|Review: phil&teds smart compact stroller|
|Monday, 22 August 2011 13:53|
Of course, there’s no point in looking cool
if the Smart is useless. It isn’t; it’s brilliant. Andrew and I always walk our
dog, Lorna (yeah, she has a human name, don’t judge me!), on a green near to our
house in Portmarnock. (see pics) The grass is often long, the surface slopes
and undulates and, once it rains, it becomes mucky. Our former stroller would
always struggle in these conditions so I’d be forced to slip on his “wallaboos” (wellington boots) and pop him on his bike, which I can push
anywhere. Now, though, the large-wheeled Smart is our only weapon of choice for
the green as it can cope with anything Irish weather can throw at us. Also, its
rain cover and movable sun visor are perfect to protect him from the
four-seasons-in-one-day summer we’ve had this year.
Another challenge for a stroller in
Portmarnock is the beach. The Velvet Strand is more than two miles long and an
amazing place to go for a stroll at any time of year, in any weather. There are
rocks, smooth sand, rippled sand and dunes, grass and stony paths. Whatever
surface the Smart comes into contact with it handles like a bigger, more
expensive buggy can plus, as I said, it looks really cool!
There is a function where you can turn the
seat around and have the child face you. To be honest, that’s not necessary for
us because Andrew only likes to face forward and shout at bin trucks and
tractors and point at passers-by and point out their gender; “man!” or
Finally, and probably most importantly to
my slight, slip of a wife, is the Smart’s compact portability. Two locks and a
button transform the Smart into a tiny little thing that fits into any boot
we’ve come across. This, combined
with the easy transformation, makes her life a whole lot easier.
All in all, I’m smitten with the Smart and
will be putting it to the most rigorous of tests soon, as we’re heading to
rural Spain, where the caminos and olive groves will offer it a whole new world
of difficult terrains, which, frankly, I expect it to handle with ease.
Dave Moore, new phil&teds head convert
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