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Etac Avant

This test report on the Etac Avant is one of a series of wheeled walking frame reviews. If you have reached this page from an internet search, we suggest you begin by reading the Introduction to our guide to walking aids. For more information about the options listed below, see also our overview of wheeled walking frames and summary of the main features to look for.

Etac Avant - test report

Etac AvantDimensions (H x W x L): 
740-990mm x 600mm x 600-770mm

Folded size (H x W x L): 
740-990mm x 600mm x 310mm

Weight (without accessories): 8.3kg

Features

Taped bar grips, strap brakes, folding wooden seat, wire basket, optional tray (£13). Handle height and seat height are adjustable. A useful feature is that the height adjustment is done at the legs, which means that the base gets wider as the walking frame gets higher, so there is no loss of stability for taller users. This also means that the seat height varies with handle height, which helps with sitting comfort and ease of standing up.

Our verdict

Handling: Light and easy.

Hand grips: Comfortable and easy to hold.

Brakes: Easy to operate, and effective.

Folding: Tricky and the frame does not stand when folded, though it is secure when unfolded.

Last updated: February 2010


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