Product Type: Red Kite prams, pushchairs and strollers
Newest Review: ... little finicky, you need to push the button and pull the strapping to the required level, but once you get the hang of it is fairly straig... more
Red kite Push Me Quatro buggy.
Redkite Push Me Quatro
Member Name: teafan11
Redkite Push Me Quatro
Advantages: Perfect stroller for town.
Disadvantages: Not great for off-road.
Red kite Push Me Quatro buggy.
Having bought a huge and bulky pushchair with carrycot/pram for when my son was born, we eventually needed to size down, not that my old pushchair was in need of replacement but simply for convenience. The old pushchair was difficult to use on buses and escalators etc. So on planning a trip to London, we decided that we had had enough of the hassle and struggle that we associated with the larger pushchair when travelling around London, so started looking around for more compact umbrella folding buggy that was not going to break the bank, but when looking in the lower price range it was soon clear that they lacked enormously in features and generally didn't have the added benefit of having an adjustable seat.
Finally we discovered Asda was having a baby and toddler event and found this, they had a choice of two colours, black and Damson, and I opted for damson, which is basically purple, why they can't call it purple I don't know. We opened the box which was white with a picture of the buggy on the side and was about 4ftx2ftx2ft. We paid £50.00 for it and I believe the price is unchanged (02.11.2012).
Assembly was remarkable easy, I only needed to clip in the front wheel and then attach the hood, again a simple clip mechanism. The seat is fully adjustable and it has a plastic button style adjuster, which can be a little finicky, you need to push the button and pull the strapping to the required level, but once you get the hang of it is fairly straight forward. The seat is made of what seems to be wooden boards that are lighted padded and shaped for comfort. The buggy is umbrella folding and for those who are not clear it simply means that it folds up and inwards similar to an umbrella, hence the name, making it a more compact, lightweight and easier to collapse, especially in tourist situations and public transport which does not always cater for pushchairs. Collapsing is simple by using two clips at the back of the buggy, pulling one up and pushing the other down, and can be done with your feet if you are required to hold little one, if at a main road for instance, and a clip holds it together. It has a handle on one side for ease of carrying this is made of strapping and rubber.
The wheels are the small rubber type just like most umbrella buggy's but these are quite hardy, the front ones are swivel style making turning easier, however they can be locked by a simple push button on the wheel, again foot operated, I lock them when on the London underground because of the escalators, but generally have them on swivel because turning is so much easier. The back wheels are permanently locked. The rear wheels also have the break which is a quite rudimentary cog style lock, which if not engaged properly does loosen, so please be aware and make sure that the lock is pushed down hard on both wheels.
The buggy's material is hand washable and I find a simple wipe after use is enough to keep it looking good. The hood is of the same material with"Quarto by red kite" written in white on both sides and this is kept open by plastic push down bracket clips and hosts a pocket on the back which is secured with Velcro and it also has a see-through plastic section so you can see little one from behind without disturbing them, which is a blessing if you are trying to encourage them to drift off. This is covered by black mesh which prevents glare in sunny weather. The basket is relatively small by it is a fairly small buggy so you can't expect more. This is again made of black mesh.
The front of the buggy seat has an option to fold it down or up, which is nice for older children to be able to reach the rubber foot strap and also for when they are sleeping, you simply hold down the two plastic button either side at the junction (for want of a better word) and place the seat in the required position. These are all safety clips to prevent children catching their fingers. It has a five point harness and the top two straps unclip enabling you to attach a cosy toes or buggy protector more easily. The front groin strap in made of the same material as the buggy, but the others are made of a thick grey strapping material. All of which are fully adjustable. The securing clip is a plastic three point clip.
It has two separate handles which is my preference but these are not adjustable and are 108cm high and at 5ft2" it took me a while to get used to height of the handles, there not too high per say, but higher than I'm accustomed as my old buggy was adjustable. It comes with a rain cover although the fixing Velcro is not fantastic and broke on first use. The rain cover goes over the hood and the child which helps to protect the hood.
It weighs 8.2kg due to the aluminium frame and is extremely easy to transport. The carry handle is comfortable too. It is suitable from birth to 15kg and it says 24 months, although my 2 and a half year old are using it but he is very small for his age and is under 15kg.
Dimensions (W x D x H cm) 50 x 78 x 108cm
Dimensions (Folded) (W x D x H cm) 32 x 23 x 106cm
An ideal town buggy but not built for off-roading, It can become extremely bumpy if used on uneven surfaces but is perfect around town. Overall this is a fantastic buy and is much less bulky and more convenient than my old buggy. It fits perfectly on buses and is a breeze on the escalators in London, even loaded with a picnic. Although I don't think it could handle the vigour's of escalators on a daily bases, but I could be wrong! I would definitely recommend this buggy and my son looks very comfortable in it even when he is asleep.
Summary: Perfect stroller for town.