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Slip and slide

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Who is it for: Our slip and slide is designed for children aged between 5 and 12, below a weight of 50 kg and shorter than 152 cm. Because of their larger size, older children and adults risk spine, neck, head or other life-threatening injuries from using this slide. Reckless use may cause serious, even fatal injury.

Where to use: The slide is intended for outdoors use and on lawn only - not on pavement or other hard surfaces. The lawn should be free of rocks, bumps, holes, sticks or other sharp objects. The slide should be placed on a level surface at least 2 metres from any structure or obstruction such as fence, garage, house, overhanging branches, laundry lines or electrical wires.

How to use: Slide so that arms and stomach contact the slide first. Do not stand or kneel. The pins are provided to help the slide stay in place for drying. When older or heavier children use the slide there is a risk of tearing the edges of the plastic if the middle pins stay in the ground. Please note risk of splits in the central channel when children step on or glide across it. This can be fixed with the enclosed repair kit or duct tape.  Adult supervision required.

How to maintain: The slide is best maintained by drying after use and storing in a dry, frost-free environment. If you intend younger children to play on the slide, you can clean the plastic surface when needed with soapy warm water, rinsing well afterwards. Please bear in mind that your grass can be affected if you leave the slide out in extremely hot weather for a length of time. Roll up the slide when not in use or vary the location to keep your grass in best condition.

For ages:
5-12 years

Slip and slide
£48

Balance bikes

The simplest first bike for kids is also simpler to maintain.

How to inflate the tyres: The tubes have a robust Schrader valve. Unscrew the cap, depress the valve slightly with the head of your pump, ensure it’s sealed with the lever or screw on your pump, and inflate to suit your child. Softer tyres have slightly better grip, harder tyres go faster. Please note that for our 10 inch Bulldog bat balance bike you’ll need to use a mini pump to align the head with the valve sufficiently closely to seal.

How to maintain the brakes: The Bulldog bat balance bikes are all equipped with high quality drum brakes, which don’t wear down like caliper brakes do. The brakes are highly unlikely to loosen their effectiveness. If that is the case, we recommend that you see a bike mechanic. When first in use the drum brake might feel a little tight. You can pump the handbrake a few times repeatedly first, and if that makes minimal difference loosen the two screws on the black case for the drum brake by 45 or 90 degrees anti-clockwise.

How to adjust the height of the seat and handlebars: Depending on the bike model/year you’ll need either two wrenches or one to loosen and retighten the seat at the optimal height for your child. His or her feet should be flat on the ground, with the knees slightly bent, to kick off comfortably and with maximum power. There’s no ergonomically correct position for the handlebars, which can be fitted according to your child’s preference. Depending on bike model/year you’ll need an allen key to insert in the centre of the handlebars or a wrench for the collar around the front tube in order to adjust the height.

How to adjust the stand: You can lengthen or shorten the stand with a philips screwdriver, and the stand unit can be tightened to the bike frame with a large allen key.

How to maintain the frame: Store in a dry place after use. Nuts and bolts can be protected with a light coating of WD-40.

For ages:
18 months-7 years

Balance bikes
£68-88

Bellyboards

Where to use: These durable boards can be used in water and on snow. The adhesive and marine plywood are of a quality to tolerate significant changes of temperature without warping. The varnish is a durable two-pack lacquer which has then been waxed.

How to maintain: Washing in clean water after use and occasional application of furniture polish are sufficient. Avoid hitting rocks or stones to minimise chances of the plywood splitting.

For ages:
8-adult

Bellyboards
£32-38

Mini skis

Where to use: Our mini skis work well on frosty grass or snow. In deep snow you’ll need to trample down a suitable track. Confident skiers will enjoy building little jumps or having a go on steeper slopes.

How to attach: Any shoe or boot up to a size 10 can be fitted in the centre of the ski, with the front strap buckled up across the toes and the rear strap crossed behind the heel and buckled up around the ankles. High-ankle boots or wellies are comfortably used for this, or you can pull down salopettes or jeans to cushion your ankles as you strap the skis on. At the bottom of the slope you can loosen the straps, and reattach once you’re back at your preferred starting point.

How to maintain: We recommend buckling the straps together when the skis aren’t in use to minimise the chance of losing them. The stainless steel buckles are durable in all weathers, but are best stored in dry conditions. The skis are made in UV-resistant HDPE plastic and tolerate wide temperature differences. If you do lose straps, Team Magnus sells replacement sets.

For ages:
3-adult

Mini skis
£28

Neoprene balls

Where to use: Designed for the beach and the pool, our neoprene balls maintain their quality if left in wet conditions like wet grass or similar, and have less impact than standard leather balls on frail surfaces like glass.

How to inflate/deflate: Any bicycle pump in combination with a standard ball needle will work to inflate the ball, which can be deflated by inserting the ball needle only.

How to maintain: The balls can be deflated and washed on a gentle cycle if preferred. Take care not to inflate the balls too much as that will damage the seams.

For ages:
5-adult

Neoprene balls
£12

Racing sledge

Where to use: Our racing sledge works well on frosty grass or snow, and thanks to the steering and brakes it’s safer to use around obstacles like trees or fences than regular sledges.

How to assemble: Attach runners to steel frame with the two carriage bolts and rounded nuts provided. Attach seat to steel frame with four 30mm screws provided. Pull plastic protective case over the front tube, insert the tube from below into its slot at the front of the sledge frame, and attach the steering wheel at the top of the tube, fastening it with the 45mm screw, inserting the nut in either the octagonal or round hole opposite. You can now attach the front runner using the remaining 35mm screw and inserting the nut in the round hole opposite. Attach pull-cord to the front runner.

How to maintain: Store in dry conditions.

For ages:
All ages

Racing sledge
£85

Textile care

Beach towel/changing robe: Wash your towels as you do customarily. Our quality 100% cotton products are washable on 90C if very soiled, or on 60C/40C for regular washing.

5mm wetsuits: We recommend washing our quality stitched wetsuits on 40C to retain the print quality. The excellent neoprene retains its qualities in hotter temperature if the item is very soiled.

Neckwarmers: We recommend washing our microfibre neckwarmers on a 40C gentle cycle to retain maximum elasticity. If very soiled the excellent material will retain both the print quality and its insulating properties in hotter temperature.

Sports socks: We recommend washing our wool socks on a 30C wool or gentle cycle, with a wool/silk detergent. Wool is an extremely hygienic material with anti-bacterial properties and does not require hot temperatures to remain odour-free.

Sports bags: Occasional machine-washing on a gentle cycle will not affect the seams or the print quality of our swim bags, rucksacks or mono straps. Repeated washing will impair the water repellant qualities of the 600D polyester material.

Wool sweaters/shift dresses: We recommend washing our wool garments on a 30C wool or gentle cycle, with a wool/silk detergent. Wool is an extremely hygienic material with anti-bacterial properties and does not require hot temperatures to remain odour-free.

For ages:
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Changing towel
£28

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