12 Ft. Super Sturdy Parachute
All the children that have used this with us have loved it. It is made very well, and has handles for all the children to hold, as well as a carrying case for storage. This has provided tons of fun for children from 1 year up to 8 years old, and even us adults. I would definitely recommend this to others. You can't beat the price on this one.
April 13, 2009
One handle tore after first use
While it does seem to be of decent quality I had one handle rip after kids used it the first time. They were fairly rough with it (I had to redirect them several times) but that is to be expected when they are excited by its use. I got this one with handles so it is more friendly to younger kids.
October 4, 2013
Very poor quality
The handles on the parachute tore out of the fabric the first time the children used it.. I feel that it was not worth the money spent if it did not hold up any longer than this. Sure wish we could get our money back. Sorry, but we will definitely not buy another parachute from Oriental Trading..
August 14, 2013
Super Sturdy Parachute
You do have to be careful of better yet we took the advise of SewWoman and were going to glue the ends but instead of putting glue on the end of the nylon straps my wife and I used a bar-b-que lighter and careful heated the frayed ends until they melted. You do need to do something ... right out of the box the straps were frayed. Would have been better if the supplier would do this in the first place but really appreciate the reviews of others of this product.
June 15, 2013
Handles broke within 10 minutes
My daughter saved her allowance money to purchase this and within the first ten minutes of using it with the neighbor kids many of the handles were torn off.
April 11, 2013
Parachute ok, with caveats
Re: the problem with other reviewers' experiences with the handles... Here's my take on it. (I sew things for a living.) The handles are nylon webbing, which IS the strongest/most durable material for the job. However, the webbing frays badly at the ends. The handles *should* have been treated somehow to keep them from fraying, but they weren't (the joys of cheap stuff). However, if you do it yourself you'll go a long way toward fixing the problem.
Before you hand the parachute off to your kids, smear some craft glue over the cut ends and stitching of the handles. Plain old school glue or any craft glue will be ok. (I used Aleen's Tacky Glue, but just about any kind will do.) Let dry thoroughly, at least an hour but overnight is better, then hand off to the kiddos.
Our parachute has happily lived through a vigorous birthday party with 10-YO boys, so probably will be ok. I'll continue to keep an eye on it when I remember, to see if it needs more glue.
I don't think it's a great policy in general to have to compensate for poor manufacturing, but it beats having it fall apart mid-party.
March 23, 2013
The first time we used the parachute in my class of 5 and 6 years old, three of the handles tore. I am hoping that I can sew them back on.
October 25, 2012
Two parachute handles broke during the first use.
September 25, 2012
Disappointed for the price
The parachute was beautiful, however, the nylon handles which were attached on the edges, were poorly stitched, & ripped out after only 5 minutes of use for our first game.
September 13, 2012
Colorful, fun, versatile
We purchased this to create a colorful sunshade for a party. we attached ribbon to each of the handles and tied them off to trees etc. It made comfortable and colorful shade on a hot sunny day. and NOW it's being used as learning toy - colors, numbers, names and memory exercises.
August 29, 2012