Trend 1: Purple, green and pink
Britain seems to be catching on to the rest of Europe’s love for bright and bold coloured pushchairs and car seats. With lime green, purple and raspberry ripple pink available on a lot of big brands, including the Quinny Yezz, it seems the rule of beige and grey may be ending.
Trend 2: Black is back (again)
After several seasons of buggies featuring aluminium and chrome chassis, many new pushchairs are returning to chic all-black chassis. Stylish examples included the much talked about new arrivals from iCandy – Peach 3 and Raspberry – and new kid on the block, the Ickle Bubba Stomp V2.
Trend 3: Stand out and customise
Hauck and Maxi-Cosi were making some fun statements with multi-coloured stripes (Lacrosse travel system) and folky prints (Pebble car seat and matching buggy). Personalisation is big with Phil & Teds Smart Luxe (£349) allowing you to combine 7 different neon seat, hood and liner options and Joolz has a sophisticated range of earthy leather handlebar colours and fabrics to pick from.
Trend 4: Clip on car seats to create travel systems
Most buggies have built in adaptors within their frames (or ones you buy and clip on), which then firmly attach a car seat to create a travel system.
A new trend is emerging where a car seat fits on in a different way. The Joie Brisk (£100) is an umbrella-fold buggy where the car seat clips on to a special section on the end of the seat. The Mountain Buggy Nano (£199) has special straps that enable the car seat to be strapped on. Interesting innovations for two lightweight buggies.
Trend 5: The rise of the compacts
Battle of the compacts was also in full swing with some lightweight contenders coming from the Recaro Easy Life (£189, 5.9kg), Out n About Little Nipper (£239, 8kg) and the iCandy Rasberry (8.4kg). The Mountain Buggy Nano (£199, 5.9kg) was particularly impressive as it could be folded up into its own little bag to the size of aeroplane hand luggage and was also car seat compatible with certain seats able to belt onto the pram.
April: BOB – Revolution Pro
May: Britax – King II ATS car seat
June: iCandy – Raspberry
July: Nipper Double upgrade, Doona car seat, Upcombi buggy
August: Out N About Little Nipper, Phil & Teds – Duet, Verve, Vibe