Y Glider XL Deluxe Scooter
Scooters have come a long way in recent times. The Y Glider XL Deluxe scooter comes from Yvolution, a leading manufacturer of other motion products including balance bikes, ride ons and carts.
We tested this product with kids of varying ages, and overall found that in addition to the obviously attractive design and look of the product, the functionality/experience was great overall.
We tested with kids as young as 5, and pretty much all of them easily got the scooter going round in circles at quite some speed! The steering mechanism takes a little getting used to/can have a small learning curve for the younger children – rather than steering with the hands, the child has ti to tilt/lean the scooter over to steer one way or the other – but this wasn’t a problem, as kids quickly worked it out. In fact, this learning process brings us back to one of the significant developmental benefits of the product, that being learning and developing balance and coordination, especially while on the move!
We had children ride the scooter for around 30 minutes, and for the majority of that time they were happily riding around in full control.
The product comes with a very effective built in foot brake, situated at the back end of the scooter, but regardless of this kids will be kids, and the occasional spill/tumble is likely, so we always recommend using the appropriate safety equipment including helmet, knee and elbow pads etc.
WHO’S IT FOR – Our testing suggests this can be a very good first scooter for a younger child i.e. aged 5-8 years. There are scooters out there that allow for more ‘radical’ riding, stunts etc., so if you have an older child, or a child who really tends to want to push things physically to the limits, there may be other more advanced stunt scooters for them, but as a really cool starting point for 5-8 year olds this works!
THE TOY VERDICT – The Y Glider XL Deluxe Scooter is a great entry point to scooting. Children can easily get the scooter upto a decent and fairly exciting speed, with a strong and effective foot brake to reduce excess speed in a hurry if needed (which it most probably will be!). If your child is older, or needs more physical edge/stunts, there may be other more advanced scooters for them, but for what it does, the Y Glider XL Deluxe Scooter is highly recommended.