Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What is the French for TrailRider? La Joëlette

La Jolette as seen in Brittany
A dear friend is travelling in France and came across this in a in a tourist office in Redon, Brittany. 

Checkout the Ferriol-Matrat website to find out more - translate the page as needed.

 How much do they cost? I've asked them.

How does this compare with the TrailRider? Hard to tell from the photos but we should stage a side-by-side comparison shouldn't we?

Thank you Geraldine.
If you are a Facie, Like the Joëlette page:
La Jolette on the Ferriol-Matrat website


  1. Interesting. Like that it's higher up. Rider would be same level re eye contact etc. for side walkers and easier conversations with "sherpas". Seems very upright, which may be good for some vs the TrailRider which is in a more reclined position. We've had a rider become so relaxed they've fallen asleep - which is all good. From the pictures the larger wheel appears to be sinking in the sand vs the fat smaller wheel of the TrailRider. Would be great to have a side-by-side comparison to see what benefits each brings. Knowing the price would be good too. Please post when you find out Dave - Always good to see your posts - Stay well - CC

    1. Seriously interesting eh? Being less highly engineered than the TrailRider one would hope that it was a good deal cheaper but I have yet to be told

      From the pictures it would seem less capable for difficult tracks but it would seem ideal for easier paths and also perhaps less visually intimidating than the TrailRider.

      Somehow I want to see them side by side but I'm not sure yet how that could happen.

      Thanks, as ever, for being such Star followers

  2. The Jolette chair is an interesting design and it is has some great features! The suspension system on the chair should make the ride more comfortable for the passnger than the TrailRider chair. The front sherpa harness feature could help reduce arm fatigue and provide more sherpa 'pull' when going up hiils. The large wheel on the chair also has its advantages. It should make it easier to roll the chair over trail obstacles such as fallen trees and boulders compared to the Trailrider chair. Having a narrow wheel rim has both advantages and disadvantages. It could make the chair lighter but would make it more difficult to push/pull the chair on soft sandy surfaces. The chair does not appear to be well suited for passengers who require considerable support for their arms and upper torso area. Also not having a back rest adjustment would be a problem for some passengers, particularly on long trails. Due to the height of the chair and the arm rest design, side transfers maybe difficult, particularly if the passenger cannot weight bear. The option of having an electric motor fitted to the chair is a great feature particularly for hilly trails. It would be great to test the two chairs together on the same trail and get feedback from the passenger and the sherpas. A great post David -John

    1. İ love the expert eye that you cast upon this chair John. İt does indeed provide food for thought.

      İ'd so like to see them side by side

  3. You are more than welcome David!! I suppose I should have thought to ask about price, but this one was for hire, and I imagine the girls in the tourist office might not have known. xx

    1. İ think you're absolutely right about them not knowing but I'm in dialogue with the manufacturers and should know soon.

      It's an important question


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