Product Type: Maxi-Cosi prams, pushchairs and strollers
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My other pushchair
Maxi-Cosi Quinny Zapp
Member Name: Ann-Marie_B
Maxi-Cosi Quinny Zapp
Advantages: Lightweight, excellent turning and steering
Disadvantages: Does not lie back and has no storage
The Quinny Zapp is my 'other pushchair'. It is the one I use when I need a light stroller for a short journey. I also use it for baby group as it takes up less space in the pushchair locker which is always crammed full.
I originally chose it along with the Maxi-Cosi car seat. My mother in law was adamant that she wanted to buy our first pushchair and in all honesty we subsequently chose one which we deemed affordable. It was purchased from Baby Store Direct in Birmingham, who are also available online at www.babystoredirect.com. At the time it cost £113 for the stroller in khaki and an additional £98 for the Maxi-Cosi in Skydive design.
It was soon replaced however when at four and a half months my son, who was and still is a small baby, outgrew the Maxi-Cosi car seat. My pushchair of choice was then the Mamas & Papas Luna in Cress and the Quinny was stored away until my son needed a lightweight stroller.
The Quinny Zapp has three drawbacks. The first is that it does not lean back. It is however angled back slightly and I have found that my son has slept soundly in it without his head dropping to the side. The second is that the oval shape of the frame means that older children often have their legs rather uncomfortably overhanging and the sides. The third is that is does not have a storage basket underneath. Personally I would rarely use such a feature anyway.
Otherwise it is an excellent stroller. It is very lightweight and particularly easy to steer. I live in location which is edged by rural areas and waterways and I have subsequently used this stroller and rocky pathways and over grass and mud. It has always fared very well indeed. It can also be turned 360 degrees on the spot, which is very useful when out shopping in tight aisles and in lifts.
The Zapp is very compact when folded down. At the time of purchase we had a Peugeot 107 with quite possibly the smallest boot space around and so this was an ideal feature. It now rattles in our MPV! In order to collapse this pushchair two buttons are pressed in on either side and the top half folded over. There is then a push pedal on the frame which when pushed in with your foot causes the whole thing to collapse downward and inward. To make it even easier than that, the two buttons and push pedal are numbered one, two and three in order of use. In order to re-open the pushchair the actions are done in the same order again but this time lifting the top half into position and pulling the push pedal outward - this part can be rather tricky and I often have to lie the whole thing down onto its side first.
The harness has straps between the legs, around the waist and over the shoulders, where it has Zapp branded pads for protection. I do find that the harness clasp can be a little rigid but at least it is secure. My son has been known to release himself from my Britax First Class car seat and so I need a difficult clasp!
The rain cover attached by Velco at the top and bottom and although secure it is a little fiddly as there really isn't much Velcro to play with. When attached at the top it can be folded back to rest on the hood just nicely.
The breaks are very simple, being two push peddles over each wheel, one had red centre for the break facility and the other is plain for release.
Overall I would recommend this pushchair to anyone looking for a second more lightweight stroller. It is currently serving its purpose very well for me. However I would recommend that you try it out in the shops and consider its suitability first.
Summary: Works well as a second stroller