This Radio Flyer Wagon (originally model #32) has been around for many years, topping the sales charts and delighting both kids and parents. With it’s sturdy wagon bed, high siderails, off-road tires and economical price, the Radio Flyer All-Terrain Steel and Wood wagon makes for a practical choice for many families. Now let’s dive under the hood a bit:
This is considered a metal bed wagon but is more of a hybrid model because Radio Flyer threw on pneumatic (air-filled) tires and non-removable side-rails. It’s payloads and mission are quite flexible and it can do many things well; beach trip? check. Backyard mulch haul? check. Open-Air Flea Market stroll? check.
The metal bed is the traditional steel piece Radio Flyer has been stamping out for years. The glossy powder-coated red has that new car shine that is not only appealing but also extends the life of the bed. Powder coating is a process where the powder paint is sprayed onto the metal and then baked on at high temperatures in an oven and the result is both beautiful and long-lasting. The bed is perfect for hauling gear but if human cargo is your plan then find a cushion for them to sit on.
The tires are the typical radio flyer 10-inch pneumatic tires that may occasionally need a few pumps of air early in the season. The air acts as a cushion for riders and makes for a more comfortable ride than the skinny solid rubber tires on some models. Because the pneumatic tires are also a bit wider, it will make for a little easier hauling over uncertain terrain. They won’t plow through the beach sand like other All Terrain Beach Wagons will but this Radio Flyer will hold its own off-road for sure.
The handle is well, just a handle…always too short for the taller folks but still very utilitarian and easy to loop a rope through for hauling behind your bike. It folds under the wagon for easy storage and transporting in your vehicle.
The siderails on this Radio Flyer model are actually bolted to the metal bed, unlike the removable side-rails on other wooden models. It makes sense with the design of the metal edges but is still one thing we’d like to see changed in future editions. Nonetheless, they keep cargo and kids where they should be and allow you to stack it higher and control the payload better. Made of medium-grade pine, the side-rails will last a bit longer if you add some waterproof stain a year or two down the road.
Radio Flyer All-Terrain Steel & Wood Wagon
- Great all-around flexible sport utility wagon
- Powder-coated paint job extends the life of the wagon
- Pneumatic tires for softer ride
- Siderails to keep cargo under control
- A bit heavier as compared to a plastic wagon
- Siderails do not remove easily
- Cargo area is smaller than many beach wagons
- Difficult for kids to jump in on their own with the high sides
A great all-around investment for the family if you have many needs and uses for your wagon. Keep it out of the elements in the off-season, get a clip-on shade umbrella and cushion for the human cargo and you’re off to the races, or the beach, or the park…or wherever life takes you.