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ZL70 - 70' Zip Line

ZL70 - 70' Zip Line

Fall 2015 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Adventure Parks
Price: $110.00
Review:

The first time I took a ride down Adventure Parks' 70-foot zipline my heart was in my throat -- the more than 10-foot distance from the hand-held trolley to the ground suddenly seemed very high and stepping off our improvised launch platform was undoubtedly a crazy idea. But once I took the leap of faith, the ride was a real thrill -- and a muscle-builder! If I rode this wild piece of playground equipment every day, I would rapidly develop greater upper body and core strength. The ride drops roughly 30 inches from beginning to end, more than adequate to build up to an exciting speed. (The actual descent is slightly more than 30 vertical inches, as the line slackens downward enough to slow the rider before the end, allowing the rider to touch the ground and release safely. For shorter riders the manufacturer recommends a lower installation height.)

Children of all ages (up to 225 pounds) will most likely require less courage than this nervous first-time rider/mother to launch themselves onto the fast-moving ride but will enjoy no less of a thrill -- after we first set it up, our three (10, 13 and 15 year olds) took turns riding it for nearly an hour, and they would cheerfully play on it every day. Installation is involved; for best results, two adults should (and did) work on it together, and it took us more than an hour. Additional safety precautions should be taken, both in establishing a protective surface under the line and in checking the line for tension and wear on a regular basis. But the zipline is an excellent piece of home playground equipment, bound to please anyone who has the yard space and the trees to allow it.

Emily Crawford   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.


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