“ Brand: Mamas and Papas / Type: Buggy „
Having reached the stage where my son's big and bulky pram/pushchair had become too cumbersome to be of much use to either my son or myself any more I recently went on the lookout for a smaller and more convenient replacement. I wanted something lightweight for my son's next pushchair, something that would fit easily in to the boot of my car and something that I could put up and take down with the minimum of fuss, 18 months of faffing around with his Silver Cross pram had left me wanting something easier to deal with so when I saw the Mamas and Papas 'Trip' available from Tesco online it's minimal look appealed immediately.
The Trip buggy is a simple pushchair, it weighs just under 6kgs and is leagues ahead of my son's other pushchairs when it comes to folding and unfolding. I bought the blue one for my son though it is available in other colours too and having the Mamas and Papas brand name attached to it gave me the confidence that it was going to be a well made and reliable little buggy to control and deal with. It unfolds easily requiring only a push to lock the pushchair into the correct position and is held firmly in place by a simple bar that runs across the rear back of the system itself, a 5 point harness holds my son safely when he's sat in the chair and the double wheels make it a relatively easy pushchair to manoeuvre around. It has 3 seat positions and is easy to adapt to suit and is suitable for children from the age of 6 months and up to 15kgs in weight. There is a basket located under the seat of the pushchair and though not particularly deep you can get a few bits and bobs in it which is handy for spare nappies and a drink maybe, you can't fit much into it but it's better to have something than nothing and it doesn't get in the way.
I like how uncomplicated the Trip is and though light in weight it feels sturdy when my son is sitting in it, the harness is easy to adjust and locks firmly in place and though not particularly cushioned the chair itself offers my son enough of a comfortable ride that he happily sits without fussing and lets me push him around. The wheels are lockable which is a handy little feature and though fixed in a front position I don't find it a difficult pushchair to move around and even corners don't pose that many challenges that make it awkward to move. The handles have a felt-like covering which is comfortable when held tightly and it's a nice sized pushchair that doesn't have me stooping over when I walk my son around in it. The Trip is easy to collapse and fits easily in the boot of my car where it doesn't take up that much space and compared to the other pushchairs and prams I've owned for my son it makes a nice change to have something that doesn't completely dominate or take up all of my boot space.
All that said I do think the Trip is more of a Summer or Holiday pushchair than an all-weather one, it doesn't come with any additional extras like a cosy-toes add-on or rain cover and for this time of the year it does leave a child open to the elements a little bit. I was aware that it came as is when I bought it so I can't complain too much about it not having any extras and rain covers are available to buy separately of course so it's nothing to complain about too much, for the Summer months though or for something to take away on holiday I think it's a brilliant little buggy and I can see why it would have appeal to other parents simply for how easy it is to collapse and unfold and definitely for how light weight it is.
For what will, hopefully, be the last ever pushchair I have to buy I think the Trip is ideal, it's suitable for children up to 3 years of age and for shopping trips or a walk in the park it offers a parent something that is easy to push and easy to store away. It offers something of a stopgap for tired toddlers to fall back on if needed and at £34.95 as it currently retails for it doesn't break the bank. As for how reliable it's going to be long term I can't say for certain, being as light as it is I do wonder what has been adapted in its design when compared to other buggy's and I do wonder if it has been built to last. I hope to be proved wrong of course, Mamas and Papas offer a 2 year "commitment" on all their buggys and prams though what that "commitment" actually is is rather unclear but I do think that for everyday trips out and about that it's fine and I don't regret my purchase at all.
Taking everything discussed in this review into consideration I think 4 stars as a rating is fair and I do recommend the 'Trip' to other parents, it would make for an ideal 'spare' buggy for at a grandparents house or bought specifically for the Summer and holidays and at the price it currently retails for I do think it's a good buy.
Thanks for reading my review.
I bought this as an occasional use buggy, mainly for holidays or when I was going somewhere where I would need to leave the pushchair unattended outside a stately home, for example.
The pushchair itself is simple, reclining isn't a great feature as you just use a strap and slacken the tension which then allows the back of the pushchair to lie back. My son has never successfully slept in it for more than 5 minutes.
It is quite hard to steer, but I think this is because my main buggy is a bugaboo which has great steering, so this took a while to get used to.
It folds well and easily, there is a push lever on the back. It is long when folded, so you still need a sizeable boot to fit it in. I can't for example fit this in my mini's boot.
It comes in a wide choice of colours, I opted for red.
Like with all these lightweight buggies, watch out for loading with luggage on the back as they tip up. I have managed to do this in spectacular style on several occasions, luckily with no child in it! I think the weight of my toddler holds it down but if you had a small baby in then be careful if you then put your changing back on the back of the handles.
I was never very happy with the way my son looked in it. He always looks slumped as the back doesn't go up as straight as I think it needs to. I kept moving him in case he was slouching but I think it is the angle of the back of the seat.
Harness fine, hood fine and quite big which is good in the sun or rain.
I have encountered one issue with the adjustable piece at the end, you can fold it out if the child wants to lie down or bend it down for the normal seated position and I have trapped my son's hand in the hinge, so again take care when using this function.
I love my McLaren buggy but it does take up a bit of room in our car boot so on our recent holiday I thought about a roof box but at around £400 decided to see how much a holiday buggy would cost. At £35 the Trip buggy from Mamas and Papas seemed ideal.
What is great about the Trip buggy is how light and compact it is. It weighs 5.8 kg and measures just 26 x 23 x 103 when folded. So what did this means for us? Well it fitted with a bit of a squeeze straight along our boot although for convenience we put it on the floor behind the front seats. This left plenty of room for the wee man in his car seat and all our other bags and toys! Also quite handy if you are planning to take a few bottles of wine back from France.
We bought the bluebell Trip which is a nice shade of blue. Our son was very happy being pushed around in it. For comfort we bought the pack which included a parasol and padded seat. I have to confess we didn't use the padded seat although I think had we had the wee man in it for long periods we probably would have done. As we were in France in August the parasol was a must. It did the job but I did miss the better protection the McLaren provides. At £35 the Trip is great value for money but the additional pack which was in the sale was almost the same price.
The Trip buggy has nice foam handles which are comfortable to hold. They are not adjustable however and this did cause my tall husband a bit of an issue if pushing for a while. Even at my 5 foot 4 height I would like the handles to be a bit longer so this buggy may not suit a tall couple. On our holiday my husband did the hard up hill pushing whilst I did the downhill and the flat.
Although the buggy has no sunshade it does have a small net basket underneath the seat which is handy for storing sun lotion. The seat doesn't recline back as the McLaren does but my son was happy to nap in the upright position. We also used the buggy as a high chair when no high chair was available. The seat and straps were fairly easy to clean with a quick wipe down. The buggy has a standard 5 point harness which was easy to use and felt very secure.
Folding and unfolding the buggy was pretty straight forward. The bar in the middle of the back just needs to be pushed down. I found this easy to do with my hand although it was a bit difficult to reach with my foot. A major advantage was how light it was to carry as we felt we could take it everywhere with us.
Overall I am happy with this purchase as it does make a good holiday buggy and I will certainly take it with me when I fly to Scotland to see my relatives there as it will be a lot easier than the mclaren for lifting on and off the security x ray. It is a bit disappointing that the additional extras are almost the same price as the buggy itself. My advice here is to look for the extras in the sales. My son also seems happy with this purchase too which I am pleased about as I thought he would find it less comfortable than his usual Mclaren. The Mclaren does give a smooth ride but the Trip buggy did cope fairly well off road and over cobble stones.
A very handy holiday buggy although probably better suited to the more vertically challenged.
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