The Bottom Line
- Fun, low-impact but challenging workout
- Collapsible for easier transport
- Easy to assemble
- Suitable for kids (8 years old and up) and adults (up to 220 lbs.)
- Heavy to carry
- Pricier than a scooter (but cheaper than many bikes)
- High steps mean kicking off is hard for smaller kids
- Scooter with "wing-like" pedals
- Smooth drive system and rear disc brake
- Aluminum alloy wheels with inflatable rubber tube tires
- Handlebar stem unlocks and folds; handlebar adjustable to three heights
Guide Review - WingFlyer Z150
The WingFlyer isn't exactly a scooter, although it resembles one at first glance with its low-slung deck and tall handlebar stem. It isn't exactly a bike, although it has a drive system with a chain and a brake on the handlebar, plus a kickstand. To make the WingFlyer "fly," the rider pumps the pedals (aka "wings"), rather than pushing off from the ground as he would on a traditional scooter.
What the WingFlyer most resembles is a stair-stepper or elliptical trainer—except it moves! Testing the WingFlyer Z150, I felt very tall. Balancing up on the wings takes some getting used to, and pumping them isn't easy. Making the WingFlyer fly is definitely a challenge for the leg muscles.
My family and I tested the Z150 model, which can adjust to three handle heights and is suitable for ages eight and up, including teens and adults up to 220 pounds. Another model, the Z100, is recommended for 8- to 12-year-olds, up to 160 pounds.
On the WingFlyer Z150, my lightweight six-year-old did not have the heft or strength to pump the pedals. My nine-year-old, also fairly small for her age, initially had trouble kicking off, balancing, turning, and stopping the WingFlyer (OK, pretty much everything to do with riding it). She quickly picked up the necessary skills with some assistance and coaching, although she is still put off by the responsiveness of the handbrake. The WingFlyer stops flying FAST. But now that she has the hang of it, my daughter loves to fly.
The WingFlyer is billed as lightweight, as well as portable because its handlebar stem unlocks and folds. It does fold easily and well; we threw it in the trunk of our car and took it to a park—where everyone stopped and stared! But it's heavy. I wouldn't want to carry it around any more than lifting it in and out of a car. And if it falls on your leg or your child's, it hurts.
Assembly of the WingFlyer was very quick and simple. The instructions were clear and there were only a few steps (basically, attaching the pedals and handlebars). We had it out of the box and on the sidewalk in no time, and everyone in the family hopped aboard to give it a try.