Product Type: Quinny prams, pushchairs and strollers
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An Xtra little something
Quinny Zapp Xtra
Member Name: kiwiii85
Quinny Zapp Xtra
Advantages: Compact fold, parent/forward facing, dream to push
Disadvantages: Parent facing seat positions, kicking the seat as you walk
If you've read my previous reviews then you'll easily see I'm not only a shopaholic, but also a buggyholic! I love my Jane Slalom R but at the end of the day it's a little bit big for bus journeys and a nightmare to bump up the nursery steps so I was looking for something a little bit smaller. I was a bit put off by this as I'd previously had the disasterous Petite Zia Star 3 wheeler but thought I'd annoy my other half and give it a go.
The Quinny Zapp Xtra is basically the Quinny Zapp (infact it's the same frame, same wheels, and same basket) but with a reclineable seat that can now be parent facing or forward facing. I'd resisted buying your usual zapp because of the lack of recline so when I saw this was coming out I just couldn't resist. I do admit to cheating though when it came to purchasing it as at £220 it seemed a bit expensive for what it was when I already had a perfectly good buggy sitting at home. So how did I cheat? Well I logged into a local selling site and put up an ad for a wanted quinny zapp with cosytoes and raincover that preferably had a basket with it (I don't ask for much do i?) and picked one up for a cheap £40. I then purchased the xtra seat for £90 and had the quinny xtra for £130 with a raincover and cosytoes to match, not bad going eh? So if you're looking at getting a zapp, have a look at my way to save yourself £90.
So how did I rate the zapp and it's performance? I love quite a few things about the zapp xtra that it's hard to know where to start! The seat unit, albeit a pain when it comes to folding, fits my 9 month old beautifully and has easily adjustable straps that have two different height positions in the seat so as she grows I can just pop them up a level. It comes with it's own little footrest so no more dangling feet like you see on so many strollers these days and it's even handy at catching her toys when she flings them out of the buggy. The hood is also attached to the seat unit and pulls far enough forward to keep the majority of the sun out of their eyes and is handy when it comes to attaching the rain cover.
The seat unit has to come off of the buggy completely when you fold it down so then you're left with the frame. The frame itself is quite strong for a buggy that has a very small fold to it (minus the seat unit) and it pushes along like a dream with the single wheels at the back stopping the annoying wheel spin you get with other strollers. The front wheel is a swivel so I've had no problems with steering either. The handle height could be a problem for some though as I do find myself slouching to push it and I'm only 5"6. The brakes are very reliable although I have had a couple of problems on buses with the brakes just randomly springing off but I'm not sure if that's because I did the second hand thing and it's had a lot of use in the past? Something to look out for though. Folding it is easy too and even my other half has now mastered this without a problem. To detach the seat it's a simple press a button and pull the unit off (it does have a safety catch on it) and to fold the frame simple press the 2 buttons halfway down the seat and fold forward and push the grey bit at the bottom of the frame forwards and you're done.
So what don't I like? I prefer to use the seat in parent facing mode as my daughter has a few allergies and has been very sicky since birth so it's handy to see if she's been sick or not but it does lead to a few issues now she's a bit older. In forward facing mode you have 3 different positions to lay the seat so you can be upright, half upright or laying down. However, in parent facing mode you can only have the seat half upright or laying down so my daughters starting to get a bit frustrated and I do feel it's the end of parent mode. The other BIG issue with parent facing is the length of the seat unit and the fact I have huge bruises up my legs from kicking the seat unit as I walk along. I have heard this is a common problem and it's not just me being a complete numpty but it doesn't make my legs feel any better about it!
Some people don't like the fact that the basket is almost non existent but it works for me. The raincover fits in one side and I can have a small changing bag or shopping bag or something in the other side and it leads to no problems. I do hang light shopping over the handlebars too although I know there is an issue of buggies tipping due to this but I've never had a sense of this. It could be because I use it in parent mode and the weight is more evenly distributed but I'm always very careful about what I hang on there.
My overall opinion? It's a great buggy but it could be even better if they could make a few tiny improvements to it. It they could conjure up a way to make the buggy fold as one then it would be far easier for buses as I just don't have enough hands at the moment to hold my daughter, hold the seat and fold the frame all at the same time. Finding a way to add the sit up position to parent facing mode would also make me far happier and if they could sort the whole whacking my leg as I walk problem then I'd be a happy little bunny! I'm not in a hurry to sell this buggy (you can hear my other halfs sigh of relief can't you?) and I do genuinely like it but I can see myself turning it back into a zapp when she's older and no longer naps so that it's easier to fold when I use buses and takes up less space in the car. Oh and one last thing that I just love about this quinny is the fact it can bump up steps without getting the brake stuck! I have to bump it up and down 6 (each way) steps twice a day and it's a dream to do. Anyone that's had a stroller will understand why that's such a big thing!
Summary: It could be perfect given a couple of tweaks!