Let’s not beat about the bush, getting the kids about the place can be tough. Between car seats, buggy’s and pouches to store your kids on your back, it can be tough to pick what to use. Recently, I got my mitts on a Micro Trike to review.
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I have three kids and they range from nearly 2 years old to 15 years old. Yeah, 15 years old. So I have been around the parenting block a few times and have seen a variety of products come and go over the years. Back when my daughter was a toddler, alternatives to using a buggy was the thing. A buggy was a big, bulky item that was a nightmare to get up and down. These days, using a buggy is a breeze, so why would you want to get anything else? Simple. As the buggy got smaller and easier to use, so did the trikes.
I’ve always loved the trikes but they can be just as expensive as a buggy. A prime example of this is the most recent buggy that I bought (which is also what I am comparing the Micro Trike to). When I picked up the Joie Mirus a couple of years ago, it was a bargain of £80. I could see trikes sitting nearby that were priced for double the amount. What a rip off!
- Price- I bought my buggy for £80 a couple of years ago but it is slightly more expensive now. The Mirco Trike retails for approx £80 which is a lot cheaper than some other trikes on the market.
- Folding- Even though I have a new buggy, sometimes the little button sticks and I have to wrestle with it. The Micro Trike is really easy to fold and collapses completely flat.
- Ages- The buggy is suitable from birth, the Micro Trike is suitable from 18 months and up.
- Weight- The Joie weights a light 7.49kg but the Mirco Trike weighs only 1.9kg.
- Seatbelt- The Micro Trike has a seatbelt but it is only a 3-point harness and doesn’t go over the shoulders. It’s a bit loose, to be honest. The Joie has a 5-point safety harness with pads for comfort.
- Wheels- The Joie has four wheels and two of them swivel. The Micro Trike has three small wheels, the two at the back are fixed but the front wheel is attached to the parent handle so that you can steer.
We can talk specs all day until we are blue in the face but the only opinion that really matters is the kids. If they don’t want to use it, it is a waste of money, am I right? So, the ultimate test was my toddler, would he like the Micro Trike? Turns out, he loves it! He probably doesn’t know what a bike is but he acts like he is on a motorbike when he uses it. Given the option, he always picks the trike over the buggy.
The Micro Trike has its good points. It folds completely flat, so flat I can store it behind the door and it takes up virtually no room in the car. It is light and easy to use. But the seatbelt is a drawback to me. It doesn’t actually hold your child in place. And in the event of the trike tipping, I doubt it would stop your child from falling off the seat. Let’s not kid ourselves, no matter how careful we are, accidents can happen, and maybe taking a curb too quickly might make your little one fall off the seat, especially if they are really young and haven’t mastered balance yet.
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