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Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 Special Edition Review

Review Overview

Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 Special Edition Review
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216 Reviews
Reviewed On: 19 Feb 2018
Sophie Bell
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Sophie's Verdict:
4.5 / 5

We're so excited to get our hands on the all-new Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 Special Edition. You get everything you can need to travel with baby all in one distinctively stylish package.

Review Summary

Summary

If you are hunting for a workmanlike travel system that looks great as well as being able to cope with almost any eventuality, the Stomp V4 Special Edition is definitely for you.

What’s good
  • Easy fold
  • Seat unit and carrycot use the same frame
  • All-in-one package
  • Large and deep basket
What’s not so good
  • Car seat isn't i-Size certified
  • Two-handed recline and fold
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Review Content

Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 Special Edition Review
Chassis

Sold as a complete package, you certainly get everything you could possibly need to travel with your little tot with the Ickle Bubba Stomp V4. The box is packed to the seams with useful kit and we couldn't wait to get it all out and set up. Building the Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 might take you a little time, but it's all neatly packed in the box. Various steps are required, such as clicking the rear axle and brake unit onto the pushchair chassis and clicking the wheels into place too. Ickle Bubba have made it as easy as possible, however, as the instructions are pretty easy to follow.

Light and strong, the chassis of the Stomp V4 is perfect for a do-it-all travel system. In fact, it was much, much lighter than we anticipated, which is brilliant news for parents who will be lifting their pushchair in and out of a car or up and down stairs. The rear wheels are puncture resistant but have the appearance and feel of air-filled tyres. We especially love the size of the rear wheels - they are large and able to drive over any terrain. The front wheels are smaller and more refined. They give the Stomp V4 its nippy characteristics, making it just as great for weaving in and out of shops as it is for park walks.

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With an adjustable handlebar, it will suit most parents' heights and was comfortable to push. The handlebar was broad in the palm, mainly down to the zip-on leatherette covers.

The brake on the Stomp V4 is operated by one simple-to-use, push on-flick off metal bar that runs from one rear wheel to the other. We used the brake on hills, pavements and grass. Every time we applied the brake it was rock steady and the pushchair felt very secure.

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Most parents carry a lot of baggage with them to cover every eventuality, and this shopping basket has definitely been designed to suit the needs of busy parents. The roomy basket has high sides, meaning it can hold all manner of items. There is plenty of room to keep your raincover in the basket as well as shopping, coats and boots, etc. The complete package of the Stomp V4 also comes with a handy changing bag to make sure you can carry everything you might possibly need and have it all to hand exactly when you need it.

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Seat

The Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 is designed as an all-in-one system. When baby is newborn to around 6 months, you can use the carrycot to keep them comfortable whilst out and about. The carrycot comes ready assembled and was very easy to pop into place. We just needed to clip the hood onto the carrycot frame. The carrycot also sports a sumptuously soft liner, which can be removed and washed if needed. The carrycot clicks on and off the chassis with ease by pushing the square-shaped buttons on each side of the carrycot frame.

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When baby has outgrown the carrycot, they can move onto the seat unit. The careful design of the Stomp V4 means that the same frame is used to house the carrycot fabrics and the seat fabrics too. Just unclip and unzip the carrycot fabrics form the frame and pop the seat fabrics back onto the very same frame. We loved this feature as it meant parents aren't left with a bulky carrycot that they need to find a storage space for.

Suitable all the way up to 15kg, the seat can change from parent to world-facing by pressing the two square buttons on the side of the seat frame – a super-easy process!

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Reclining the Stomp V4 is so simple and quick to do. Just by squeezing the round buttons on either side of the seat, you can change the seat from a sitting to a lying position in a jiffy. The motion is smooth so you don't need to worry about waking a sleeping baby when you are doing it - but you do need two hands to operate the recline, which can be tricky if you're fielding a lively toddler too.

The seat unit features a smart leatherette bumper bar, which coordinates perfectly with the handlebar. Our little tester loved having the bumper bar to hold onto whilst watching the world go by, but watch out for getting baby in and out as it is not gate-opening so does need to be fully removed to gain access to the seat. The stroller also comes with a lovely seat liner to make baby's rides that extra bit softer.

The hood on the Stomp V4 is perfect for covering every eventuality of weather! It pulls down to provide plenty of shelter from wind or rain and is lined to make baby's space that extra bit more luxurious. We tested the Woodland Bronze design of the 4th generation Stomp and the hood is a beautiful deep forest green. Perfectly unisex and lots of mummies on the school run complimented us on the fab design!

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Fold

The fold on the Stomp V4 is simple! You do have to remove the seat unit if in the parent-facing position but it is possible to fold all in one when the seat is world-facing. Either way, the compact fold you are left with is great.

Once your seat unit is removed, pull the levers (whilst simultaneously pressing the button on the right-hand lever) and the whole chassis folds downwards in the blink of an eye.

Although you need two hands to fold it down, it has a great auto lock to save you from battling with a flailing pushchair whilst lifting and carrying it. To unfold, just hold open the auto lock trigger and click the chassis back into its upright position. Then pop your seat unit, car seat or carrycot back onto the frame - so fast and so easy!

The Stomp V4 comes complete with the Ickle Bubba Galaxy 0+ infant car seat and the Galaxy ISOFIX base. The car seat hood is of the same gorgeous colourway as your pushchair seat and carrycot. Although this car seat isn't i-Size certified, the ISOFIX base makes clicking your car seat from chassis to car even easier and, of course, makes installation safer. Ickle Bubba provide the Galaxy universal car seat adapters in the box with the Stomp V4, as well as the footmuff for the car seat and pushchair seat unit and the harness pads for the seat unit too. This means you have everything covered right from the word go and don't need to worry about your car seat being compatible with the pushchair that you choose. The car seat is lined in beautifully soft material, which is lovely on your baby's delicate skin.

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Conclusion

Ickle Bubba have provided parents with an all-in-one, go-anywhere, do-anything pushchair in the form of the Stomp V4. Its beautifully styled colours of Woodland Bronze and Blueberry Chrome will keep parents and their children super-stylish.

The compact fold will be a crowd-pleaser for many busy families, as will the lightweight feel of the chassis, making for easy lifting and transporting.

Getting the complete package of the car seat, carrycot and seat unit including footmuff  all in one tidy box gives real value for money and certainly eases the financial strain of preparing for a new baby to enter the family! You even get a full four-year warranty for real peace of mind.

If you are hunting for a workmanlike travel system that looks great as well as being able to cope with almost any eventuality, the Stomp V4 Special Edition is definitely for you.

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