hydration Pack

Over this last weekend while I was in Zion National Park, UT for the Zion Half Marathon, I got the chance to chat with Andrew from Jetflow at the race expo. I got a hold of a Raptor Hydration Pack for my handcycle to replace my old CamelBak unit.

Kenda Kobra Tire

Kenda Kobra Tire

These tires are the most versatile I have ever seen! They go great through the snow, grass, dirt, gravel, or any other nasty thing you can throw at them. Snow doesn't even stick to them, one tap and it all falls right off!

Kenda Koncept Tire

Kenda Koncept Tire

The Kenda Koncept (K191) is the company's answer to a hi-performance tire for sports and everyday use, the "Iron CAP" construction has a list of protective material under the tread that runs from bead to bead adding strength to these tires. The Iron CAP tires claim to be 90% more puncture resistant and I sure put them to the test.

Kenda Konstrictor Tire

Kenda Konstrictor Tire

Recently, I was sent a pair of the new Kenda Konstrictor tires for review. These tires rock, hands down. The dual compound wears really well. The smooth crown gives you a great rolling surface on hard surfaces like wood, tile and concrete and even helps reduce vibration into your body. The slight amount of tread towards the outer edges of the tire gives you just a bit of added help in those dirt and grassy areas that we all get ourselves in.

Kenda Nevegal Tire

Kenda Nevegal Tire

The Kenda Nevegal (K1010) is a serious off-road tire. Mine on my off-road/hike chair are 24" x 2.10" (54-540) with all black rubber.

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