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Mamas & Papas Skate review

Our rating 
3.8 out of 5 star rating 3.8
User rating
£575.00 RRP
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In a nutshell

An innovative pushchair with some great features, and in terms of adjustability it is hard to beat
Fold/unfolding
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Manoeuvrability
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Comfort for child
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Style
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Durability
3.5 out of 5 rating 3.5
Worth the money
3.0 out of 5 rating 3.0
Pros: Great-looking, seat and carrycot all in one unit, well padded seat, highly versatile
Cons: Pricy, not very compact when folded, odd basket design
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Incredibly adjustable and modernist in appearance, the Mamas & Papas Skate is an innovative pushchair with much to offer. And with the carrycot and seat in one unit, you can save a little on the clutter front, too.

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The most obviously different thing about this pushchair is the flat chassis base, and this is also one of its least endearing features. Yes, that piece of mesh is your basket, but there are elasticated straps that pull across to hold items in place. 

What we love

The real innovations in this pushchair are less obvious at first glance, but are no less impressive because of that.

The first innovative feature is the seat and carrycot being one unit, so you don’t need to find space for extra items. Converting from one to the other is surprisingly simple: just pull the straps at the sides and top and hook into place – those at the sides create the seat while the one at the top offers three recline options in addition to those on the chassis itself. Clever, huh?

Secondly, there are three height positions for the seat/carrycot unit, so you can have it as low or as high as you want. This is great when you want your baby nice and close, and very useful to bring him to table height if you’ve stopped for a quick coffee.

And thirdly, the handle can be adjusted by both height and angle so anyone who pushes this buggy, whether tall or small, should be able to find a position that suits. This is also well padded for comfort.

The combination of large pneumatic tyres and individual wheel suspension makes for a smooth ride for both you and your baby, and as the generously padded seat insert is also the carrycot mattress, you can be sure it will also make a comfy seat for your toddler.

The pedal on the chassis that clearly says ‘Fold’ leaves you in no doubt as to how to open and close this buggy (use it in conjunction with levers on the side to close, just press and pull to open). The quick-release wheels make for a flatter fold.

The fact that the car seat adaptors are included in the price is helpful – and if you buy the package that includes the car seat and stand you not only save money, but also will effectively have an indoor chair/Moses basket combination as well as a great pushchair.

What to watch out for

Depending on the colour chosen, the seat insert could get dirty very quickly and not stay looking smart (we tested the Grape, which has a pale insert).

To lock the buggy when folded, you have to make sure the seat is in its lowest position – I would probably use it in its highest position normally, as this is gives your baby a better view, either of you or his surroundings, depending which way he is facing.

The basket design looks as though it won’t hold a great deal, and what it does hold will have to be all in one bag to avoid losing anything.

The Skate is not the most compact when folded, although removing the wheels will help. It’s also not the cheapest.

Who is the Mamas & Papas Skate best for?

Design lovers seeking versatility without too much clutter.

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MadeForMums verdict

The Skate is a great-looking buggy that’s packed with really useful features and is a joy to push around, whatever your height. However, the basket is not a great idea, and this innovative design comes at a price.

Product Specifications

Product

Brand Mamas & Papas
Model Skate
Price £575.00

Suitable for

Child age (approx) Birth to 3 years

Dimensions & Weight

Weight 13kg
Dimensions H:113cm W:60.5cm L:81cm
Dimensions (folded) H:37.5cm W:60.5cm L:81cm

Features

Travel system compatible Yes
Compatible car seats Primo Viaggio IP (£115)
Seat facing direction Forward facing and parent facing
Front wheels Lockable swivel
Recline positions 3
Features
  • Raincover
  • Pump
  • Basket
  • Apron
  • Car seat adaptors
  • Bottle/drinks holder

Accessories

Accessories included Skate stand, UPF50+ sunshield and insect net
Optional extras Primo Viaggio IP (£115)