Samantha Gibb’s Armadillo Pushchair Review
Our Parent Approved Panelist Samantha and little Gabriel packed up our Armadillo pushchair and set sail on their holiday adventures. With a light, compact frame, easy steering, protective sun canopy and large, comfortable seat – how well did our Armadillo pushchair handle this adventure abroad? Read Samantha Gibb’s Armadillo Review below…
Hello! We’ve returned (pre-Covid 19) from a family holiday to South Africa in January and were kindly given the Armadillo foldable pushchair to take with us. Here’s how we got on…
Why did we choose the Armadillo?
We already have the Ocarro pushchair but needed a more lightweight option to use for airport travel. We flew up to Victoria Falls which meant four flights in two weeks, yes, with a seven-month-old! As well as plenty of sightseeing. It needed to be easy and quick to assemble and have a lay-flat option for when Gabriel had an afternoon snooze while we were more than likely to be out in a restaurant. The Armadillo ticked all the boxes. It doesn’t fit in the hand luggage hold unlike some other foldable brands. However I wanted something a little bit more sturdy yet compact for all-terrain travel and to be of use when we got home.
What’s the Armadillo like?
The one-hand fold was great when we needed to pack it up at the aircraft door in a rush. It also took up minimal space in a car full of suitcases as the wheels come off with ease to give added space. It has a basket underneath which was really useful for the nappy bag, blanket and other supplies. The lay-flat was the main selling point for us and the hood can be pulled right over to give plenty of shade. It also has mesh panels which kept him in nice and cool in the heat. I can’t even count how many times Gabriel slept in there during the day, it has plenty of room for him to stretch out. It also has a peek-a-boo window so I could check on him while he slept.
It coped really well with the various terrains we encountered including the beach, a rocky wine farm, wet paths at Victoria Falls and a watering hole at an elephant sanctuary. You name it, the Armadillo coped with ease!
It also comes with a rain cover which we foolishly didn’t pack. It would have come in good use when we got drenched by the spray at the Falls!
The straps also have padding around the fastener to protect it from pinching his skin. This was welcomed as Gabriel was mostly wearing sleeveless tops and shorts.
Was it a success?
Absolutely, we were really pleased with how well it accommodated our holiday needs. It went everywhere with us and from an aesthetic point of view, it is a premium, sturdy pushchair in comparison to other foldable lightweight options out in the market place.
In terms of design, the one piece of feedback I have is to improve the efficiency of the beads which keep the retracting hood attached to the chassis. They came loose on several occasions which wasn’t a fuss but something to look at as they’re quite fiddly to put back in place!
We really look forward to using the Armadillo during the summer months ahead!
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