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The Mamas & Papas Mylo travel system is a luxurious, cutting-edge new arrival to the UK buggy scene. Hype aside, it is a truly versatile and clever high-end product, though you’ll either love or loathe its look.
The much-anticipated Mylo buggy was designed by Amanda Scacchetti, the daughter of the founders of Mamas & Papas, David and Luisa Scacchetti. The Mylo can be used from birth and for £695 you get the chassis, forward or parent facing soft moulded seat unit, lie-flat hard-shell carrycot, carrycot apron and rain covers.
To create a travel system, you can add the Mamas and Papas Cybex Aton, £115; Mamas & Papas Primo Viaggio, £135; or Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix, £115; plus the car seat adaptor, £20. We tried the Cybex Aton, which would take the price of the whole package to £830.
One of the big selling points of the Mylo is that you get to decide the look for yourself – you chose the colour of your seat padding, carrycot and basket from a selection of muted tones. Think Dove Grey and Raspberry Ripple.
The Mylo has a one-touch brake, can be folded one-handed with the seat unit attached, has an extendable hood, front swivel wheels, leatherette handgrip and a side access shopping basket.
There are clever extras available – the stand, £60, lets you use the carrycot for overnight sleeping or the seat unit as a travel highchair. Sheer genius! There are also the more standard offerings of a footmuff, £75, and parasol, £25.
What we love
I was impressed to find the Mylo can fold, single-handed, with the seat unit on. Minnie’s current buggy doesn’t do this, and it’s been a real pain over the past 11 months.
Unlike most buggies, where the seat or carrycot attaches to the chassis in two places, the Mylo is designed around the central point of the chassis. The seat, carrycot or car seat click down onto the chassis at one point only. These three items are all super easy to attach or detach using two paddles at either side of the base.
All three of the compatible car seats fit with adaptors onto the central plate. All three are Group 0+ car seats, suitable from 0-13kg, or 12-15 months.
It is a refreshing change for a manufacturer to acknowledge that parents may want to buy a different brand of car seat than the one they chose for their buggy. To this end, I’m impressed that the Mylo is compatible with the ever-popular Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix, as well as two own-brand offerings.
With the Cybex Aton attached the Mylo looks unstable but on first push it rolled as well as when the seat unit or carrycot was attached. The adaptor for the car seat is very big (and looks like a set of cow horns) but attaching or detaching the Cybex Aton is as easy as when the seat unit or carrycot are involved.
I love the design of the Mylo’s seat. Minnie is petite and often rolls about in many buggies. With the slim Mylo, Minnie had a perfect fit with the soft, moulded seat enveloping her. The adjustable footrest bent up to support her legs and the retractable hood allowed her to have a good look about.
Our friend, 12-week-old Flo, tested the carrycot. The thickness of the padding, magnetic apron cover and adjustable back and headrest give the feeling of luxury. If you used it with the optional stand, the carrycot can gently rock or be used in stabiliser mode. Clever.
Another great detail is the extendable handle. What’s different here is that you can set it to any height – most buggy handles have a limited number of positions (which are invariably too high or too low).
What to watch out for
It’s hard to find fault with the Mylo. It really does work, and you can tell a mum has designed it. The silhouette and overall look, however, will not suit everyone’s tastes.
As with all buggies that come with a separate carrycot, you have the issue of storing it. It’s hard based and doesn’t fold down.
The shopping basket is small and although it opens from the side, the chassis design restricts the size.
To create a travel system a separate plate that sits in the base is needed. This is very bulky. Also, remember to take the car seat adaptor off before you fold the chassis – I didn’t and ended up in a pickle.
This is really an urban option – the tyre-less wheels aren’t ideal for going off road, despite the full suspension. However, Gwen Stefani has been snapped pushing her Mylo across the park.
Who is the Mamas & Papas Mylo travel system best for?
Cutting-edge urban folks after a thoughtfully designed travel solution.
The stylish Mylo really does deliver on form and function. It pushes like a dream and boasts a hefty dose of well-designed features and accessories. It’s tough to find any real downsides to this system. However, the price tag won’t work for all budgets.
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|Brand||Mamas & Papas|
|Child age (approx)||Birth to 3 years|
Dimensions & Weight
|Dimensions||H:110cm W:60cm L:117cm|
|Dimensions (folded)||H:50cm W:60cm L:75cm|
|Travel system compatible||Yes|
|Compatible car seats||Mamas and Papas Cybex Aton, Mamas & Papas Primo Viaggio, Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix|
|Seat facing direction||Forward facing and parent facing|
|Front wheels||Lockable swivel|
|Accessories included||Raincover for carrycot, raincover for seat unit, shopping basket|