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The Tracer SX5 Recliner Wheelchair – A Review

Invacare Tracer SX5 ReclinerThe Tracer SX5 Reclining Wheelchair gives you a reclining range from 90‎° to 180‎°. It is a light weight manual wheelchair built for durability and comfort of a full reclining back. It is a great institutional commercial chair owing to its comfort ability. Its tough embossed upholstery makes it a heavy duty chair.

The SX5 has a maximum weight of 250-300 lbs. The upholstery is made of vinyl and is black in color.

In terms of performance, the Tracer SX5 is a light weight wheelchair that has the strength to make it a high performer. The no-flex tires and the sealed precision bearings enhance speed and leave no need for maintenance of the chair. The model does not pride itself as having a litany of features, but its limited features suffice your use.

Notable Features Include:

  • Rear Anti Tippers
  • No-flex wheels
  • Urethane Rear Tires
  • Dual-sealed precision tires
  • Chrome-plated, carbon steel frame
  • Padded calf rests
  • Back and seat feature inner lining that prevent stretching
  • Upholstery that resists mild dew, cold – cracking and UV damage
  • Desk – length fixed height with removable arm rests
  • A 90‎° to 180‎° reclining angle
  • Let’s weigh the pros and cons of this chair


  • Fixed height that is ideal for office work, removable armrests make it even easier to work comfortably.
  • Has padded calf rests and allows comfort even when used for long periods of time.
  • Inner linings on back and seat prevent stretching and eventual sagging of the material.
  • Chrome-plated carbon steel frame enhances sturdiness and ensures its durability.
  • Reclining range of 90‎° to 180‎° offers a dynamic wheelchair that presents different levels of comfort to choose from.
  • It is a perfect choice for individuals using catheters, changing them while seated would be easy.
  • Easy to fold and transport.
  • It’s more affordable compared to tilt chairs.


  • It is heavy and difficult for user to propel without help.
  • A molded or contoured back rest cannot be used on this wheelchair as the user keeps moving from the position.
  • To some, being reclined is uncomfortable and extremely hurts, except when the legs are lifted.

Clearly, there are more positives to this wheelchair and it would be unfair to expect it to be lighter since orders for the elevated leg rests are nearly always made with reclining wheelchairs. Overall, a good buy for commercial and institutional use. Price is not the only thing that matters when it comes to buying your new Invacare Tracer SX5 Recliner, great customer service of Sportaid is priceless!