Quantum Edge 3 Stretto Powerchair
The ultra-narrow Edge 3 Stretto is the latest addition to Quantum's range of high-end powerchairs. It is a slimmer version of the flagship Edge 3, with a base width of just 52 cm making it the joint-narrowest performance powerchair available. Despite this reduced width, the Stretto retains the advanced features of the Edge 3, including SRS suspension, iLevel seat riser, and Q-Logic 3 controls.
The defining feature of the Stretto is its narrow base - at just 52 cm, it ties with Quickie's Salsa M2 Mini and Q300 M Mini for the narrowest outdoor capable powerchair on the market. Combined with the ultra-manoeuvrable mid-wheel drive that allows the Stretto to turn on the spot, this makes it the ideal choice for getting around indoors - able to navigate tight turns and narrow corridors with ease.
Outdoor performance on the Edge Stretto remains strong, with Smooth Ride Suspension cushioning your ride, and powerful motors capable of up to 6 mph. A few small changes have been made to the Edge 3 base to cut down the width, with the castor wheels being 6 inches rather than 8, and both tyres and suspension springs being a little smaller. However, our test drives have shown the ride to be virtually the same as the Edge 3, and it retains the same high-capacity 62 Ah batteries for a long range.
The same TRU-balance 3 seating system as seen on the regular Edge 3 is on the Stretto. The headline feature is the iLevel seat raiser, which allows you to drive at a walking pace of 3.5 mph with the seat fully elevated by 12 inches. As the name suggests, this allows you to drive at eye level - in contrast to most other powerchairs with powered lift, which are limited to crawling along at slow speeds. Being at eye level enhances social interactions, even when on the go.
A full range of powered seating options are available, including 175° of shear-reduced recline - allowing you to lie flat when combined with powered elevating leg rests - few powered wheelchairs offer this level of recline. 50º of powered seat tilt is also available to aid in pressure relief.
The seating system is entirely configurable, allowing your Edge 3 Stretto's seat to be set up to provide a precise fit to your size, comfort and clinical needs. Seat widths and depths of 12 - 20 inches are available, also allowing the Edge to cater to the smaller dimensions of paediatric users. We would note that the larger seat sizes can overhang the base, losing most of the benefit of the narrower base, so the Stretto variant is best suited to slimmer or average sized people. The highly modular nature allows the seating to be modified to accommodate your changing needs, and third-party components such as pressure cushions and postural supports can easily be fitted.
Control options range from the basic NE+ system that comes as standard to the advanced Q-Logic 3 expandable control system - which is our recommendation if you want to get the most out of your Stretto. Q-Logic includes the option for a high-definition LCD screen on your joystick, as well as Bluetooth to interact with and control your environment. Further options include switch boxes for one-touch access to seating functions, as well as attendant controls and special controls for those that cannot use a regular joystick. A USB charger is built-in to keep your smartphone or other personal electronics topped up.
The Quantum range is renowned for its stylish looks, with the Stretto being no exception. The bold, contemporary styling includes the options for ultra-bright LED fender lights and your choice of 20 colour options. This allows you to customise your Edge to match your style - from Lemon Crush through Green Machine to our favourite "Sugar Plum" as seen in the photos and on our demo model.
The Edge 3 Stretto is a really impressive powerchair, packed full of features in an incredibly narrow base. The chief reason to get it is obviously its slender size, which makes it great if you have really restricted spaces to get around that other powerchairs cannot manage. If your usage is outdoor only, then the normal Edge 3 will provide slightly better handling and stability with its larger wheels.
The chief competitor was Sunrise Medical's Quickie Salsa M2 Mini (also available in teens and paediatric versions), which broke new ground as the narrowest performance powerchair when released a few years ago. The Edge 3 Stretto compares favourably, being a more modern chair with better outdoor performance, and with some advanced powered positioning options (such as iLevel and the lie-flat recline) that just aren't available on the Salsa M2 Mini. However, the Q300 M Mini has now been launched as a successor to the Salsa M2 Mini - the Q300 has improved outdoor performance and range, and is a more modern chair. We would recommend trying out both the Edge 3 Stretto and Q300 M Mini to find out which works best for you, and we are able to demonstrate both models.
The Edge 3 Stretto is available now for purchase and long-term hire, and will be available on the Motability scheme soon.
|Width||20.5 in (52 cm)|
|Length (without legrests)||32 in (82 cm)|
|Seat width||12 - 20 in (30.5 - 51 cm)|
|Seat depth||12 - 20 in (30.5 - 51 cm)|
|Weight capacity||21.4 st (136 kg)|
|Ground clearance (at battery tray)||2.9 in (7 cm)|
|Speed||4 - 6 mph (6 - 9.6 kmph)|
If you require further information on the Edge 3 Stretto, or wish to place an order, please call us on 0800 0258 005. Our customer services team will be able to advise you on the wheelchair, and also on the hire and purchase options available. We can also arrange for a consultation, where you will have the opportunity to have a hands-on demonstration.
All of our powered wheelchairs come with free delivery and set-up by one of our experienced product specialists when purchased or hired on a long-term basis or leased through the Motability scheme, to ensure they are suitable for your needs, and adjusted as necessary to your comfort. For short-term hire customers, there is a small charge for technician delivery.
We offer three months' free insurance with all powerchairs purchased from us. The cover is provided by market-leading mobility insurer Fish Insurance, and lets you get mobile straight away, knowing that you are safely covered.