Mothercare XSS Pockit Stroller Review
Boasting the title of ‘the world's most compact stroller' we're taking a closer look at the Mothercare XSS Pockit Stroller.
Though the Mothercare XSS Pockit Stroller is missing the features that you would usually see on a stroller, we can see it being perfect for holidays and quick trips out. As it folds down small enough to fit in the overhead locker on a plane, it will make getting around the airport so much easier when you have small children!
- Tiny fold
- Very light
- Standard features such as recline
- Hood and raincover missing
- No raincover available
The tiny box that the Mothercare XSS Pockit Stroller arrives in definitely isn't deceiving, as it contains one of the smallest strollers we've had the privilege of viewing! Folded, it measures only 34cm x 14cm x 32cm, so it is worthy of the name XSS = Extra Small Stroller. Coming in its own matching bag with drawstring and zippered pocket, it's ready to take straight out and use. We liked that there is still room in the bag for your essentials too.
To make it as compact and light as possible, the standard features that you would see on a stroller have been left out from the XSS, so there's no recline, hood or raincover. This creates a pushchair that is perfect for travel or for older toddlers that don't always need to be in a stroller. Weighing only 3.9kg, you can easily pick it up to carry, making it ideal for travelling.
With two handlebars, there is some movement in the top part of the pushchair with a child in the seat. There are two buttons on the end of each handlebar, which operate the fold, with each side sliding telescopically into the frame. Unfortunately, the handlebars aren't adjustable for different heights, but for our tester at 5' 6", it was perfect.
The front and back features two wheels at each side. There's no suspension for rougher terrain, but as it's so light, you can just lift it over any bumps and lumps! The front wheels swivel for good manoeuvrability, but can also be locked off with a grey button at the front. A small red brake pedal is placed to the back of the right wheel. It's simple to push down for on and lift up for off.
If you are out doing a fair bit of shopping, the XSS isn't going to help you out, as the basket is tiny. It will fit a small handbag for essentials, but that's about it. You won't be able to hang anything from the handles either, due to the lightness and stability of the stroller.
The seat back is connected all the way up to the handlebar, with a mesh section at the top. This makes it a great size at 62cm tall, so suitable for the tallest of toddlers. The width doesn't quite measure up though at 30cm and chunky babies may run out of room sooner. The material of the seat back doesn't have much padding, but is more of a hammock style, still offering a comfy ride. The bottom of the seat is sufficiently padded for little bums.
The five point harness has two height positions and clips into the buckle in two parts, with a one touch button to release. Matching pads are on the harness straps and the buckle, with the harness lengthened in one place with plastic sliders.
As there's no recline, we wouldn't recommend it for use with small babies who still need their naps. Once toddlers can reach there's a footrest below the seat.
Instead of a hood, the XSS features a small sun canopy that folds over to the back of the pushchair when not in use. The flat square shape will offer some coverage from the brightest of sun, but it is also quite high up so doesn't give much protection. The sides of the stroller are completely flat, so it is very open to the elements.
It is possible to fold the XSS in one of two ways - one is quicker, while the other makes it even more compact. To do the quicker fold, it's just a case of pressing the two buttons at the end of the handlebars and pushing the stroller forward onto itself. Everything folds forward on itself and then fold inwards in half to complete the fold. There is a manual clip to keep everything together. Making a smaller fold is just the same, but you do need to fold the back wheels up on themselves first before you start. Getting the stroller back up just needs you to unclip the lock and push the seat part of the stroller down. The rest will just shake out into place. Anyone watching the fold or unfold will be impressed, and it can be done in a matter of seconds with ease.
Though the Mothercare XSS Pockit Stroller is missing the features that you would usually see on a stroller, we can see it being perfect for holidays and quick trips out. As it folds down small enough to fit in the overhead locker on a plane, it will make getting around the airport so much easier when you have small children! This also makes it easy to carry around with you with the included carry bag. It also has a pretty open seat, which allows breezes in a warmer climate.
It still has a place in this country if you are a regular user of public transport. You won't need to stand with your pushchair at the end of the carriage on a full train - simply fold it up and store under your seat. Even if your car boot is full, there'll be enough space to store it in the footwell.
It's a standard stroller, with no real features, but the fantastic fold will more than make up for that.