Product Type: Quinny prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Quinny Zapp Jogger
Member Name: SugarSpun
Quinny Zapp Jogger
Advantages: Lightweight and great for older kids
Disadvantages: Loud, not great for smaller babies
Following Easyjet's rough handling of my incomparable Stokke XPlory, I've been entertaining myself with a range of loaner pushchairs from my lovely local shop.
The Quinny Zapp has been on my list of pushchairs to try for a while, and I was super excited when it was available for loan. It's lightweight and compact, folds down to almost nothing and is just lovely to push - onehanded steering is not a problem at all, which is great when you're juggling bag, keys, bus fare, sippy cup and all manner of other things.
It looks good too, very futuristic and funky. Ours was the black one - it comes in Pink, Blue, Red and Black. It got some looks and comments from people, mostly positive. Someone did ask whether it was supportive enough for the baby - the seat is almost a hammock sort of deal slung between the frame with only a tiny amount of padding. Wee Beastie seemed very comfortable in it, though, and was able to sleep despite the minor niggle that it doesn't recline.
Another minor niggle is that there is no storage space at all. No basket, no shopping bag, nothing. And if you put anything heavier than a litre of milk and a loaf of bread on the back it's likely to tip over backwards. In that respect the lightweight frame is a drawback: it's a bit tippy, and if you leave the brake off when it's windy you're liable to end up chasing after it (even with a 20lb child in it, although she thought it was hilarious). The wheels are hard plastic and LOUD. Clack clack clack on the pavement. I made a song about it to remind Wee Beastie that I was still there but I did feel a bit of a fool first with the clacking and then the singing.
I also didn't like that it's only outward facing and the baby's quite low down. It might be better for slightly older kids, but I tend to want to interact with my child when we're out and about and it leaves her on the level of knees and thighs rather than higher up and chatting to me. The hood is pretty cool, it has a little window so you can see what the baby's up to. Also, you can sponge clean the fabric but it doesn't come off for washing in the machine. Not practical.
Folding is very easy - push buttons 1 and 2, then give the frame a little push and step on button 3. Collapses very easily, but you do need two hands - not good with an escape artist and again possibly better suited to an older child who understands, "Stay there for a second and hold my leg." Wee Beastie, at 12 months and a bit, is all about the escapology and it was a bit difficult.
When it's folded, it's fairly wide, and although it comes with a carry bag (we didn't get that bit with our loaner) I can't imagine it always being practical to pack it away, and our experience was that it was a bit annoying to have to pick up a folded pushchair complete with grubby wheels while holding a squirmy baby and trying to pay a bus driver and not lose track of my shopping bags.
Accessory-wise, the raincover is very comprehensive and there doesn't seem to be any loss of peripheral vision, which is nice for nosy kids, and there's a carseat adaptor bit for a Maxi Cosi which is also a great idea. You can also buy a bicycle carrier and a footmuff - I've seen people with the black pushchair and a bright footmuff, which looks very striking.
Suitable: 6 months - 4 yearsish (44lbs)
Harness: Adjustable, 5-point
Reversible seat: no
On the whole, this would be a great pushchair if you were travelling with an older child - you can take it as a piece of hand luggage into a plane, so there's no messing about, it's lightweight and comfortable for a toddler and suitable for bigger kids. It's not as good as I was expecting/hoping for my littlie though - too much interaction with it required when putting up and down and not enough possible with my baby while I'm pushing.
It's currently on offer for £149.99 at Amazon, so if you're looking for a travel pushchair or something for your bigger child then this is the one for you. If you're planning more kids and want one that'll suit the next one, maybe rethink it for now or plan to use a carrier for the tiny babies.
Incidentally, a "quinny" in Early Modern English (Shakespeare-era and the like) was the area on a lady from which a baby emerges into the world. What on earth were they thinking?!
Summary: Great for older toddlers, not so much for 6-18 monthers.