I know we talk A LOT about biking on here….because it has provided so much freedom and life lessons for our boys. However, bikes are certainly not for every family and we get that.
To be honest, we have a shed full of wheels – bikes and trailers and wagons and toys….because that is what gets our family out and about on a daily basis. Keeping back-ups of those said wheels on hand (in case of a flat, etc.) can be a bit complicated and enough to require an inventory list, but we are ok with that “extra step” because it keeps our family healthy and moving. It’s the direction we’ve chosen to go because it fits our family.
This fall we decided that while we love the fact that the boys ride bikes daily, we wanted to mix it up a little and keep them trying out new ways of moving. The hope is that an increased exposure to different outdoor activities will help keep them interested and engaged in a variety of passions (which hopefully keep them invested in an outdoor life).
Per the recommendation of a great friend of mine, I contacted Kickboard USA in the hopes of getting the boys on a couple of scooters. They happily agreed and the boys are completely hooked. While they haven’t tossed their bikes completely aside, they love the new challenge the scooters bring and that they are just something new.
Mini Micro $79.99 (for ages 3-5)
- 3.3 pounds
- Soft edges for easy on and off
- Wheels are non-marking so fine for indoor or outdoor fun
- 2 wheels in the front of the scooter, 1 in the back
This is the scooter that P rides. At a (very tiny) 2.5 years old, I was fairly certain it would be too big on him. However, per the recommendation of Kickboard USA, we went with it opposed to the Mini Micro 3in1 and are glad we did. P has great coordination for his size, but it did take him a day (or so) to get the hang of the steering. He is used to a balance bike and steering that ,and the scooter is set up completely differently because weight shift itself changes the direction (instead of just moving handle bars). He would tend to lean towards the side that he was kicking with and that would steer him right off the road. However, he quickly picked it up on his own and now he flies on it. It’s to the point that I have to be constantly reminding him to use his brake (which is on the back of the scooter and he just needs to step on) or slow down however he can!
**Note: Our top recommended helmet for little heads (age 1+) is the Joovy Noodle – it really does keep heads covered and safe better than any other helmet we have tried. And at least this little guy needs an effective helmet that keeps his forehead safe too! See our full review on it here.**
Maxi Micro $129.99 (for ages 5-11) **Max of 120 pounds**
- 5.5 pounds
- 2 wheels in the front of the scooter, 2 in the back (side by side)
The scooter that J rides, even at a very average 4.5 year-old height, isn’t too big for him, despite the fact that it is recommended for kids aged 5+. As long as kids have good balance (and depending on their height and weight) most 4 year olds can ride this one. There is also the option to replace the T-bar steering with a “pilot” bar. I personally think kids just learning will do better with the T-bar, but the Pilot would be a great way to refresh the scooter and add a new challenge as they get older. J picked up using the scooter really quickly. It’s fairly intuitive, but I think bike AND scooter riding help each other reciprocally. He can use the brake effectively and loves just zooming around.
Differences between the Mini and Maxi:
- The Maxi is 2.2 pounds heavier than the Mini
- The Maxi’s “deck” is 1 inch wider and 2 inches longer (which makes it harder to maneuver for smaller children)
- The Maxi and Mini both have a 24 inch steering bar height (fixed for the Mini and the lowest setting of the Maxi)
- The Maxi’s steering bar extends an additional 12 inches to allow for growth
- The Maxi has two wheels on the rear of it (right next to each other) while the Mini has just one
- All parts on BOTH the Mini and Maxi are replaceable (so you can change colors, refresh parts, etc. when being passed on to another sibling/friend)
What we love about the scooters:
- They are light and easily maneuverable
- They are very durable and hold up to a bunch of abuse
- The parts can be replaced to refresh the scooters and change the look (for much less than buying a whole new scooter)
- They give kids a new task to help challenge their mobility and dexterity
- Kids love how fast they are and the freedom they give them
- Easy to just throw them into the car (smaller and more compact than bikes)
- Kickboard USA caters to (really) small children (18 months or younger) with their 3in1 model up to Adults. It’s easy to get the whole family moving.
What we aren’t so crazy about:
- While I don’t really see a solution around this, P has a tough time reaching back and putting on the brake on the Mini. I am sure he will pick it up the longer he rides and as he gets taller, but for right now, he mostly steers into grass to stop. :/
- Really, that’s it. These scooters are worth every penny.
Kickboard USA generously provided us this gear in order to facilitate this review. However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own. You can find my full disclosure here.
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