Slip ‘n Slide vs. Crocodile Mile vs. Wet Banana

It’s summer, and it’s getting hot, and it’s time to choose your backyard, non-kiddie-pool, water-based entertainment. Will it be…

The classic Slip ‘n Slide (from WHAM-O!):

Or the upstart, the challenger, the super-fancy slide/pool combo with the instructional jingle, Crocodile Mile:

Of course, there’s also the forgotten off-brand wild-card, Wet Banana, the one that basically a Slip ‘n Slide with a banana-shaped plastic sprinkler:

Who ya got?

Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

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4 thoughts on “Slip ‘n Slide vs. Crocodile Mile vs. Wet Banana

  1. Always wanted a Crocodile Mile!
    A few years ago when I did graphic design we made several 12-20 foot vinyl banners and when they went to throw them out I saved them and made my own giant slip n’ slide in the backyard out of them. It was awesome! I even built a ramp under it so you could get some major air at the end! Fun stuff, can’t beat a good slip n’ slide!

  2. Cool and I loved the commercial for Slip-n-Slide and Crocodile Mile. I can’t help thinking that if I tried that today, I might hurt myself. LOL

  3. Okay, well, that so called Web Banana is just pathetic. I could do the same with my lawn sprinkler and a garbage bag. I like the idea of the Crocodile Mile, but I suspect it was just a gimmick to make parents think it was safer…because of the splash pool at the end, which is obviously too shallow to actually slow down a child hurtling across the lawn at 40 MPH. So that leaves me with the classic Slip-n-Slide. It’s not trying to be something it’s not…no safety, no phallic sprinkler system…it’s just good clean, wet fun. Can’t be beat.

  4. I had the banana one, because it was cheap. …In every way….
    The banana just dribbled some water on one small spot on the plastic, instead of the full length like an actual slip’n’slide. It was pretty short, so I extended it with a blue plastic tarp at the end. It was better than no watery slide at all, but not by much.

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