Today, a new breed of pushchair arrives. And it’s rather special….
I’ve had my fair of strollers over the last few years since having my 3 daughters. Some were amazing, and some were a bit of a let down. I’ve never owned a car, so needing a durable pushchair for long walks across town was always a must. I occasionally hop onto the train into London, and working my way around the tube with any pushchair is always going to be a bit of a struggle.
I recently popped along to The Gadget Show live to meet up with the team rep-ing the all new Omnio stroller, and I was very excited. I knew I would get to see this super lightweight stroller, but I wasn’t quite sure what else about it would make it stand out from the crowd or other lightweight buggies. I rocked up with my Quinny, and 3 kids in tow to the Birmingham NEC. My Quinny is pretty lightweight and easy to use, so I figured it was my best choice of pushchair for wiggling through the crowds, up and down stairs and in and out of elevators. I wanted to be able to compare this new Omnio stroller with something I was truly used to.
My first impressions were not something I had expected. It looked completely different to any of my other strollers. It looked compact and (in all honesty) a bit weird. The first feature that struck me was hold it folded down into next-to-nothingness, and turned into a backpack. Wow. Instantly I was mesmerised by it. The whole thing just folded in on itself with one swift movement, and was slung onto the lovely demo lady’s back. I instantly had flash-backs of sweaty struggles on the tube, carrying my toddler up an escalator while juggling a folded buggy. If the Omnio stroller meant I could carry my child in my arms, or safely walking alongside me whilst my pushchair was on my back until we got out of the tube station, I may avoid any future sweaty flash backs. Game changer. Want to know something better? The folded stroller even passed as hand luggage when flying with British Airways. Pretty darn useful!
The tiny size of the Onimo stroller isn’t it’s only awesome feature. The stroller also has unique wheels that you will not see anywhere else. The great Omni-wheels are specifically designed to make pushing the stroller far easier than any other pushchair on the market. The wheels will not swivel and ‘jam’, meaning that they don’t have a mind of their own when pushing one-handed. I pushed the stroller one-handed with my 1 year old in, and then again with my 4 year old in too (She was the biggest kid they had sitting in the stroller to date!) and both times using it, I could easily steer the buggy with no problems. The Omni-Wheels are also puncture proof, so no need to worry about getting a flat tyre when far from home. The wheels have also won the British Invention Of The Year award.
When pushing the stroller it felt light and smooth, with no effort needed to swiftly change direction or ‘get going’. An absolute breeze to push, even when tackling the hustle and bustle of the crowds within the NEC. At just 50 x 40 x 20 cm (17 x 16 x 8 in) in size and weighing just 16lbs there really isn’t much to the stroller itself. Which actually feels kind of bizarre when pushing it around, as I am used to something far wider and heavier. It also looks stylish and sleek, with the designers paying every attention to detail to create one of the most styling and up-to-date strollers on the market.
The seat itself was fully adjustable to suit all babies and toddlers (up to 22kg) with a 5 point harness that could be made to fit perfectly and double up as shoulder straps when being carried on your back. There is also a shopping basket under the stroller, which is surprisingly large for such a small stroller. The hood is completely detachable, and gives excellent coverage from sun and rain alike and also has a useful window so you can keep a close eye on your little one. I especially liked the fact that the all of the stroller (except the frame- obv’s) can be thrown in the washing machine in the event of a messy mishap.
I had to check out the range of accessories also that can be purchased along side of the stroller. All of the accessories can be attached the stroller itself, and a changing bag which attaches to the side of the stroller eliminates the risk of the stroller tipping over from weight, something which many parents are all too well aware of (ooops!). The changing bag contains a useful rollout, slim changing mat, lots of useful pockets. There is also a unique stroller bag, to keep all of your personal belongings and useful gadgets and an insulated bottle bag.
The stroller is available to pre-order FROM TODAY at born.com, and is £389. You can choose from 3 unisex colours Black, red and teal. And the final bit of ‘awesome’ is that when it arrives, just pop it out of the box and you’re ready to go. No fiddly set-up necessary.
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