Stokke Xplory V6 Review
The intuitive Stokke Xplory is one of the most innovative pushchairs in the world and the V6 has been altered and improved upon in great measure from the previous V5 model. Read on to find out more about the main differences and how it performed.
The Xplory oozes style and after using it day in- day out for quite a few weeks, we can confirm it oozes substance in abundance too.
- Large seat, stylish looks
- Easy to operate fold
- Smooth push
- Large hood
- Great quality
- Awkward fold shape
- Hard to find recline lever
The quirky looks of the Xplory V6 are sure to be a bit of a marmite subject. Here at PX HQ we love the individuality of the Xplory's looks and we especially love all of the comments we get from passers by. Whether you are familiar with the older versions of this pushchair or not, there are several features both big and small that you will love.
The chassis is sleek and refined and all operative buttons and levers are coded in white so are easily spotted. The wheels are super sleek in gloss black and the great quality rubber outers give such a great push. The fold is also easy to do especially when you are in a hurry on the school run or in the shopping centre. The Xplory folds with the simple pull-up lever (previously you were required to use a foot pedal also but this has now been simplified). You can also fold the V6 with the pushchair seat still attached to the frame.
Part of the reason it is able to fold all-in-one is the re-designed footrest. The footrest allows for the seat to be removed and changed direction without removing the footrest first as with the previous Xplory models. Our little tester really found this footrest comfortable and soft to rest their legs on.
The seat is one of the roomiest seats we have encountered. It scoops baby up and provides the most cosy space. It's hard to put into words just how comfortable this seat unit is without saying it looked so snug that we wanted to jump into it ourselves. The fabrics are really luxurious and the buckle is simple to operate. The details on the fabrics and seat unit show the quality of the pushchair and the hood gives great coverage with its extendable panel and has a great ventilation panel in it too (which we also found handy for peeping in and checking on baby without disturbing them).
We'd also like to give a shout out to the gate opening swivel bumper bar - we could open and close the bumper bar with just one finger and thumb whilst holding baby on our hip.
The shopping bag is great. It is far roomier than it looks and the central zip makes for easy access. It is clipped to the pushchair frame with two white tabs and is really secure when clipped in.
Admittedly the fold is easy but the final shape is a little awkward. The length of the handlebar might be fab when you are pushing the pushchair but when folded it means you have to be creative with the angles to fit it in most car boots.
The only other niggles that we personally experienced with the Xplory V6 were tiny aspects of the seat recline and the shopping basket/bag. Firstly, the seat recline gives great positions and where it can be operated one handed from either side of the pushchair; the little thumb tabs are small and tucked well underneath the generously sized seat meaning you need to bend down and have a little search for them before you press. Then, the shopping basket is roomy and easily accessible but it is fixed to the front of the pushchair which means we constantly found ourselves pacing circles around going to the front of the pushchair. It somehow felt more natural to have the storage space at the back of the pushchair below the handlebar.
The Xplory oozes style and after using it day in- day out for quite a few weeks, we can confirm it oozes substance in abundance too. The roomy seat is big enough and comfortable enough to chariot children of all sizes and the improved design features such as the leatherette detailing on the handlebar and bumper bar, new fabric and chassis colour choices, improved footrest, new shopping basket and newly designed carrycot are all great features which added to the usability and comfort of the pushchair.
The improved fold is simplified from previous models and simple is definitely better in this parenting world. Just look out for the awkwardly shaped fold package.