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Easywalker June

(73 Posts)
commotionintheocean Wed 03-Oct-12 23:50:00

Has anyone managed to get their hands on one of these? How is it?
I ordered one two weeks ago and it is yet to make it to the uk, so don't know when it will reach me.
I often wake (get woken) up in the night and wonder why I have spent so much on a pushchair. Hope it lives upto expectation.

Tiggywunkle Thu 04-Oct-12 12:01:24

I have one on order but due to a misunderstanding they have been delayed. They are ready to ship and depending on the shop they may have them now. I am expecting mine next week.

Tiggywunkle Thu 04-Oct-12 16:57:59

Sobs!
My nearest shop has one on display! But I can't get in to look at it!!!

DeeDee77 Thu 04-Oct-12 22:20:30

Ooh! Tiggy, do you mind if I ask which is your local shop that has the June on display?

commotionintheocean Fri 05-Oct-12 09:07:20

Still no news on mine...

Ihateparties Fri 05-Oct-12 10:06:55

Pramland in Hull have a display model <plans trip tomorrow at opening time>

Diamond7 Fri 05-Oct-12 21:32:43

Watching with interest......,,,,,,,

Ihateparties Fri 05-Oct-12 23:19:52

I've really got to go now haven't i....

Diamond7 Sat 06-Oct-12 14:06:26

Yep!!! :-) Hull's a bit too far for me.

Want to know what the baskets like. Looks very small.

Ihateparties Sat 06-Oct-12 21:28:34

I want to know about the basket too. I should write a list or I'll forget to look.

Going on a lovely family trip tomorrow as today didn't quite pan out. I'm prepped, things are packed, Twone is in the car. Tape measure at the ready.

Taking all the kids so hopefully will be able to get a few pics with various ones in, in fact all off them as it says it takes up to 30kilos and 5yo is plenty under that. He'll be very excited... :-s

Diamond7 Sat 06-Oct-12 22:22:57

Oh so excited!!

Went to look at the Cruz again and I'm not sure I like it anymore. It is quite compact and light but Tiggy is right the fold isn't great and l've started to think that a higher seat isn't a benefit long term. Want a toddler to be able to climb in and out easily.

I spoke to the guys in Tommys again and they are going to speak to easywalker again re: the possibility of stocking the June. They want to know more about warrenty, repair etc.

They also said only me and someone else had called. I pointed out that that's partly because most of us know where is and isn't going to stock it.

Ihateparties Sat 06-Oct-12 22:28:29

I don't think it's out there in the high street marketplace. Unless you're a research type person I don't think you'd come across it, which is potentially a great shame if it lives up to expectations.
I've never been bothered about seat height but I guess I can see how some people might be. High seats and toddlers are more annoying. Toddlers.. are more annoying.

Diamond7 Sat 06-Oct-12 22:59:35

I want a June to play with...........

has tantrum

Tiggywunkle Sun 07-Oct-12 08:35:40

I hope your outing goes well, ihateparties. Pramland is my local shop but annoyingly I can't get down there sad(((((
Gutted because I want to play too! I was only in the other day too!
I look forward to reports!

Ihateparties Sun 07-Oct-12 19:51:07

A few impressions of the June IRL with the following taken into account - I only played with it with the seat parent facing, mainly because I would be looking to buy it because of this feature and would plan to use it this way. If I wanted forward facing I could buy any number of other things, this was my approach.

I will start with the bad news - it is every bit as difficult to tip as up a kerb as was reported to Tiggy. That was without a toddler in. She refused to go in it altogether infact. The 7m old went in and she looked really comfy. The 5yo went in and he looked overly massive. Which is fully to be expected but he could still sit quite comfortably. He refused to let me push him. grinWhile I'm on the downsides the seat is very difficult to put on the pushchair so there will be no quick swapping pf to ff, it's not click on click off, it is tricky. Also the fold is interesting, very definitely two handed and I couldn't find a fold lock (there may be one I just didn't find) so where it might have been freestanding folded it wouldn't because it just opened up again. I liked the folded shape though, very flat, on the long side but would fit easily in most car boots.

Interestingly the shop said the instructions say you can fold with the seat on but they struggled and wanted to look at it further. I didn't have a problem, folded with the seat on no problem once I got the knack of the fold mechanism generally so I THINK it's okay on that front but I did only try with the seat parent facing. They gave me a fright saying you can't fold it with the seat on though!

On the plus side it is dinky yet robust with good suspension, lovely wheels, a nice seat that goes flatter than I remembered from last time I saw it, plenty adequate for an older baby to nap. I would say the seat is slightly higher than the bee but still on the lower side. The handle is extremely adjustable, tipping was slightly easier with it up high but still not at all easy. I'm 5'8" but tend to keep the handle fairly low, at a comfortable height for me I had to use my foot to tip it. The pushchair is extremely easy to move around folded by pulling it along with you, it's less obvious how you would carry it but the pulling is great, it's very light to pull so you wouldn't notice how much it weighs until you came to lift into a car boot for example.

Basket - fairly small. A changing bag plus little else, no big access point either with the seat pf so you might struggle to push a change bag through. The Baby Jogger Versa Basket for example was approx 3 times the size.

To be honest if you can put the size to one side for a moment and compare the June with the Versa I thought this - the price of the Versa is more sensible, it's much easier to use (you could fold it whilst holding a baby but unfolding was much more tricky.... not sure where that leaves you), has a MUCH bigger basket and it's more practical in that you can manoeuvre it up kerbs and such so much more easily. I'm not sure at this point which I would/will buy of the two, there are different considerations.

Basically as I see it the June looks fab and delivers in most areas except for tipping up kerbs and changing the seat around - both of these things would be your compromises.

Any specific questions I can try to answer but I would definitely encourage anyone interested in one to try and see one before buying!

minipie Sun 07-Oct-12 20:37:35

Thank you! I think the kerb issue combined with the price rules the June out for me - I will be using mainly on pavements so lots of kerbs.

I think I am going with the Bee plus micralite carrycot - for the small size and low handle, and in the hope it will mean I don't move to a light stroller later. Cruz handle is too high (though I really really like it in all other ways) and Oyster works in theory but I just can't warm to it. So the Bee 'tis...

Ihateparties Sun 07-Oct-12 20:42:08

I don't think you'll have to swap later, bees are like that, for the size and weight you can just keep using them. Some people use and love them and other people I know use and don't totally love them but there isn't anything that comes close. I don't think you'll go wrong with one.

Get plenty of washers grin

Diamond7 Sun 07-Oct-12 21:50:51

Thanks IHateparties! Brill review even if it's not what I hoped for.

Think June will be coming off the list but not definite. Will def need to see before ordering. Biggish basket is quite important to me as is getting it up the curb. How does that compare to the bee?

Maybe the Bee is back on my list?!

With the Cruz and Versa. It's the weight and length of the Versa that puts me off. With the Cruz, it's the hard wheels and fold.

What to do, what to do......,,,,

Ihateparties Sun 07-Oct-12 22:27:39

I really liked the Versa where on paper I had been distinctly meh about it. It's not ridiculously large but if open size is fairly near the top of your list of priorities then it has to be properly considered.

I feel the same about the June, it's not what I'd hoped for either but neither have I fully removed it from the list. confused The difficulty in tipping does have a bit of upside in that for something with a small footprint it's incredibly stable feeling. I'm trying to get a better idea of the basket size, I suppose I'd put x2 2ltr milks in with maybe some bread and perhaps 4 or 5 other items. A small basket shop not a major one. Storage doesn't worry me unduly after using tandems, I now have an arsenal of add on products!

I should know by now, I DO know but today again it smacked me in the face how important it is to see, feel and try things because you really do get a much better idea of your priorities and also on some occasions you may find you love something that on paper you would never consider. (A range of Mutsys in this case should you be interested)

Incidentally the man in the shop (whose name I totally should have asked, he was extremely helpful) was personally a big fan of the Joolz Day and also baby jogger in general due to the unfailing reliability of them. Also loving the Bee, it continues to stand out as the only compact with the features it has and despite the wobbly wheel issues they do seem to stand the test of time.

Tiggywunkle Mon 08-Oct-12 02:10:06

Interesting review ihateparties
There really is no perfect pushchair is there sighs

I had high hopes for the June....its a shame the seat was difficult to turn round - the demo man made it look easy but I know I have said in the past that I tried to work out how to do it and couldn't.

I dont think the kerbs will bother me somehow....we had a City Select which is notoriously difficult to get up kerbs and that was fine because in this day and age, so much is wheelchair friendly (except in older towns) that where we live, there's always a dropped kerb. Or we spend a lot of time in shopping centres where its all lovely and flat.

I am still getting a June and will see how we get on. I just LOVE how it looks and how well it swallows a bigger child up and makes them look small!
Its interesting to hear how you have done a bit of a U Turn re the Versa though.

I find the Bee handy to have - I just wish it didn't feel so flimsy. Thats one thing I LOVE about the Versa - its gorgeous to push - it feels great! What was the June like to push? Did it feel good?

minipie Mon 08-Oct-12 11:15:34

That's interesting about the Versa, ihateparties - I also saw the Versa yesterday at the A3 babybarn and liked it much much more than I expected to (having not liked other baby joggers much). It felt really solid and smooth and I liked the handle even though it's rotating. But it is large - especially lengthwise - even DH who is tall and doesn't mind large pushchairs commented that it felt big. (Mind you he had just been pushing a tiny Bee so a bit of an unfair comparison).

Oh and they also had the Mutsy Evo I think in case anyone is looking for a stockist of that near to London. I didn't have a play though as it is too wide for me.

Thanks for the reassurance on the Bee - I will get lots of washers! (so annoying they haven't found a proper solution).

Tiggy have you had an update on your June's arrival?

Diamond7 Mon 08-Oct-12 12:42:16

After a very restless nights sleep dreaming of pushchairs, pending Tiggys review, I think we're going bee +.

It ticks alot of boxes. And actually works out as the same price as the Cruz if you include carry cot in price. I think I'll be getting a better pushchair with the Bee + (Tiggy?)

I could also get a Bee and city mini for only £40 more than the June.

Ihateparties Mon 08-Oct-12 12:44:41

Yes, the June felt good to push. It's a very upright chassis, the handle goes more upright from the frame than with most pushchairs, probably accounts for the tipping. I saw an Evo too, love the bounce but Mutsys are so big too.

commotionintheocean Wed 10-Oct-12 19:12:50

Where is my easywalker June, July, August, September, October....
Great to see what you lot think of it, just want to try it out myself.
No local suppliers, so can't even have a test run.

Diamond7 Wed 10-Oct-12 20:13:15

I'm sending my mum to Ladybugs to check it out. Not sure how much help it will be but I can't get there.

Tiggy - Any news on when your's will arrive? Desperate for your review.

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