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Quicksmart backpack buggy any good?

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FlamingGallah Tue 23-Apr-13 15:22:34

Aarrgghhh the joys of needing to push 3 kids continues.

Going on holiday soon, have a BJCM double which we will use for newborn and 20 months old. Our 3.0 yr old walks 90% of the time, but asks to go in the pram when tired or on long walks, and am thinking it might be useful to have something for rushing to gate at airports.

Saw the quicksmart backpack buggy and wondered if it could be a solution? It would only ever be an emergency buggy, but one of us could wear it, or maybe it would even fit in the BJCM basket. I've seen them secondhand for about £60.

Has anyone tried one, are they too good to be true? I can see it doesn't recline, that wouldn't be a problem.

Thanks in advance...

BeCool Tue 23-Apr-13 15:28:21

I don't know these buggies so can't comment sorry.

An alternative might be to get a sling suitable for carrying your 3yo on your back? Then one of you only carries something on your back when you need to, rather than possibly all day?

Also how is your 3yo on a scooter - my 3yo could go long distances on her scooter. Might work well along with sling depending on where you are holidaying?

Wallace Tue 23-Apr-13 15:34:30

When my 2 year old gets tired I put him on my shoulders. Also you could carry the baby in a sling and the other two in the pushchair if he needs to sleep/gets too heavy for shoulders! Or toddler on your shoulders and baby and 3 year old in the pushchair smile

FlamingGallah Tue 23-Apr-13 16:50:12

Thanks for the suggestions ladies. I have a sling for the baby which we will certainly bring along. From past experience it gets a bit hot and sweaty carrying the toddlers for any period of time, and they're both too daft to ride on shoulders!

WeOnlyPlannedTheFirst Thu 25-Apr-13 10:55:54

There's a folding seat /bike thing that can attach to side of buggy - the name escapes me. Would make a double very wide though.
I keep looking at the quicksmart buggies and I prefer the easy fold to the backpack one. It's slightly bigger but looks lot sturdier and the fold/unfold is lots easier. I think with it's bag you could chuck it over your shoulder easily enough.
We have a double for twins and are going for a babyzen yoyo for toddler. A very expensive solution but I keep telling myself we'll get years out of it as twins can use it later smile
Oh and it fits in overhead compartment on plane so when you land at holiday destination if you sling baby and stick one toddler in yoyo there's only one child to hold on to until your bjcm comes round on the luggage conveyor.

notso Thu 25-Apr-13 11:08:54

I don't have 3 to push only 2 but often meet my Mum in town who then takes 2.4yo DS2 back with her on the bus. I take the BJCM double with both DC in and have a quinny zapp in a travel bag that I either hang over the handle bar or bungee cord on to the buggy board.
The zapp is very small folding and fine for an emergency buggy, it was only £30 2nd hand on Ebay.

FlamingGallah Thu 25-Apr-13 20:35:18

WeOnly nooooo don't mention the Babyzen YoYo, I have already found that with googling and it looks absolutely perfect, except for the price! Why is it so expensive??

Notso that's a good suggestion, I think my sister has a zapp which I could borrow (yay) although it would mean I don't get to buy another bit of kit (boo)

WeOnlyPlannedTheFirst Thu 25-Apr-13 21:02:21

Sorry don't think yoyo exists - think I dreamed it up.

Don't borrow a zapp though - I think you need something new. What about a maxi cosi noa or a petite star zia?

GoingVerySlowlyMad Fri 26-Apr-13 06:59:37

What about the quinny yezz??

FlamingGallah Fri 26-Apr-13 07:05:33

Going yes I'd seen the advert for the yezz and been seduced by the ninja mum jumping across tall buildings with it on her back! But I think I read somewhere that they tip backwards really easily? Have you test driven one at all, are they ok?

The problem with half these buggies is trying to find somewhere you can see them!

notso Fri 26-Apr-13 11:46:49

You lot have made me covet the yoyo now!

Tiggywunkle Fri 26-Apr-13 21:53:23

Noooo not the Yezz....its downright dangerous :\
I loved mine, love the concept, but when it tipped and my LO hit their head on a (thankfully a wooden) floor, it immediately went. It could well have been concrete or a paving slab. There's zero protection. My LO was simply sat calmly watching the world go by when it tipped.

Tiggywunkle Fri 26-Apr-13 21:54:09

In contrast DH tried and tried to tip the YoYo and couldnt.....its been here months and months now and is one of the most useful / best pushchairs I have ever owned.

FlamingGallah Fri 26-Apr-13 22:32:00

Tiggy you are not helping here!! Thanks to you I have a GT when I was supposed to be getting a bashed up old secondhand BJCM grin

Ihateparties Fri 26-Apr-13 23:00:37

The yoyo is amazing (I had a play with tiggy's), it's like a handbag magic trick <too stingy to buy one when I have no use for it at all as walk everywhere>

FlamingGallah Sat 27-Apr-13 12:46:05

Stop it! You lot are like drug pushers, but for prams

Ihateparties Sat 27-Apr-13 13:32:06

Did ya look at the casualplay livi? I know it's not here yet but you can import one for 190, which is quite a lot less than the yoyo and it's from birth so any of your children could be in it at different times.

Something else cool I saw whilst searching was

Ihateparties Sat 27-Apr-13 13:35:57

this which folds to 13cm flat, is suitable from birth and you can even get a carrycot for it. Look at the video for it. Nifty.

Not what you're looking for quite but another very cool tiny pushchair grin

FlamingGallah Sun 28-Apr-13 07:42:45

Thanks Ihateparties but you lot have just fuelled my desire for a Babyzen YoYo. Now hypothetically speaking, if I were to think about getting one, does anyone know any shops that have them on display? grin

Tiggywunkle Sun 28-Apr-13 22:44:49

LOL she is terrible ;)
Hypothetically speaking....LOL
I dont know of anywhere. They should be about in the UK though now and I know a number of retailers were interested in stocking them.

FlamingGallah Tue 30-Apr-13 05:58:52

Update: God I'm like a terrier when I want something.....managed to try a Babyzen YoYo yesterday, although I didn't have a toddler with me to put in it.

I did like it, but not enough to buy one on the spot for £300. Might be different if I didn't already have 2 pricey prams! Can't think how I would have sneaked that one under the radar with poor DH who is under the impression that prams only cost about £50 grin

GwendolineMaryLacey Tue 30-Apr-13 06:33:14

Ooh where did you try it?

jumperooo Tue 30-Apr-13 06:56:51

I needed a holiday buggy and wanted a yoyo but its just too expensive. Same for bjcm, even second hand 2 year old models are going for over £100.

In the end we got a petite star zia from their outlet store They categorise them into A) unused as-new returns, B) refurbished etc. We got a Cat A for £83. It arrived as new, still had labels on etc. I don't love it but its nothinh like the uppababy I've got which costs 6 times more, so for a holiday buggy for the price its great, small fold, reclines, rain cover included, adjustable handle, light to push.

jumperooo Tue 30-Apr-13 07:02:19

The reason I don't love it is because its not as nice as our uppababy or a bjcm, to clarify, but its a perfectly decent buggy for the price :-)

FlamingGallah Tue 30-Apr-13 10:31:59

Gwendoline it was at a baby shop in London called Huggle, v near Swiss Cottage tube station

Jumperoo thanks, I'll have a look!

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