Written on: 08/02/2012 by AmyNoone (1 review written)
After months of waiting it finally arrived - my iCandy Strawberry! There was a lot of hype for it so part of me worried that it would fail to live up to expectations, but I am pleased to say that it has surpassed my expectations. I love it! It's by far the best stroller I have ever owned!
First thing's first, make sure you get a demonstration in store because it will save effort when it comes to learning its ins and outs. However, it is a complete breeze when you know how - in particular I'm referring to the way it folds. iCandy developed a unique one hand step and fold action that proves to be a real time and effort saver. It's free standing when folded so again, it makes life that bit easier when your battling for space at home!
The seat reclines to 3 positions and is adjustable including both forward facing and rearward facing seat modes, meaning baby can look at mummy from 6 months and outwards from 12 months! The most impressive aspect of the seat unit and fold mechanism is that the Strawberry folds with seat unit attached facing either direction and in whichever recline position - an absolute marvel to other mums as I collapse the chassis and throw in the boot as if I've performed some magic trick! More impressive still, the Strawberry features a "memory" aspect which allows the chassis and seat to automatically return to whatever position it was in prior to folding!
Pushing the Strawberry is a dream, as its aluminium chassis is very lightweight; it's wheels are low profile and durable, as well as having no puncture cushioned rear tyres. It wheels can be swivelling or lockable, making it very easy to manoeuvre. It also has a soft touch comfy grip handle which is adjustable to 5 positions meaning it's perfect for both small and tall parents!
It has a detachable bumper bar making it easy to get my little one in and out as well as an adjustable hood so it can adapt as he grows. One of my favorite features is the under seat storage compartment, cutely named the punnet, in which I keep the rain-cover and other bits and bobs which means that plenty of room is left in the already large shopping basket! It comes in a variety of colors - we have the Assam (black) flavor but it also comes in Elderberry (purple), Pomegranate (red) and Earl Grey with additional accessories, like the footmuff that I can't wait to get hold of! It is with the fabrics, however, that iCandy display some of it's greatest attention to quality, as they are beautiful soft-touch fleecey materiel that, in this cold winter, are proving a God-send. My DD looks so comfy and snug and makes the wait and the hype so worth it!
Five stars and thumbs up from me.