Product Type: Tp Activity Toys Outdoor Toy
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An essential add on to the Tp rapide slide
TP Slide Extension
Member Name: cha97mw
TP Slide Extension
Advantages: slows down child gradually, protects grass, clothes and bottoms from bumps
Disadvantages: 3 foot is a little too short for my kids. An extra foot would be even better.
We bought our boys the tp challenger climbing frame for christmas, and it came with the Rapide 3m slide and also this extender section. I think it is about £45 if you buy it separately, so it was good value getting it as part of a climbing frame set compared to buying separately.
On first assembling the slide, we didn't know if this extra piexe was necessary, but from the first time our boys used the slide, i found they were falling off the end of it down about an inch onto the grass. While this wasn't particularly the end of the world, they were ending up on the grass which was sometimes wet, and also muddy, so i knew i wanted something to protect their bottoms, their clothes from stains, and also the grass if possible.
The extension piece is about a metre long, and it has a hinge section at the end that fits under the slide. The slide just lifts up and sits on this extension so that when it is in place there is no danger of it sliding about and being an accident risk. The extension works nicely because it tapers off gradually over the extra meter so that the kids have virtually come to a stop when they reach the end.
Although we have found there is still a patch of grass worn away by their shoes as they come down the slide and get off, overall, i feel the slide extension makes play a lot safer. My two are quite little, about 3 stone each, and one is 3foot five and the other is just over 3 feet. They go down the slide at some speed, and this works brilliantly to slow them down. I am always surprised that they do actually come to a standstill right at the end of it though, and if they slide down in an unusual manner then they can still sometimes slide right off it, but it is slower than without this piece.
Personally, i would not be happy to have the Rapide slide without the extension section as it is so useful in slowing the boys down. Otherwise i would feel i had to stand at the bottom of the slide every time in case they went too fast. Now i can stand at the top end, so i can supervise whichever child is still sat at the top waiting to go down. Sometimes i do think life would be easier if i could clone myself, but with this piece of equipment some worry is removed.
Summary: In my opinion an essential add on to the TP rapide slide.
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