***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation has been provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
I have to admit, I am totally new to Little Tikes. I had a long term partnership with a competitor, and I tend to be very brand loyal. When working closely with one brand, I tend to stick with them. That partnership has ended, so now I am able to expand my horizons and see if the grass is greener on the other side. As a former brand ambassador for a competitor who shall not be named, I was very eager to compare the overall quality between them and Little Tikes, hoping that Little Tikes would live up to the high standards for children's products I have grown accustomed to over the past 4 years.
Unfortunately, there won't be much comparing I will be able to do this time, since the product I am featuring is unlike anything the brand-who-shall-not-be-named carries. I am not featuring a climber, picnic table, toy box, wagon, or art desk. This is bigger, better, and SO much more fun! That's right....I want to tell you all about the ultimate in summer fun, the Little Tikes Slam 'N' Curve Slide!
Before I show you how much fun my kids are having with this product, please allow me to share all the specifications and details. Cause, you know...Details like that are important to consider when contemplating a purchase.
Here are some quick facts about the Slam 'N' Curve Slide:
• Challenging inflatable rock wall leads to a slippery slide with a gentle curve at the end for a fun ride into the refreshing pool
• Roomy splash pool includes an inflatable basketball hoop and ball
• Step-down in side wall for easy entrance and exit
• After inflation, blower must run continuously while children are playing
• Inflatable must be anchored firmly in place
• Maximum number of kids: 3
• Maximum combined weight limit: 350 lbs.
• Accessories include:
* 1-Heavy duty blower with GFCI plug
* 1-Repair kit
* 1-Storage bag
* 1-Inflatable basketball
* 4-Stakes for blower
* 6-Stakes for bouncer
• 1 year Limited Warranty from date of purchase on blower
• 90 Day Limited Warranty. from date of purchase on inflatable
• Refer to instruction booklet for set-up, storage, maintenance and care
• Designed for home outdoor use only
Our At-Home Waterpark Experience :
The Slam 'N' Curve slide comes packaged in a surprisingly small box. Since this is a larger product, it does weigh about 50lbs. So if you have a hard time lifting heavy boxes, make sure you have a strapping teen boy like mine on hand to carry it for you.
This slide is made from a very heavy duty and durable nylon material that is super-strong and resistant to rips and tears. It's not at all flimsy, and obviously designed to withstand the use (and abuse) of active children. That's right, folks, this baby is made to last! Little Tikes is scoring some serious brownie points based on quality of construction alone.
Now you might be wondering how something that fits in a medium sized box turns into a gigantic water attraction. It's inflatable! Included with your purchase is this compact yet powerful blower motor. This little guy works hard to provide enough air to keep the Slam 'N' Curve Slide perfectly inflated and able to support a whopping 350lbs.
Once the stakes are in place, simply use your garden hose to fill the pool and create a sprayer jet for the slide, inflate, and go! Yes, it's really that simple. If only everything else in life was....
One thing we really love about this slide is that is truly allows kids to be active. There's a challenging "rock wall" that little ones must climb in order to access the slide. Here are Sophie and Xander navigating their way to the top. Even Xander, who is only 3 and a half, was able to easily climb this wall.
There's a spraying water jet at the top that ensures a quick and slippery ride down the curved slide. After all, what is a waterslide if there's no water?! Here's Xander hugging the wall of the slide as he raced down it. Since this product is very firm and stable, leaning against the wall didn't affect the structural integrity at all.
At the bottom of the slide, kids will enjoy enjoying a splash landing into the relaxing pool. The walls of this product are high enough that a child won't go flying out, by the way. They will stay contained within the pool. Now this pool is not deep, so there won't be any swimming, but there's plenty of room to splash, sit, and horse around in the water.
Kyle even played some basketball and even slam-dunked himself! (Since this is a flexible hoop that's filled with air, he was able to easily shimmy himself in!)
So if you're looking for a great way to stay cool this summer while keeping kids active this summer, definitely check out the Little Tikes Slam 'N' Curve Slide. This is truly a product that the whole family can enjoy.
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