I was so excited to get my peach jogger, so as soon as I got home it was out to go for a stroll round the block. The colour I have is Cranberry and it is beautiful, I get so many comments from people in the street. The fabric has the feel of peach skin (hence the name I guess).
What you get
- The jogger is sold with iCandy frame and main seat unit suitable from 6 months old
- Rain cover for main seat unit
- Large shopping basket
- Tyre pump
The RRP of this is £595
- Carrycot suitable from birth to (with a rain cover) £195
- Luxury fleece Footmuff £85
- Core seat snuggle £40
- Sun Parasol £25
- Cup holder £15
- Standard Maxi Cosi Group 0 Car Seat Adaptors (suitable for CabrioFix and Pebble car seats) £30
- Changing Bag £65
- Parasol/cup holder clamp £5
- Solid EVA wheels (not yet available)
Cranberry, Glacier & Black
First look – Matt silver with iCandy logo on left and right side of the frame. Soft touch black foam on handle. Large black shopping basket with black detachable carrying strap. Black clasp on left side for securing stroller when folded. 3 air filled tyres, 1 at the front, and 2 at the back.
The folding mechanism is a one handed fold, very simple and easy to do once you know how. All it takes is a couple of practices to get the hang of it, and then it becomes second nature. By squeezing the button located in the middle of the handle (also for adjusting the handle height), you move it towards you, then with a short sharp jab downwards into the frame the handle moves down towards the back wheels. Then it’s just a case of lifting shoulder strap from the basket and the rest of the frame moves into the folded position, then to secure use the clasp on the side, making sure you apply the brake first. To begin with the frame doesn’t move into place straight away once lifting the strap this is just because it’s new and once it starts getting used it moves more freely into place, also by lightly lubricating the connector parts with a silicone based furniture polish on a cloth and wiping also helps. Once folded the stroller has the ability to be freestanding which I think is a great feature as it makes storage easier and is stable, and is easily transportable with the carrying strap. The chassis weighs 10.3kgs (22.7lbs) it does seem heavier than expected but is still lightweight. When folded the chassis is the width of the back wheels plus the tyre width of the front wheel (measurements). The wheels can be removed with a push of a button if needed to, to make chassis even smaller as then it is just the bottom part of the chassis and the handle together in width. When folded with the wheels on this fits into the boot of a Seat Arosa (VW Lupo equivalent) and these cars literally have no boot space. Opening the stroller is as easy as folding it. Just unclip the clasp lift up the handle and the bottom part of the chassis moves open and clicks into place. As with the folding it is stiff to begin with as above but all that needs doing until it freely moves is to hold both sides of the front part of the frame and pull up slightly then push lightly on the black part of the frame where the carrycot, seat unit and car seat adaptors fit in and then pull up handle.
The handle is height adjustable and has 4 positions; lowest position is 95cms (37.4 inches) to 106cms (41.7 inches) at its highest position. This is great as it is very versatile for different people using the stroller. It has soft touch rubber with a soft touch plastic middle which houses the button for adjusting the height of the handle and also for collapsing the stroller.
As it is a jogger the wheels are big, with a maximum inflation pressure 15psi or 1 bar for each tyre. The front wheel is swivel for easy manoeuvrability but can be locked in one easy twist of the textured half circle above the front wheel; this is great for gravel and sand and for ‘off roading’. The swivel wheel features an auto-alignment feature, you can lock the wheel in any position and when the wheel rotates in to the correct position the lock will engage. This makes it easier as this way you don’t have to mess about getting the wheel straight before locking the wheel. There is a square button at the front of the wheel for easy removal of the front tyre just depress and slide the wheel downwards. The back tyres have a button in the middle of the axle of the wheel, just depress and slide the wheel out and they are off.
The brake is a pedal; press down on pedal to engage brakes, lift the pedal upwards to disengage the brakes. When the carrycot unit is on it is sometimes difficult to locate the brake straightaway and find that to see where you need to put your foot you have to step back.
Haven’t used this yet as my baby isn’t old enough. It is suitable from 6 months. So in 2 months will update this section.
This just clips onto the brackets on the frame. It is very solid and sturdy and comes with a mattress that is suitable for babies to sleep in overnight. This is great as it means no lugging round a travel cot. There are 2 big grey buttons on each side you just press and the carrycot just pops out the frame and can be lifted off which is great if your baby is still sleeping. The carrycot has an apron that zips on over the top and a hood. There is also a bar across the top which is for lifting the carrycot unit off the frame. This is easily removed also by two buttons on either side of the bar attached to the carrycot. The only thing I tend to find is when lifting off the frame with baby in side it is top heavy as you don’t have your baby with their feet at the foot of the carrycot as you can’t see them. So when lifting off hold the underside of the carrycot at the top end.
Car seat adaptors
These are great to have. The adaptors fit into the frame just like the carrycot and main seat unit do. The adaptors have the letters L and R on them which I like as it would take me 5 minutes to work out which way round they go otherwise. The car seat then fits on top and clicks in to place. The adaptors are long so when the car seat is on you are still at eye level with your baby. There is movement from the car seat and adaptors when pushing along the stroller which is a rocking movement. This reminds me of older style prams that have that rocking motion to them to aid in rocking the baby and also it absorbs any bumps on pavements and roads. The adaptors are quick and easy to remove using the big buttons on the outside of each adaptor.
I think this stroller has some really good features; you notice them especially more if you have/had a lightweight buggy/pram or stroller with smaller wheels. The basket is big and is great for storing your shopping. Everything is easy to use especially when taking off carrycot or car seat as it’s just a button you need to press. The big wheels are great for kerbs, especially the smaller ones as it goes straight up without lifting the front end. This is great as especially after having a baby it is a lot of effort to lift even a small lightweight stroller. The Peach isn’t a heavy stroller anyway which is surprising as it looks like it would be. It is very easy to manoeuvre and get up and down pavements. The folding mechanism is really easy and the fact that all the wheels can be removed so easily so the stroller fits in even the smallest car like mine. I haven’t done much running or jogging as yet with it as I am slowly working my stamina back up but so far it’s been great. When running with it, it’s smooth and even though there is some rocking movement this is normal movement like you would get when walking.
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