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You aren't cheap Dave. I hope someone sees fit to buy you one. LOL I think it would be awesome. A true transformer leg.

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You aren't cheap Dave. I hope someone sees fit to buy you one. LOL I think it would be awesome. A true transformer leg.

Actually I was thinking of making my own "fairing". When I was a teenager,I used to get fiberglass and resin and apply it to bicycle frames and make contours on the frame.

I also did body modifications on cars, Recessed lights ect.when I got to driving age.

Its sort of the same concept. I dont see me or anyone else footing (pun) the bill for one of these legs.

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Let me know when you perfect it. I'll be out for mine. It's fun to decorate our legs with arty cloth or sports teams, but to be able to change the contours and make it a honkin' appendage would be great!!!

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I have to believe these are "incredibly" expensive as this is a startup custom company. I'd definitley be intersted to know the complete cost of one of these "fairings" for legs.

Being a motorcycle enthusiast it would seem to me the chrome design is beautiful.

Anyone get any quotes yet?

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Check out Carbon Stride They're based in the UK but I'm guessing they'll ship worldwide.

I had the first fairing they sold and it's great, all carbon fibre so nice and light, pads out trousers so you can't tell I've got a prosthetic on the few occasions I wear trousers. The bes bit is the ability to get it painted at any motor bodywork specialist (of which I understand there are quite a few in America.

They're also CONSIDERABLY cheaper than bespoke innovations

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The price that sticks in my mind from this website was $4,000. That is really expensive unless you can easily transfer it from one prosthetic to another.

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The price that sticks in my mind from this website was $4,000. That is really expensive unless you can easily transfer it from one prosthetic to another.

Expensive compared to what? a silicone cosmesis that is really fragile and easily marked? Or ruining the finish on your £25,000 C-Leg?

Nothing about prosthetics is cheap but if it makes you feel better when you're wearing your prosthesis then it's money well spent.

As for them being easy to swap between prostheses any fairing is going to have to be secured to the chasis some how. Carbon stride glue retaining nuts to the chasis. In order to swap to another prosthesis you'd have to get another set of retainers fitted to the other leg.

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My prosthetist told me I'd be best to wait at least a year to a year and a half before thinking of investing money in an item like the bespoke fairing. He said I'll shrink up so much in the first year that spending money on a bells and whistles fairing too early might make it worthless because it might not fit the socket.

I also think Bespoke will need to find a price fit that does NOT simply price us out of the range of affordability. Since a fairing is strictly a cosmetic function .....if the doggone things cost an arm and a leg (pun intended) few will be able to afford them.

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My prosthetist told me I'd be best to wait at least a year to a year and a half before thinking of investing money in an item like the bespoke fairing. He said I'll shrink up so much in the first year that spending money on a bells and whistles fairing too early might make it worthless because it might not fit the socket.

I also think Bespoke will need to find a price fit that does NOT simply price us out of the range of affordability. Since a fairing is strictly a cosmetic function .....if the doggone things cost an arm and a leg (pun intended) few will be able to afford them.

Obviously it depends on your level of amputation but for an above knee socket size is less of an issue as any fairing is going to be covering the lower part of the prosthesis which shouldn't change size when you change socket however it's still probably best to wait until things have settled a bit.

As for the price, compared to the other types of cosmesis available I think both companies have set their products at a good point. The other options are:

1. No cosmesis - Obviously cheap but if you're not happy with the look of your prosthesis then this isn't really an option.

2. A foam and stocking cosmesis - loved by the NHS and hated by pretty much all the amputees I've ever spoken to. This type of cosmesis is cheap and easy to make but never looks very realistic and for men looks more than a little strange when you appear to be wearing stockings.

3. A full blown silicone cosmesis - Incredibly expensive these items are hand made to match your sound leg (assuming a single amputation) they have realistic looking hairs, freckles, veins and skin tones. They also pick up colour from the dye in your clothes and can tear if you kneel on them. They're also incredibly heavy sometimes more than doubling the weight of a prosthesis and in turn causing the action of the knee to slow down making walking even slower.

These fairings manage to sit at a lower price than silicone yet look better than anything else available and are truly unique. Bespoke Innovations are about double the price of the Carbon Stride but they are producing a completely unique product that appears to be made using a 3D printer as opposed to Carbon Stride who make a universal fit product that is cut to size when it is fitted to your prosthesis but can be painted in order to customise it to your taste. The other advantage a fairing has over a more traditional cosmesis is that (at least in the case of the Carbon Stride) they can be easily removed in a matter of minutes if you're doing an activity that could damage them such as gardening or painting, try doing that with a silicone cosmesis.

Sadly nothing about prosthetics is cheap and worse still is that insurance companies / the NHS don't seem to care about the look of the prosthesis leaving users to pay for any type of cosmesis themselves. Which does of course mean that not everybody will be able to justify the expense but then again it is no different to any other "designer" product. I need a car and I'd love a Ferrari but my bank manager says I have to make do with a Nissan.

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