First-time mum Renée Lapino road-tests the Mamas & Papas Ocarro together with her new child Ophelia.[words by Renée Lapino]
Residing within the capital, I used to be on the hunt for a sensible, comfy, and easy-to-assemble pushchair appropriate for our on a regular basis city adventures. The Ocarro got here extremely advisable by just a few mates, and – I’ve to say – it was just about love at first sight.
Mamas & Papas Ocarro Pushchair Evaluation
With its delicate, brushed flannel materials, quilted chambray hood lining and teak faux-leather particulars, the Ocarro is unquestionably simple on the attention.
It appears to be like sturdy however trendy, and sensible particulars just like the detachable cup holder and mesh panels for the rain cowl full the look. Mamas & Papas provides a large selection of colors, however I picked out the Walnut colourway with matching carrycot, and it was a winner.
I’d all the time needed one thing impartial and light-weight – however that wouldn’t present dust or mud (or potential spilled-coffee stains!) – and this color felt like the right center floor. There was one thing about it, too, that felt calming, and it’s surprisingly simple to maintain clear.
The basket beneath is tucked away however spacious, which is nice as a result of so many different compact strollers I checked out didn’t provide as a lot capability as this one.
You get one of the best of each worlds with the Ocarro wheels – they give the impression of being good, but they’re puncture-proof and might just about deal with any sort of terrain. I’d take Ophelia for quite a few walks over the bumpy floor in Kensington Gardens in these early days and she or he barely batted an eyelid.
It is a pushchair that may deal with just about something – it navigates simply as nicely alongside a busy excessive avenue because it does over gravelly footpaths and lengthy grass within the park, and the twin suspension makes for a quiet journey.
It’s definitely simple to arrange, however the folding down undoubtedly took a while to grasp, and I discovered it stiff at first. It helps that the chassis is freestanding when folded because it makes it tremendous simple to retailer and it sits properly in a automotive boot. It’s simpler, too, whenever you now not want the carrycot since you’re not juggling the 2 elements anymore.
Weighing in at 13.7kg (an additional 5.2kg with the carrycot) the burden of my buggy wasn’t one thing I’d thought of earlier than having Ophelia – however since I stay in a first-floor flat with stairs, I want I had.
Sadly, this isn’t the lightest in terms of carrying it up and down the steps to my home, so hold that in thoughts in case you stay in an house. However maybe that’s the price for such a sturdy product!
Ophelia is a cheerful little camper each single time she rides out within the Ocarro, particularly now she’s older and desires to see extra of the world. This pushchair has grown together with her.
The seat is spacious and padded, and I used to be thrilled with the little head-hugging pillow as a result of it retains her totally supported, even when she takes a nap.
There’s additionally a window within the extendable hood which permits me to see her via the sunshade with out disturbing her.
I personally cherished the cosiness of the carrycot, however you may as well use the seat from start because it reclines totally flat. Plus, it’s deep sufficient for child to take a seat again cosily, slightly than being perched on the sting.
Mamas & Papas Ocarro: The Verdict
For probably the most half the Ocarro had every part we may need in a buggy. It’s sturdy, rides simple over any sort of terrain and it even cleans up nicely. Ophelia was comfy, secure, and comfortable at any time when we went out in it, and we couldn’t have been extra delighted about that.
It’s most likely not the best choice for anybody dwelling in a first-floor house like me, however when you’ve got little have to fold and carry it, I couldn’t suggest it extra. Petition for Mamas & Papas to create a light-weight model, please!