I'm 32 and I live in North London with my husband and son. We moved here after living in East London for 8 years, our flat was a bit too small for a baby! But I loved living in the east end and enjoyed all it had to offer, mainly its restaurants, art galleries, parks and shops! I have worked for the NHS since 2008 and I've mainly been working as a Practice Nurse in a GP surgery. It's also nice living a bit nearer to my family who live nearby and in MK. I didn't know anyone in our new neighbourhood, having a baby and joining some groups has meant I've met lots of lovely new people and now I'm enjoying London with a baby! But just a bit less partying!
I found the initial set up slightly difficult I'm afraid! but I think that's reasonably common when using a new buggy you're not familiar with.
The instructions aren't actually that clear, I think the pictures they provide make it a bit more confusing to see what you need to do. However, putting the wheels on is really easy - they just click in, and once you've had a practice it gets easier, again, I think the pictures make it more confusing for some reason. Operating it initially isn't that intuitive, it takes quite a long time to realise what you need to do to get it up and running, so it's even more important that the instructions are really clear - which they are not. Hence the video of me setting it up is about 15 minutes long! It was a very hot day though so maybe that added to my goofiness!
I think the quality of the fabric is really excellent, everything feels lovely, especially the inside of the carrycot, this is really snug. Rory is getting to the stage where he won't fit in it for much longer, but he seemed comfortable and the shade does a really good job of covering. We've had a really hot weekend and I didn't need to worry too much about him being exposed to the sun
You need to remove the shade from the seat to attach it to the carrycot, again, with a few goes this isn't difficult, but the pictures they provide for instructions seem to make it more confusing than it actually is! It slides off easily and un-clicks from the bottom half.
I had to make quite a long journey to a 7 year old's birthday party, which involved a bus journey and a tube ride, and a few wrong turns! In 30 degree heat! On my own! So I'd say the best thing about that journey was the new stroller! It is really smooth to push and easy to do with one hand, using google maps in the other hand! And holding on to my hat with my third hand! (windiest and hottest day of the year apparently!) I got lots of compliments on the Zapp X when I arrived! But honestly it was super easy pushing it on and off buses, up and down uneven pavements, on the tube etc.
We also took it in the car to visit friends today and it folds up nicely and is smaller than our original buggy which is a plus.
We went off roading! Well, a walk in a local park with friends but it was very muddy and the Quinny coped pretty well considering the terrain was uneven. I had to clean the wheels when I got home as they were caked in mud. They click off really easily though which makes this mucky job much easier.
7th June 2017
My changing bag arrived! I really like this, I'm not really into flowery patterns so the black suits me and is really chic I think! It has a changing mat, two pouches (one of which is insulated) and a water proof bag. You can also wear it as a rucksack which is so useful if I'm taking the baby somewhere in the carrier. Again, the material is really good quality and durable. Plus it fits a load of stuff in and doesn't bang against my shins! Winning!
23rd June 2017
So, this week I was away on the south coast with family, and it turned into a heatwave! The Quinny folds up quite small, which makes stuffing it into an already packed boot quite easy. My parents picked me up on route and they don't believe in packing light! It was so hot whilst we were away, which meant the hood was down all the time. When unzipped it comes really far down which provides lots of sun protection, especially when the seat is in the upright position. If it's reclined, it doesn't cover his legs, but that's easily sorted with a blanket or another cover.
I don't walk on cobbled streets much and there isn't an awful lot of suspension on the Quinny, so I do think he felt every bump! But both grandparents thought it was very easy to push, which was good for me!
We took the Quinny Zapp to Mallorca a few weeks ago, you can see from
the video that it folds up neatly and fit into its carry case. I'm not
sure how I managed to film that whilst holding a baby and the changing
bag on 3 hours sleep.... anyway!
The things that worked well on the stroller for the holiday: the hood comes down quite far, so provides quite a bit of shade, especially when the seat is upright. It's lightweight, which made hauling it about easy. The travel bag is handy, but very smug, no room in there for any other sneaky bits and bobs!
For me, the basket is too small, it doesn't hold much at all, I walk mostly, so struggle to fit any shopping etc underneath. This wasn't a huge problem on holiday, but for general life it's too small!
21st July 2017
We went off roading this week! Visited a local park with some friends and it happened to coincide with a huge thunderstorm. I was impressed with how the Zapp X coped with the uneven terrain of the park, lots of mud and tree roots to roll over.
So although it isn't particular designed for all terrain it worked really well! I had to take the wheels off when I got home to clean them, this is really easy to do because they unclick really smoothly. Washing the wheels was successful and there isn't any annoying grooves to try and get mud out of!
We've had some epic rain today, so the rain cover was put to the test! I had to head into town which meant ditching the car and heading to the station. So we headed out in the downpour. Pushchair, bag full of baby stuff, baby and world's biggest golf umbrella because I couldn't find my normal sized brolly! So chic! Anyway, the raincover is fine! Keeps him nice and snug and looks pretty snazzy. It doesn't cover the changing bag.... I'm not sure if any rain covers do, so I wore the Quinny bag as a rucksack. The bag is definitely my favourite bit of kit. I have to mention the brakes this week because they are driving me a bit potty. They require brute force to lock and unlock and involve furious stamping in public places, but perhaps it's just me!
17th August 2017
Again, I'm having to mention the brakes – I just can't understand why they have been
designed this way! Especially when the changing bag is hanging where it's supposed to over the brakes, it is just impossible to unlock them smoothly. I'm on and off trains and buses all the time, and they just aren't efficient. And also, the slant inwards, which makes it even more frustrating, so when they are wet, my foot just slides off! Perhaps mine need oiling! It would be interesting to see how the other testers found the brakes. I know other family members who have pushed the buggy have given me the same feedback and complain to me about the brakes!
23rd August 2017
Another holiday and questions from other parents. We travelled by plane again this month and took the Zapp Flex with us. It is pretty good when it comes to being small and compact. Booking the cheapest car hire possible meant that the boot was tiny! But as the Zapp Flex folds up so small this wasn't a problem. It was also handy for hiding under tables in busy cafes and restaurants whilst we were away. We even had some comments from other parents on how easy it was to keep out of the way. Being in Ireland meant we got plenty of use out of the rain cover too! So far, the Zapp Flex has been ideal for holidays in terms of folding up small, and generally not taking up too much space. I think the rain cover and foot muff are one of the better aspects of the pushchair, they work well and look nice.
31st August 2017
I feel as though when the seat is in in the recline position facing forward, that the
connection isn't as tight as it was. This means that as the buggy is moving, the seat jiggles about quite a bit, I don't remember this happening when I was first using it. I have left the seat forward facing recently, it only folds up when it's facing this way, and I don't want to keep turning it around. It would be easier if you could fold it up whilst parent facing but never mind! I'm constantly changing the direction he faces! Just in case I'm going to need to fold it up quickly, so this isn't ideal really.
I am wondering this week how much longer the baby is going to fit in the Zapp Flex, he is already sitting quit snug, and his feet nestle into the foot area. He is quite tall for his age, but I can't see it lasting until he is three, his feet will definitely dangle over as he grows. I also think the straps aren't long enough, I've adjusted them, pulled them through the top set of holes, but it's very snug! I'm going to have another go and see if there is some way of making them longer, so this isn't very intuitive. If I can't adjust the straps then I definitely won't be able to use it for much longer as it's just too tight.
13th September 2017
The weather has turned and has been cold so we got the footmuff out for early morning walks to nursery. It's really snug, and the material is great quality. The straps pull through the holes quite easily if you turn them on their side, which makes fitting it quite easy. I find that with all the Quinny accessories, they are lovely materials, high quality and neat designs. I'm planning on giving it all a wash this weekend, as it has got slightly grubby, so I'll feedback on how easy that was and what it all washes like.
I've had really mixed feelings about this pushchair! In some ways I've enjoyed using it, it does look really nice, it's stylish, the colours are nice and the finishes on the accessories are lovely. However, I've had so many situations where I've been frustrated with it! It's been great on holidays, folding it up small, packing it away in cars and pushing it for hours on end whilst away. So I would definitely recommend it for holidays and trips away. However, I feel it's just a bit unwieldy, the wheels get caught on skirting boards and thin edges of pavements and the brakes have driven me a bit mad. Also, the design of the basket with the bar going through the middle, makes it unusable. Saying that, it's in constant use, and it seems to be made really well, it's lasted, hasn't broken. I just think some bits of the design need looking at.
I think it would really suit someone who mainly drives and gets the pushchair out to visit people or go shopping, then folds it back up to go in the car.
My baby was already a bit big to use the carrycot, but I did like it and it was really snug, and I think it would be a good pushchair for those early few months when they are lying flat. But it just hasn't been that practical for me as he has got bigger. It's a shame, because it looks so nice.
It doesn't really suit any sort of terrain other than very flat pavement.
I've said before, but I'd definitely recommend the accessories, I still love the bag, and all the bits that came inside that, it's really well made and doesn't have any scuff marks at all despite it being used every day.
Overall I'd give it 3/5 starsPros -
• Good finishes on materials
• Good colour options
• Easy to steer/push on flat ground
• Comfortable baby carrier and foot muff
• Good cover provided by hood
• Raincover works well
• Straps too short
• Brakes difficult to use
• Basket too small
• Difficult to push on grass or any other terrain other than pavement