Quinny Speedi Review
Quinny have really made a mark for themselves as providing a whole range of pushchairs to suit every lifestyle and budget – all of them with clever and unique features. One of the lesser known, yet equally well thought out models is the Quinny Speedi, we give it a quick whizz around to see if it lives up to its name.
If you know you'll be setting foot off the beaten path and have a lot of walking to do and you want a pushchair that will last you all the way through from birth to beyond then this is one to look at.
- Great for off-road
- Large seat
- Useful handbrake
- Large when folded
- Poor hood design
- Unsupportive seat for smaller babies
Quinny have grown and grown in popularity over the last few years, with people always familiar with their Buzz and Zapp models, and now with the stylish new Moodd and Yezz they are keeping themselves ahead of the game in the world of pushchairs. As well as these pushchair titans Quinny offer a solution for parents looking for something a bit more rugged; the Quinny Speedi. With all the handy parent friendly features, and the build quality we've come to expect from Quinny, we find out if the Speedi was built for comfort as well as built for speed!
On getting the Quinny Speedi out the box, all you have to do is pop the wheels and the hood on, open it up and it's ready for action. One of the first things you notice is that it is fairly sizable. Far removed from Quinnys other petite models the Speedi is designed to be sturdy and spacious, and you can really tell it means business in this department as soon as you unfold it. One thing to note though, compared to other off-road pushchairs the Speedi doesn't feel too bulky, for some reason although it's wide and well balanced, it doesn't feel too much like you're pushing a tank around which is common in so many other off-road types – it actually has the nippy feeling I am used to with a Quinny.
Taking a good look at the technical aspects you can see that Quinny have put some thought into the Speedi's use off road. The chassis has a lightweight feel but looks like it would stand up to some rough treatment. The three air filled tyres are large diameter, and the front one is easily swivel locked by the use of a handy dial, although it would be a bit fiddly to do if you had cold wet hands. The rear wheels are well spaced to give a great feeling of balance when cornering.
One of the most noticeable aspects of the pushchair is the handbrake. Located centrally on the foam covered height adjustable handlebar this pushchair has a brake similar to one you find on a bike, perfect for controlling speed and momentum downhill, which would be very handy when fully loaded with a heavy toddler and some shopping. As well as the handbrake there is a conventional parking brake located on the rear axle, it's a paddle style and it's easy to flip on and off and gives a very reassuring clunk to let you know it's secured.
The clearance underneath the pushchair is exceptional – it should manage up and down steps and over big bumps easily. The shopping basket (which can be removed easily and carried like a conventional shopping basket – great for picnics) will take your essentials, but as Quinny have designed this pushchair for rougher terrain they have kept the basket smaller to give good clearance, you can even zip the basket up if you were going through wet grass or deep puddles to keep it out the way and it has a mesh lid to stop your tins of beans from jumping out over the bumps!
The handle bar is height adjustable, and is adjusted using the squeeze button in the centre. Once adjusted either side of the handle has a lock-down clip to make sure the it never slides out – great for pulling the pushchair up steps or bumps. Overall the chassis feels lightweight yet sturdy, and although no great beauty – for an off-roader it's fairly easy on the eye too.
Not the easiest of folds this one, but once you know how to do it it's actually a very smooth operation. Un-click the handle bar height adjustment latches on either side of the handle bar, push the handlebar down as low as it goes (squeezing tightly on the height adjustment button in the centre of the handle bar), as you push the handle right down the chassis begins to break in half with the handle bar heading towards the floor.
There is a latch that will automatically engage when you have folded the pushchair down to keep it closed. To unfold just undo the latch on the side and lift the handlebar upwards, once you hear the chassis click into place remember to re-lock your handle bar height adjustment latches on either side. This is defiantly not the smallest of pushchairs once folded, though you can make it smaller by removing the quick release wheels if you like.
What immediately grabs me about the seat is the size. This pushchair would be perfect for larger children giving both plenty of room for a bigger bottom and great height to the back rest, conversely this makes the pushchair appear to be a little unsupportive for a smaller child, and one who has just moved out of a carrycot or car seat into the seat might find themselves a bit ‘lost'.
The seat has quite a thin layer of soft padding, and the fabrics are slightly rough to the touch but they will be hard wearing and stand up to a bit of mud easily enough which is ideal in this type of pushchair. The calf rest is adjustable – either up level with the seat base or sloping down to the footrest, which is a nice touch with a wipe clean solid surface perfect for resting muddy boots upon.
The five point harness is adjustable on the shoulders and waist, and although the crotch is nicely padded – you cannot adjust in either length or forward and backward. There are two height settings to the shoulder straps, but both are fairly high and the pushchair comes with padded chest pads. The clip itself is a little fiddly to do up, but nothing too difficult, you have to piece either side together before inserting them into the slot.
The seat recline is the familiar slider method, you can get a fairly upright position if you pull it right in, and then an infinate number of reclined positions. If you were having to sit a larger child back up be prepared to have to hold their weight forward to slide the slider up which may not always be easy.
A gate opening swing away bumper bar can be used if required, if you chose not to a guard is included to cover the openings for it, giving a neat finish. The openings are also where the adapters for car seats or carrycot attach. The whole seat can be entirely removed for sponge cleaning or to make way for a carrycot or car seat.
The hood leaves a little to be desired, I can't say it gives the greatest cover I've ever seen, but the plastic covered see-through mesh panels in the sides mean it does give plenty of light and a feeling of space for the occupant – not so great perhaps for napping though. The hood also has a very cheap feeling and loud click mechanism to extend it, not great for a sleeping baby. I would definitely say the seat is suitable for a toddler and bigger baby rather than a little baby without the optional seat reducer.
The Quinny Speedi would do a great job as a hardworking, all terrain pushchair. If you are mostly going to be looking for a pushchair that is easy to manoeuvre around town, and to get on and off-public transport with this might not be the one for you; it's made for roughing it over bumpy fields and muddy paths, living life to the full on an outdoor adventure.
I would also recommend it as one to look at if you are struggling to find something for a larger toddler as the seat is spacious and the handbrake will save your back when going downhill. It's easy to push, feels lightweight and has the added bonus of being able to take a car seat and carrycot. Although in some ways the lightweight nature of it is a positive, it does give the pushchair a slightly flimsy feel, and the use of lots of see-through plastic on the seating and hood adds to that.
The fold is one aspect that really lets the pushchair down. Not only is it really very large when folded down, there are many steps involved to folding it, and the autolock wasn't the most secure. If you know you'll be setting foot off the beaten path and have a lot of walking to do and you want a pushchair that will last you all the way through from birth to beyond then this is one to look at.