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My first experience with micralite pushchairs was the fastfold. I bought that one originally when I was suffering from SPD and struggling to push our sluggish buggy around with a two year old in it. That pushchair was great and I loved it but it had one flaw for us - the seat didn't recline. This has proved to be a bit of a problem as we like to go for long walks and my six month old didn't look comfortable and wouldn't sleep well in it.
Because I loved the fastfold so much, the micralite toro seemed to be the logical next step. I have been using this for a week now and I haven't been disappointed.
Why I LOVE the Toro
It's very light and easy to steer. I can hold my daughters hand easily while pushing it, I can even stand in one spot and turn it pretty much 360 degrees, in one swift motion if the need to occurred!
It folds out and up again easily with the push of buttons and downward or upward motion.
It folds into quite a compact size.
The seat recline is so smooth and easy to do, the baby happily sleeps while seat is being reclined. It has 3 seat positions which are bolt upright, slightly reclined or fully reclined which is flat.
It is light enough to lift up or downstairs one handed, keeping one valuable hand free for my two year old.
Because of the big air filled tyres at the back my baby gets a smooth ride even over the abundance of cobbles and rough terrain where live.
It looks good! I keep getting compliments on it when out and about.
And some not so good-
The shopping basket is a little small and can't be accessed when the seat is fully upright. As the seat is so quick and easy to recline it's only a minor inconvenience.
The handles aren't the easiest to hang bags on and this is also actively discouraged by the manufacturer due to risk of tipping.
This is my favourite of all the pushchairs we've owned. It's so easy to steer around shops, robust enough to push around the woods and comfy enough for long walks. It's also quite easy to use on public transport although I prefer the sling for that purpose. Wholeheartedly recommend it, it's pretty close to perfect in my eyes.
I have been using my Microlite Toro stroller for 15 months and I am really pleased with our choice of pushchair. The carrycot was very useful when my son was newborn, and looked stunning! It also allowed my baby to sleep flat and it could be lifted off when we returned home. I used the carry cot as a second moses basket for downstairs, removing the need for moving cots around the house.
I mostly used the stroller with a maxi cosi infant car seat attached. Although sometimes tricky to remove this was invaluable. It is really important to get a compatible car seat and travel system. If they are sleeping in the car you can click them in without waking them up and vice versa. I was really annoyed when he outgrew the infant car seat and he wakes up now when we transfer him to the pushchair (or I sit in the car waiting for him to wake up!)
Now my son is slightly older I am still using the Toro as a stroller, he loves the up right position and finds it comfortable. The only thing I don't like is the height of the bar (it seems quite high and he chews the foam off!) and also the fact his feet don't rest on anything, although it doesn't seem to bother him! The only odd thing is that the wheels are wider at the front than the back and this means you clip peoples ankles in crowds,
I don't find that it tips too easily (no more than other strollers) and it has lasted a lot of wear (and hopefully more with a second child).
I would really recommend getting a package with the sun shield and rain cover, they fit so well and are very useful! We also got the extra terrestrial wheels which we haven't used very much as they are a bit of a faff, but my husband loved the pushchair because of this! He had the idea of trekking up a mountain with it but it hasn't really happened!
Lots of people comment on how nice our pushchair looks and not many people have them which I like.
This pram has some great benefits but does have a few downfalls, it is perfect for anyone who has limited space and tends to use buses a lot or cars a lot as it folds up so small it fits in most boots, its a realy nice pram to push and you can push it one handed.
The micralite torro is very similar to the normal micralite, apart from this one you can get a lovely comfy carrycot and it also lays down a lot more than the normal micralite the frame also seems sturdier than the other but theres not many differences and this one is more expensive.
The best points about this pram is the size of it it folds up very small so its so easy to store away, it folds up very easily aswell and you can do it with a child in your arms, and you can push it one handed which is fantastic as i found it great as i could push my son and hold my daughters hand at the same time, with the carrycot on the pram looks very cosy for your baby!
The bad points i found about this pram was there is no shopping space, the basket is very small and you cant hang any bags on the handles as it tips the pushchair up as its so light.
We did have to get new front wheels aswell after a few weeks of having the pram as one broke realy easily and after talking to a few people i found it was a common problem.
I would recomended this pram to other people, especially for those who have limited space, and people who have a small car boot!
Its realy easy to push, and makes strolling around town a doddle as long as you dont buy too much shopping! =)