Finn and I have been putting the new Armadillo Flip XT pushchair from Mamas & Papas to the test and I genuinely wasn’t expecting to like it quite as much as I do. My little lad at 18 months old is a tall, big boy. We’re talking 95th percentile for height and off the chart for weight. As soon as I took the pushchair out of the box I was immediately impressed with the seat. It’s really wide and supportive and my little man has plenty of room to stretch out. I can see how it works from birth (with an insert) to 4 years old.
It’s both forward and parent facing, which is a bit of a must for me to be honest. I like a little chit-chat as we’re going about our business, but when we’re out for the day somewhere exciting, I want him to be able to see what’s going on. It’s super-easy to switch positions. And it has patented two-way easy-fold technology, so it opens and folds whichever way the seat is facing, which is great. You can fold one-handed, too. Yup, genuinely, fold one-handed that is and it goes really small, a brilliantly compact stroller. Another must for me. As much as I loved our Xplory, as our family grew the amount of space it took in the boot was just too much when we were travelling any distance.
The Armadillo XT Flip took me literally minutes to set up. From the box to Finn sitting in it must have been less than five minutes. Always a bonus. It took that long again to work out how to fold, and I’ve not yet done the struggling-in-the-carpark-with-the-new-pushchair thing!
Another huge positive is its full recline. It goes back, the footrest goes up, and your little bundle of joy can have a good nap, especially because it has the best hood I have ever seen on a pushchair (and we see a fair few at BG HQ!). The enormous hood practically covers the whole seat when fully extended and it is UPF 50+. Fantastic for sun protection, but also great for them to not get disturbed. This is brilliant and I get to take it on holiday with me in a few weeks, so will really be putting it to the test then!
It’s all the little details that make this pushchair super cool too – magnetic peek hole cover, strap with fold instructions on it, the contrast trim. The colour and the texture. Love! I tested the teal and I adore it. Oh, and its inward fold which means clean fabrics!
Of course, it has all the standards you’d expect as well: sun-visor, 5 point safety harness, travel-system ready and a good-sized, easy to access basket. Most importantly, it’s light and easy to steer.
So the negatives? I’m honestly struggling to find any. For the price, £479, I think you get a great stroller that’s going to last you from birth until your little one is whizzing about on a scooter. Accessories are similar prices to other brands – the footmuff is £79.95 and carrycot £149. I really like it.