British buggy maker BabyStyle has recently reveled its brand new pushchair – the Hybrid Edge single-to-double tandem.
Showcasing it at the International Nursery Fair in Harrogate, the long-awaited pram is set to be the brand’s biggest launch of 2016 and follows closely on the heels of the very-popular Egg pushchair.
Convertible tandems are quickly becoming the go to pushchair for parents, as they work as a single and then convert into a double when needed.
And although they seat two children they are much slimmer and usually more maneuverable than a standard side-by-side double buggy.
However, the main complaint parents have with convertible tandems is that there’s hardly any space, particularly in the basket, when both children are in the buggy. And when used as a single buggy, they are big.
BabyStyle believes it has rectified all those issues and more with the Hybrid Edge.
But that big claim, looks to be something the brand can actually back up with the ingenious Hybrid Edge chassis system.
It converts from a single-to-double not just by adding a second seat, but also by changing the bottom part of the frame.
So when in ‘city mode’ it can be used as a single with average-sized wheels, with a width of around 53cm. It’s worth noting that as the buggies we saw were prototypes, we were told that the size may change.
When in tandem mode, you attach a different bottom frame, which is around 10cm wider and 10cm longer, meaning there’s more space for the second baby. The bigger frame also comes with bigger rear wheels and there are also seat extenders for extra height on the top seat.
The two highlights of the Hybrid Edge (that got our Reviews Editor dancing gleefully with joy – she really loves buggies) are the car seat style, one-hand, easy adjust harness. It works just like a car seat harness and is very easy to use.
The other feature is great if you hang bags off the back of a pushchair, as the handlebar comes with integral handbag hooks on both sides.
Other features include it’s compact fold, travel system compatibility with both seats, great suspension, an integrated insect and sun canopy and extendable handle. It’s also suitable from birth to around 3 years.
And as you’d expect, it’s a looker. Coming in five eye-catching colours, the seat unit and canopy are made with the material of the moment, an easy-to-clean, hard-wearing tweet like fabric. It also has stylish leatherette handles and a pretty pewter/shiny silver frame.
Price, release date and even weight are all still to be confirmed, but it’s likely to be around £599 (bargain), out this summer (yay) and weigh around 12kg (that’s light for a double).
We think this buggy is a classic in the making, but what do you think? Is it your next pushchair?
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- The best convertible pushchairs on the market
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- Full review of the Mountain Buggy +One tandem
- Full review of the Joolz Geo tandem