Saturday, 17 August 2013

Out'n'About Nipper 360 V2 review

When I collected the Nipper it came in a smallish box and having never seen it other than in photos I was afraid that it would be complicated to set up. Well to be totally honest I was very wrong. All you need to do is pop the wheels on, even the front wheel is very easy to attach. Then you can put the liner on and adjust the harness, that’s it! You’re ready to go. Simple as that!

As it was already night time I had to wait till the morning to try my 1 year old boy in his new ride. He noticed it straight away as it’s a gorgeous red colour.
First walk was a huge success! I have to say that to this day the pushchair glides on it’s own, I only have to push it when we go up a hill… The suspension is brilliant and you can control it even more with the amount of pressure in the tyres.
My son always looks very comfortable in the Nipper, he has had many long naps in it.

The seat unit is nice and large. The recline is my only niggle on this pushchair. As much as I appreciate the infinite positions that you can set it in using the strap, it’s hard to put the seat back up with a child in it. I actually ask my son to sit up on his own and when his upright I put the seat back up. When I try to do it with my son lying there it’s an almost 3 handed job, I use both hands and my knee to put it up. When he's awake, my son prefers to be slightly reclined and if he wants to sit up he grabs the bumper bar and is happy this way. In our previous pushchairs he always wanted to be as upright as he could so this was a surprise to me.

I like that the harness has two shoulder height and two crotch strap positions to choose from. The buckle is simple and I don’t see my son opening it on his own for some time yet. I’d love to see some shoulder pads though as we had to buy some separately as the harness rubbed against my son’s neck in the summer.

The canopy is plenty big but I’d prefer it to go down a bit in the front, as it doesn’t shade my son unless the sun is directly above his head. I like the peek-a-boo window but it is opened by velcro which can be loud so I keep it open all the time.

I know that some people don’t like the mesh opening directly above the child’s head when they’re reclined but it’s never bothered my boy. It kept him cooler in the summer and in the winter my son always has a hat on so it’s not an issue for us.

The wheels on the Nipper are a great size, they’re all 12 inch air filled tyres. You can lock the front wheel straight.

The fold is very easy to do once you know how. Tthere are clips on both sides of the frame and one of them has a safety pin that needs undoing and putting back in when unfolding. It takes me probably 30 seconds to fold the pushchair. I do find that you cannot have anything in the pouch on the back of the seat to lock the chassis. It’s even harder to lock it with the shopping basket attached, I usually leave it unlocked to keep the whole process easier. I have to say that this is one of lighter all terrain pushchairs at 9,8 kg and it’s very easy to lift it up. I could carry it up or down steps with my son in it without problems.

The brake is situated in the middle of the rear axle and you can’t really miss it as it’s red :) it’s very easy to apply and you can either flip it up with your toes or step on it to disengage. One thing to note is that sometimes I have to rock the pushchair away from me or towards me to move the wheels as the brake has to engage in specific holes and you need to align those together. Again not an issue for me and it makes the brake very stable. There’s also a wrist strap that I use all the time as we live on a steep hill and I do recommend using it for safety.

The raincover that is included goes over the whole pushchair including the back so it does cover the mesh part when the seat is reclined.

The Nipper V2 can also be used from birth either in the seat or with the use of a carrycot or car seat adaptors to make it a travel system.
The width of the Nipper hasn’t been an issue for us, I believe it’s 62 cm wide and it’s fits everywhere I need it to. We have taken it to some very small shops as well as parks and it never struggles to fit in the doorways or park gates so that’s a huge positive.

I do not recommend hanging anything heavier from the handlebar, I have to say that even a light changing bag made the Nipper very tippy and also we’ve noticed a lot of side movement in the frame when we put something heavier on the handle.
I wasn’t keen on the new style shopping basket and took a chance and bought the old one that was used on the previous version. It’s not a perfect fit as it covers the brake and I could only do 2 buttons on the back but the brake is still just as easy to apply and the basket feels secure. Now I have somewhere to put my changing bag. I don't recommend using the older style shopping basket as it's not safety tested with the V2 Nipper. I do love the huge pocket on the back of the seat, it’s great for smaller items, raincover and lots more. There are also pockets on both sides of the hood, also brilliant to keep a phone and keys at hand. I’m also using the Sunshine Kids organiser and it fits the Nipper perfectly.

In conclusion I absolutely love our Nipper. I can honestly recommend the Nipper to anyone who needs a good, sturdy pushchair that can tackle any terrain and at a very competitive price.

I wasn't paid for this review. All opinions are my own.


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