The Mamas & Papas Ocarro travel system is a popular and attractive all-round workhorse. We've put it through the Pushchair Expert test...
Ocarro translates to 'Giant Armadillo' so imagine the Ocarro as the big brother to the classic Armadillo stroller, which has been part of the M&P fleet for a few years now. The chunky frame is finished in high-shine head-turning chrome, which gives an overall smart look and a feeling of luxury.
The handlebar is height adjustable and the basket is a fab size for those who need to carry around a lot of luggage.
The Ocarro is sold in different packages and a common option is the 4-piece bundle for around £599. For this you get: pushchair, carrycot, car seat adapters and cup holder. The car seat adapters made it really handy as the frame could then hold a car seat and become a travel system.
If we were going to pick bones with anything about the Ocarro at this point it would be the wheels… they look gorgeous but the tyre material is somewhat plastic and doesn't give the smoothest of rides and they pick up tiny bits of gravel really easily.
The seat, however, is covered in really lovely soft fabrics and the sage green colour that we are testing out has a beautiful classy appearance.
The hood gives great coverage and has a zip-open expandable panel as well as a mesh panel, which is great to let the breeze in on warmer days. As always with M&P prams, the harness is comfortable and super-easy to buckle and unbuckle.
The seat isn't a fabric bucket hammock seat, it is a hinged plastic-shelled seat with the superpower of being able to fold in half to allow for a neat and tidy fold. You can also pop the seat onto the chassis in either direction, which is obviously ideal for optimum interaction with your little one. We really loved how our little tester sat in the Ocarro. She seemed really comfortable in all the recline positions, though we did notice that when the seat is fully reclined, due to the nature if its design, it tends to be a bit open and offers little shelter unless you use a footmuff. This wasn't a problem for newborns as the carrycot was used instead of the seat unit and is deep and luxurious.
The brake was easy to access and flip-flop friendly with a gentle push to engage and release, but for certain the Ocarro's shining glory is its fold. Space is at a premium for every family - we all know children come with an awful lot of stuff! The Ocarro offers a full-sized pushchair but folds to the size of a much smaller buggy. It folds in half with the seat in place into a flat and neat package. It was so easy to slide into the car boot and store behind the hall door.
All in all, the Ocarro hits the market as a stylish workhorse. It looks sleek but feels strong. The open seat design and plasticky wheel materials are its downfall but the large basket, lovely fabrics and appearance and fabulous fold are real winners.
We give the Mamas & Papas Ocarro 4 out of 5 stars.