The Invacare Tracer EX2 is not my first experience with wheelchairs, but is the first that I have needed for my own use. I purchased it based on reviews here, most notably that of "Chris" the hospital maintenance man. I could not agree more with his assessment.
The welds are of good quality, the chair rolls freely, and it folds readily yet opens into a very rigid platform. This is not a light chair, but a steel frame lends itself readily to MIG welding, and practically begs for customizing. I will post pix, if possible, of any mods made here.
The chrome plating is of barely adequate quality for all but strictly indoor use, but an application of car wax every so often will keep corrosion at bay. The optional removable armrests wobble a bit due to loose tolerances, but they allow quick and easy removal/installation while seated. I believe that for an active person, they are well worth the added, and quite reasonable price.
The optional elevated leg rests are well designed, and function smoothly, but if you are especially tall or long legged you may find that they are simply too short. An extra 2 inches of adjustability would be most welcome by me, and extensions will have to be fabricated before I can use them. This will not be complex, or expensive, but would not be difficult to offer as optional equipment.
A cushion may be mandatory here. I weigh 40# less than the chair is rated for, but in 1 week the seat stretched until the frame can be felt. It is possible that the design is not flawed, and that the materials are simply out of specification... and possibly only for 1 batch. Be prepared for the added expense, the added comfort will be welcome in any case.
The included manual is reasonably clear, and concise.
I have purchased/built a wide variety of equipment, and I very rarely see this level of value in economy priced gear. I am not only pleasantly surprised, but very impressed with both the design and build quality. I would recommend this chair to anyone that must take price into consideration. 4.750 stars, without reservation.