Kids Scooters – Maxi Kick Review

by Remo on April 9, 2009

Purple Maxi Kickboard Scooter

Best Kids Scooter for 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 year olds – The Maxi Kick

First off, for those of you who don’t like to read all the details.  The Maxi Kick scooter is AWESOME.  Rainbow and Speedy are both thrilled with them so far.  Go get one for great outdoor fun.

Some specs:

- The age range for the Maxi Kick is 6-10 .  I can see plenty of larger 5 year olds using the Maxi as well, judge your kids ability for yourself.
-  The weight limit on the Maxi Kick is 120 lbs. Despite that limit, one 170 lb gentleman at Toy Report world headquarters  *ahem* took it for a spin without incident.  However, I certainly wouldn’t recommend going against the manufacturers recommendations.

Our boys have grown up on the Mini Kick scooters (formerly known as the Micro Mini) since we bought them as their big 3rd birthday presents.  Click on our Toddler Scooter review, and don’t forget to watch the video of 3 year old Speedy whipping across the local tennis courts on our first scooter run.  Or if you want the quick recap, the Mini Kick is for kids 2, 3, 4 or 5 years old up to 45 lbs, and it’s the best scooter for young kids, hands down in our expert opinion.

The twins are a little bit on the small side, and we’ve gotten away with continuing to ride their Minis until after their sixth birthday, but we’ve recently had to admit they have finally outgrown then.

Rainbow readies his Maxi Kick for flight.  Can you tell the boy likes the color purple?

Rainbow readies his Maxi Kick for flight. Can you tell the boy likes the color purple?

We’ve had our new Maxi Kick kids scooter  for a couple of weeks now, but the weather has not been cooperating at all!  We’ve only been able to take them out twice so far, both on cold days, and it’s been rainy and wet ever since.  We’ve relaxed the “No Scootering in the Kitchen!” rule during the rainy spell, and there have been laps around the kitchen island going on daily.  I think Rainbow might be in the lead in the Kitchenapolis 500 so far, but it’s hard for six year olds to keep count.

Mrs TR’s video from our first few kids scooter runs are mostly of the boys trying to avoid the Princess as she chases them around on their new scooters.  She put the camera down to avoid any Princess related accidents, so the video and picture choices are a little sparse.  Now the weather has finally started to clear up and we’ll get some better video of the kids scootering, but here is a start:

So what’s the deal?

The Maxi Kick Skinny

  • Solid no slip plastic and aluminum construction.  It’s aluminum and plastic mix makes it lighter than other scooters, but it’s rock solid.
  • Amazing coasts.  You can see from the video above that Rainbow can go quite a long way at a slow coast without kicking once.
  • Great steering.  The pilot stick steering lets the kids hang on and maneuver the Maxi Kick easily.
  • Super fun.  The boys have had a great time on their Maxi scooters so far on the Bike Path.  They’re fast and maneuverable.
  • Pricey, but worth it.  At $149.99, the Maxi Kick is not cheap, especially compared to two wheel scooters for the same age range ($50-$60 for the traditional two wheel metal board scooter).  But I liken it to the difference between buying a Yugo or a Mercedes.  Yeah, the cheap scooter will get you where you want to go, but it’s no fun, likely to break, won’t last long, and could be potentially dangerous.
Speedy shows off his "cool moves"

Speedy shows off his "cool moves"

So where can you get one?  There are a bunch of options.  You can check the official Kickboardusa.com site for a store near you, you can order them directly from Kickboardusa.com with free shipping (for a limited time, still available at the time of this review) or you can order them from Amazon.com

NOTE:  Helmets are a MUST when scootering.  No exceptions!  Scootering can be dangerous, scooter at your own risk, etc.  The Toy Report strongly recommends knee pads and elbow pads as well.

By the way, what does one call a 6-10 year old?  A 1 year old is a baby, a 2-3 year old is a toddler, a 3-5 year old is a little kid.   A 10-12 year old is a tween.  What the heck is a 6-10 year old?  Just a plain old kid?  A pre-tween? Any suggestions?


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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carl April 10, 2009 at 12:05 pm

I saw one kid on the scooter yesterday afternoon as I was driving home. And that kid was flying by. I did stop the car though although he was on the side of the road, but I wasn’t sure if he was in full control and knew where he was going.

2 Sammy April 12, 2009 at 11:00 am

Nice review on the Scooter, or was it a skate ?

3 Andreas Guibeb April 12, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Congratulations on a great site for kids and parents with young children alike. There is no way around it boys love their scooters and few parents are able to withstand peer pressure. My only caveat is that parents should make the time to accompany their kids to the parks where they can safely enjoy their scooters without being exposed to risks of traffic. it makes for quality time for dads and the kids.

4 Mary-Ann April 30, 2009 at 4:38 am

Wow. What fantastic reviews for the Maxi. We would love to link your blog and video to our website http://www.micro-scooters.co.uk. I can be emailed on maryann@micro-scooters.co.uk. Please let me know if you are happy with this.

5 lara May 18, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Happy seeing children playing with scooters.And the purple scooter is toooooo good and stylish.Happy to know that its very easy and smooth to handle ans also very safe.But can i know the price for this so that i can save to gift it for my lovely baby on her birthday.

6 Phil October 21, 2011 at 12:45 am

My kid really likes this scooter because it can be adjusted to their height, and can even be folded. It’s amazing. Such kid’s scooters are very popular on our street.

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