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Find out what Mumsnetters thought of the Stokke Trailz pushchair! NOW CLOSED

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ZaneMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 04-Mar-16 15:12:03

This is the feedback thread for the 5 Mumsnetters who tested the Stokke Trailz pushchair.

Stokke say “Like all Stokke Strollers, the carry cot and seat position are placed high up, to encourage eye contact and connection between parent and child. Superior manoeuvrability makes it easy to steer, while the advanced tyre suspension secures a smooth ride for your little one. Large air filled tyres and a spacious waterproof shopping basket make Stokke® Trailz™ the perfect choice for active families who love the outdoors - no matter the season or terrain”.

Testers, please complete the feedback questions below but please feel free to add any other comments you may have. Please also remember to add a further review on the reviews section here.

Q1. Were you aware of the Stokke Trailz before taking part in this product test?
Q2. What were your overall impressions of the Stokke Trailz pushchair?
Q3. Did you use the Stokke Trailz on various types of terrain? If so, how easy did you find it to use on each terrain?
Q4. Did you feel that your baby was sat closer to you, compared to other pushchairs you might have used? If so, how, if at all, did this contribute to the bonding/connecting experience with your baby? Please explain your answer.
Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Stokke Trailz to friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Q6. In future, how likely are you to consider purchasing a Stokke Trailz if you were in need of a pushchair?

Thanks, MNHQ

Whataboutnodetox Fri 04-Mar-16 19:17:19

Q1. Were you aware of the Stokke Trailz before taking part in this product test?

I was aware of stokke but not specifically the trailz.

Q2. What were your overall impressions of the Stokke Trailz pushchair?

The pushchair and carry cot arrived in three boxes, they were not overly big and I could have got them in the back of my saloon car probably. I was very excited to open the boxes and was prepared for the usual hour or so job of assembly a new pushchair. I've had an uppababy vista and a Phil and Ted navigator v2 from new as well as a stroller so I'm fairly used to pushchair assembly. Out of the four pushchairs I have built this was by far the easiest. It was 95% assembled in the box. I has to pop on the wheels and pop up the carrycot and that was essentially it. I did struggle with the collapsing mechanism on the carrycot but my husband was able to work it. It was very stiff but I think with use the mechanism would get easier and smoother.

The first thoughts I had when I assembled my pushchair in my lounge was the size. It seemed very big in height and in the size of the carrycot. My son was four months old when it arrived and had outgrown the Phil and Ted cocoon but has plenty of room in the carrycot. I popped him in it and he fell straight asleep! The size of the shopping basket stood out, comparable to the uppababy and I was very impressed with it. The stroller felt very sturdy and had lots of Clever design elements. I liked that the carrycot had handles but they zipped away neatly.

The seat unit came with a special pad for newborn's I assume, we couldn't find reference to it in any of the information. It made the seat unit lie flat and was very useful. When I used the stroller I mostly used it with this set up. My son is getting very interested in things and he enjoyed being able to be more upright and look around.
As this was for a trial I didn't have a specific cosy toes with it, I think i would buy the stokke one in the long term. It didn't work brilliantly with blankets and the seat pad as it was designed to make the baby flat.

I was quite confused by the lack of clip in the folded position. With most strollers I've used they lock in the collapsed position. This is useful on public transport and I did miss this slightly as I felt it was quite keen to unfold as soon as you moved it. This did make folding and unfolding very simple.
Q3. Did you use the Stokke Trailz on various types of terrain? If so, how easy did you find it to use on each terrain?

I tested the trailz hard, it went over fields, through forests and has graced Great Yarmouth sands! It coped ok with all the surfaces but less well with sand. I took it over a field that I felt was slightly muddy and quite rough, my son slept the whole time. On the beach we dragged it backwards and were able to get it where we wanted it. In the forest it happily went over tree roots and very uneven ground.

I deliberately took it round an arcade and the shopping centre. It was able to cope with poorly fitted carpet and the turning circle wasn't nearly as large as I feared from the first impressions.
Q4. Did you feel that your baby was sat closer to you, compared to other pushchairs you might have used? If so, how, if at all, did this contribute to the bonding/connecting experience with your baby? Please explain your answer.

My usual buggy is a Phil and Ted and it is quite low. I don't feel I always make good eye contact with my son and feel quite distant from him. With this pushchair I was able to use it at a restaurant table and he was much closer than we are used to. I felt much more engaged with him as his view of the world was on a par with mine. He was able to experience an aquarium and all th sensory benefits of it. When baby is higher up it is much easier to talk to them and engage with them and I appreciated that. It was possible to use the stroller as a highchair and this was a real boon. Being able to draw him up to the table and join in the meal was really nice. It felt like he was very much participating in things that he can't usually. I also appreciated that he was higher up when I was pushing the stroller over rough terrain as I felt he was more protected from the elements higher up.

Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Stokke Trailz to friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not?

In recommending the stroller it would slightly depend on the lifestyle of the person. If you use public transport a lot or needed to collapse the stroller a lot I don't think it would be particularly practical. It's a very well built stroller and would certainly be very good if you have an outdoor lifestyle. The large shopping basket makes it practically and the carrycot has the longest sleeping area of any I have seen.
Q6. In future, how likely are you to consider purchasing a Stokke Trailz if you were in need of a pushchair?
I would be very likely to purchase one of these, however the price tag does make it an investment. The resale value is good on these and I could see it having a very long life. I really felt it was worth the price as it is very well thought out and does have some excellent features. I was slightly apprehensive about the size of the pushchair but found that even in small spaces we had few issues.

Whataboutnodetox Fri 04-Mar-16 19:20:52

I was picked by MNHQ to review this product/ service, which I received for free. This review is in my
own words and reflects my true opinion.

Posted too soon so apologies for typos and formatting issues. Happy to expand on anything.

Whataboutnodetox Fri 04-Mar-16 20:10:51

A few action shots, I couldn't stop my elder son sitting in the shopping basket when it first arrived.

sharond101 Fri 04-Mar-16 20:56:51

Q1. Were you aware of the Stokke Trailz before taking part in this product test?

I had heard of Stokke but not the Trailz model.

Q2. What were your overall impressions of the Stokke Trailz pushchair?

I received a chassis at 8.45pm on a Friday night which I found bizarre and the following Wednesday the pushchair arrived. I didn't receive a carrycot presumably because my Daughter is 9 months old. It was easily built however the instructions could have been much clearer as it was only pictures and not words. There are some clips on the side of the pushchair and I still do not know what they are for and there is no mention in the book. I imagine it's for a parasol or drinks cup? My first impression was how huge it looked in my living room! It looked enormous although I was very pleased with the large shopping tray I was worried about accessibility with the whole size of the pushchair. The shopping basket is also very exposed and although waterproof it would not protect items from rain or wind. I love the look of the pushchair, very elegant and obviously high quality. I have the grey model which is suitable for a boy or girl and I found a universal footmuff which fits it perfectly. The Stokke footmuffs are gorgeous although on the pricey side at £99.99. It was a little fiddly getting the straps to fit properly although Iam not well known for being patient!

On first taking the pushchair out it was clear how fabulous it was! So easy to push and weightless to push even uphill. I have an iCandy and find it really heavy, this is a joy to push around. It glides, truly, I have had several prams and this is just incredible to push on the flat, uphill, on the rough, uneven surfaces, bike trails and all. I've been very pleased with the comfort for my Daughter on rougher terrain. The handle is easily adjusted to suit different heights and it comfortable to grip. I have managed to run with it at ease and one handed steering is possible too.

Size wise accessibility has not been a problem. I live in a village and there is a narrow pedestrian bridge I have managed with care. Shops, lifts and all have been unexpectedly easy to manoeuvre, assisted by the ease of pushing. When folded down in two parts it is big. We have estate cars and often walk with our dog but cannot fit the pushchair and dog in the boot together. The two parts also make flying a little more difficult as many airlines specify pushchairs as one part only are accepted.

Q3. Did you use the Stokke Trailz on various types of terrain? If so, how easy did you find it to use on each terrain?
Smooth pavement - 10/10
Rough pavement - 1`0/10
Grass 9.5/10
Forest path - 10/10
Bike trail - 10/10
Uphill - 10/10
Snow/Ice - 10/10
Sand - tbc

Q4. Did you feel that your baby was sat closer to you, compared to other pushchairs you might have used? If so, how, if at all, did this contribute to the bonding/connecting experience with your baby? Please explain your answer.

I love how close my Daughter is to me. She does too. We have been singing and smiling whilst testing the pushchair much more than with our other pushchair. O have used a City Mini and missed the parent facing stroller. The iCandy makes the child further away and I really like the closeness, assisted by a pad insert for the pushchair.

Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Stokke Trailz to friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Definitely yes. It is high quality, deals well with all terrain and is comfortable for both parent and child. It looks really elegant and the design is good. There is an issue with my brake but I trust it will be resolved. Size is the only drawback and it wouldn't suit a family with a small car.

Q6. In future, how likely are you to consider purchasing a Stokke Trailz if you were in need of a pushchair?
I would consider it but truthfully it's folded down size would put me off as I couldn't fit the dog in with it and going on holiday with luggage too would be incredibly difficult. I love it in every other way though!

noisydinosaur Sat 05-Mar-16 14:37:57

Q1. Were you aware of the Stokke Trailz before taking part in this product test?

I was aware of Stokke but hadn't heard of the Trailz pushchair before this trial.

Q2. What were your overall impressions of the Stokke Trailz pushchair?

It oozes quality! We have the Uppababy Vista, which is a lovely pram, but now if I go back to it, it does not feel as smooth as it did before I tested the Stokke Trailz.

We found it easy to assemble without instructions, which was useful as the instruction booklet contained a lot of pictures that were a bit confusing. Any buttons or levers on the pushchair are clearly light grey, which makes it easy to spot how to adjust the different parts.

We went for the grey coloured model and it was really smart! The material feels good quality and I really liked the look of the pushchair when assembled. I felt very posh pushing it!

The shopping basket is a really good size and of good quality. The handle is fully and easily adjustable, which was excellent as my husband is a lot taller than I am. The handle is covered in a lovely soft foam, which makes pushing the buggy easy - even for my mum who has arthritis in her hands.

it folds really easily, but one downside of this pushchair is that the chassis does not lock into position when folded, which would be a pain if you were needing to take it onto a bus or other public transport - or to store folded in your kitchen like we do. Once unfolded it is of a considerable size, but in contrast the pushchair does not feel heavy, as I easily lifted it in and out of the house.

The pushchair seat clicks easily onto the chassis, which was a pleasant change from the fiddly fitting of the Uppababy Vista. Once clicked in it adjusts position back and forward smoothly with a button.

The seat is curved and almost 'hugs' the baby and when I first put him in it I thought it looked like it might be a little restrictive of the baby's movement - my son loved it though and obviously felt cosy, as he would fall asleep within a few minutes of being in the pushchair and he stays asleep much longer than he would normally in the buggy. There are different levels to feed the straps through and the straps are easily adjusted to fit the child. I found strapping my son into the five point harness really easy. I found it a little tricky to release the button of the harness to get him out.

One improvement I thought of - it would be better if the bar across the front swivelled, to make it easier to get the child in and out.

We used the pushchair in all weathers, so had to use the rain cover. It fits on easily, but I was surprised that it wasn't of better quality - it looked a bit crumpled, in contrast to the beautiful pram.

Q3. Did you use the Stokke Trailz on various types of terrain? If so, how easy did you find it to use on each terrain?

We used it all around our local area - which includes rough and smooth pavements, gravel, large stony paths and grass. I walk for at least an hour a day, the pushchair was easy to push and coped really well with even the Downs Link path, which is extremely stony and usually inaccessible to pushchairs. My son was fast asleep the whole way and it was really smooth to push the pushchair down it.

The pushchair is of a fair size, but it's really easy to push - it feels almost like it's floating on the pavements and I really enjoyed trialling it.

Out of 10 for the different terrains:
Pavement: 10/10 - completely smooth
Gravel paths: 9/10 - I had to push a little bit harder, but it wasn't at all bumpy
Path with large stones: 9/10 - felt no different to the gravel
Grass: 8/10 - but it was wet and boggy at the time!

Q4. Did you feel that your baby was sat closer to you, compared to other pushchairs you might have used? If so, how, if at all, did this contribute to the bonding/connecting experience with your baby? Please explain your answer.

Yes - and everyone remarked on this when they saw me with the pushchair. It was lovely to be able to look my son in the eyes without stooping (when he was actually awake in it!). I could talk to him more easily as we were walking around and we really enjoyed our walks. When he was asleep it was also easier to check his airway, as he was closer to me.

I also found it easier to put him in and take him out of the pushchair, due to the height.

Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Stokke Trailz to friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes - it is of lovely quality and extremely easy to push, on various terrains. It would be perfect for someone who lives rurally, or perhaps someone who takes their baby for walks with the family dog.

I do think you need a certain size of house and car to own this pushchair. We have a Vauxhall Corsa and had a job fitting it into the car. But for someone with the space it is a gorgeous product and well worth the money.

I wouldn't recommend it for someone who needs to use public transport regularly where they would need to fold the pushchair, as although it's easy to fold it does not click into place when folded.

Q6. In future, how likely are you to consider purchasing a Stokke Trailz if you were in need of a pushchair?

I would definitely buy one if I had the money and space - it is a beautiful product and I would imagine that it is durable and long-lasting, as it's very well made. I felt very spoiled wheeling it about and it was fun to trial it.

umiaisha Sun 06-Mar-16 21:58:26

Q1. Were you aware of the Stokke Trailz before taking part in this product test?

Not the Trailz. Have had some experience of the brand though as we have a trip trap highchair.

Q2. What were your overall impressions of the Stokke Trailz pushchair?

A solid high quality product, but very big both when constructed and in pieces. Better built than my Bugaboo Bee and much easier to put together - the Bugaboo took a good couple of hours whereas the Stokke was far quicker.

It pushes like a dream and my daughter looks so comfortable and supported. She seems far more content when awake in it and sleeps for longer - think this could be due to the smooth ride and the fact that it is much easier to get up kerbs etc than our current pram. The shopping basket is strong and holds a lot - I managed to balance two collapsed micro scooters in it which was a bonus for the return/afternoon school run.

The fabric is fantastic quality and I feel would wear well as is the foam on the handle - I have had problems in the past with these chipping/wearing very quickly and looking very scruffy. The rain mac was a bit cheapy looking however - reminded me of the universal ones you can buy from ebay!

The only issue I have with the pram is that it is not ideal for those of us who use the tube or are in another situation where you encounter a lot of steps. It is too large and heavy to be lifted single handedly and so you are reliant on the goodwill of others.

I have had a lot of compliments on the pram - including a couple of old ladies who clucked about how comfortable and safe my daughter looked in it. The grey shade I opted for looks fabulous!

We fly a lot and my partner raised the issue that it is way too decent and big to be chucked in the hold.

Overall though I am very impressed - it has way exceeded my expectations.

Q3. Did you use the Stokke Trailz on various types of terrain? If so, how easy did you find it to use on each terrain?

Yes! It was so easy and far superior to my bugaboo on all terrains.

I have used it on pebbles, lots of grass, pavement and uneven ground in a wood. I was struck by how easy it is to push one handed across all of these - when on the phone/holding the hand of my 4 year old mainly.

I love also how easy it is to 'bump up' kerbs. This is a big problem in my bugaboo and normally results in my shopping tipping out the basket and me having to lift the whole thing up.

Q4. Did you feel that your baby was sat closer to you, compared to other pushchairs you might have used? If so, how, if at all, did this contribute to the bonding/connecting experience with your baby? Please explain your answer.

Definitely. Think she enjoys being up higher and closer to eye level with myself and others. As I stated earlier I think this is one of the main things that makes her seem more 'settled' and content in it.

Myself and my partner also found it a lot easier to get her in and out of it due to the higher than normal seating position.

Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Stokke Trailz to friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not?

100%. The pram is expensive but exceptionally well made and so I feel well worth the outlay. I would however make them aware that it is not ideal for every lifestyle. I think it is best suited to those who walk a lot and perhaps live in the country so they can really feel the benefit of its brilliant performance on rough terrain. For those living in more urban areas like myself I feel you would need to have 2 prams - the Stokke and a lighter smaller pram/stroller like a Maclaren/Bee for use on public transport etc.

Q6. In future, how likely are you to consider purchasing a Stokke Trailz if you were in need of a pushchair?

I would definitely consider one, but not as my only pram - I would need a smaller/lighter pram for use on the tube. It is a fabulous product that makes walking effortless and a real pleasure.

hanliying Wed 09-Mar-16 21:48:09

Q1. Were you aware of the Stokke Trailz before taking part in this product test? I was aware of the brand but not this particular style
Q2. What were your overall impressions of the Stokke Trailz pushchair? Great, durable, relatively light, a bit too big for my size (5'2)
Q3. Did you use the Stokke Trailz on various types of terrain? If so, how easy did you find it to use on each terrain? Yes. I find it easy to use on all types of terrain. It is particularly smooth on park walk compared to my previous push chair.
Q4. Did you feel that your baby was sat closer to you, compared to other pushchairs you might have used? If so, how, if at all, did this contribute to the bonding/connecting experience with your baby? Please explain your answer. Yes, definitely. The child's position is quite high up so much closer to me. When facing me, she seems to be much happier, or at least i can better tell.
Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Stokke Trailz to friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes, definitely. It is very durable and easy to maneuver, even with one hand. The size is a bit big for petite size mum
Q6. In future, how likely are you to consider purchasing a Stokke Trailz if you were in need of a pushchair? I would definitely think about it. It is especially great for walk in park but might be a bit challenge for use on public transportation due to size.

umiaisha Sun 20-Mar-16 12:01:15

Photo taken this morning - beautiful day for a walk

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