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The Pushchair Track: The Stokke Xplory
Let me start by saying, I love this pushchair.
The Stokke Xplory is a unique proposition that literally sits above its other counterparts. The high view lifts your child out of car fumes but also lets them have a great view of their surroundings.
Coming in at 10.5kg, which is about average for a travel system (the Bugaboo Chameleon is 9kg and the Quinny Buzz is 12kg), this is one smooth, manoeuvrable, and dare I say it, sexy ride. My friend and I were given a full demo by a member of the Stokke team at the Baby Show last year, and honestly, we didn’t want to leave. She’s not even design or style mad like me and she still wants it (the whole one baby and a toddler close in age thing makes that tricky..).
Suitable from birth, the Stokke Xplory is designed around the central bar which everything extends from, making it quite smooth to fold up or open. In a rather cool move, you can fold the rear wheels so that you can use stairs easily and the forward or rear facing seat has 5 positions and the depth of the seat and footrest height can be adjusted. Because of the high seat, it can used as a highchair when you’re out and about or even at home at the table, if that’s your thang.
The handlebar is height and angle adjustable so you can get your optimum push position, it’s got a shock absorber which helps to minimise vibrations and also impact from bumps, and it’s got the raincover and shopping basket included.
I love the futuristic style of the pushchair and it’s definitely aimed at urbanites although I’d have no problem strutting along in this in my Surrey country town. It’s very design led with a focus on innovation, especially in the form which challenges our expectations of what pushchairs are supposed to look like, and let’s face it, in terms of out and out style innovation, this baby wins hands down.
It can used as a 3 in 1 travel system in conjunction with a Maxi Cosi Cabriofix seat and the Baby Bag Carrycot.
Celebrities that push include new mum Minnie Driver, Rachel Weisz, Angelina Jolie, Courtney Cox Arquette, Tori Spelling (Liam), Heidi Klum (Henry), Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Claudia Schiffer, and more.
The RRP for the pushchair is £599 and with the carrycot it’s £731.
A reliable spot to purchase from is Back In Action who are also Stokke specialists. It’s £490 for the pushchair and £640 with the carrycot plus you can buy all of the accessories although you’ll need to buy the carseat elsewhere.
Ideal for: Urbanites, especially those in smoggy London, style and design fiends.
Bang for your style buck: Excellent – If this had been out when the bambino was on the way, I’d have been all over this like a rash. It’s got 6 delicious colours and on frame alone, this is a seriously hot pushchair.
Weight range: Medium…for a travel system.
Don’t forget that you can see other pushchairs and prams we’ve featured in our new feature The Pushchair Track.
Also check out my guide to buying a stylish pushchair