Product Type: Micralite prams, pushchairs and strollers
Newest Review: ... nice and warm in his cosey toes but we had a few problems! The pram was no good for shopping at all the basket can only get the raincover ... more
Good all terrain option for small car boots
Member Name: christy_s
Advantages: Light, compact fold, one hand push, copes well with rough ground
Disadvantages: Hard to fold with footmuff attached, unstable when pram bag attached to handles
I bought a Micralite as our 'off road' pram (my main pram is a Mamas and Papas Pliko which positively seizes up at the sight of even slight gravel!). It was the only one I could find with big tyres that would fit in my tiny car boot (Nissan Micra).
On the positive side it is very light, and so easy to push compared with the Pliko - you can even push with one hand and walk beside the pram to talk to baby! It folds up to about the same size as the Pliko, so I can fit it in my car boot without even taking off the wheels, which is handy. The rain cover is super quick to fit, no fiddly zips or poppers, just hook it on the handles and do up the velcro strap - great for the very changeable scottish weather! The cosytoes/footmuff (usually an added extra cost) is really snug for winter, and in the summer you can take it out to reveal a mesh back to keep baby cool (we found he got quite a sweaty head in the Pliko on really sunny days). Also, if you buy the new version with red dots on the middle of the front wheels you can pop them off and buy an All Terrain Kit, which is basically two more of the big wheels, for serious off roading.
On the negative side - it is really hard to fold the pushchair with the cosytoes/footmuff attached - I end up hugging the whole thing to squeeze it together! The top of the cosytoes/footmuff could do with poppers to attach the flap up for smaller babies - it stops quite low down on my little one when folded (he's 8 months) so i try to tuck it up at the sides, but when he wriggles it falls back down. The outer wheels at the front tend to stay lifted off the ground because most of the weight is at the back, and if you leave your bag on the handles when you lift baby out the whole thing tips up! I have a pretty small Eastpak messenger bag as my pram bag and it doesn't fit in the basket underneath because of the strap which tenses the footplate. Also, having a rear facing Pliko pram, I really miss being able to talk to my son when he is in the Micralite :(
Summary: Good second pram for my tiny boot, but if I could fit one of the bigger ones in I would swap!