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BabyJogger Versa, Uppababy Vista or (maybe BGB Chameleon?)

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Laquila Sat 04-May-13 21:19:33

Hi all,

After an exhausting and confusing day trying out every single bloody pushchair/pram/travel system in John Lewis and Mamas & Papas, I think we've narrowed it down to the following:

BabyJogger Versa
Uppababy Vista
Bugaboo Chameleon

We have a small car so boot space is an issue. We need something relatively rugged/sturdy, with foam wheels, for country walks (and heavy-handed husband).

Having said that we have to drive everywhere so will be taking it in and out of the car a LOT. We also wanted something that could be forward and rear facing, with a carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping (so we can use it as a Moses basket for the first few months if need be).

Does anyone have any comments/advice on the above three options? Or any suggestions for anything we might have missed?

Thanks very much in advance

Popps2905 Sat 13-Jul-13 14:01:32

hi everyone, just stumbled across this...have you tried the iCandy peach jogger or peach range. my sister has the peach jogger and i have a peach blossom and we both have small cars. she has the KA which it fits both the peach jogger and peach blossom quite easily. we swapped pushchairs for a couple of weeks and loved how smooth the jogger was when we went for country walks and even took it on a trip to the seaside. The peach fairs exactly the same. Both lightweight, easy to fold, great for use in and out of the city, as well as husband friendly smile

Might be worth considering if you're looking for all those things as this would be ideal! Can't wait to see what you decide xx

npriya Fri 12-Jul-13 14:31:10

I love my Uppababy. It's the best pram - sturdy, versatile, forward and parent-facing, easy to use and so on...

Tiggywunkle Tue 14-May-13 22:55:37

Yes she's very picky! We are fairly opposite in our tastes too (strangely we met because we both had an unusual pushchair) but other than that, we are an interesting combination! Wide doesnt bother me as long as it goes through a standard door. Parties is obsessed with everything being narrow!!

Unicorns - you dont want to know smile

chocolatemartini Mon 13-May-13 15:47:44

Anthracite looks lovely. I'm v tempted but have spent all my money on pushchairs!

Ihateparties Mon 13-May-13 12:58:35

nails I haven't but tiggy will confirm that I am being very picky. It's narrow I have the problem with, nothing is as small as I want it to be. There are plenty of larger pushchairs that are suitable for what you need, as in wider and longer than the oyster. Have you tried the air tyres?

martini i got anthracite/grey.. figured it would be the least grubby!

RooneyMara Mon 13-May-13 07:47:11

Ooh tell us about the unicorns! Pleeeease!

chocolatemartini Mon 13-May-13 07:36:44

Ihateparties let me know if you sell the mei tai. What colour did you get?

Tiggywunkle Mon 13-May-13 01:42:41

I had a Unicorn too - once - but it was too bouncy for me. I thought I would love it, but I didn't. I preferred the slightly harder suspension of the GT in the end which very much surprised me.

LOL at the hating parties discussion!!

simplynails Sun 12-May-13 23:34:52

Ihateparties, have you found a pushchair for our similar needs?

And how has Frigg got this?! :'(

Ihateparties Sun 12-May-13 21:56:37

My excuse with the sling is a - I sold some stuff and b - apart from a select 2 or 3 slings it's first mei tai I actually bought, previously I made my own. Actually, I might consider making myself up a vague copy of it out of a woven then selling it again <schemes grin>

simplynails I found the Oyster impossibly hard too. Hmmm, what you describe is a good part of the reason I don't have a versa, the bouncy gt versa frigg has is ideal in my mind for the sort of rough urban use you describe. The normal with eva wheels and the gt with no rear suspension - neither are ideal for me so even though personally I think the Versa is the best full featured pushchair you can currently buy it really isn't quite right for me. I currently have a bjcmgt and tbh although it's really excellent it's still a harder ride than would be my ideal (my pre 2010 mb swift was bouncier and cushier for example).

I have a lovely Brio Smile that isn't quite right for me either, which is an Uppababy Vista relative with 4 air tyres and a different seat that I MUST put on the selling page <wanders off to do just that>

Laquila Sun 12-May-13 21:42:29

I actually like parties!...<feels like a weirdo>...

simplynails all I can really suggest is that you beg somewhere local that already stocks Baby Joggers to get both in so you can have a play! Tell them there's a revolution coming and Versas are the future. Are you near a John Lewis? They tend to have the normal one. As excited as I am about my GT, I don't know if I can whole-heartedly urge you to get one without you having tried one - it's just such a personal matter-of-preference thing!

UpTheFRIGGinDuff what is this GT wheels plus suspension sorcery?? How've you managed that?!

parties that Neobulle sling is beautiful but crikey, it costs more than my car seat! I can imagine it would quickly become absolutely essential though, if you got on well with it. chocolate I shall give those links a go, thank you.

<braces self for the sling research madness that is clearly going to descend>

<braces poor husband too>

simplynails Sun 12-May-13 21:16:36

Laquila, thanks for your reply. I would like to be able to go for walks in the park, anywhere without a pavement really. I currently am not able to go anywhere apart from shops etc with my oyster, it's rubbish. Went on a buggy walk and got stuck in a bit of mud and poor DD was shaken all over the place. Even the pavements from my house are awful and really take their toll on my current pushchair. Just don't know if I'd prefer bouncier all round suspension to just front with the addition of gt tyres. Anything has got to be an improvement on what we've got I suppose.

chocolatemartini Sun 12-May-13 21:16:05

Neobulle mei tai looks lush! I want! envy

I know! grin

<strokes unicorn>

Ihateparties Sun 12-May-13 20:11:28

I knew you were going to say that.. you were totally lucky! wink

I have wink

Ihateparties Sun 12-May-13 18:56:20

This week I will be mostly hating children's parties <mini celebration re ds1s 31st august birthday, he hasn't got a chance has he mwahahaha. Ahem. Evil parent>

Either versa will be great whoever was asking, i've temporarily forgotten. I haven't got a versa, my original one went back with the recall and I didn't replace it because I got the versa yips, ideally I would have gt wheels and suspension. Which you can't have <sulks>

chocolatemartini Sun 12-May-13 18:22:17

Weird! Nice to have found some kindred spirits, but let's agree not to hang out together in case it turns into a party grin

RooneyMara Sun 12-May-13 18:15:46

I actually started a thread today about how much I hate parties.

This is getting wierd. <spooky music>

chocolatemartini Sun 12-May-13 18:11:24

Haha <waves at Ihateparties from under a large pile of baby transportation paraphernalia> by the way I do actually hate parties. Well most of them anyway. But I will try to stay on topic here! There are also a couple of Facebook groups for slings-fsotslingsandthings is one. They seem pretty well moderated and people seem to buy and sell with confidence, and the www.naturalmamas.co.uk forum is where the real sling enthusiasts hang out.

Laquila Sun 12-May-13 17:58:23

Ahhhh ladies, I do appreciate your preoccupations with baby transport - it's made my life so much easier!

This is all brilliant ref slings, thank you so much. I will take BBs off my list and will start having a look around and trying out a few options in shops, if possible.

simplynails the others have much more experience than me of using the standard Versa and the GT, but my reasoning was that for the difference in weight, which I thought was minimal, the slightly bigger air tyres were worth it. The standard definitely feels bouncier in terms of suspension (front and back), but apparently although the GT only has suspension in front or back (can't remember which, sorry!), the air tyres make up for this by absorbing some of the shock/bumps too. The chassis on both seems to fold down to the same size and there's no difference in seat unit or carrycot, to my knowledge. Where are you mainly going to be using it?

As other, more knowledgeable people have said before me - realistically you're probably not going to be disappointed with either of the Versas. We just decided in the end that we would probably get good use out of the all-terrain aspect (we do live very rurally) and we get a LOT of snow and ice where we live in winter, and didn't want to be worrying about slipping around on pavements.

FWIW, Ladybugs did us an excellent package deal on a Versa GT - they have the pushchair itself on at £399 at the moment, which is what you'll pay for the standard Versa in John Lewis, for example.

RooneyMara Sun 12-May-13 17:44:38

LOL Parties grin Choc Martini is your new friend!

Ihateparties Sun 12-May-13 17:43:39

Ha ha oh dear.. ^ it's clearly not just me...

Ihateparties Sun 12-May-13 17:40:28

I recently got a beautifully comfortable neobulle mei tai (hmmm yes, slings as well, I don't just push pushchairs blush)

I wouldn't get a bb, the best thing about them is ease, they are established and easily available but the internet offers you so much more. As mentioned above maducas, ergos, becos, things of that ilk offer the same ease but with a much better position for the baby and overall longevity. I should mention they don't have to be expensive either, there's an infantino one circa 40quid that I hear from someone who has been through a lot of slings holds its own pretty well.

There is a sling and carrier board on here somewhere... the options are endless grin

simplynails Sun 12-May-13 17:39:50

Laquila, how does the versa and versa GT compare, as I'm trying to decide on which one to get?
I thought I had decided on the standard one from reading reviews but then I read this thread. I haven't seen either in person as nowhere near me has it in their showroom. I have seen the bjcm GT though.

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