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waiting for a baby jogger city versa ...

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bytheseaside Tue 28-Aug-12 13:29:28

I've not seen it yet, but like what I've read online: easy fold, faces either way, will hopefully last out the pushchair years... although it is heavier than bjcm. Anyone got any positive / negative thoughts? I'd like a red one!

Hpbp Tue 28-Aug-12 16:28:18

Hello, Seaside, I am waiting to see it too. Let me know when you manage to get hold of it. Cheers

Tiggywunkle Tue 28-Aug-12 21:10:20

Yes it seems great. I have played with both the regular and GT versions and love it. Its as near a perfect pushchair as you can get. I have both on order. I think the regular version should be here in about two weeks. The GT version is going to be on display at Manchester Baby Show on the Ladybugs stand which is really exciting because I don't believe it's been seen in public before. The GT Versa at present is a limited edition to see how well it sells and all stock has now been allocated to stores. There's tons of information here under the middle green button. It's just so easy to use, a one handed fold, big seat, huge basket, handbrake, reversible seat, fods flat with the seat on in either direction, big hood, carrycot and car seat options, magnetic peekaboo windows and easy to manoeuvre. I absolutely think the Versa, along with the Easywalker June, Peach Blossom 2 and probably the YoYo are my pushchairs of the year...

bytheseaside Wed 29-Aug-12 11:02:55

Hello hpbp! Would be great to be buggy buddies smile I will keep you posted

Tiggywunkle You are clearly an expert! Can I pick your brains about a few things? From what you've seen, do you think the GT makes much of a difference? sounds like mainly the wheels? I'm waiting for a shop near here to get a delivery of the non-GT ones so I can have a proper look, but may run out of patience and order online anyway - sounds like it will be mid september for first availability, and not sure I can wait longer for GT as I don't have a pram yet...

Looks from first link like the carrycot bit sits on the frame and you take the pushchair bit off, rather than sitting on top of the pushchair? I presume same for the non-GT? I like this much better than the sitting-on-the-pushchair types.

Does the max 22.7 kg child weight sound good? Would be perfect to never have to get another pushchair ...

Ihateparties Wed 29-Aug-12 11:58:37

Yeah that's a really good child weight, my statistically large 5-on-friday year old is 22kg most things are tested to 15kg. Far as I know the pushchair seat clips on in the same place as the carrycot on the versa (unlike the other baby joggers) so it's one or the other. I like the look of that better too.

I think the gt will make a difference personally but equally the normal version will probably be robust enough for mostly urban use. I would wait for the gt if you plan to keep it and never get another pushchair if it were me...

Tiggywunkle Wed 29-Aug-12 12:52:45

The normal and GT versions are identical apart from the wheels, logos, chassis colour and fabric colours. So they both work the same way.

Yes, the seat lifts off easily and the carrycot gets put into the seat sockets.

22.7kgs is very good for a child weight. I am sure it will only get certified to 15kgs here in the UK but my heavy, tall almost 4 year old is nowhere near 22.7kgs so it would easily last until the end of your pushchair days.

For every day use, the regular Versa will be fine. The GT wheels are more for anyone who does regular off roading or for someone who likes to be prepared smile

bytheseaside Wed 29-Aug-12 13:09:43

Thanks tiggywunkle and ihateparties Ive done some more reading and think it might be worth waiting for the gt too as we really like country walks (pre-baby anyway) - could be my perfect pushchair. Can't find any concrete info on uk release date though. Perhaps we can just manage with a sling for a bit, but I'd rather have it ready

Tiggywunkle Wed 29-Aug-12 14:04:51

The regular Versa is due in the UK I believe in just under two weeks. The GT is due about 6 weeks later so approx the end of October. Bear in mind the GT is a limited edition of one batch to start with, so if you want one, make sure you have ordered one. Ladybugs I believe are taking names but no money as yet. I know anklebiters, Winstanleys and I think itsababy have stock allocated. I don't know anywhere down south.

Ihateparties Wed 29-Aug-12 15:02:31

It's great to have it ready but you'd be irked a few months down the line if you happened to really wish you'd got the gt one. Can you maybe borrow something to have ready for the short term?

bytheseaside Wed 29-Aug-12 17:35:05

tiggywunkle you truly are a fountain of knowledge - how do you know so much!! Thanks for sharing with me. ihateparties you are completely right about waiting - and I've found somewhere to preorder. Now just fingers crossed there'll be no delays ...

Sgj14 Sun 02-Sep-12 20:17:50

I love the look of the versa and am definitely going to order one, but not sure whether to go for the gt version. Does anyone know if it's a lot heavier? I don't do much serious "off roading" but there are a lot of unfinished paths and roads by me so it may be worth getting just for that. Also, can anyone recommend a good online retailer, or do you know if John Lewis will be taking orders and getting an allocation? Thank you!

Tiggywunkle Sun 02-Sep-12 22:04:35

The GT is 1kg heavier...or is it 1.1kgs heavier - 13kgs off the top of my head.

The only retailers I know of with GT allocation are Ladybugs, Winstanleys Pramworld, Anklebiters in Sheffield and I think itsababy. All seem to have good reputations. I am sure there are more but I don't know who. JL I believe are getting the regular Versa but because the GT s a limited edition run to start with, I suspect JL may not get it. It's worth a call, but I know the others are getting it.

bytheseaside Sun 02-Sep-12 23:32:38

Sgj14 I'm in same position as you about gt wheels, and have decided to wait for them, although soothing john lewis reassurance is quite appealing re the standard version!

What accessories do you think are generally worth getting? I'm getting rain hood and carseat adaptors but I'm not bothering with a footmuff for now as the carrycot will take us through the winter, but are belly bars / trays to put juice in etc a good plan? First ever pushchair, so I have no clue about all the gadgets, bags etc etc - and would like to take advantage of online discounts rather than waiting and buying later - although perhaps this is a better plan.

Tiggywunkle Mon 03-Sep-12 01:06:16

Just get the raincover for the carrycot / seat unit and worry about a footmuff in spring / the following autumn. Plus your car seat adaptors. You wont need to think about belly bars or anything else until then unless you want a good cup holder! The Baby Jogger parent console is useful, and JL Childress do some nice ones too.

Sgj14 Mon 03-Sep-12 14:14:55

I think I will order the gt version, as I'm sure it'll be something I regret not waiting for if I get the regular version. I will be going to JL on Wednesday (to return the bjcm double I bought back in June and haven't actually used once!) so I will see what they are planning on getting in, and when.

Tiggywunkle Mon 03-Sep-12 15:09:56

The difference is that if you dont like the Versa GT, I am sure it will resell well because of there only being one batch, and there will be plenty of regular Versa's to swap it for.

bytheseaside Mon 03-Sep-12 16:55:11

Thanks again tiggywunkle

Tiggywunkle Mon 03-Sep-12 20:25:44

8 days to the arrival of the regular one wink not that I am counting down the days to one of the most fabulous and exciting pushchairs ever!!!!!! grin
I am soooooooooooooo excited!!!!

Sgj14 Mon 03-Sep-12 23:02:27

Ha ha, your excitement is infectious! It does look great, I just hope it lives up to all the expectations. Let us know how you get on with it!

Tiggywunkle Mon 03-Sep-12 23:16:24

There are just so few pushchairs which fold with the seat on parent facing....and which have a nice neat fold. I am fed up turning seats around and the Bee just feels so rickety and can't cope well with our school run - I have a wheel off the ground coming down the path.

Sgj14 Tue 04-Sep-12 14:27:16

I'm sick of my carboot being filled with pushchairs, pushchair parts and adaptors. I'm hoping this will fit the bill for all my needs- not asking much is it smile

SilverSixpence Tue 04-Sep-12 14:35:06

can anyone tell me whether the maxi cosi goes onto the frame directly or with the pushchair seat in place?

Brugmansia Wed 05-Sep-12 16:00:45

Just been in John Lewis on Oxford street. They should have one on display there in about 2 weeks. 17th I think they said.

Tiggywunkle Thu 06-Sep-12 00:22:56

Some people have been told to expect delivery next Wednesday :D So less than a week!!

Tiggywunkle Thu 06-Sep-12 00:23:40

Silversixpence - the Maxi Cosi goes directly onto the frame using city select (Versa also) adaptors. The seat isnt needed.

Diamond7 Thu 13-Sep-12 19:15:39

Twiggy - Has your Versa arrived?

We waiting for the Versa to decide between that and the Cruz. I know you return you're Cruz. I'm interested in your versa review.

Thanks!

Hpbp Fri 14-Sep-12 10:10:23

Diamond, I am in the same position as you, can't decide between the Cruz and the Versa, please let me have your feedback, I will not do any purchase before end of Oct anyway as will not need it before then. TIA

Diamond7 Fri 14-Sep-12 21:49:28

Will do.

The cruz is lighter than the versa and not so long.

At the moment my preference is for the cruz but need to see a Versa.

I know someone with the cruz and she loves it but didn't get it until baby was 6months.

I'll be in touch.

Tiggywunkle Sun 16-Sep-12 23:44:10

The Versa is great. Its got all the elements I need to make a good pushchair - big seat, easy to push, Huge shopping basket, neat fold, folds parent facing. The fold is easy - I am finding the unfold more tricky. Its lovely to push and use. It really feels good.
I like all the extra details - the magnetic peekaboo windows, the handbrake, the storage pocket, easy to adjust harnesses etc.
Its definitely a good pushchair.
The Cruz is still here.....I haven't used it for some time.....but its still here. The June I believe is due this week...and to be honest thats always been my favourite so I hope it doesn't disappoint....

Diamond7 Mon 17-Sep-12 20:06:22

The June looks brill but not sure I can justify the extra nearly £200. Will also need to buy the carry cot.

With the cruz you can get a snugseat rather than carrycot. Though I'm not sure I'm a fan of bucket seats.

The length of the Versa puts me off but I haven't managed to see it yet.

Do you know if the baby show tends to sell things cheaper?

Thanks!!!!

Diamond7 Mon 17-Sep-12 22:07:07

Oh I've fallen for the June!! How do I justify the cost??

Tiggywunkle Tue 18-Sep-12 09:39:45

You can get some things cheaper at baby shows but it depends who is exhibiting. I wouldn't put the baby in the Cruz with the snug seat. In the US carrycots aren't widely used, so they use inserts or car seats more, or simply put the baby in the seat. Here carrycots are recommended. You could in theory out a wedge into the Versa seat in the same way eg a Surf baby snug wedge but I would get the carrycot for any of these. See a carrycot as a rental as you would get some money back on it one day if you look after it.
The June seems fab....again look at it as a rental. Do a good deal when buying it and I bet you get a good chunk back at the end.

Diamond7 Tue 18-Sep-12 11:00:23

Thanks Tiggy,

How do I do a good deal when buying? Have you ordered your June yet? Where have you ordered from? Looks like June with be ~£685 with carrycot. Seems a hell of a lot. Esp if can get Cruz + Carrycot £500-£520.

Do you really think the June is worth £200 more? This is our first so we won't be looking to sell it on for a while.

MIL has offered to buy pushchair, but think nearly £700 is talking the p*ss. I suppose we could contribute.

Do you think it'd fit a buggy board?

Sorry to ask so many questions.

Tiggywunkle Tue 18-Sep-12 11:45:42

I have ordered my June from Twins Store but I think Ladybugs and Pramland (Hull) have them too. I personally would stretch the extra - I think the June is probably the pushchair that will do it all but it depends what you want to do with it. Its a decent size ie not too huge, so you aren't likely to swap it for a buggy later on. Its got chunky wheels so great for going anywhere - and even if you live in a City I bet you go to the park sometime.
I would be surprised if it didn't take a buggyboard - Easywalker usually do their own - there may well be one on the website. But don't bank on not needing a double - I thought I could survive with a buggy board and I couldn't. But I am only working off having seen it a couple of times....but I usually have good instincts. But come back and ask me once its arrived. There should be no rush to order one.

I am not that keen on my Cruz - it is very much city dwelling and I couldnt have it as my only pushchair. There have been many days out, or birthday party venues where it wouldn't have coped. The suspension is so hard.

Diamond7 Tue 18-Sep-12 13:19:02

Thanks!! smile

We are city dwellers so a narrow light pram is important but I think the June is as narrow and roughly the same weight as the Cruz. Do you know if the seat is low? One thing I don't like about the Bee is how low it is. My Dh and I are relatively tall and felt sooooo far away from seat/baby.

We are planning on baby wearing quite a bit too

I'm not due until xmas eve so I'll wait for your comprehensive review! wink

ImogensMumJess Sat 26-Jan-13 14:57:54

Hello! Im having difficulty finding somewhere that stocks that City Versa GT - any recommendations?

Thanks

Tiggywunkle Sat 26-Jan-13 23:25:48

Yes, its only being stocked by a few retailers as only one batch was being brought into the UK to see how well it sells. I would try Ladybugs, Itsababy, Peppermint, Winstanleys and see if they have any. If none of these have them, then shout and I will see if I can find out who else stocks them. But all stock was allocated months ago, and so its a case of finding the stores with any left!

RooneyMara Sun 27-Jan-13 10:47:33

I've just ordered a versa from Debenhams...it's on pre order, which is fine, means I have time to sell a few other things befrore the money goes out!

Quite fancied the GT but I have a mountain buggy and not too worried about the tyre issue. I think it's more ££ is it?

<very excited>

Harperseventy Fri 01-Feb-13 19:22:25

Was soooo excited about the versa but been to look at it and it is very very heavy! Just my opinion though, I have had bjcm and it wins hands down! Glad I saw it before I ordered. smile

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