The Gloves are off: a Wheelchair Lap Tray Comparison
As inventors of a wheelchair lap tray, we only thought it fair to compare our product to others on the market. Now, when Trabasack was first designed our main aim was to create something unlike the clinical, clunky look of wheelchair trays. We wanted to invent something easier to use and with a wheelchair user in mind. The result was our ergonomic, light-weight, stylish and versatile Trabasack lap tray and bag.
We thought it’d be worthwhile having a tongue-in-cheek look at some of our competitors and why exactly Trabasack is your best wheelchair lap tray choice!
1. The Wooden Laptray – available for around £99.00 and well as the photo shows, not the most comfortable looking product. Secured to your wheelchair with hook and loop straps, this product is reminiscent of a school desk and although functional, has a bit of a retro sideboard feel!
2. Moulded Laptray – available for around £49.99 and is made from moulded plastic and features and moulded cup holder. Designed to look like a child’s high chair tray and from the photo looks extremely clinical and not ideal in a social situation. It could feel like a social barrier or be a little too reminiscent of hospitals. Not really the image one wants to portray!
3. Flip Away Half Tray – available for around £99.99 and also made from moulded plastic featuring a cup holder and can be easily flipped away. This design is clearly a step up from the others, it does have a bit of an “I’m just about to have an in flight meal” look. Although it doesn’t trap you behind a piece of plastic quite as much s the one above and it can be moved away when transferring from your chair. Difficulties come in attaching it to an armrest, all chairs and people are so different, you will be lucky if this suits you. The hard edges of the tray surface and the corner may also catch door frames and maybe even other peoples groins!
So how does Trabasack compare?
The Trabasack is portable, light weight and functional and has even won a style award! You can strap it around your waist or hang it from the back of your chair when not in use and it doesn’t restrict movement at all. In comparison to
the older tray designs, you can clearly see how much more functional the Trabasack design is. You never have to worry about transfer issues or having to screw the tray to your chair, your Trabasack lap tray is extremely easy to move and much more comfortable due to its beanbag cushion for comfort.
The Trabasack is also a handy bag so instead of becoming another thing that you have to carry around, you can actually carry things inside it
I hope you also agree that our Trabasack products at between £35 and £45 are much better value for money!
There really is no other wheelchair tray in comparison!
Trabasack = (latin) table + bag The award winning Trabasack is a travel bag with a firm flat tray surface on one side and a removable bean bag cushion on the other. Easy to carry and to place on your lap when you need it. Use it as a lap desk for working, eating or playing wherever you are.The lightweight bag has enough space for daily essentials and the lap tray side acts as a table top. All Trabasacks are 7.5cm deep and weigh between 570g for a Mini Trabasack to680g for a Curve Trabasack.Use as a computer lap desk that travels with you as a bag. 1 year guarantee, no quibble return policy on all orders. We ship worldwide. Your life – on the moveEat work play travel Trabasack is no ordinary laptray, it’s a smart contemporary alternative to the old style bean bag lap tray!Sporty red trim as pictured.
Brand: TrabasackFeature: Soft tray surface – attach things with velcro or hook tapeFeature: Lightweight and easy to carry or attach with supplied strapsFeature: Bean bag base – levels on your lapFeature: Ring pull zips and grab handles – award winning design for easy useFeature: Smart and attractive product
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Trabasack Wheelchair Tray at the Mobility Roadshow
The Mobility Roadshow is the premier UK event for people to view adapted and wheelchair accessible vehicles and to look at and test drive try any new cars that they might consider buying. Trabasack will be proudly showing their award winning designs in the newly featured the Mobility Market Place (Stand MM7) at the Roadshow. It will also feature in a new exhibition space of inclusive designs curated by Such and Such Designs Ltd and EnabledbyDesign showing it’s versatility as a wheelchair tray, buggy tray, communication aid mount, laptop bag and a truly inclusive design.
Trabasack wheelchair and Powerchair tray and much more
The ‘Trabasack’ is a new product designed by Clare Edwards a wheelchair user who was frustrated by the lack of stylish and light weight wheelchair tray tables. The name was invented by adding the latin words for ‘bag and table ‘ together. After two years in development it is now a mass market product that is truly inclusive in its reach appealing to people of all ages and abilities. It has many ergonomic features that make it suitable for every to use.
One of its main uses is for people who uses wheelchair and powerchair trays who prefer it to existing solutions because of its lightweight stylish contemporary appeal. This is not surprising as the designer of Trabasack was Clare Edwards, who became a wheelchair user herself after having a spinal injury, and is a champion of inclusive and stylish designs for people with disabilities.
Clare created trabasack after many years of being frustrated at not being able to find a level surface for drinks and food. The original prototypes of trabasack were made by her sewing machine and trialled by friends and family and local professionals in health and education.
Now Trabasack is also being used as a general laptop and iPad bag. For students and You-tube fans it is becoming a must have item after being seen in videos starring internet memes Brett Domino and Charlieissocoollike.
Other uses include for musicians, commuters, crafts, sketching and for children and adults in cars. It is also used by people with communication devices to carry and support their assistive technology and by gamers with disabilities using adapted controllers for accessible gaming.
Its unique design and many ergonomic features were recognised by a panel of industry specialists and Occupational Therapists when Trabasack won an Independent Living Design Award from the British Healthcare Trades Association in December 2009. Since then the design and the company behind it, Equip-able Ltd. have won several other awards. Husband and wife team, Duncan and Clare Edwards will both be at the show and are very active on social media for those who would like to find out more about Trabasack.
Trabasack is sold internationally.
After trading from a base in Quorn, Leicestershire for two years since launch, Trabasack has built up a network of international distributors. It is currently being sold in USA, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand and France. The Trabasack team are just back from Ireland where Trabasack was recently launched. Whilst there they met Cerrie Burnell, and were interviewed for Irish National Radio RT1, featuring on the Mooney show.
For people with disabilities Trabasack is versatile and works very well with powered wheelchairs, armchairs & beds, in the kitchen, garden as well as in cars and other vehicles.
Being light weight and having a range of strap options it works very well with custom made lightweight manual wheelchairs, children’s buggies as well as in comfort & special seating. Certainly the producer for the Mooney show, Olan McGowan took an instant liking to a red Trabasack Curve and found it very useful whilst interviewing Design Director Clare Edwards for the popular Irish national Mooney Radio show. He used it around the show and said that it worked so much better that the usual laptop case that he carried on his lap.
Trabasack is used by Scientists and Innovators
It has also been used by pilots in flying lessons and has an aviation link by being a favoured piece of equipment by acclaimed public speaker and entrepreneur Mark Edworthy who can be seen in the following video.
Dr. Mark Edworthy, Research Scientist uses Trabasack as a laptop bag and wheelchair tray.
Design Zone at the Mobility Roadshow
The Trabasack team are looking forward to repeatinng their success at the recent Access and Mobility Expo in Dublin where trabasacks proved extremely popular to visitors. At this years Mobility Roadshow as well as having there own stand in the Mobility Marketpace they will be highlighted as part of the new Design Zone. This new has been created by the Mobility Roadshow – in partnership with Enabled by Design and Such and Such Design to introduce a new interactive feature highlighting the best of inclusive design. Trabasack will be displayed among the leading designers and innovators to show Roadshow visitors and encourage them to exchange ideas about looks and functionality of products used to help people live independently.
Design Surgery: talk to the experts.
The Trabasack team will be available to speak to visitors at the show about any ideas they have for new products and tel them about their journey from an idea to a commercial and helpful product. There will also be professional designers available to give advice about new ideas and the potential of creating something either yourself or through another business. Practical issues of the costs and processes involved when bringing a new product to the marketplace can all be explored.
The Mobility Roadshow is the UK’s premier consumer mobility and lifestyle event. It takes place this year at the East of England Showground, Peterborough on 30th June, 1st and 2nd July.
As well as the Design Zone and many wheelchair and mobility accessories, there are vehicles to test drive, conversions, adaptations, motoring accessories, wheelchairs and scooters, all-ability cycling, specialist holidays and lifestyle options. The sports zone is expanding this year, too with the biggest selection of accessible sports and games to try out.
The Trabasack team are looking forward to repeating to meeting as many people as possible during the show. Do come and meet Duncan and Clare Edwards from Trabasack at MM7 in the Mobility Marketplace or visit them at their featured exhibit in the new Design Zone.