The stroller arrived at 1pm today in 3 boxes. The largest box contained the frame, wheels and stroller seat unit. The next box contained the carrycot and the final box had the accessories (changing bag, car seat adaptors and height extenders).
I got out the frame and attached the 2 larger wheels to the rear and the 2 smaller ones to the front. No force was needed as they clicked in smoothly, this was the only assembly required (I felt extremely smug that I managed this without assistance from my husband).
As Harper is only 4.5 months old I left the stroller seat unit in
the box and assembled the carrycot. All I had to do was pull 2 tabs
inside the carry cot to pop up the frame. The hood was already attached.
The carrycot attached either directly on to the frame or there is the option of using the height extenders.
I was surprised at how easy it was to assemble. I think it took me longer to remove the packaging than it did to assemble the Hybrid Stroller. Babystyle have a very useful YouTube station with assembly videos which I watched prior to the stroller being delivered, these definitely helped me feel confident in assembling the stroller.
The stroller is bigger than it appears on images. I was impressed by the sturdy construction of the wheels and suspensions. I was shocked to find the handle isn't genuine leather but is in fact styled to have a leather appearance, which I feel makes the product feel less luxurious, especially on a close inspection. I loved the size of the carrycot, as although Harper is a small baby (9th percentile for height), there was ample room for a bigger baby.
I'm looking forward to using the stroller to see how it performs on the go.
My first trip out with the stroller was the school run. The walk to
school is up hill and about a mile. I found pushing the stroller, on the
pavements smooth as the built in suspension absorbed any bumps I
encountered. When pushing uphill I didn't feel that the stroller was too
It was a hot sunny day and I loved that the hood on the carrycot has a vent which can be lifted to allow air flow whilst using the hood to shield any from the sun. There is also a good extension built in which you can pull pull out to give additional protection from the sun. I love this design feature, but I do feel the silver material, which this part of the hood is made from, looks quite cheap and has a plastic appearance, whereas the rest of the carrycot is either finished in fabric or a leather effect finish.
On the journey Harper was very comfortable in the stroller and fell to sleep after been in there for about 30 minutes.
The basket under the stroller was large enough to accommodate a large school bag.
I hadn't managed to change my bag to use the Hybrid changing bag so I used my changing bag. I felt it fitted well and the clips on the handle, to stop bags slipping down towards the carrycot, are another nice design feature and mean you could use any changing bag with this pram.
15th July 2017
We are currently using the carry cot on the Hybrid stroller frame as Harper is only 5 months old. Harper is quite a small baby (25th percentile for weight and 9th for height currently wearing 0-3 clothing). The carrycot is spacious and she really enjoys travelling in it. We also own an Egg Stroller, on this pram even though Harper is a small baby she is struggling to fit in the carrycot, which should last up to 6 months.
This photo shows Harper on the left in the Egg carrycot and on the right in the Hybrid carrycot. The photographs were taken in the same week and clearly illustrate how much more spacious the Hybrid is, she has about 4 inches of space above her head.
The other design features which we love are the carrycot are (1) the air flow vent on the hood. This is brilliant on hot days when I have the hood up to shield Harper from the sun as it still allows air to circulate to keep her cool.
(2) The hood extender - this is a piece of fabric which you pull from inside the hood of the pram to give extra sun protection. Although I really love this design feature, I do not like the look/appearance of the fabric which has been used. The fabric easily creases and marks and in my opinion looks cheap compared to the other materials used on the stroller.
We have now done walks, both outside and inside and Harper is very happy travelling in the carrycot. When the airflow vent is open she uses this to look out of which keeps her entertained throughout the journey. I find the mattress quite firm so I tend to put a fleecy blanket underneath her for comfort, we also do this in the Egg stroller.
21st July 2017
Well this week the Hybrid has been put to the test off roading. We
attended a charity event at a national trust venue called Clumber Park.
It was a really hot day and Harper was very comfortable laying in the
carrycot with the rear air vent open. The suspension preformed really
well when pushing the stroller over bumpy paths and grass. Harper was
taking a nap during the walk from the car to the event field and did not
wake up. We were setting up camp for the day and therefore had to
transport lots of items with us from the car. The ample size basket
under the stroller helped with this as I hung the nappy bag on the
handles. The handle has handy stoppers which keep any changing bag from
slipping down too low. A few people approached me throughout the day and
commented how nice my pram looked.
The next off road experience for the stroller was a walk in a community woodland. The paths here were very rough, I would describe them as covered in hardcore. Again the suspension and wheels took the force of any bumps in the road and Harper was happy throughout the journey
We walked up and down some extremely steep hills on this journey.
Although I did get tired pushing the pram I think this was more to do
with how unfit I am after my pregnancy. The pram was light to push up
On both days the extending sun visor was brilliant at giving Harper additional shade from the sun.
One thing I feel could be improved is the material which covers the
handle. At first glance it appears to be leather but on closer
inspection it is a printed plastic which gives a leather appearance. On
hot days when my hands are hot and sweaty there is limited grip. The
handle on my egg stroller is leather and this is comfier to hold/push
for longer periods of time.
You will notice on my photographs that the apron of the carrycot is never on, this is because Harper is super nosy and likes to have a clear line of sight out of the pram.
Before I had a baby I was in the camp that prams and strollers should be banned from shopping centres as they get in the way. Now Harper is here I have reassessed this view and Meadowhall (our local indoor shopping center) is our go to place for a walk and coffee if the weather is bad due to the brilliant parent and child facilities. I decided the Hybrid needed to go on a trip with us to Meadowhall to see how it preformed. I love how easy the Hybrid is to assemble, the frame folds out when the release clip is pulled and the carrycot clips on to the frame.
Once inside it felt easy to push the stroller on the marble floors and it was light to push in the sections of the center with a slight incline. I went for breakfast and Harper happily slept in the carrycot while I ate. The stroller fitted across the end of a standard size table, and as the handles are highly adjustable I collapsed them in by releasing the 2 clips on either side of the handle section.
Once I had eaten and Harper had woken up and been fed we went for a walk around. The stroller was easy to push around tight corners and shop displays. I am struggling with the brake pedal, which is situated to the right between the back 2 wheels, as I am used to this pedal being in the centre on my egg stroller. Once I locate where the pedal is situated, it's easy to press and release. The basket under the stroller is large enough to hold about 3 standard size clothing shopping bags and you don't feel a difference in the weight of the stroller or handling when the basket is full.
Overall I was very impressed with how the stroller performed and I feel it was "nippy" enough not to get in the way of other shoppers.
20th August 2017
We make the majority of our journeys in the car but we decided to have a few days out in the holidays and use public transport.
We live in Sheffield and the city centre is well served by the super tram. As it's the school holidays there are lots of activities on, so we decided to venture there and investigate. We parked the car at the park and ride and waited for the tram. Harper was in the carrycot part of the Hybrid which protected her from the wind while we waited. The basket under the stroller had extra jackets (in case of rain) for all 3 of us and the rain cover for the stroller and still had room for more items.
I found the stroller easy to push on to the tram and park while holding hands with 7 year old Maizy. While the stroller was parked on the tram the brake held it still and Harper was happy to remain in the carrycot throughout the journey. The stroller with the carrycot on fitted snugly into one of the flat parking areas on the tram and other passengers could pass freely by it. I like the handle quite high when pushing the stroller so once I had parked it I released the clips to fold in the handle to create more space.
When we reached our stop I found it easy to remove the brake and steer the stroller off the tram. Due to the design of the trams when you alight there are no steps to negotiate.
On our return journey the sun had come out and was glaring through the tram window and I found the extension to the hood of the stroller essential to block the sun from Harper's eyes meaning I could leave her in the carry cot throughout the journey.
We then decided to take a trip to the National Railway Museum in York. We had to get a train from our local village station to Sheffield and then change trains to get to York. As Harper is now nearly 7 months old I decided to try this journey with her in the stroller attachment, rather than the carry cot, as this would enable her to interact with the museum displays without me having to lift her out of the pram. (I will produce a further report on my views on the stroller attachment and how Harper found it).
In the basket under the pram I sorted a small cooler bag containing lunch, drinks and snack for the day, wet weather coats, my sling and the stroller rain cover. All fitted snugly underneath the stroller.
All of the trains we got on to had 2 steps to climb aboard. I asked for assistance from other passengers to lift the stroller on and off 3 of the 4 trains we used and none of them found it hard to lift the stroller with a full basket and baby. On one of the 4 trains it was apparent there wouldn't be room to board the train with the stroller unfolded, therefore I put Harper into the sling, removed the seat unit from the frame and folded the frame. Maizy carried a bag with the items from the basket onto the train while I carried the seat unit and frame with Harper on my chest in the sling. I didn't find it heavy to carry the items while there were taken apart and they stored easily in the specified luggage area on the train. Before we got off this train I recovered the stroller from the luggage area and re-assembled it in the area near the doors with ease. I feel this demonstrated how easily it is assembled. To unfold the frame all I had to do was release a single clip and the seat unit then drops on to this. I did all this while Harper was in the sling. While we were in the museum I easily negotiated the stroller around the exhibits and did not feel that I was causing an obstruction to others. Maizy was able to walk alongside me and hold on to the frame or handle with me.
When Maizy wanted to push the stroller I simply lowered the handle bar to a level which did not obstruct her eye line. Even with the basket quite full and 1 stone of baby on board, Maizy found the stroller easy to push.
I do like the ability to be able to attach the car seat to the chassis of my stroller. We purchased the Kiddy Evo-Lunafix lie flat car seat to avoid us having to wake Harper to move her from her car seat to the carrycot or stroller attachment when she is sleeping.
The first time I used the car seat adaptors I noted how low down the car seat was, I didn't feel I had a clear view of Harper and the seat appeared to be positioned in an upright angle causing Harper's head to fall towards, even when the seat was in, lie flat mode.
I have been supplied with height adaptors for the stroller. These can be used with the carrycot, stroller and car seat attachments and "boosts" them a few inches higher off the wheel base. I decided to try the car seat adaptors with the height adaptors and I felt that I had a better view of Harper when she was in the car seat and it also gave a better positioning of the car seat. The height adaptors can be left attached to the car seat adaptors in the boot of the car, this means you are effectively only attaching 1 mechanism to each side of the chassis when using the car seat. There is an additional cost to purchase the car seat adaptors and height adaptors as they do not come as standard with the hybrid stroller so this is something to consider when budgeting for a pram/stroller/ travel system.
To attach the car seat to the wheel base you lower the car seat on to the adaptors aligning the underside of the car seat handle to the top of the car seat adaptors. If you don't align both sides perfectly I sometimes find only one side clicks in to place (you hear a definite click one the car seat is attached) and I have to either release the one side and start the process again or manipulate the other side. I do find I have this issue though when using the car seat adaptors on my egg stroller therefore this maybe an issue with the car seat rather than the adaptors.
Once the car seat was attached to the wheel base the car seat felt very secure.
The car seat is released easily from the wheel base by pressing the release buttons on the car seat.
Once I moved on to using the stroller attachment I again liked to use the height adaptors but I did find it fiddly having to take them off the car seat adaptors and finding them in the boot when I needed them. You are unable to fold down the wheel base with the height adaptors attached to it.
18th September 2017
Although Harper still has ample room and is happy in the carrycot attachment she is now nearly 7 months old and we have decided to start to transition her to the seat unit. We had a trip planned to the National Railway Museum and we felt this would be a good time to bring out the seat unit to enable her to see more throughout the day.
The stroller unit drops straight onto the chassis and attaches with one click. We have installed the stroller unit parent facing so Harper can see me when she is travelling.
The harness is a 5 point one which is the same as on most car seats and tightens by pulling the strap at the front of the stroller and releases by pushing one button. Harper is still quite small and the straps come from quite far above her shoulders. Although this wouldn't be acceptable for a car seat in the stroller she cannot fall out. I do find they bunch up around her face and this does seem to irritate her if I don't keep her distracted.
Again I found the seat unit much larger than the one on the egg stroller, which I also own, therefore I feel if you had a larger baby you would get more use out of the hybrid stroller. Again due to the size of the unit, and her current size, the bumper bar obscures Harper's view. I have done a comparison picture to show the differences.
27th September 2017
With the "lovely" weather this week I have had cause to use the rain
cover for the stroller. Me and rain covers are not a good mix as I am
the woman who ends up (a) putting it on upside down (b) inside out (c)
just can't work out how I did it last time. While I am doing this poor
Harper is normally getting wet through or trying to drink the rain.
I went out and it started raining so when we parked up I assembled the stroller and put Harper in. I unfolded the rain cover and it was clear which way round it went on. I would say it took me around 3 minutes to assemble the pram and put the rain cover on. The cover is easily stretched over the stroller and having the hood pulled out gives the cover structure.
11th October 2017
Me and the hubby went for a meal to celebrate our wedding anniversary leaving Nana (my mum) in charge for a few hours. Nana asked for the stroller to be left so she could go on a walk. Nana is a huge fan of the egg so I decided to leave her with the Hybrid to see how she got on. On returning Nana reported it was really easy to put Harper into the seat as the bumper bar, which goes across the front of the seat unit (as can be seen on the photo below) pops open.
Mum also likes how the bumper bar gave Harper plenty of room behind it. Harper is now 8 months old but is still small for her age and my mum commented that it was hard to secure her with the 5 point harness as it's still a couple of inches above her shoulders at the lowest setting as you can see on the photo below.
17th October 2017
So I have now been using the stroller for nearly 11 weeks. It's been in and out of my boot many of times, on public transportation, off roading and walked quite a few miles. I am very impressed with how it has "aged". The silver frame hardly has a scratch on it and the fabric is remarkable clean proving it is hard wearing.
The tyres have general road markings on them but other than this are in a good state.
The one part which has marked and scuffed easily is the foot rest. I think the reason for this is when you collapse the frame this part pushes underneath therefore coming in to contact with the floor on many occasions.
I drive a 16 plate Nissan Juke and I have to put the frame into the boot first again meaning the foot rest is in contact with the bottom of the boot, I then store the seat unit on top of the frame. The foot rest is made of plastic and has no "bumper" across the edge which could stop this.
My egg stroller has a polished chrome frame which has scratched incredibly easily. Comparing the same 3 month time frame I would say there are far less marks on the hybrid frame.
24th October 2017
The Pros for me are:
1. It's very easy to put up and down
2. It's light weight
3. It's durable
4. It's long lasting as it's a large seat unit
5. It's versatile (lots of accessories and performs well on all terrains)
6. I loved the large shopping basked underneath the stroller
7. There are some lovely built in design features such as mosquito nets and air flow vents
The Cons are:
1. There could be improvement on some of the materials used in the build process (e.g use of real leather and higher quality materials for the sun visor extension)
2. Many of the accessories come as additional extras so you need to budget for these in the purchase costs
3. I didn't like the changing bag, but this isn't an issue as I used my backpack.
Overall I would gladly give the Hybrid Stroller 4 out of 5 stars, and if looking to purchase a pushchair in the future, I would definitely consider the Hybrid Edge version!