For Nathan's first birthday, Jason and I decided on a Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike! We were more than excited when we saw it. Since we only have experience in assembly and the first stage, that's all I will be reviewing.
Jason put the trike together a couple days before Nathan's birthday, and we had to take it out immediately for a walk! Nathan loves it.
Storage: The cupholder is awesome! The little storage on back is adorable but you can't fit much into it. Not sure what I could keep there.
Control: Steering is something else with this thing. You directly control the front wheel with the handlebars, way from the back, and you must make fairly wide turns in order to direct it. There aren't really any shock absorbers so it's a bit of a bumpy ride.
Fit: If you've got a big guy like I do, it is a challenge to cram him into the holder. See? He fills it up. We have to angle him just right to get his legs where they need to be, otherwise he gets stuck on the way in. The next stage says I have to wait six more months, but I have a feeling we will be trying a lot sooner.
Safety: This may also be because Nathan is in the 85th+ percentiles of height and weight, but going over speed bumps can tip this thing. The harness system is a bit strange to me. This must be more for smaller babies, because the straps do not hold Nathan in place at all. He loves seeing the ground pass by, trying to reach it and all, so he always scoots hit butt over to one side and leans. No matter how tight the straps are, he manages to scootch. Whatever, no risk of him falling out - that plastic piece keeps him inside.
Appearance: This thing is adorable. I love the vibrant color, and the classic Radio Flyer logo and design. It looks awesome in all stages. The one exception for me is the canopy. Looks and feels flimsy. But it's only there for a short time anyway.
Quality: It is made out of high quality, sturdy plastic with some metal pieces. The directions are easy to understand, and this thing is pretty darn solid.
Overall: I believe this is a high quality product, designed for the average baby/toddler, and this is something I can recommend. I think the main focus of this product is taking a classic-style tricycle and adding pieces so that it can be enjoyed earlier. Stage One Rating: 7/10
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