So when I got the chance to review a scooter from Yvolution I jumped at the opportunity.
We were sent the Yvolution Glider XL Deluxe Scooter in pink. This scooter is aged from 3 to 8 years old and so is perfect for a wide age range of children.
Lily is not quite 3 yet but its great that it will last her so long.
As soon as Lily saw that she had a scooter of her own she was so pleased. She pretty much screamed SCOOTER at me when I showed her the box.
The scooter comes in the box in one piece, there is no assembly required, just a few things to undo and a twist and turn to open it up. I followed the instructions of how to set the scooter up which wasn't to hard and then it was ready for Lily to ride on it.
The scooter looks so cool. I love how flat is lays when it is put down ready to be stored away. How compact it is I find to be a really good feature of this scooter. It really does look so sleek and really nicely designed too with a brightly coloured pink against a nice blacks. The wheels look smooth and handles perfect for gripping.
On the top of the scooter where you would stand is a decent area of grip, its not slippy to stand on at all. Here it shows the Yvolution Glider Logo. This has just enough space to allow for customisation.
One of the great things about this scooter is that it has 3 wheels, which provides for a lot more stability for your child to learn to scoot. Its perfect to help your little one learn to balance and help develop their motor skills and co-ordination.
This scooter has so many special features that makes it stand out from the rest. Firstly the handles bars move up and down and so can be adjusted to your child's height, growing with your child. It goes up from 77cm to 88cm in height. For the moment on its lowest setting its the perfect height for Lily.
These scooters also have a unique way of steering with a 'Lean to steer' Mechanism which teaches your child how to steer. You can also alter the steering from loose to firm changing the power of steering your child has, and therefore changing it as they progress to new levels of using the scooter.
The scooter is perfect to use around the house too, so after a bit of practice indoors. Lily was ready to give it a try out doors.
Lily has really got the hang of pushing herself forward. She understands she has to put one foot on the scooter on and one on the floor. The scooter moves so smoothly that she can push herself forward with ease. I set the level of steering to the perfect setting for Lily by moving a levier that is by the wheels. But Lily could not get the hang of turning at all. She has used scooters in the past, usually her friends and I think they have them at nursery and so she couldn't get the concept she didn't have to turn the handle and had to lean. To turn she would get off and then move the scooter to the direction she wanted to go forward. For now I just see it as a way of Lily learning and she will get there with it. Im happy at her practicing going forward to start. Lily also hasn't used the break at the back which you use by placing your foot on when both feet are on the board. She mostly has kept one foot on the floor while using the scooter.
One other way that Lily seems to enjoy using the scooter is by standing on it with both feet and have me pull her along with it by holding her hand. This actually works a lot better and easier than it sounds and we have travelled a few places this way. I usually put the steering on loose so I can lean her which way I want when we need to turn.
So far I haven't got Lily any protective gear but I will be buying her a helmet and knee pads as she starts to use it more. You can buy these from the Yvolution Website.
Over all this is a really great scooter and Lily and I are both really happy with it. I know she is going to really love it as soon as she gets better at riding it.
The Yvolution Glider XL deluxe is priced at £69.99 and be can bought at Toys R Us.
What do you think to Yvolutions unique 'Lean to steer' steering?