Product Type: Mamas and Papas prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Mamas & Papas Ziko Frankie
Advantages: Looks good, footmuff is lovely, colours are funky.
Disadvantages: Too many to mention!
The first Ziko by Mamas and Papas came out in November 2005 and I just had to have one, priced at £150 it came in 4 colours Mushy Peas (light green and dark green) Hot Chocolate (dark brown and turquoise) Bubblegum (dark pink and light pink) and Black (which was black and grey.)
I went for Hot Chocolate and got the footmuff too so all in all it was £180, not bad I thought (read on!)
The Ziko sold well from the word go and slowly Mamas and Papas brought out more, 1st came the limited edition Ziko Alfie which has a limited edition number on the hood and Union Jacks on, this came complete with the footmuff so you didn't need to buy it as an extra, this came out in 2006.
2007 saw the discontinued original colours been replaced with new colours and designs and yet again these got discontinued to make way for the new colours now available in 2008. The colours available now are 'Nicey' and 'Hot 'n' Bothered' both are priced at £160 and include shoulder pads and raincover. Nicey is brown and green where as Hot 'n' Bothered is the more funky burgundy and bright red. There are extras available at cost such as footmuff priced at £50, bag also £50 and parasol at £25. Mamas & Papas pushchairs also come with a 2 year warranty for piece of mind.
Now for the actual review - the pushchair looks amazing, completely aluminium tough wearing frame, sloped handles (which are non adjustible) for comfort and suitable from birth, it does lie flatter than all other strollers from birth that I have seen before.
Advertised as lightweight it wasn't too bad for my 8 month old son but wants he got older you could feel the pushchair pulling, the suspension is barely there and it felt heavy and awkward to push even though it weighs only 8.5kg.
It does have a 5-point harness which is described as floating, basically this means it isn't fixed to the back of the pushchair and for me this just seemed totally unsafe for a baby, my son likes to explore and this gave him the freedom to basically hang out of the side of the stroller.
It folds umbrella style and is fairly compact at H27cm x W28cm x D105cm but it is very heavy to carry, it does have a carry handle but that just doesn't seem strong enough.
The original Ziko had design faults with the raincover, it was too tight and snapped the hoods which Mamas & Papas quickly repaired and sorted out and this has now been fixed with the newer models, although the raincovers still fit a bit too snugg especially with a kicking baby underneath.
The Ziko overall looks the part, it looks great but in all honesty is not worth the money spent on it, its heavy, unsafe because of the floating harness and isn't what many people want from a 'lightweight' stroller.
Summary: A fashion concious stroller - nothing special.
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