Radio Flyer Pathfinder Wagon Review

A wagon is an all-time classic favorite for many reasons. Kids love riding along in them as well as pulling along their toys. Of course, Radio Flyer is a widely recognized name brand when it comes to wagons and they’ve come a long way with many other products (See my Radio Flyer Trike review). With two kiddos and another one on the way, it only made sense to turn to a trusted brand that would last when looking for a wagon they’d get a lot of use from. As the result, I’ve provided this Radio Flyer Pathfinder Wagon review to share how it’s held up to my expectations.

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The Pathfinder Wagon by Radio Flyer has actually received awards and high ratings including the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio’s Gold Seal Award, National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval, and the Parent’s Choice Award. It is constructed of a sturdy plastic body, heavy axles, and rubber tires. It is recommended for toddlers ages 18 months and up.

There were a lot of things I really liked about this wagon and I looked at several before buying one. For starters, the biggest selling point that I liked is the 2-in-1 feature with the built-in seats. Unlike your traditional wagons, this one has two built-in seats with fold up backs that you can fold down to use for towing things around. The seats offer a more comfortable ride for toddlers with a place for their feet so they aren’t sitting cross-legged and the seat belts offer better safety.

The long handle makes it easy to pull around and it folds up underneath the wagon for storage so it fits perfectly in the trunk of my Honda Accord. Another really neat feature is the built-in cup holders. There are actually 2 for each kid that can hold cups, bottles or juice boxes or you can use it for snacks. It was pretty easy to turn and is heavy-duty. There are holes in the bottom of the wagon that make for easy cleaning; just spray it down with the hose.

I don’t have too many gripes with this wagon, however there are a few. The handle fold-down features makes it convenient for storing in the trunk of my car, but I wish it had some type of locking mechanism so it doesn’t just hang down. Another factor is the rubber tires. They are quiet for the first few uses but over time the rubber coating wore off from pulling it around on rough surfaces like on the road. It still rolls just fine, but it’s loud now.

What Others Thought About the Radio Flyer Pathfinder Wagon

I can’t provide a thorough review without getting some insight from others so I sought out what other owners had to say to add to my Radio Flyer Pathfinder Wagon Review. Here was what they had to say based on their experiences.

The Good

This is the only one that keeps your children securely in the wagon– providing a seat belt complete with between-the-legs strap.
It assembled easily in a matter of minutes and the wheels are rubber which makes it a much nicer (and quieter) ride than the plastic wheels on other makes.
It’s easier to maneuver than a stroller and easier to get the kids in and out.

The Bad

They make it hard to pull and handle if there isn’t any weight in the wagon.
The skinny little front tires seem to turn out of nowhere when going over a small bump and cause the tire to turn sideways and get stuck.
Personally, I would prefer to have the handle fold to the top of the wagon, not to the bottom as it does.

My Final Thoughts
Overall, from my experience and based on what I’ve heard from others this is a really decent quality wagon to go with. It’s durable and sturdy, has better safety features, and offers convenience for parents. My kids loved riding in it and I loved not worrying that my 2 year old would stand up and fall out of it. I’ve seen other wagons that were similar with a canopy on it and Radio Flyer does make a canopy that you can purchase separately that clamps onto the wagon. Personally, I didn’t find it would be worth the added expense and more of a hassle. Overall, I would highly recommend this wagon.

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