First-time mum Renée Lapino road-tests the Mamas & Papas Ocarro along with her new child Ophelia.[words by Renée Lapino]
Dwelling 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 really helpful by a couple of mates, and – I’ve to say – it was just about love at first sight.
Mamas & Papas Ocarro Pushchair Evaluation
With its gentle, brushed flannel materials, quilted chambray hood lining and teak faux-leather particulars, the Ocarro is certainly simple on the attention.
It appears to be like sturdy however trendy, and good particulars just like the detachable cup holder and mesh panels for the rain cowl full the look. Mamas & Papas provides a large alternative of colors, however I picked out the Walnut colourway with matching carrycot, and it was a winner.
I’d all the time wished one thing impartial and lightweight – however that wouldn’t present grime 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 supply as a lot capability as this one.
You get the perfect of each worlds with the Ocarro wheels – they appear good, but they’re puncture-proof and may just about deal with any form of terrain. I’d take Ophelia for quite a few walks over the bumpy floor in Kensington Gardens in these early days and he or she barely batted an eyelid.
This can be a pushchair that may deal with just about something – it navigates simply as nicely alongside a busy excessive road because it does over gravelly footpaths and lengthy grass within the park, and the twin suspension makes for a quiet experience.
It’s actually 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 automobile boot. It’s simpler, too, whenever you not want the carrycot since you’re not juggling the 2 parts anymore.
Weighing in at 13.7kg (an additional 5.2kg with the carrycot) the load of my buggy wasn’t one thing I’d thought-about earlier than having Ophelia – however since I reside 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 maintain that in thoughts in the event you reside in an house. However maybe that’s the fee 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 needs to see extra of the world. This pushchair has grown along 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 absolutely supported, even when she takes a nap.
There’s additionally a window within the extendable hood which permits me to see her by way of the sunshade with out disturbing her.
I personally beloved the cosiness of the carrycot, however you can too use the seat from beginning because it reclines absolutely flat. Plus, it’s deep sufficient for child to sit down again cosily, fairly than being perched on the sting.
Mamas & Papas Ocarro: The Verdict
For probably the most half the Ocarro had every thing we may need in a buggy. It’s sturdy, rides simple over any form of terrain and it even cleans up nicely. Ophelia was comfy, secure, and glad every time we went out in it, and we couldn’t have been extra delighted about that.
It’s in all probability not the most suitable choice for anybody dwelling in a first-floor house like me, however in case you have little have to fold and carry it, I couldn’t advocate it extra. Petition for Mamas & Papas to create a light-weight model, please!