5 December 2018

AiroSpring Pressure Relief Cushion

As a wheelchair user, a good cushion is one of the most important things. I mean if you're gonna be sat on your ass all day without moving much you want to be comfy. I've been in the market for a new cushion recently as my current one left me with irritated thighs over the extra hot summer months. It was like AiroSpring knew I needed help.

I was kindly sent the AiroSpring AS100 Pressure Relief Cushion* to try.

It is designed to fit most standard wheelchairs and desk chairs at 45x45cm. However, my wheelchair is a little bit narrower than that because of the doors in our house. It still worked though. It just went up the side of my chair a bit but nothing noticeable.

AiroSpring is the result of 5 years of research in collaboration with the University of Bolton. The breathable Baltex 3D fabric technology was patented in 2014 but improved yet again in 2017. This cushion isn't just for wheelchair users either. It's for anyone who spends a long time sat down whether that is at a desk, driving or using a wheelchair.

The benefits include:

- Very Light, definitely lighter than my current cushion
- Machine Washable (the whole thing)
- Breathable - 3D knitted fabrics allow maximum airflow even under compression
- Can be folded & is easily transportable
- Provides uniform support/ distributes weight evenly to prevent pressure sores
- Non-allergenic
- Contamination resistance
- Odor Control

When it first arrived, I wasn't sure how well I was going to get on with it because at 3cm thick it looks pretty flimsy compared to the cushion I already have. That being said, it is a lot comfier than it looks. That'll teach me to judge a cushion on its looks.

I found it surprisingly comfy even when I was sat in my chair pretty much all day. My ass definitely felt cooler when I spent all day in a hot sports hall and my thighs were less irritated.  I can't wait to try it in the warmer months. The main thing that has sold me on this cushion is the breathability. It's just so much cooler and way less sweaty, which as a sweaty person, is essential for me.

My brother has a considerably more expensive cushion which he adores and I'm not sure how well he would get on with this one purely because of its thickness and the fact that his has more support for his back/core. Having tried both, I would say you get what you pay for. That being said, considering the price differences, the comfort levels of the AiroSpring is extremely impressive.

If you are on a budget and are looking for a cushion that is comfortable for long periods of time, prevents sores and keeps you cool then I can't recommend this one enough. At £24.99 this is way more affordable for many disabled people, myself included. I also don't feel that you compromise on too much for the price point.

You can also choose between having your cushion in black, lime green, baby blue or orange. 

AiroSpring has 3 other cushions ranging from £49.99-£249.99 with various thicknesses and different support levels so there is something for everyone. I would definitely be interested in seeing how the thicker ones compare comfort & support wise.  

Let me know if you have any cushion recommendations for me?


*I was kindly sent this product free of price, however, it does not affect my views and the opinions expressed in this post are independent and my own

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