Joie products strive to be ‘stylish and affordable’ and this travel system was clearly designed with such goals in mind.
Suitable from birth, the Joie Mytrax Flex Signature pushchair and i-Gemm Signature Infant Carrier sit in the middle of the market and its design and functionality reflects this; the system is stylish without being trend setting. It’s as intuitive and smooth to use as some of the pricier models on the market.
Riah is a first-time mum to six-month-old baby Molly, who values products which make her life easier and are available on a sensible budget.
What’s in the box?
The pushchair came with a coffee cup holder and rain cover, the infant carrier came with the adjustments for the ISOFIX
What were your first impressions of the Mytrax Flex pushchair?
It wasn’t love at first sight and the design feels quite traditional compared to some of the others on market and I had to spend a bit of time with the instruction manuals (never my strong point). However, it looks smart, is robust and I liked the nod to current trends, including the leatherette finishes and coffee cup holder.
Are there any additional extras that you need to or can buy?
The carry cot, if your baby is too young for a pushchair.
Is it easy to put together?
It took about half an hour to get the hang of the pushchair and the same again for the carry cot. If you used the instruction manual from the start rather than trying to ‘work it out’, you could probably do it in half the time.
How does the Joie Mytrax Flex Signature compare to other travel systems?
The pushchair isn’t as intuitive as other models I’ve tried, but it feels durable and covers all the basic functions. Anyone with a small car (or who has a family dog and clutter in the car) will appreciate its compactness.
This was the first time I’ve used a car seat which clicks into the pushchair and it felt a bit fiddly.
What age is the Joie Mytrax Flex Signature suitable for?
The pushchair is suitable for children weighing under 25kg, while the car seat is suitable from birth to around 1.5 years or under 13kg.
What did you think of the carrycot?
The Mytrax Flex doesn’t come with the carrycot but is compatible with the Joie ramble carry cot. The pushchair seat does lay into a fully reclined position for those sleepier moments when they are older and this option got the thumbs up from my baby, Molly.
How does the Mytrax Flex fold?
A hidden handle in the middle of the pushchair pulls up. It promises to be a ‘one handed’ folding system and, with a few practice-runs, it almost is.
How compact is it when folded and unfolded?
It is one of the few pushchairs I can fit into the boot of my car amidst the chaos of family paraphernalia.
How lightweight is the Mytrax Flex pushchair?
It is light enough that you can lift it upstairs without having to ask a stranger for help but still heavy enough that you have to brace yourself for the challenge.
How easy is it to push the Joie Mytrax Flex Signature?
The wheels pivot around at 360 degrees making it easy to push.
Does it feel sturdy?
The sturdy frame makes it ideal for a range of surfaces from pavements to cobbled roads right through to the occasional ‘off terrain, though the later makes for a bumpy ride.
How easy is it to use the Joie Mytrax Flex Signature on public transport?
The pushchair is compact and easy to fold making it great for public transport.
Is the frame durable?
The pushchair has a reassuring sturdiness.
What about the handlebar?
The handlebar was a hit with the grandparents who raved about how comfortable it felt to hold and adjust. Leatherette touches add some style.
What do you think of the seat unit?
The seat unit feels a bit more traditional than the bucket style unit favoured by many models today. Visually, it’s not exciting but it doesn’t lose anything in terms of functionality.
How many recline positions are there?
There are four recline positions for the backrest, which afforded enough variety to keep a 6-month-old baby happy. It can be tricky to determine which of the four angles you have selected as the mechanism is somewhat hidden under the handlebar.
How comfortable does it feel for your baby?
My baby seemed really at ease and relaxed in the pushchair and the straps were snug and secure.
How is interacting with your baby when in the buggy?
A little window in the canopy makes it really easy to engage with your baby whilst still keeping them protected from the elements.
What do you think of the hood?
The hood/canopy was a strong point of both the pushchair and the infant carrier. They are easily pulled forward and baby Molly ended up having much longer naps in the day time because of it!
What about the brakes?
There’s an easy to locate brake lever at the back of the wheel–easy to use and is reliable.
How easily can you access the basket and is it big enough?
There is definitely space for a decent shopping bag or two but trying to get them into the space provided is challenging.
What is the car seat like?
Even with the padded insert removed, the car seat seemed more padded than our usual Maxi Cosi. This didn’t bother baby Molly, she just looked a little more snug than usual! The seat looked really wide and cumbersome, but it wasn’t as heavy as I had feared.
How easy is the car seat to fit?
I found it a little tricky to fit the car seat, but I’ve never managed to fit any car seat without a lot of help, so I may be the problem rather than the seat!
Does the car seat work as a travel system?
Clicking a car seat into a pushchair feels harder work to me, than lifting the baby from the seat to the chair. For those who do prefer an all-in-one option, I think these are fairly easy to use.
Is the Joie Mytrax Flex Signature compatible with any other car seats?
Adaptors are included for an i-Gemm Signature Carrier–the website states ‘other infant carriers’ can be used but I struggled to find any details of which car seats this includes.
What would you have wanted to know before you purchased the item?
As a first-time mum, I find all the terminology around travel systems a little confusing and this product range has its fair share of specialist terminology. What exactly is a ‘flex comfort system’ and when they say ‘3 in 1‘ does that mean I have everything I will need?
A decent read of the product specifications breaks some of this down but I wish I had asked for some guidance on what a full travel system actually entails.
Who would the product be most useful for?
A first-time parent who wants something that will last.
What was your favourite feature of the Mytrax Flex?
The canopies on the both items really stood out for me; the mesh and windows allow engagement with your baby while a generous reach of UV protection ensures they are snug and safe.
Is it worth its price tag?
Yes, it’s a good-value price and I would recommend it.
Where can I buy the Joie Mytrax Flex Signature travel system?
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