iWalk 2.0 Hands Free Crutch Review – Gimmick Or Worth It?
The iWalk 2.0 is an interesting alternative to using traditional crutches. This crutch basically allows you to walk around like normal, without the hassle of carrying crutches in your hands.
Our other article highlights which lifestyles are best suited for the iWalk.
What do people have to say about the iWalk 2.0 hands free crutch?
One consistent feedback of the iWalk 2.0 is that it is deceptively heavy. If you have conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis or suffer from overall fatigue or weak joints, then this device may not be from you.
Your good leg needs to be strong enough to lift the device, which weighs about 8 pounds. 8 pounds may not sound like much, but it can quickly get heavy while moving around or standing for long periods of time.
Conclusion – Ask yourself if you have the strength to comfortably lift 8 pounds with your good leg which each step you take.
Some people also say the iWalk 2.0 is too much of a contraption. It’s a bit of a process to get everything strapped on, and it can be clunky in public environments.
It’s easy to feel self-conscious if you have to strap the device on and off just to sit down and it can bring up a lot of annoying questions socially.
Of course, if this device works better for you than other mobility aids, nothing should stop you from using it!
Conclusion – The iWalk is a bit clunky to put on and not exactly convenient for social events. People will most likely ask you a lot of questions and it’s easy to become the center of attention.
Conclusion – A lot of people say adding a pillow or blanket to the knee pad eliminates this problem.
iWalk 2.0 Features
The iWalk 2.0 claims to be better than crutches or knee scooters since you can use your hands freely while maintaining your balance. The worst part of being on traditional crutches is losing your independence for basic tasks. This makes hands-free aspect of the iWalk the most attractive feature.
iWalk users say that once you get used to the device, you can attach all the straps and start walking within 20 seconds.
The iWalk 2.0 comes disassembled, so this is a heads up if you think you’ll need help putting it together. You also get a video that you can follow along with that will guide you through assembling and fitting the device.
Sizing is crucial with the iWalk hands-free crutch. If you the crutch doesn’t fit you correctly, you put yourself at risk of injury or the device not functioning properly. This article addresses the practicality of the iWalk 2.0 for everyday use.
The iWalk 2.0 is a “one size fits all” device. In theory, the iWalk should be able to support all body types, but the reality is some people won’t be able to use it comfortably.
If you are shorter than 5’2″ or taller than 6’1″, then there’s a chance this device won’t be a good fit for you. Make sure you closely follow the sizing chart included to see if this device is a good fit for you.
Heads up – the iWalk 2.0 has a weight limit of 275 pounds.
Overall this is a very useful device for the right person. Our review has highlighted some of the critiques of the iWalk 2.0so you can know what you’re getting in to.
Make sure you take the time to properly measure your legs and ensure you’re a good fit for this device. An improperly fitted device will cause more harm than good.