Product Type: Quinny prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Perfect for the car but not on a rainy day!
Quinny Zapp Jogger
Member Name: kiwiii85
Quinny Zapp Jogger
Advantages: Easy to push, very compact fold
Disadvantages: Noisy, hard to fold, useless raincover & hood
We purchased a second hand zapp as a smaller stroller to our Jane Slalom R and bought the xtra seat to go with it but have dropped down to using just the zapp now that she's mostly walking as it's far easier to fold and takes up much less space. I love and hate this buggy though with plenty of reasons for each!
~~ The Buggy ~~
The quinny zapp pushchair is suitable from 6 months old as it doesn't lay flat although I wouldn't personally use it on a baby under a year old as they still need more support than this one offers. It has 3 wheels and a nice compact 3d fold (the attraction for us) but it requires two hands to fold it down and to put it up again. It has an optional hood, basket, cosytoes, travel bag and raincover and can also be converted into a travel system via a maxi cosi car seat.
~~ The good bits ~~
The fold was our main reason for buying this buggy as originally it was for taking on our camping holiday and the space was very limited given we had a tent, travel cot, suitcases & a million other things a baby needs to this was ideal. It folds so small that it fits in behind our seats in the car rather than in the boot too which quite often comes in handy if we've been shopping or the likes. It's very light so picking it up and moving it around isn't a problem either. It's easy to push with two handles - so easy that I can now push it with one hand whilst balancing a much needed umbrella in the other - and very easy to move up curbs and over mostly smooth terrain.
The seat unit is made from a material that just doesn't stain so it always looks clean which was a god send for us after a bird decided on the seat was a brilliant place to poo! It can also be removed and put into the washing machine on a cold wash if it ever needs freshened up - something all of my previous buggies were incapable of!
The brakes are very easy to use with a red button for on and a grey button to release. This is far easier than the ones with a bar over the back and haven't let us down yet.
~~ The Niggles ~~
The main reason for purchase was the fold of the buggy but it's far from easy for just anyone to do and it does take a bit of practice to get it right. You also need two hands in order to do it so you can forget holding onto your little one at the same time as there would be a huge danger of dropping them on their heads! This isn't a problem for us so much as we've a secure location to fold it where my little girl can't get into anything dangerous but it's a consideration for others.
The front wheel of the buggy is an absolute nightmare over ground that isn't completely smooth and does nothing but make a horrible rattling noise so there's certainly no element of surprise when you're coming! I thought this was a second hand thing as our buggy was older but my friends brand new one does it too so obviously not.
The lack of recline can be an issue for some but my little girl is never in it long enough for a nap so although it would be handy, it's not entirely necessary.
There is an optional basket for the quinny zapp too and I found it handy on the zapp xtra but slightly more tricky to use on just the zapp as the seat unit seems to be placed a bit further back. I can still fit the rain cover underneath and a bag or two but it's certainly nowhere close to what your average one might hold.
The hood is removable and whilst I choose to have it on the buggy all of the time, it's useless for the sun! It doesn't reach far enough forward to be any use whatsoever unless you have your back to the sun. Not really helpful if you have to walk with the sun towards you and your little one doesn't like wearing a hat or being blinded by the sun.
My last niggle isn't really a niggle but more of a huge complaint - the raincover. I don't know if other people manage to keep the raincover on it but I certainly can't. It doesn't seem to be big enough to join at the top and bottom and if you do finally manage to get it on, one little kick from a monkey or a little gust of wind and you'll be chasing it over the road! Not one for use in the rain then..
~~ Overall ~~
It is a nice buggy overall and although I have more niggles than actual likes it's still worth it for the space it saves in your car. It's easy to push and light to move around but there are certainly a lot of areas for improvements. I've had the zia too for my other little girl when she was younger and I'd definitely chose this over it anyday... well maybe not on a rainy day!
Summary: Great for days out but terrible in the rain!