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Micralite FastFold Pushchair Review


We where estastic to have recently been  given the opportunity to try out the new Micralite FastFold Pushchair with our one year old Tommy.  It could not of come at a better time as for the pervious couple of months we had been switching between using  our bigger travel system and light weight stroller depending on the occasion. Ideally I wanted to have one pushchair that was just as efficient for city trips as it was for a bit of country off roading without comprising on comfort and the FastFold promised to do just that. 

First Impressions 

Assembling the FastFold was super easy, all I had to do was click on the rear wheels and attach the seat linner and it was ready to go! I thought the product had an overall good quality feel about it. It was sturdy, with large pneumatic tires but still compact in size. I loved the colours and design of the special "Festival" edition. The design is different to most pushchairs as the FastFold is wider at the front than it is at the rear. It really looked different to any other pushchair I had seen on the market. 



Child Comfort 

One of the most important factors for me when choosing a pushchair is how comfortable it is for Tommy. We spend alot of time out and about so it's really essential that it's a enjoyable ride for him. The FastFold makes child comfort a priority. It has a unique hammock style seat which looks extremely comfortable. The removable seat liner is crafted from bamboo fabric which helps little ones stay cool in the hot weather and can be easy cleaned.




 The seat can be reclined for naps by sliding down the bar behind the seat and the hood provides shade and up to UPF 50 sun protection. My favourite feature of the FastFold is how incredibly smooth the ride is for Tommy. The large puncture proof tires and front wheel suspension handle rough terrain like a dream. Tommy was undisturbed when we walked over cobbles, bumpy paths and woodlands.



Parent Comfort 

The FastFold has some great parent friendly features that makes it a pleasure to use. It is amazingly lightweight and the clever design of the handle bar means that it can it steered one-handed. This allows me one hand free to keep a hold of Oliver when crossing busy roads, carry his scooter or my coffee cup. The handle bar can also be adjusted to a position that suits you, I like to position it outwards where as my husband likes the upwards position so that the handle bar is higher.




The compact design allows the FastFold to easily fit into the pushchair spaces on a bus and train, if you are a regular public transport user like us then this is a must. There is a spacus basket underneath that can be accessed from the front, it can hold all the usual stuff you might need on a day out (raincover, blanket, lunch bag). However due to the design  you might struggle to fit a larger changing bag in the basket. We use a backpack so this was not an issue for us. The hood has a zipped  peek a boo window so you can keep an eye on your little one while they sleep. Cleverly the hood also has a pocket at each side which is ideal for  smaller items that you want to keep to hand such as you phone, keys or a packet of wipes.  The FastFold comes with a good quality weather shield, which attaches with a zip so it fits exceptionally well. It also was a zip at the front too allow some ventilation to your little one. 




Folding

The FastFold certainly lives up to its name, the folding and opening mechanism is so quick and easy. To fold the you simply pull up the lever at the rear of the pushchair and it Folds in an upwards motion. You can then fasten the catch to hold it closed. The FastFold will freestand once folded making storage easy as you don't have to find something to prop it against. The fold can be done one handed but I find using two is easier. Opening it again is also hassle free. You undo the catch then push down on the lever untill the chassis clicks into place.



The Verdict

The FastFold is now our go to pushchair, we haven't used the travel system since this one arrived. For us it ticks all the right boxes, lightweight, easy fold, one-hand steering, all terrain wheels and baby comfort. It truly is a take anywhere pushchair.  It has even received my husbands seel of approval and he can be hard to please! 

Over all I think it's a well engineered pushchair that has been designed with both parent and baby in mind. The FastFold might not have loads of fancy features but its practical, functional and has certainly made our lives easier. 

The Micralite FastFold is suitable for babies 6 months plus and retails between £375 - £400 depending on the design chosen. You can buy it from Micralite here.

* Disclaimer - The FastFold was kindly gifted to us from Micralite in exchange for this review however as always all options are my own. 

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