Product Type: Mamas and Papas prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Herbie (Ziko) Rides Again!
Mamas & Papas Ziko Herbie
Member Name: KerryAtter
Mamas & Papas Ziko Herbie
Advantages: Sturdy, Spacious, Comfortable, Versatile and Fabulously Good Looking!
Disadvantages: A bit heavy and shopping basket hard not very accessible in certain positions
In May 2008, heavily pregnant, I said these famous last words: 'We'll just go and have a look in Mamas and Papas - I'm NOT buying a new pushchair, we've got one... we're just going to have a look'. Yeah, right. You see, I DID already have a pushchair, from when my eldest daughter was born, but we'd put it into a storage unit, near a van and lorry repair garage and the smell of diesel fumes had permeated the apparently 'air tight' unit, making everything smell. So, it was with that in mind that I thought I'd go and see what new pushchairs were on the market and how much they were (thus making me stop being so lazy and wash the covers on the old one!).
I had in mind to get something very lightweight and had been looking at the Mamas and Papas 'Luna', which is indeed lightweight and can be converted into a pram, using the carry cot (purchased separately). We 'Umm'd and 'ahh'd over the Luna and priced up all of the additional bits and pieces, which came to around £300 - but I just wasn't quite happy. During our time at the store I'd seen the Ziko Herbie and I was developing a pram crush! Unfortunately it was over £500 - way out of my price range. I sighed aloud and told the nice sales man that I thought the Luna was alright but what I really wanted was 'that one'. It was at that point that he turned into my own personal 'shopping angel' - 'I'm sure that's on offer at the moment! It's down to £300'.. this is when my husband whipped out the credit card
WHAT YOU GET:
For our £300 we got the chassis, carrycot attachment, pushchair attachment, footmuff/pram cover, rain cover, sun parasol, pump and changing bag. I thought that this was an excellent price as they sell the changing bag for £50 (!), raincover for £30 and the parasol for £25.
Unfortunately I can't remember the name of the fabric that we chose, but the outer parts are a lovely soft olive green and the interior parts are ivory, with a large 50's/60's flower type pattern in reds and greens - it's really hard to describe it but I get LOADS of compliments on it and Elsa loves it - when she was a small baby she'd lie in the carrycot looking and 'talking' to the flowers! The fabric is a lovely soft, yet, hardwearing cotton and looks very expensive.
The unit consists of the chassis and the main frame, to which the carrycot or pushchair seat, attaches. They are secured to the frame using the heavy duty press-studs on the seat or carrycot. Upon opening the box it took us a while to set up the carrycot, as inserting the base board took a little brute strength, but it was very strong and sturdy once assembled. The pushchair was very easy and popped on in just 2 minutes. The hood remained in place with both options and the footmuff doubled as a carrycot cover.
With excellent, all round suspension, the chassis has solid, swivel/lockable wheels at the front and the rear are larger rubber tyres, with a 'foot-bar' brake. All the wheels are quick release. We got a puncture in one of our rear wheels, which went through to the inner-tube, the good people at Halfords replaced it with a stock inner-tube for only £4.99. It's very easy to maneuver and steering is light - however, the wide rear wheels take some getting used to and I have managed to scuff mine as I have misjudged gaps in the early days (good job I drive a car better than a pushchair!)
The handle is a comfortable bar, thankfully without a sponge covering (the feeling of which goes through me!) and it can be adjusted to 3 different heights by twisting the bar in the middle and lifting up or pushing down.
The carrycot is a lovely size - nice and spacious, with deep enough sides to offer good protection. I'd say that it offered more room than her moses basket at home. Incidentally, you can buy a carrycot stand from Mamas and Papas, so that you can use the carrycot it as baby's bed at home. You can
also use it as a a travel system with the addition of Pro - Sleep IP car seat straight onto the chassis, or the Primo Viaggio IP car seats using seperate car seat adaptors. Personally I didn't bother with this as I preferred Elsa to be lying flat when out and about.
The pushchair is lovely and spacious, with a large seat base and is nicely padded, so Elsa always looks really comfortable in it. She is also very secure with a 5 point harness and the removable bumper bar. The seat has 3 recline positions and can be faced outwards or towards the parent.
You have to remove the seat/carrycot to fold it, but this is easily done by pressing the buttons located either side of the frame and then lifting it off. Folding is very simple, just pull the 2 black collars up on the frame of the chassis and it folds down (not umbrella-folding). It's not the smallest of pushchairs but I fit it easily into my Peugeot 307. A small tip: when you're folding it to put it into the boot of your car, place the seat onto your parcel shelf, so you have both hands free to collapse the chassis.
There is a spacious basket underneath the seat, but it is sometimes difficult to get to, especially when the carrycot is on and when the pushchair is in it's upright position you have to go to the rear of the seat to gain access.
The raincover is easy to put on and has a zip section so you can leave it on, but open it up between showers. The footmuff is easily attached with the zip, but I have yet to use the parasol.
According to the Mamas and Papas site, the dimensions are as follows:
Age Guideline: birth - 15kg
Herbie Weighs: 11kg approx.
Size: H: 100 x W: 64 x D: 78cm approx.
Folded Size: H: 38 x W: 64 x D: 78cm approx.
I'm absolutely thrilled with this pushchair and I'm so glad that we bought it. Elsa always looks really comfortable and secure in it and it looks fantastic! It's a beautiful shape and design, though it's not a lightweight pram, so it's not really suitable for nipping on and off busses (not a problem for me as I have my own car). It's well built, sturdy and cleverly designed.
I would recommend this pram to anyone.
Summary: A fantastic looking pram that is comfortable and sturdy
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