Written on: 19/09/2012 by abib1983
I have just bought a 2nd hand Micralite Toro and I cannot rate it highly enough. It combines all the best features of a stroller and a buggy into one pushchair. It folds up small (admittedly not as small as an umbrella stroller but easily fits in the boot) and stands up when folded so it takes up very little floor space when stored. It's really easy to unfold and the recline mechanism is smooth and seamless.
We needed something with air-filled tyres for our bumpy driveway and the Toro's are nice and big to ensure a smooth ride even on rough terrain. I love the fact that the back wheels are close together. It makes getting through narrow doorways so much easier than it used to be with my 3-wheeler, even though the overall width is the same. They are also great for going up and down kerbs and stairs. This, combined with the fact it is so easy to steer, makes for great manouevreability only rivalled in my experience by the Quinny Zapp. The brake is also large and easy to operate.
There are 3 recline positions - upright, medium and flat. The upright is brilliant as my daughter can see everything that's going on easily and the flat is perfect for when she needs to nap. The storage basket underneath is a little tricky to access, but I've not come across one that isn't. It's plenty spacious enough. The harness is simple and easy to fasten and undo so I can get my daughter in and out in seconds. The seat depth is also much narrower than any others I've come across which means that she doesn't slump in it like she has done in others and looks very well supported and comfortable.
I'm pleased to see that you can easily by replacement parts for the whole pushchair so if anything goes wrong we won't have to chuck the whole thing in the tip - a refreshing change in this day and age.
We don't have the carrycot or car seat adapters yet as we didn't get this until my daughter was 1, but we certainly intend to buy them next time around to turn this into a fully functional travel system.
We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Micralite Toro. It's the only travel system you'll ever need and my only regret is that we didn't come across it before my daughter was born.