This month we have been testing out the new SmarTrike 5 in 1 Recliner Infinity trike as part of their #smartdiscoveries campaign. This opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time because Elijah is now 11 months and growing increasingly bored of his pushchair. We now take both of the boys out on all sorts of little adventures with their trikes, from beautiful Cheshire gardens to a trip to post box to deliver some letters.
Now Bear has a different make of trike, so I feel like I’m quite a strong position to talk about the pros and cons of the SmarTrike having tested out some other makes.
We took the SmartTrike on a family day out at Cholmondeley Castle, where there is a range of different terrain. We knew we were going to be there all day so we were really glad that The SmarTrike 5 in 1 Recliner Infinity trike is really cosy. The padding in the seat and the reclining feature means that even my baby – who appears to have an allergy to sleep – has slept in his SmarTrike.
The padding in the seat is coordinated with the sun shade and the bags attached to the trike. The canopy is really sturdy and actually shades the child riding the trike, but it does sit quite low and nearly touches Monkey’s head, so I’m not sure how much longer we will be able to use this feature for.
The parent bag is particularly helpful, this is attached to the top of the handle and is a great size for fitting things like phone, keys and purse. The multi-purpose bag is a great feature and fits everything we need for a day trip, meaning we no longer need to carry around the changing bag. Yippee!
The trike does have foot pedals, which are meant to fit a baby from 10 months. Monkey turns one in a couple of weeks, isn’t a small baby and he is still nowhere near reaching the pedals. That said, he does just rest them on the front wheel cover, so it doesn’t seem to be that much of a problem.
The SmarTrike Recliner Infinity has a three point harness and a safety bar that can be removed at around 18 months. If I’m completely honest the safety bar is extremely flimsy and I’m not sure how it actually keeps the child dramatically safer. That said it does seem to deter Monkey from trying to climb out of it, so I’ve kept it on.
This SmarTrike doesn’t have controlled steering, but instead supports touch steering. This means the parent bar isn’t actually connected to the front wheel and instead is steered in a similar way to a pushchair. I wasn’t sure on this feature when I first took the SmarTrike for a spin, but actually I found this a lot easier to steer than the controlled steering trike that Bear has. It actually makes the steering a lot lighter and easier to manage, especially in busy city environments.
A really nice touch to this trike is the toy telephone that is attached to the child’s handlebars. Monkey has been teething recently and so when we take him out on the trike he uses the telephone as a teether. It is also handy to have a toy attached for when I stop somewhere for long periods of time because it keeps him entertained (this is particularly helpful when shopping).
We take the SmarTrike out on a regular basis in the car and it really is easy to take apart and put back together. The trike is really lightweight as well, so it is easy to lift in and out of the car boot. We have a tiny Peugeot and we manage to fit this and another trike in the boot, so it is easily transported.
There are cheaper options on the market, but personally I would pay that little bit extra for the extra features, especially if you are buying a trike for a baby. The padded seats, recliner feature and the toy telephone on the child’s handlebar are really nice touches. The Smartrike 5 in 1 Recliner Infinity trike is really easy to put together and took about 15 minutes from box to fully built, which is a major positive when children just want to get playing. From a parent’s perspective, the storage space is a huge selling point. We no longer need a bulky changing bag for our day trips and the parent bag on top of the handlebars means there is no more rummaging around for car keys. I would highly recommend this trike.
The SmarTrike 5 in 1 Recliner Infinity is for children aged 10 – 36 months and is currently retailing at £129.99.
Note: This trike was send to us in return for a photo series and honest review. All thoughts and opinions on this trike are my own. Prices correct at time of publication.