Having bought and loved the Armadillo Flip XT with all it’s bells and whistles, I was really excited to try out the lightweight version for our holiday – The Armadillo City Stroller.
Mamas and Papas have named this little beauty the “Slim Line Big Little Stroller” and I can see why. It has the same feel and look as it’s big brother the Armadillo Flip XT but in a much more compact shell. Although the Flip XT is a brilliant pram, it isn’t practical for lumping on and off flights so we knew that we would have to find something smaller and more compact for our travels this summer. The City stroller was the obvious choice for us as it was in a reasonable price bracket (from £149) and operated in a very similar way to our lovely Flip XT.
What do you get?
- Wheels (easy to put on!)
- Rain cover
- Instruction Booklet
Ease of Assembly
The lovely staff in Mamas and Papas actually assembled ours for us in store so we could wheel it away then and there. Nothing is ever too much trouble for them. They are honestly brilliant in there! However, it did only take the lady about 3 minutes to pop the wheels on and have it ready to go. She even installed our pram liner in it. I’d say it was about the easiest stroller I’ve ever seen to put together.
- So light and easy to push that I can steer it comfortably with one hand at any time and still feel totally in control.
- Folds up with one easy twist and flip manoeuvre – again I can do this comfortably with one hand. This is a big plus when you are wrestling a screaming, back-arching baby under one arm and trying to fold down the stroller with the other!
- A large canopy that pulls over a lot further than many of the other strollers we have seen. The canopy also offers SPF50+ which is perfect if you are heading out and about over the summer. The canopy also has a flap you can lift so that you can see what your little darling is up to in there.
- For a stroller, it has a surprisingly decent sized basket underneath that happily stored my large changing bag and a couple of coats.
- A roomy seat unit. Sophie is a dainty little thing so this doesn’t really matter for us but if you have a bigger child then there is plenty of room in there.
- Unlike with so many buggies, you will not spend hours wrestling with an inexplicable rain cover. It is idiot-proof (even for me) and I popped it on with the handy clips in about 30 seconds.
- Design – you can get the Armadillo City in a variety of bright colours or just in a neutral if like me, that’s much more your thing. I love the streamlined look of the City stroller. Mr S actually looks quite proud to push it round too which is a bonus!
- Whilst the seat does recline flat (and this is a positive) the mechanism for pulling it up and down seems fiddly and a bit awkward. I think that this could have been designed in a more obvious and user-friendly manner.
- The handle bar height cannot be adjusted so if you are particularly tall then it might feel a bit awkward to steer.
- There is no clip or area to hang your bag on but this is a minor point to be honest.
There are lots of matching accessories that you can purchase with the Armadillo range of buggies as with most ranges . We will be having a look for a lovely, snuggly cosey-toes when the summer is over. For now we have the coffee cup holder that slots neatly onto the side of the stroller (essential for a sleep-deprived Mama) and the parasol in the matching fabric.
All in all I am loving using the Mamas and Papas Armadillo City Stroller and I have complete confidence in taking it abroad with us this summer. If you are looking for a lightweight, versatile stroller then I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to you.