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Review: Quinny Zapp 3-wheeler pushchair

You've raved about it on the forums and review pages so we thought we should do a proper road test of this smart, manageable buggy.

Posted: 24 May 2006
by Sarah Lawson

Quinny Zapp 3-wheeler

Compact yet sturdy
It's so streamlined there's no room for your shopping!
Features: Compact design. Easy to use front swivel wheel, good suspension on rear wheels, can be adapted for travel system use with Maxi-Cosi Cabrio/CabrioFix car seat. Comes with sun canopy, raincover and travel bag.
Price: £130
Weight: 6kg
Handle: 106.5cm high
Folded: 69x27x30cm (hxdxw)

The concept:
Cited as the 'smallest buggy in the world' by makers Quinny, the Zapp is a regular sized three-wheeler that folds down into a holdall. This gives it the edge over so many three-wheelers where folding, storing and transporting can become a headache.

In action:
Although the Zapp is light, it doesn't feel too flimsy and the 360-degree turning of the double front wheel makes it great for getting in and out of shops. We also liked the fact that we could take the seat off and machine wash it - sponge cleaning previous buggies left them looking pretty grubby after a few months of serious toddler use!

As with lots of buggies these days, you can take the wheels off to fold it into the smallest space possible. We liked this as they were indeed very easy to remove and fix on. Although the boot of our car isn't too small, it is useful to have a smaller folding pushchair when you're going away and the boot is full of bags, travel cot, steriliser and all the other gubbins that go everywhere with a baby.

We were using the Zapp with a toddler but it can be used pretty easily with the Maxi-Cosi carseat (additional cost) if you want to use it from birth.

The height of the handle is relatively high, this suited us (me 5ft 6, him 5ft 8), plus the legroom underneath - where some buggies have a bar, or a baggage stow that keeps hitting your legs - meant it was easier to walk quickly and not trip over ourselves taking little steps.

It's been a popular buggy choice for some time, but the 2006 model has a wider range of colours. Along with deep red, lime, Pacific blue, orange flash and black, it also comes in mauve and 'steel' (metal blue). Optional extra accessories include a footmuff and the Quinny Zapp Bike Carrier.

(It conforms to EN 1888, BS7409 and NF S 54-001.)

The ThinkBaby verdict

Funky, reliable and light for town living and easy travelling.
Performance: 4/5
Value: 4/5

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