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The Pushchair Track: The Bugaboo Chameleon
I have a lot of friends who own Bugaboo Chameleon’s and honestly, even though it may get knocked by the likes of Which?, the consumer magazine and highly rated products reviewer, not one of my friends has a bad word to say about it.
Why is it loved so much? Well whilst it’s certainly no lightweight in the weight stakes (it’s 9kg), it’s a heavy weight in style.
It’s all in the detail and ‘touches’ and so the Bugaboo Chameleon has tailored fleeces and fabrics in lots of colours and combos that give the seat (and the accessories) a distinctive, expensive look.
It’s got a stylish ‘lightweight’ aluminium frame, telescopic bar handle, adjustable suspension, fairly decent sized shopping bag and I do like the fact that if I was the type of person that walks on rough terrain, I could reverse the handlebar and push with the larger wheels at the front. On sand and snow, you can pull it behind you in the 2-wheel position. Personally I suspect I’d leave that type of thing to the boyf…
It’s got a reversible, tilting, 3-position seat plus you can put the carrycot on with an Aerosleep(R) mattress which it’s good for keeping things like dust and pollen at bay. Add the Maxi-Cosi Cabrio infant seat on to make it a 3 in 1 travel system.
It is a big, albeit, great looking pushchair and I am hoping that they release more pushchairs because…well a lot of people own them and it’s not quite as de rigour when every Tom, Dick, and Harry has one (a bit like the Quinny Buzz).
It is a bit of a process to buy one of these. You choose your base unit colour and then you need to choose your tailored fabric colour so that you can ‘personalise’ your Bugaboo look.
The RRP for the Bugaboo Chameleon is around £629. There are so many packages around it’s mind boggling but what I will say is this is an investment pushchair if you’re going to ‘commit’ to the look because the accessories such as footmuff, parasol, and essentially the whole kit and the caboodle could have you edging close to the £800 mark and maybe more…If you need the full package, shop around. John Lewis are great for trying them out and getting advice and you can also buy online with everything all on one page.
Celebs that push: Jennifer Garner, Toni Collette, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, Claudia Schiffer, Ulrika Jonsson, Heidi Klum, Matt Damon, Nigel Barker (America’s Next Top Model Judge), Keri Russell and well, I think you get the idea!
Ideal for: Those that love the ‘in’ pushchair, secret show offs (there are a lot of us), style fiends, stylish outdoorsy people.
Bang for your style buck: There’s a lot of bang but for a lorra lorra buck. It’s not the lightest or the easiest to travel with so you could end up forking out for another pushchair to compliment it.
Weight range: Medium in the context of travel systems.
Also consider the Bugaboo Bee and the Stokke Xplory (we’ll be highlighting them soon in this feature). If you want a lower key, lower price look, also try the Out n About Nipabout 3 in 1 travel system.
Don’t forget that you can see other pushchairs and prams we’ve featured in our new feature The Pushchair Track.