A little while ago I introduced you to the Hybrid Stroller from BabyStyle. It’s what I would call a 3-in-1, do it all buggy. I gave you a run down on why the specification was so impressive and how easy it was to set up. You can read my initial post here ‘HYBRID STROLLER BY BABYSTYLE – WHAT IS IT & IS IT EASY TO ASSEMBLE?’
Since then we’ve been using the Hybrid Edge pretty much every day. The edge is what I call the every day standard buggy. The robust buggy that works on all terrains. But there’s a huge difference between something sounding great and actually living up to its expectations. As Baby C has only JUST (as in a few days ago!) turned 5 months, he is still in the carrycot until he can support himself with out falling forward. We’re almost there but not quite enough for the seat.
Super easy! When the chassis is down, it’s folds up nice and snuggly. The wheels lay flat too so the chassis almost lays compactly flat if it’s in the boot of the car. It’s pretty light too and I’ve managed to run it up and down the stairs while it’s been folded numerous times. When it’s down, there is a chassis travel lock keeping it all together. It’s like a hook really. When you’re ready to put the buggy up, you bend back this hook and pull the handle upwards. It really is that easy.
I have to admit that putting the buggy down is a tiny bit harder. You need two hands, well I do anyway. There is a handle at the back of the buggy, (aka chassis folding handle) you lift that while pressing down on a little lock button until the buggy folds. It’s really easy to do, but you definitely need two hands and a little weight to press your body on the frame to get it to move. But it isn’t fiddly which is the main thing.
In terms of removing the carrycot, well it honestly couldn’t be easier. There is a release lever at the back of the carrycot, at the bottom of the hood. You pull that while lifting the carrycot and that is all! It really is easy to pop off.
I’m pleasantly surprised at how easy the Hybrid Edge is to manoeuver. It’s light and agile. Considering this is so good I’d love to try the city, as that must wiz around! The bag wheels of the edge are a little bulky but that’s what this buggy is about. It’s versatile and works on all terrains. We gave it a major test by going to a boot sale last weekend that is on an uneven field. Lots of small potholes, gravel and bumpy grass. Amazingly, Baby C slept through most of it because the suspension was amazing. The wheels seemed to just glide over the bumpiness and it wasn’t as bad as it was when we used our first buggy, so that was impressive.
If you are someone who takes your little one out to the shops a lot in a stroller, I’d suggest you opt for the City version, as the rear wheels are smaller and you can squeeze through tighter spaces. Remember you can easily swap between the two! But the Edge, well it really does just glide down the street. Lightweight but stable and nifty around the corners too.
Bits & Pieces
In terms of the other elements of the Hybrid Edge, everything works really well. The handles are easy to extend and lock in place. There are eleven height adjustments (yes eleven!). The carrycot has an insect hood added in which is a plus as well as an extra silver sun shield (well that’s what I call it anyway!) That helps shade Baby C’s face from the sun. The basket is a medium size; you can’t fit much in, as it’s open at the front. More of a tray than a basket. It’s GREAT for the Hybrid changing bag that I’ll be discussing in my next post.
Just like I said in my first post, the Hybrid Stroller from BabyStyle is a lovely looking buggy, the fabric is soft and strong and I feel proud pushing my baby around in it. I’ve had it a few weeks now and it’s easy to move, lightweight, quick to put up and down and the chassis folds neatly. There’s very little I don’t love about the Edge. The fact it converts into a city and tandem too makes it a real gem.
Stay tuned for the next parts of the review where I’ll be talking travel and moving on from the carrycot!