The name “Radio Flyer” evokes memories of flying down the driveaway on my tricycle and, of course, hauling freshly picked apples in a classic red wagon. A beautiful thing about parenthood is the opportunity to relive those memories with my children.
Just in time for apple-picking season, Radio Flyer sent me their Ultimate Comfort Wagon, a fresh take on a classic toy.
While I love the vintage look of the classic wood and metal wagon, this update has some neat practical features while preserving much of the charm of the originals.
Like many of the newer models, the Ultimate Comfort Wagon is designed with the idea that kids will be riding in it. So, there are seats and belts and the seats are even covered for added comfort.
The configuration of the seats makes this a real flexible wagon. You can fold both seats down or just one. There’s a tray table, as well, and molded drink holders.
My favorite feature is the removable canopy–which gives a little shade when you are out in the glare. For future re-imaginings of the classic red wagon, I would suggest some roll-down UV-protecting mosquito netting.
If you plan to spend a lot of time with your kids apple picking, tailgating, or at craft fairs, this is a neat way to provide a mobile base. You’ll be able to wheel your gear, your purchases, and any tired kiddos who need a break.
My kids, including the preschooler who almost always prefers to walk, love to ride in the wagon, making it useful for covering ground quickly, like when we have to park far away from fair grounds. And the kids love being able to face each other and help to “carry” our supplies for the day–especially the snacks.
One of the reasons Radio Flyer remains a favorite for me is because it designs its products with active, usually outdoor play in mind. Head out to the orchard and bring your haul home to make apple treats and crafts, skip watching the game on television and take a trip to the stadium instead, bring the little ones to their big sister’s soccer match, and enjoy the fresh air and creative possibilities.
WANT IT: I spotted the Ultimate Comfort Wagon for $180. Find Radio Flyer wagons at RedWagons.com, Target, or other licensed Radio Flyer merchants.
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