When I was pregnant with Monkey, we had to buy a new pram that could cater for two little ones under the age of two and decided on an iCandy Peach Blossom 3. But Monkey is now 15months and Bear is nearly three years old, so wants to walk instead of being in his pram. We thought about using the iCandy as a single, but we only have a tiny car and so we decided it was time for a smaller, more lightweight pram.
We had a few requirements that were an absolute must, these were;
– Must be able to attach a buggy board
– Must be padded enough to keep Monkey warm and comfy
– Must be lightweight
– Must be easy to fold up and down
– Must fold down relatively small
To be honest I didn’t know where to start, but then Quinny kindly sent me a Zapp Xtra 2 to help with our double pram to single pushchair and buggy board transition, which made it a lot easier. The Quinny Zapp Xtra 2 required some really easy assembly, which was simply a matter of clipping on some wheels and attaching the basket, then we were good to go.
Mr. C found the Lascal mini buggy board on amazon for £45.00, which we simply clicked onto the back of the Quinny Zapp Xtra 2 and we set off on our first adventure. Bear – like Mr. C – is always quite resistant to anything new and isn’t a fan of change, so for the first few outings we simply walked up and down our road. Bear didn’t use the buggy board at first, but it got him used to the idea of it being attached to the pushchair. If we needed to go further afield, I just used the iCandy because I didn’t like the idea of being miles away with a grumpy toddler who is fed up of walking.
After the first week, I ventured to the local post office which is about a 15 minute walk away. On the way home Bear decided he wanted to test out the buggy board, so we stopped and I explained that he always had to wait for the pram to be still before getting on and that he must always hold on while he is on the buggy board when the pram is moving. So he hopped on for the remainder of the walk home and we haven’t looked back.
Now onto the pushchair, to be honest I nearly abandoned it on our first big outing because it is such a pain to fold up and down to begin with. It took a few youtube videos and a lot of swearing before I eventually folded it down again so I could put it back into the car. In hindsight I should have practised folding it down before leaving the house. The good news however is that although somewhat awkward, once you get into the rhythm of it, it is relatively quick and easy to fold down. I’ve got it down to about 45 seconds now. It all stays as one part as well, so unlike bigger, bulkier prams like the iCandy, you don’t need to break it up into parts in order to fold it down.
We have a very tiny Peugeot, so the size of the pram when we folded it down was very important. Amazingly it slots very easily into the boot of our car and leaves plenty of space when folded down. We took a trip to Essex just before Christmas and two big suitcases, a carrycase and a huge bundle of coats fitted in around the pram and the buggy board. We are considering (term used lightly) taking our little, beaten up old car on our European road trip, so being able to fit the pram and lots of travelling essentials into the boot of the car is great news. One thing Mr. C mentioned about this pushchair is the lack of travel lock for when it is folded down. Personally this doesn’t bother me that much, but Mr. C finds it very irritating. We did notice a few prams that folded down even smaller than the Zapp Xtra 2, but the ones we saw weren’t very padded, which brings me onto my next point.
The Quinny Zapp Xtra 2 is really well padded, which I personally think is very important. I know if I was to sit in something all day, I would rather be comfortable and so it is reassuring knowing that Monkey rides in comfort when we take day trips. I thought this was particularly important in the winter months, because it protects him from cold, harsh winds when we are out and about. Personally I would rather have the extra padding and know that Monkey is comfy and snug, than have the pushchair fold down even smaller.
In terms of the pushchair being lightweight, it is very lightweight and I personally found it very easy to lift in and out of the car.
My main two qualms about the Quinny Zapp Xtra 2 are that the breaks are really stiff for the first couple of months of use. I’ve also found that the pushchair feels somewhat unsteady going up and down curbs.
Now onto the breaks. To turn the breaks on you push your foot down on the pedal over the wheel on the right hand side and to take the break off again you push down on the pedal on the left hand side. The ‘on’ break pedal has a red triangle on the top so you don’t get confused. We’ve found that to turn the breaks on and off is a bit of a pain and that we have to really stamp on them to activate and deactivate them. However, we have had the pushchair for a couple of months now, and slowly it is getting easier.
The Quinny Zapp Xtra 2 is incredibly easy to steer and perfect for getting around tight corners, however like I’ve mentioned I’ve found that it feels slightly unsteady when going up and down curbs. This has got better over time, so it may be less to do with the pushchair itself and more about me being used to big, bulky prams and just taking a bit of time to adjust.
Overall the Quinny Zapp Xtra is a good pushchair if you are looking for something that has added luxury, while still being lightweight. It is also a really versatile pushchair, we have taken it into busy cities shopping and for country walks through forests and woodlands and regardless of the terrain, it has been really easy to push along. We’ve had the pushchair for a few months now and the sticky breaks are gradually easing up and we can fold it up and down relatively quickly. The Quinny Zapp Xtra 2 comes in a range of colours as well, which is always a nice extra.
The Quinny Zapp Xtra 2 currently retails at £275.
*Note: Quinny sent us a Zapp Xtra 2 pushchair in return for an honest review.
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