Every now and then a genius product comes on to the market and we are all wowed by the simplicity and the brilliance behind it, Zinc Flyte is one of those products.
The twins have Micro Scooters and we wouldn’t be without them, where we used to hear, ‘My legs hurt.’ or ‘I don’t want to walk.’ we can now present them a scooter and walk for as long as we like; Scooting saves legs and gives the added thrill of going faster than your parents.
I always find the walk from check in to the aeroplane can be one of those tiresome passages but it has to be done and I’ve often had to pick the children up when smaller or coerce them along with bribes and all sorts just to get to the plane on time. Let’s face it, sometimes it can be a fifteen minute walk or more.
When Zinc Flyte got in touch they had launched a mini Flyte scooter and were about to launch a midi version. They asked us if we’d like to try out a couple and I jumped at the chance as I could already see it was a genius idea. I really hoped it would be easy to use and do what it set out to do too. Where the Trunki was perfect for toddlers, this was spot on for the next stage of travelling kids.
The Flytes arrived and were unpacked. Apart from taking off the protective plastic there was little else to do, our cabin bags were ready to go. Oh hang on, first we must decide what to put in them.
What is a Zinc Flyte?
The Zinc Flyte is a sturdy bag that opens in half by unzipping it around the edge. The bottom half of the case has a lining which can be zipped up to hold all of the contents neatly in place. There is also an elastic strap to hold any bulk still too. The other half has a pocket that can hold books and wallets. In total a 25 litre capacity and that is enough toys for a week or two on holiday. The beauty of the zinc Flyte is that the dimensions fit in with the international cabin size guidelines so once you have scooted to the aeroplane you can then fold the scooter up and pop your case in the overhead lockers. Genius!
What’s a Zinc Flyte made of?
The Zinc Flyte is surprisingly flexible and sturdy at the same time. It is not a rigid case but a softer more pliable material that is also sturdy enough to support bumps and ‘good use.’
How does the Zinc Flyte scoot?
Here comes the really clever bit. The case is ‘sat’ on the front of the scooter and when placed upright it stands on the two wheels with the handlebars coming out of the top of the suitcase on an extendable rod and locking into place. There is a small central button on the handlebars that you click to unlock the them and slide them back down to the top of the suitcase.
The deck is connected to the wheels on the bottom of the suitcase and with a swift and easy movement of pulling the board upwards, it unlocks and opens downwards at a 90 degree angle to the suitcase, giving you the deck to scoot on. When the scooting is over and the bag needs packing away, a simple pulling outwards will unlock the deck and it can then be folded upright
The bag also has a handy handle on the top which allows a parent to pick it up and carry it if you get to steps or obstacles.
It is sturdy and yet is easily held and lifted above your head to go into a cabin locker. It weighs approximately 3.6 kilos.
I wonder if they will be making adult ones any time soon as my girls loved theirs.
Disclosure: We were sent two Zinc Flyte Scooters for the purpose of this post, all opinions are my own.