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We have the TP Giant Swing Frame (metal) and after 3 years of my children using the Rockaboat we decided to change it for the skyride. The reason being was that we wanted something that went higher, faster and that I wouldn't have to push (they can propell it themselves with their feet).
I would say that the Rockabout is best for small children but once they reach 4 years old and become more adventurous then the skyride is the thing to have. The recommended age range is 4-10 although I have had older using it with just as much enjoyment.
It can be attached to the Giant Swing Frame, Sherwood Range and the Kingswood Swing Arm.
They come in either blue or green plastic. The plastic may eventually fade over the years out in the sun but it makes no difference to the enjoyment or the safety of the product.
Tp garden products feels very robust, they are well made quality products and worth the money. The plastic is strong, there are no sharp corners - everything is rounded made with the safety of children at the forefront of their minds. TP products come with a lifetime guarantee againt failure caused by rust.
Instructions are clear with pictures as well as the text. Can be assembled by one person in very little time.
It can be used by one or two children and is easy for them to swing themselves high up into the air using their feet.
Great product - highly recommend
If ever a product was aptly named, this is it! The TP Skyride is a swing for up to two children that allows them to reach quite dizzy heights. It's for use with the TP systems, ours came with a Wooden Sherwood set, this swing will only fit the Sherwood swing arm or the Giant Swing Frame (TP 130) and not some of the smaller systems that TP make. In my opinion this swing makes best use of the larger frame we have as a permanent feature at the bottom of the garden.
This is the third summer that my (extremely lucky) children have had the skyride to play with, along with two other swings, and it really is a popular item when friends come to play. As you can see from the picture it's attached via very strong metal poles, and these have a lifetime guarantee to be rust free. It's on a hinge so children push with their feet alternately to make it go up in the air. This they seem to be able to do pretty intuitively, any parent who has spent hours pushing a child on swings at the park is bound to appreciate the fact that this swing is, in the words of the manufacturer, "child accelerated". In my experience children work out how to make this skyride swing long before they get the hang of the traditional kind of swing.
What children seem to like about this ride is the fact that they can go quite high and fast and literally glide through the air. I should think it is pretty thrilling - I'd love to have a go myself but sadly am a bit too big - though not too heavy, it will take up to 80 kilos apparently. The age guideline on this is 4-10, which I would say is about right, younger children have used this including my daughter but only with supervision and being pushed. One child can go on this by themselves, but it does work best with two.
What I like about this ride, apart from the fact that I don't have to push it, is that as well as being fun for kids, despite the fact that they seem to enjoy the slight sense of danger from riding it, it is also extremely safe. It can look fairly scary to watch, two determined children can get the poles more or less horizontal, but like I said in my experience it is safe. Up to now (fingers crossed) no one has ever fallen off it; it's well designed with nicely shaped moulded plastic seats and can be held on to with ease. I couldn't find the dimensions anywhere but by my measurements the pole is about 140cm long from the top to seat, which gives you some idea of how high this can go.
It was easy to install onto the swing frame and the instructions were straight forward - all TP products are designed for home use and designed to be fairly easily assembled, we are far from being DIY experts but managed to put this up ourselves, it attaches via a claw-like bracket that is screwed firmly shut around the top pole. Though, as I said, this swing has been at the bottom of the garden for a few seasons now the green plastic has not faded at all and in fact there's no sign of wear on the item at all.
I really think that this Skyride is excellent if you are buying a system with at least two swings - we have it with the TP pirate swing and a traditional swing, which provides a good range of swinging fun! This is a well made item that I think is worth the price you pay (ranges from £50-£75 depending whether the brackets- £15 - are included or not) if you are going to get many years' use of it as we plan to - although we spent a lot of money buying the TP frame we have, I see it as money well spent as it has so much use and I'd rather have bought this than hand money over to soft play emporiums!
This TP skyride has definitely been designed with children in mind and is something that they actually will play with a lot, so on that basis I recommend it.
More info: http://www.tptoys.com/Outdoor-Toys/outdoor-toy-accessories/