Drive Medical's latest offering in their line of mobility scooters is the Bobcat X3, billed as a perfect entry-level scooter for a variety of users. At 84 lbs., it is heavier than the EV Rider Transport, but it also has similar small rollers for better portability. Another handy feature of the Bobcat X3 are the angle-adjustable flip-up armrests which provide smoother boarding and exiting, a utilitarian component which will hopefully become standard on all scooters in the future. The seat is height-adjustable with a fold-down backrest, and the massive foot platform caters to taller users and those who just want to stretch their legs.
Mobility scooters are a growing concern as the world's population continues to age. According to the United Nations Population Division, the 65 and older population is projected to rise to 714 million by 2020. To ameliorate certain challenges related to aging and decreased mobility, companies like Tzora, Pride Mobility, EV Rider and Drive Medical are there to meet the demand. Drive Medical was formed in January 2000 and is one of the fastest growing distributors of medical equipment.
The Bobcat's weight capacity is 265 lbs., which is more than that of the Tzora Elite but less that of the Pride Go-Go Sport 3. Its turning radius is not as tight as the Go-Go's, and its ground clearance of 2.5" is slightly less. The Go-Go's top speed is 4.7 mph to the Bobcat's 4 mph, and it also goes farther by at least 2 miles. However, like the Tzora Elite, the Bobcat X3 has non-marking tires that never go flat. It features anti-tip wheels and an adjustable tiller to better reach the control panel. The brakes are electromagnetic, and the unit itself runs on a pair of 12v/10AH batteries which are charged off-board. A metal storage basket completes what appears to be a modest, simple yet highly functional mobility aid.
The scooter worked fine on our trips. Good product and affordable. I recommend it for anyone on a budget or that needs a scooter for in home and shopping trips.
This is a great little scooter. No frills, just good transportation.
My wife used it to get around the magic kingdom. The battery lasted almost all day. Its compact enough to put in a car trunk, but better in a hatch back...
his little bugger does the job for me... For the price this scooter meets my needs...
My dad loves his new bobcat and so do I because it is so light and fits perfectly in the back of his ford flex.
Good quality and a must buy. I Recommend it!
The major flaw was the flimsy seat... Compared to my other scooter this one just seems flimsy, the tires are smaller and the turning radius is much wider.
My mother is enjoying this chair. It is very well built. Easy for me to put in my suv. It has made her free. Thank you for an affordable chair.