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Review: Shox Scooter & Shred Sled

Written on October 14, 2010 by Kevin.

Another top notch product review thanks to TeamMom. This has been a great month of reviews. This time around we have two reviews, one of which I got to sample.

Shox Scooter:
We have recently thought about buying the kids scooters for Christmas this year. We were thrilled to be offered the Shox Scooter for Rylan. This scooter is rated at 5+ years old. We opened this item for Rylan and excited him when we took it outside. This is the first active shock absorber scooter and Rylan loved it. This is is a great scooter that will grow with the kids rather than be pushed aside. This item has 3 handle adjustment and plenty of rough grip on the deck to ensure stability. The first ever shock absorber scooter allows for "bigger, better and more gravity defying tricks." Sure Rylan is not old enough for tricks just yet but at this point, just staying on is a trick in itself. Like most other scooters, this one folds up so that it's not taking up your entire closet. I don't know if Rylan would let me put it in the closet anyways. Rylan is still raving about this and it may trump any of his Christmas gifts in his mind. This retails for $59.99 and I suggest you find a retailer by visiting ShredSled.com.

Shred Sled:
I think this is one of the first reviews that I didn't have help from the kids. The Shred Sled is rated at 8+ year olds so I took the reigns on this one. First opinion was simply.. how in the world does this work? Sure there are instructions but trying to grip your mind around it is difficult in itself. It took me, a29 year old, about an hour to get it going in a straight path. This is definitely a looker of a product and as I am cruising down the sidewalk I get a lot of stares. Maybe that is because it's not everyday you see a father on a children's toy. Ultimately this is a rock solid product. It has gone through a battery of testing, learning and crashes. I would however be interested to see how an 8 year old would be able to ride this. I just can't see it turning out well. For now, I get to stroll around with Rylan while he rides the scooter. Don't be deterred, this is definitely a great product that I can definitely recommend to anyone looking for something more than a basic scooter. Anyone with previous experience with snowboard or surfing will definitely pick up on this more quickly. For more information take a look at ShredSled.com, including how-to videos. This retails for $59.99 and is available nationwide at retailers or online at ShredSled.com.

* Riders should always wear protective safety gear when using the Shox Scooter or Shred Sled

Review: Backyard Safari Outfitters products

Written on October 1, 2010 by Kevin.

Teammom has definitely come through again with a great set of products to review. Needless to say, Christmas came early in our house when we opened the package to see these great items. We immediately began wishing it wasn't so hot outside so that we could really use these samples to the best ability. We did however get to look at the detailed Pop-Up Field Guide that comes with each product. It is small enough to fit nearly into any pocket, especially in the vest. The full set of Backyard Safari Outfitters equipment allows explorers, as young as 5, all of the essential gear needed for scoping out all of the "wildlife" in your backyard.

Cargo Vest - $19.99
How can you go out into the outdoor safari without a vest on? This vest definitely sets the mood to a great day out. When Rylan pulled this out of the box he immediately ripped off the packaging and threw it on. We just need to get him a compass and a notebook and he is good to go.

Bug Vacuum - $24.99
This is the type of toy that most boys dream about. How can you safely pickup just about any bug without having to actually touch it? Heck this may be great for moms as well. The vacuum has enough sucking power that is perfect to grab a bug and deposit it into a clear area which you can closely examine without having to worry about getting "bug germs". This shouldn't even be called a toy, rather a necessity of male childhood but really even girls are going to find this one interesting.

Mega View Periscope - $19.99
Whether you use this periscope to look over a wall or under the water, this one is definitely going to be lots of fun. We explained this toy by having the kids sit behind the couch and use it to look over. They loved it. We hope to do some underwater viewing when the weather cools down. How great would it be to see some fish swimming by?

These items are available now at Toys 'R' Us, Wal-Mart, Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com and Target. For more information about Summit Toys and a complete list of Backyard Safari essential field gear, visit www.summittoy.com. For the future, we definitely are looking at getting the Super Wide-View Mega Magnifier. We have tried that one at the store and the kids really enjoyed it.