Bounder All Terrain Power Wheelchair Reviews


Have you been searching for a high-performance, versatile, top-quality wheelchair designed mostly for outdoor use, but still “tame enough” to be used inside when and as needed?  Has that search left you frustrated and bewildered?

We know the feeling.  The mobility market is huge, with a staggering number of choices on offer.  There are so many, in fact, that it can lead to a kind of “analysis paralysis” as you struggle to compare one model to the next.

Sure, the big brands that dominate the industry have solid products that are well worth considering, but if you’ve looked at those and they’ve left you underwhelmed for one reason or another, then you’re going to love this brand review.

About the Brand

Haven’t heard of Bounder Wheelchairs?  We’d be surprised if you had.  Bounder products are made by a relatively small company in the industry called 21st Century Scientific, Inc.  While they don’t offer a vast array of products like some companies, the ones they make are rugged, durable, high-quality pieces of medical equipment that are built to last.

In our recent roundup review of the best outdoor wheelchairs, the Bounder Plus All-Terrain placed a respectable second in its class, which is a testament to the quality of the equipment they make, and their other products are every bit as good.

In the sections that follow, we’ll take a closer look at the various models of wheelchairs the company makes so you’ll have a complete picture of what the brand has to offer.  Note that 21st Century Scientific, Inc. makes medical gurneys and other assorted gear, but we won’t be covering their non-wheelchair products in this review.

Ready to take a closer look?  Let’s go!

Bounder Power Wheelchairs Comparison Table

Before we take a look at individual products, let’s start by taking a high-level view of the various wheelchair models in the company’s lineup.  Here they are:

Bounder Power Wheelchair

Bounder Plus H Frame (High Performance) for Bounder Power Wheelchair

Bounder Plus H Frame (High Performance)

Bounder Plus All-Terrain for Bounder Power Wheelchair

Bounder Plus All-Terrain

Big Bounder (Bariatric) for Bounder Power Wheelchair

Big Bounder (Bariatric)

Bounder Plus Narrow & Extra Narrow Base for Bounder Power Wheelchair

Bounder Plus Narrow & Extra Narrow Base

Bounder Plus Classic for Bounder Power Wheelchair

Bounder Plus Classic

Luraco i7 Chair

Price

$$$$

$$$$$

$$$$$

$$$$

$$$$

Overall Rating

4.5

4.5

4.5

4.5

4.4

Pros

A speedy, powerful wheelchair designed for indoor/outdoor use. One of the fastest conventionally styled wheelchairs on the market (top speed of 11.6 MPH!)

An incredibly rugged design featuring four motors and a chain drive. Gets up to 55 miles on a single charge.

One of the most robust bariatric models on the market today, supporting up to 1000 pounds of weight!

All the advantages of the Bounder High Performance, in a smaller, more compact package.

Conventional styling makes this model more appealing to older users who may not like the more modern aesthetic of the others. Great for those with serious, long-term mobility issues.

Cons

All of these chairs suffer from the same negative, that being that they’re all incredibly expensive compared to chairs offered by the dominant brands in the industry.  However, this is a case of getting what you pay for.  Bounder chairs are incredibly robust, long-lasting, and high quality.

Recommended For/Primary Usage

Primarily an indoor use chair, but robust enough to handle any mild, and some moderate outdoor terrains.

Consider this the inverse of the High-Performance chair. It’s mostly designed for outdoor use and can tackle a wider range of outdoor terrains, but can be used indoors in a pinch.

A big, burly indoor/outdoor chair. Like the high performance, it’s primarily intended for indoor use but is surprisingly adept at handling mild to moderate outdoor terrains too.

A smaller,
narrower variant
of the Bounder
High
Performance,
designed with
children and
smaller adults in
mind.

Designed for anyone who doesn’t like the more modern styling of the other models. Like the Bounder High Performance, it’s at its best indoors, but surprisingly
capable in many outdoor settings.

Bounder Power Wheelchair - Top Pick

An Image of Bounder Plus H Frame (High Performance) for Bounder Power Wheelchair Review

Bounder Plus H Frame (High Performance)

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

A speedy, powerful wheelchair designed for mixed use (indoor/outdoor). One of the fastest conventionally styled wheelchairs on the market (top speed of 11.6 MPH!)

CONS

All of these chairs suffer from the same negative, that being that they’re all incredibly expensive compared to chairs offered by the dominant brands in the industry.  However, this is a case of getting what you pay for.  Bounder chairs are incredibly robust, long-lasting, and high quality.

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Bounder Power Wheelchair - Off-Road

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Bounder Plus All-Terrain

RATING

PRICE

$$$$$

PROS

An incredibly rugged design featuring four motors and a chain drive. Gets up to 55 miles on a single charge.

CONS

All of these chairs suffer from the same negative, that being that they’re all incredibly expensive compared to chairs offered by the dominant brands in the industry.

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Bounder Power Wheelchair - Bariatric

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Big Bounder (Bariatric)

RATING

PRICE

$$$$$

PROS

One of the most robust bariatric models on the market today, supporting up to 1000 pounds of weight!

CONS

All of these chairs suffer from the same negative, that being that they’re all incredibly expensive compared to chairs offered by the dominant brands in the industry.

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Bounder Power Wheelchair - High Performance

An Image of Bounder Plus Narrow & Extra Narrow Base for Bounder Power Wheelchair Review

Bounder Plus Narrow & Extra Narrow Base

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

All the advantages of the Bounder High Performance, in a smaller, more compact package.

CONS

All of these chairs suffer from the same negative, that being that they’re all incredibly expensive compared to chairs offered by the dominant brands in the industry. 

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Bounder Power Wheelchair - Long-lasting

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Bounder Plus Classic

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

Conventional styling makes this model more appealing to older users who may not like the more modern aesthetic of the others. Great for those with serious, long-term mobility issues.

CONS

All of these chairs suffer from the same negative, that being that they’re all incredibly expensive compared to chairs offered by the dominant brands in the industry.

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Bounder Power Chairs in More Detail

While the table above provides a good “at a glance” view, to see what really makes each of these chairs tick, we’ve got to look a bit more deeply, so that’s what we’ll do next.

Bounder Plus H Frame Power Wheelchair – High Performance

Bounder Plus H Frame Power Wheelchair

Adjustability & Customization

Overall Comfort Level

Versatility

Ease of Use

4.5

Summary

Primarily an indoor use chair, but robust enough to handle any mild, and some moderate outdoor terrains.

This can be seen as the “baseline model” of the company’s lineup because, with all but one exception, the other chairs are derived from this one.  It’s brilliantly engineered, designed to be highly modular (we’ll get into the options and add-ons a bit later on), and built to last you a lifetime.

Basic Specifications of  the Bounder Plus H Frame Wheelchair

  • Seat Width:  Variable (can be ordered with a seat width as small as 12” or as wide as 20”)
  • Seat Depth:  Variable (ranging from 12” to 23”)
  • Seat Height: Variable (ranging from 19” to 25”)
  • Back Height: Variable (ranging from 15” to 24”)
  • All other dimensions are totally customizable too and are at least in part dependent on what options and add-ons you select (detailed below)
  • Maximum user weight: 300 – 500 pounds (can go even higher, with the appropriate frame reinforcement enhancements)

The Bounder Plus H Frame Power Chair uses a standard 25.5” wide frame, constructed of 2.5” x 1.5” x 0.125” TIG-welded wall steel, and 0.120” wall steel seat rails and back posts.  It’s powered by a sliding dual group 27 battery box (largest in class), features a non-slip chain drive (similar to what you find on motorcycles), making it perfect for use in extreme weather, and features 12-position adjustable suspension forks.

Anti-tippers are a standard feature, the arms are detachable, and desk-length (this may be changed at your option), and the chair features a smart electric brake release that allows for easy pushing by an attendant.

Even better, unlike many mainstream brands, both the casters and the drive wheels on the Bounder Plus H Frame Power Wheelchair are solid steel, which offers excellent handling on most surfaces (casters and drive wheels available with either smooth or knobby treads).

On top of all that, unlike many chairs, where you have to buy the lighting package separately, this chair comes with tail lights standard (headlights are a separate option), and the chair comes with a dual mode battery charger that’s capable of charging both gel-cell and lead-acid batteries.

Note that while the Bounder Plus H Frame Power Wheelchair, in its stock configuration, can reach speeds more than 11 MPH, at user request, lower speeds can be programmed into the control board, so this too is optional!  Also note that given its solid steel construction, this chair is heavy, weighing in at a whopping 280 pounds!

We’ll give you a minute to catch your breath.  The bottom line is, there’s not a wheelchair being offered today by any mainstream brand that offers anywhere close to this level of customization, and what we’ve talked about so far is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg!


Bounder All Terrain Power Wheelchair – Off-Road

Bounder All Terrain Power Wheelchair

Adjustability & Customization

Overall Comfort Level

Versatility

Ease of Use

4.5

Summary

Consider this the inverse of the High-Performance chair. It’s mostly designed for outdoor use and can tackle a wider range of outdoor terrains, but can be used indoors in a pinch.

While the Bounder All Terrain Power Wheelchair uses the same basic frame as the Bounder Plus H Frame Wheelchair, there are a few fundamental differences to mention.  We’ll list those just below:

  • This model uses 14” x 5.4” low-pressure pneumatic knobby ATV-style tires
  • The above are paired with 9” x 3.5” knobby caster tires
  • The motors offer more torque, but sacrifice speed – this unit tops out at 6.5 MPH

The Bounder AT can accept the full range of enhancements and add-ons we’ll talk about below.


Big Bounder H-Frame Power Wheelchair – Bariatric

Big Bounder H-Frame Power Wheelchair

Adjustability & Customization

Overall Comfort Level

Versatility

Ease of Use

4.5

Summary

A big, burly indoor/outdoor chair. Like the high performance, it’s primarily intended for indoor use but is surprisingly adept at handling mild to moderate outdoor terrains too.

The Big Bounder Wheelchair is a modified Bounder High-Performance chair, featuring the following differences:

  • Seat width options range from 21” to 48.”
  • The standard Big Bounder Electric Wheelchair can support 500 pounds of user weight, but the frame can be reinforced to either 700 or 1000 pounds of user weight (see note below)
  • The frame can be narrowed to within 2.5” of the width of the seat, which helps to improve indoor mobility, especially where navigating through doorways is concerned

Note:  If you select the 1000-pound weight limit chair, the company will swap out the motors to those used by the Bounder AT, which provides more torque but somewhat less speed, so the speed of the 700-pound weight limit Big Bounder H-Frame Power Wheelchair is 11.5 MPH, while the 1000-pound weight limit model is 6.5 MPH.

Of course, you have access to the full range of extras and add-ons that we’ll talk about later.


Bounder Plus Narrow and Extra Narrow

Bounder Plus Narrow and Extra Narrow

Adjustability & Customization

Overall Comfort Level

Versatility

Ease of Use

4.5

Summary

A smaller, narrower variant of the Bounder High Performance, designed with children and smaller adults in mind.

Bounder Plus Narrow and Extra Narrow for Bounder Power Wheelchair

Bounder Plus Narrow and Extra Narrow

There are actually two variants of this model.  We’ll give the basic stats as they differ from the Bounder HP separately.

NARROW 24” BOUNDER
  • The overall width of the frame has been reduced to 24.”
  • Offers a slightly higher (11.6 MPH) top speed
  • Seat width options range from 12” – 18.”
  • Seat depth options range from 12” – 18.”
  • Seat height options are 19”, 20”, or 21.”
  • Back height options range from 12” – 20.”
  • The narrow chair uses a dual group 24 sliding battery box in the place of dual group 27

Note:  If you select the 1000-pound weight limit chair, the company will swap out the motors to those used by the Bounder AT, which provides more torque but somewhat less speed, so the speed of the 700-pound weight limit Big Bounder H-Frame Power Wheelchair is 11.5 MPH, while the 1000-pound weight limit model is 6.5 MPH.

Of course, you have access to the full range of extras and add-ons that we’ll talk about later.

EXTRA NARROW 21.5” BOUNDER
  • The overall width of the frame is reduced to just 21.5.”
  • Uses slightly smaller front and rear wheels (8” x 2” vs. 9” x 3.5”)
  • Uses a slightly less powerful motor (top speed of 9.1 MPH)
  • Uses a dual group 22NF battery box

Overall, compared to the Bounder Plus H Frame (High Performance), this chair weighs approximately 100 pounds less (so total weight here is about 180 pounds).

Bounder Plus Narrow and Extra Narrow for Bounder Power Wheelchair

As with the other Bounder models, the full range of power seating options, extras and add-ons are available.

Bounder Classic – Conventional “Tubular” Frame

Bounder Classic – Conventional “Tubular” Frame

Adjustability & Customization

Overall Comfort Level

Versatility

Ease of Use

4.5

Summary

Designed for anyone who doesn’t like the more modern styling of the other models. Like the Bounder High Performance, it’s at its best indoors, but surprisingly
capable in many outdoor settings.

Bounder Classic for Bounder Power Wheelchair

Bounder Classic – Conventional “Tubular” Frame

This is the closest thing that 21st Century makes to a “conventional” wheelchair.  It retains its all-steel construction but utilizes a non-folding box frame built with steel tubing.  In addition to that, note the following differences from the baseline model:

  • 8” x 2” front casters
  • Mag-style 20” x 2.125” rear wheels
  • Seat widths available in 14”, 15”, 16” 17” 18” 19” or 20” configurations (14” and 15” configurations generate an extra charge)

As with all the other Bounder models, the full range of enhancements and add-ons are available with this model.

Features of Bounder Power Wheelchairs

Adjustability & Comfort

While Bounder power chairs themselves are only moderately adjustable once you get them in-hand, the company gives you virtually unlimited freedom to custom-tailor your chair to your specific needs.

We’ll get into the add-ons and enhancements in the next section.  For now, let’s focus on the standard parts of the wheelchair that can be custom-ordered to your specifications, and aren’t model-specific:

Powder Coated Frame

The powder-coated frame can be ordered in a variety of colors, including:

  • Black
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Dark Green
  • Yellow
  • Light Gray
  • White
  • Teal
  • Lavender
  • Pink
  • Any custom color you desire
Frame Reinforcement Options

 The frame can be reinforced for heavier users. A variety of reinforcement options here, including:

  • Reinforced drive wheel mounts
  • Thicker wall tubing
  • Solid back posts
  • Addition of a cross strut between the back-post handle tips
  • Adding gurney push handles (allowing an assistant to push you)
  • Adding gurney rail mounts (left, right, front, and/or rear)
And More!
  •  A wide variety of front rigging and seat arm options
  • A variety of headrest styles
  • A variety of calf pad styles
  • The leg supports can either be footplate (single plate), or independent leg supports (with or without calf pads)
  • Flip-up arms available for easier transfer into and out of the chair
  • A variety of front caster and drive wheel size options
  • And a variety of control options (including attendant controls mounted on the back of the chair)

You probably won’t need to order any aftermarket goodies for your chair. But in the event that you forget something you wanted, most aftermarket products can be fitted to the Bounder power wheelchair product line, although they may pose complications with some of the features we’ll talk about a bit later in this review, so bear that in mind.

On-Board Storage & Extras

21st Century Scientific, Inc. offers a moderate number of exciting add-ons and enhancements.  Any of these can be ordered on any of the models the company offers:

  • Lighting Package – The lighting package offered includes a 24V, 20W 1900lm CREE headlamp that’s as bright as a car headlight.  It also includes a switch box and wiring to support two headlamps and two taillights (the second headlight can be purchased separately).
  • Horn – An important safety feature that can be added on request, powered by its own toggle switch (push button horns available on request).
  • Electric Leg Bag Emptier – Not everyone will need this add-on, obviously, but if you do, it can be a real lifesaver.  Activated via its own, dedicated toggle switch, it can drain a medium-sized bag in about fifteen seconds.  Also note, no valve flushing required!
  • Rearview Mirror – A detachable rearview mirror can be placed just in front of the arm opposite where the steering control box is located.
  • Device Mount – Positioned in the same location where the rearview mirror would go, it’s a convenient, hands-free way of using your smartphone or tablet.  Provides four points of contact to ensure that the device is held firmly in place.
  • Gun Mount (With Rifle Rest) – A great addition for an outdoorsman, the module breaks down into three pieces for easy storage and transport when not in use.  Features quick-adjust ratcheting handles and is mounted in the optional equipment slot, on the arm opposite the steering controller.
  • Fan – Small, personal cooling fan capable of moving 45 cubic feet of air per minute.
  • Fenders – A convenient way to help keep you dry and your wheelchair clean when driving outdoors in inclement weather.  Also adds a bit of style and flair to your ride.
  • Rear-mounted oxygen tank holder

Power Seating Options

While all of these are interesting, these aren’t the add-ons and enhancements that make the Bounder power chairs so compelling.  The thing that does is that in addition to the incredible reliability these models offer, they can be customized with a variety of power seating options. 

Many of these can be combined, so don’t think that you’re just limited to one of the options we’ll describe below.  Depending on your needs, the company can work with you to install a variety of power seating options.  Here’s what you can choose from:

  • PRS – Power Recline System: The reclining system offered by 21st Century is interesting for a number of reasons.  First, it can go from nearly vertical to nearly horizontal (up to 80 degrees of recline), and it allows both sling upholstery as well as solid seating and sheet metal pans, giving users a variety of options.  

    When combined with the independently operated elevating leg rests and the custom seating and padding options (described below), it enables you to create the perfect napping or sleeping chair, in addition to taking advantages of the model’s native features.
Power Seat Elevate (PSE2), Power Tilt (PTS) & Power Recline (PRS)

A BOUNDER Plus H-Frame with 13" Power Seat Elevator (PSE2), 50° Power Tilt (PTS) and 80° Power Recline (PRS)

GIF Power Seat Elevate (PSE2) & Power Tilt (PTS)

A BOUNDER Plus H-Frame with 13" Power Seat Elevator (PSE2) and 50° Power Tilt (PTS)  

  • SBPRS - Sliding Back Power Recline System: An interesting variation to the standard powered recline function, this feature allows the chair to “slide forward” by as much as five inches as it reclines.
  • PTS – Power Tilt System: This feature allows you to change the angle between the seat to the ground while seated in the chair, giving you about a 45-degree range of movement.
Image of Power Seat Elevate (PSE2) & Power Tilt (PTS)

A BOUNDER Plus H-Frame with 13" Power Seat Elevator (PSE2) and 50° Power Tilt (PTS)

  • RPTS – Reverse Power Tilt System: Where the power tilt system tilts you backward by up to 45 degrees, this module does the same thing but leans you forward instead (to a maximum of about thirty degrees).  Great for providing a bit of assistance in getting out of the chair, this can be considered somewhat akin to the feature found on power lift recliners.
  • PSE2 – Power Seat Elevator 2: This is Bounder’s answer to the standing wheelchair.  The seat elevator raises the entire seat up to 13,” which is generally sufficient to bring the person sitting in the chair to something approximating standing height.  

    In addition to allowing the person using the wheelchair to be closer to “eye to eye” when speaking to someone, it affords them a much greater degree of independence. No more asking for help to get something off of a high store shelf, you can simply flip a switch and raise yourself up sufficiently to reach it!

    Even better, if you weigh less than 250 pounds, you’ll even be able to drive the chair in its elevated position. How cool is that?
Image of Power Front Load (PFLS), Power Seat Elevate (PSE2)

A BOUNDER Plus H-Frame with Power Front Load System (PFLS) – seat extends forward and lowers, 13" Power Seat Elevator (PSE2) and 50° Power Tilt (PTS)

  • PFLS – Power Front Load System: There are a surprising number of people with mobility issues who could benefit greatly from 21st Century’s innovative front-loading system. 

    At the flip of a switch, the entire seat (including arms and rigging) move forward and down, lowering the seat to floor height and making it easier for people with severe mobility issues, deformed lower extremities, or double amputees to get into and out of their chair.
  • DIPLR – Dual Independent Power Elevating Leg Rests: A tremendously valuable feature.  Many mainstream brands offer elevating leg rests, but we’ve never seen a mainstream brand offer electronically controlled elevating leg rests that could be controlled independently.  Kudos to 21st Century for this innovation!
Image of Power Seat Elevate (PSE2), Reverse Power Tilt (RPTS), Elevating Legrests (DIPLR)

A BOUNDER Plus H-Frame with Leather Recaro® ES seat, Power Seat Elevator (PSE2), Reverse Power Tilt System (RPTS), and Dual Independent Power Elevating Legrests (DIPLR)

GIF Image of Power Seat Elevate (PSE2), Reverse Power Tilt (RPTS), Elevating Legrests (DIPLR)

Demonstrating the chair's Power Seat Elevator (PSE2), Reverse Power Tilt System (RPTS), and Dual Independent Power Elevating Legrests (DIPLR)

  • PHR – Power Headrest: When not in use, this headrest lies behind the chair’s seatback.  At the flip of a switch, the headrest can be raised into position, providing even greater comfort.

Seat Style Options

In short, the options above are flat-out amazing enhancements.  Even better, in addition to these, two different seat style options can be ordered:

  • Custom Captain’s Chair – This is custom-made and can be ordered in just about any size you like, and with either standard padding, extra padding, or memory foam.  A variety of upholstery options are also available.
BOUNDER Plus Conventional Frame with Black Fabric Captain's Seat

Custom Captain’s Chair

  • Recaro Ergonomic Seat – Also custom-made and offered in a variety of upholstery options, a Recaro seat is…imagine a cross between a plush bucket seat from a sports car and a high-end executive office chair. That’s what you can enjoy sitting in if you like!  Among other things, these chairs feature a manually adjustable headrest and seat depth and offer full ergonomic (including lumbar) support, with a separate control panel built into one of the inside arms for controlling the seat-specific features.
BOUNDER Plus H-Frame with Recaro Seat

Recaro Ergonomic Seat

Puff & Sip Control

Finally, and this is something else you’ll be hard-pressed to find offered by most mainstream brands, if you can’t use your hands to work the controls, any of 21st Century’s chairs can be outfitted with a “Puff and Sip” control system, so that the operation of the chair can be conducted by mouth movements.  In short, these guys have thought of just about everything.

What About Portability?

So far, we’ve been doing nothing but singing the praises of Bounder products, and with good reason.  They are amazing.  One thing they are not, however, is portable.  If you want to move these from one location to another, you’re almost certainly going to want to buy a lift system on the back of your vehicle, or, if you have a truck or full-sized van, then a ramp to allow you to load and unload whichever of these models you gravitate toward.

While the relative lack of portability did reduce the score of the products in this brand, it’s not a deal breaker for most people.  It’s a problem, sure, but not an insurmountable one.

World Class Customer Service and Support

Another thing you won’t have to worry about when you buy any product from 21st Century Scientific is post-sales support.  They’ll start working with you from the moment you first make contact to ensure that the chair they ultimately deliver to your door is exactly what you want and need.

Post-purchase, if there are any problems with your chair, you can rely on a prompt response from the company’s knowledgeable staff.  They’re a great, dedicated group.

Pros & Cons of Bounder Plus Wheelchairs

Given the amazing quality and durability of these products and the amazing power seat configuration options, it’s not hard to fall in love with Bounder products.  These chairs were designed to last you a lifetime, and because you can customize them for exactly how you plan to use them and to meet your specific needs, they really don’t have any downside, other than price.

Quality like this doesn’t come cheap, so Bounder power chairs are a good deal more expensive than mobility devices offered by the dominant brands in the industry.

Then again, it’s not really an “apples to apples” comparison.  The reason the big-name brand products are so much less expensive is that they’re mass produced and designed for mass-market appeal.  Consider them to be “one size fits all” products, versus these, which are highly customized to perfectly meet your individual needs, and to last a lifetime.  That’s a significant difference, but again, it’s one you’ll pay a hefty premium for, and unfortunately, that puts these chairs out of reach for many.

Bounder Power Wheelchair Review Conclusion

The Bounder power wheelchairs offered by 21st Century Scientific, Inc. are incredible.  Their designs are of high quality, and they offer an array of customization options that most other manufacturers can’t match.  That makes them a breed apart. 

We highly recommend all of the chairs in the Bounder lineup without reservation.  They’re expensive, but they’re built to last, and you can customize them to ensure that they’ll meet your needs perfectly.  Great products offered by a great company.


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