Hauck Capri – DISCONTINUED review

Our rating 
3.2 out of 5 star rating 3.2
User rating
£314.97 RRP
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In a nutshell

A stylish, no frills travel system best for urban dweeling families on a budget
Fold/unfolding
3.0 out of 5 rating 3.0
Manoeuvrability
3.0 out of 5 rating 3.0
Comfort for child
3.0 out of 5 rating 3.0
Style
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Durability
2.0 out of 5 rating 2.0
Worth the money
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Pros: Stylish, lightweight, affordable, Hauck Carseat 0+ can be fitted with ISOFIX base or car's seat belt
Cons: Poor suspension, small basket, suitable from birth and parent facing only when car seat attached
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The Hauck Capri Stroller and Hauck Carseat 0+ make a funky, streamlined travel system, which will suit stylish parents on a budget.

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The Hauck Capri Stroller has a lightweight (7.5kg), sporty-looking aluminium frame and comes in a range of four different colour combinations. It’s suitable from 3 months until toddlerhood. However, if you purchase the Hauck Carseat 0+ then you can use the Hauck Capri from birth and as a travel system. The Capri Stroller is £159.99, the car seat is £84.99 and the optional ISOFIX base (called the Hauck Carseat 0+ ISOFIX Base) is £69.99. So all up, you can get a travel system for £244.98 or £314.97 with ISOFIX base.

With a 5-point harness and padded shoulder rests you can rest assured that your baby will stay safely and snugly in place in the Capri Stroller. The reclining seat is adjustable from a 152 degree position up to 110 degrees, and the handles are adjustable from 93cm to 108cm. The handles also rotate 360 degrees so you can move them around in to whichever position suits you.

The Hauck Carseat 0+ is suitable from birth to 13kg. It weighs 3.5kg and is also compatible with Hauck’s Manhattan buggy and Shop’n Drivebuggy. It’s available in the same four colourways as the Capri Stroller, so you can have a matching system.

What we love

The travel system was really quick and easy to assemble – I did it myself in half an hour – with clear visual instructions and wheels that slotted on smoothly without the need for brute strength.

I found the Hauck Capri Stroller pleasantly lightweight compared to my usual Bugaboo Cameleon and it is a more practical option if you use your car a lot because it’s quicker to fold up and takes up less space in the boot. I liked the fact that it has a catch to keep it in place once folded. This makes lugging the Capri in and out of the boot fairly easy and storing it easier if you’re pushed for space at home.

My 14-week-old Joseph seemed to enjoy being able to see more of the world in this front facing buggy as until now he’s been facing me in his Bugaboo.

I loved the look of the car seat, the Hauck Carseat 0+, and liked the fact that its hood matched the buggy. I also found it slightly lighter than my usual Maxi-Cosi car seat and the ergonomic handle meant it was easy to carry.

The Hauck Carseat 0+ slotted on to the buggy really quickly and easily without the need for any fiddly extra attachments and felt very secure once in place. It also allowed me to keep an eye on Joseph as he was facing me once in the car seat.

The Hauck Carseat 0+ harness was straightforward to use and it fitted easily in my car either with the ISOFIX base or by threading through the car’s seat belt.

What to watch out for

I found it annoying that you have to take off the hood before folding up the Capri Stroller, which is a very fiddly manoeuvre. It involves unpopping four poppers, undoing two Velcro tags and pulling the hood out of two slots – not rocket science but impossible to do in a rush, such as when you’re getting on the bus.

The Hauck Capri Stroller also doesn’t fit down the aisle of a conventional bus. I had to ask the driver to let me on at the back and once on I was surprised to find that despite the stroller’s apparently streamlined design I was still taking up just over half of the buggy space.

The Capri Stroller was very rattly, especially on rough ground. A walk along the towpath became a full-blown workout as I negotiated my way over the stones underfoot. The suspension just doesn’t compare to my smooth Bugaboo and as a result the Capri does feel a little cheap and rickety.

I also found the fact that Joseph was facing away from me rather unnerving although he was unperturbed.

I was frustrated by the size of the basket underneath. It was only just big enough for an umbrella and a bottle of water, so I had to resort to balancing my shopping bags on the handles. This caused the buggy to rear back because the frame is so light.

Also, what are you supposed to do if it rains? You’ll need to pay an extra £15 for the raincover!

Who is the Hauck Capri travel system best for?

Town-based parents who prefer to use their car to the bus and are looking for a stylish budget option.

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MadeForMums verdict

The Hauck Capri Stroller, teamed with the Hauck Carseat 0+ and Hauck Carseat 0+ ISOFIX Base makes an attractive no frills travel system. It delivers style on a budget but may not stand the test of time and it won’t handle rough ground.

Product Specifications

Product

Brand Hauck
Model Capri - DISCONTINUED
Price £314.97

Suitable for

Child age (approx) Birth to 3 years

Dimensions & Weight

Weight 11kg
Dimensions H:108cm W:93cm L:58cm
Dimensions (folded) H:79cm W:49cm L:32cm

Features

Travel system compatible Yes
Compatible car seats Hauck Carseat 0+ car seat
Seat facing direction Forward facing and parent facing (with carrycot/car seat)
Front wheels Lockable swivel
Recline positions 2
Features
  • 5 point safety harness with shoulder pads
  • Adjustable handle height
  • Handles can rotate 360 degrees
  • Removable canopy and front bar
  • Lightweight frame
  • Suitable birth with car seat
  • Car seat: can be installed with isofix base or car seat belt
  • Fixes to buggy without adaptors
  • Ergonomic handle
  • Head support
  • Removable washable seat cover

Accessories

Accessories included Shopping basket
Optional extras
  • Raincover
  • Basket
  • Tyre pump