What's David Grohl's Knee Scooter Brand?
- Here's a quick intro for those who are unfamiliar.
David Grohl is one of the greatest rock musicians of our time. You may know him as the singer and founder of Foo Fighters, but unbeknownst to some, the drummer for another legendary band—Nirvana.
In June of 2015, while playing in Sweden, Grohl tripped on stage and broke his ankle—barely two songs into a 26 song setlist. If you can muster it, you can watch it happen here. Then, amazingly, he took his microphone and told the audience he was going to "fix it and then come back."
True to his word, he came back. With his foot bandaged up, sitting with his injured foot up, he played and finished the show. My hero. You can watch the evidence of it here.
A few days later, he was seen riding a knee scooter. Five years later, some folks still ask what model knee scooter was David Grohl using.
What model is it?
The scooter model David Grohl was using was the Drive Medical 790 knee walker. This model has since been discontinued and replaced by the 796 knee walker, which we carry.
But here's the thing.
As knee walker connoisseurs, we can make a smart guess and say he probably didn't personally choose that specific model. It's a model that is widely available in many DME shops (durable medical equipment) because it's a cheap, barebones, one-size-fits-all model.
It may be widely available, but as with everything cheap, it has several flaws.
The drawbacks of this knee walker
The first issue is the small wheels. These are suitable for indoor use, but when taking it for the occasional outdoor stroll, you will feel all the bumps and cracks of the pavement. Most models that have solid wheels make them bigger, so it absorbs more of the shock from the rough surface.
We find the turning radius is very average, if you have to navigate tight spaces, you would have to get used to making lots of three-point turns or lifting the unit to steer it to clear the corner.
Some users report it being potentially unstable; this is due to the distance between the front wheels being a little narrow compared to more stable models.
Finally, the knee rest pad is not the most comfortable design out there. Additionally, it has no offset feature. A knee rest with an offset design accommodates a left or right injured leg—which makes riding comfortable. This keeps your legs apart at a natural distance from each other, this makes each stride more natural and effortless—and you will avoid hitting the knee scooter frame with your good foot when you make strides.
What we recommend
There are knee walker models out there with better design, improved features, and more comfortable.
We still carry a limited amount of the Drive Medical DV8 for customers who still specifically request that model.
An alternative economy model we recommend is the Roscoe Knee Scooter . It's priced similarly, and it's slightly better in build. This model is available for purchase or rent.
Drive DV8 and the Roscoe Knee Walker
Our most advanced and popular model, the one we like recommend to everyone, is the Swivelmate Knee Walker . It's not an economy model like the latter, but if you are looking to rent a knee scooter, you can rent it for the same price as you would for the Roscoe—$30 a week.
If you are looking to buy or rent a knee scooter, you don't have to settle for what's available locally. If you are reading this, that means you have options. Invest a little more and get a safer and more comfortable knee walker to better aid you in your injury recovery process.
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