Toyquest Compliment - Good Product - Fun Time
Summertime heat and humidity sent me out on a quest this week to find a way for my 5-year old son to keep cool and have fun. Sure, we have a public pool membership, but as temps rise the pool packs until you feel like you're mingling in a bowl of vegetable soup - gimme a C for CROWDED Alex.
I'd been eying a variety of summer stay cool water toys at various dept. stores in my area and happened up on the Banzai Double Drop Falls inflatable water slide. Originally priced at over 300.00, Walmart had marked it down to 199.00. I was still hopeful for a further price reduction, but the manager indicated he didn't think they were coming down soon. I thought what the heck, it's hot, summer's going fast and we wanna have some fun.
I lugged the thing home (it's a big box, and about as heavy as a little giant ladder) and took it to the backyard to set up. The first thing you see when you open the box is a big red WARNING sign that says YOU CANNOT RETURN THIS TO THE RETAILER, if you have problems, call this 800 number. That made me a bit nervous because I don't wanna be out 200.00 if the thing is flawed, etc., waiting on call center to troubleshoot my problems.
Undaunted, I proceeded to unpack the various components, motor, ripstop material slide, stakes and directions (which I hopefully wouldn't have to read.) I must say, the thing goes up in a snap - the directions were pretty straight forward, I didn't even have to draw upon my rocket engineering background.
Despite the fact that the behemoth is "made in China" from the ground up, quality and workmanship seems solid and the rip-stop fabric "slide" portion appears durable and well crafted. I attached the motor, drove in the stakes, filled the water bag anchors, plugged in the motor and fired up the hose. The motor whirred, the hose and sprinklers wizzed and the thing sprang to life about 9 ft. tall in my backyard.
My son and his buddy looked on in awe as the giant leapt to its full height and inflated in about 2 minutes. Anxiously they climbed the 7' climbing wall in the back and slid down the slide into a watery splashdown at the bottom. Over and over, all afternoon they went up and down that thing - a veritable water park attraction in my own back yard!
I'd have to say at around 200.00 or less if you can hold out for clearance this Banzai Double Drop Falls is a great deal and a lot of fun. It says "for 5 years and up," but I'm certain that under supervision, younger kids would love it too. It looks solidly built and tough enough for a number of seasons of use.
1. This thing is big, you better have a bit of a yard to contain it and the kids that are gonna be buzzing up and down it.
2. You're likely going to have trouble returning it to a retailer if you don't like it or are having problems with it - so keep that in mind.
3. Put down a mat or pad of some kind around the egress portion of the slide or you're going to have a mud puddle really quick once the thing gets going.
4. It's a load to put in and take out of your car. If you're not fit enough to shove around a 50 lb. ladder in you're home, you're gonna need a buddy to lug this to the setup site.
enjoy - pwp