When it comes to baby gear there are only a few things to me that are absolute necessities. One of those things is a stroller. I love baby wearing, but sometimes a stroller is the only thing that’s gonna work. For instance today when I tried on about two hundred dresses for Easter Sunday… that’s only a slight exaggeration…. or when it’s just too stinkin hot outside to baby wear. Now when it comes to strollers I have a lot of requirements that need to be met or else the stroller will end up collecting dust in the garage. I’m always excited to put a stroller to the Mama Harper and see if it can pass that long list of requirements and I couldn’t wait to take the Quinny Xapp Xtra for a test drive.
Requirement #1 – Portability: I want to be able to leave my stroller in the car at all times and not have to remove it for things like grocery shopping trips. I was very pleased with how compact the Quinny Zapp Xtra was when folded down and that included the seat – a super awesome improvement from the original Zapp Xtra. And there is great news if you are an original Xapp Xtra owner because folding seat conversion kits can be purchased through the Quinny consumer relations department at 800-951-4113. The strap that keeps the stroller folded is perfect for lifting it in and out of the car as well.
Requirement #2 – Easy Set-Up: I don’t want to have to go through a million steps before I can be on my merry way. After reading the instruction manual once to learn how to set-up and fold down the Zapp Xtra I was good to go. There are about three steps to complete and it does take two hands to set up so I always leave my kiddos strapped in their car seat while setting the stroller up and then get them out once we’re ready to roll… or well stroll, hehe.
Requirement #3 – Maneuverability: I take my strollers everywhere including, but not limited to the local shopping mall, parks, and county fair so it must be good on different terrains. The Zapp Xtra has relatively small wheels and is more geared towards city living. The wheels do swivel which makes it very easy to steer and they can be locked in place for rougher terrain. Since this stroller features two hand grips instead of a push bar it is a tad difficult to push with one hand, but I’ll gladly give up a large push bar to be able to fold it so compactly.
Requirement #4 – Multiple Seat Positions: The reason I love baby wearing so much is because my little one can see me all the time and I can see them. And so when they are riding in the stroller I still want to be able to see them and have that eye contact. This means I need to have a stroller that the seat can either rear face or forward face and the Zapp Xtra does just that! A simple lift, turn, and press is all it takes to switch the direction the seat is facing. In the front facing position the seat has three recline positions and in the rear facing position there are two recline positions. The rear facing fully reclined position gives the Zapp Xtra the feeling of a pram yet can be switched to a front facing stroller for an older child in a matter of seconds making this a perfect stroller from birth through the toddler years.
Requirement #5 – Large Canopy: I love taking walks in the summer time and enjoying the sunshine, but I want to protect my little ones skin from that suns harmful rays as well. The Quinny Zapp Xtra has a nice big sun canopy that shields them from the sun and holds it’s shape very well.
Requirement #6 – Storage Space: This one is simple. I need a place for shopping bags, diaper bags, pool bags, etc. The shopping basket on the Zapp Xtra isn’t the largest I have seen on a stroller, but it does hold a good amount, can handle up to 11 pounds of weight, and is easily accessible. We took it on a trip to an indoor water park and I was able to store all of our towels and other pool items in the basket with ease. I do wish that it came with a cup holder, but they can be purchased separately.
Requirement #7 – Easy to Keep Clean: There’s nothing worse than a dirty piece of baby gear and a stroller is one of those piece’s that sees it all from rain to snow to mud to spilled sippy cups and crunched up crackers. The Quinny Zapp Xtra is available in three colors: Rocking Black, Red Rebel, and Natural Mavis. It took one look at the Natural Mavis and I just had to have it – the light color just looked so cheerful and shouted spring weather to me. When it arrived I immediately thought “Oh no… how am I ever going to keep this stroller clean?” But guess what! The fabric on the Zapp Xtra is water and dirt repellants so spills simply wipe clean. In fact it still looks like the day I took it out of the box and that makes me a happy mama.
So the big question – Does the Quinny Zapp Xtra meet Mama Harper’s requirements for being a stroller that gets used all the time? Yes!! It’s permanent residence is in the back of our Ford Escape where it takes up minimal space and is used frequently on shopping trips for both my seven month old and almost three year old. If you are in the market for a stroller that will work from birth (compatible with most infant car seats) through the toddler years (up to 50 pounds) that has all the features of a full size stroller yet is super compact when folded then the Quinny Zapp Xtra is definitely for you. Check out the Quinny website for even more information and to to check out their other great strollers as well.