Mee-go is the newest buggy brand to make a splash in the parenting industry. A British brand, it has built up quite a collection of buggies, highchairs and furniture since its inception 4 years ago.
Its newest product is the Feather pushchair. As the name suggests, it’s designed to be an ultra lightweight stroller and aims to be one of the lightest on the market.
The Feather is light (5kg). Seriously light. It’s lighter than many other ‘lightweight’ strollers on the market including the Bugaboo Bee 3 which is 8.7kg, and the Phil & Teds Smart buggy which is 8kg.
And it’s even lighter than the new wave of ultra-light buggies sweeping the market, like the Ickle Bubba Aurora (5.5kg), the Babyzen Yoyo 0+ (5.9kg) and the same weight as the Quinny Yezz (5kg).
I wanted a stroller as an alternative to my Bugaboo Cameleon 3 travel system, for times when I need something quick and easy to fold out and off I go, something lighter and easier to manhandle and also something that takes up less space in the boot of my car.
The Mee-go Feather is perfect for all of these requirements, especially because of how light it is.
My nearly-one year old Thomas and I do a lot of walking to the park, around town, and little in-and-out of the car errands.
It’s often a bit cumbersome to set up the bulky (but brilliant) Bugaboo Cameleon we have just to nip into a shop, or on a rare bus journey, so a lightweight, easy stroller was next on the list of things to try out.
The Mee-go Feather is light, but how light is it?
As mentioned above it weighs just 5kg, so you can literally pick it up with a finger – albeit I wouldn’t recommend trying to do this once baby is in it.
And here’s the science bit: it has a lightweight aluminium frame that’s constructed using a honeycombed technique.
It’s the same method used in the aerospace industry, and uses the least amount of material to reach minimal weight and provide maximum strength (particularly in tension).
Who knew the buggy making business was so scientific?
Does its weight hamper its durability?
In my opinion, yes it does. This is my main issue with the Feather. It’s almost too lightweight to the point where it feels flimsy.
Although the frame has been developed using honeycomb alloy tubing to allow the pushchair to be robust and very light, to my mind, it doesn’t feel as solid as it should.
Saying that, this may be because I’m used to something as big and robust as a Cameleon 3.
Is the Mee-go Feather compact when folded?
Not as compact as you would expect from an ultra-lightweight buggy.
I was actually disappointed at how bulky the stroller still was once folded, and was expecting it to fold down smaller. But when folded down, the Feather is L100 x W48 x H35cm.
This might not mean much on paper, and maybe we’ve just become used to lightweight strollers being compact too, but when compared to the likes of the Mountain Buggy Nano (51x30x56), Mothercare XSS Pockit (35x30x18cm) or Recaro Easylife (59x27x50cm) it’s quite large when folded.
What do you think of the fold system?
The fold system is brilliant. You can easily do it from the upright position one-handed by using a button on the handle.
This is really helpful, especially on public transport if you need to hold your baby with one arm, and collapse the buggy with the other. And because it’s so light, it’s no trouble then carrying the Feather one-handed too.
Is it easy to store?
Despite it not folding as small as I was hoping, it still stands up on its own in a folded position, which is handy.
Although I was hoping to save a lot more space in the car, the Feather folds in an upright position, stands neatly in my porch and doesn’t need a wall to lean on, or a spot for it to be wedged to prevent it rolling away.
How does the Mee-go Feather feel when pushing?
Being so light, the Feather is easy to push. The front wheels have either a fixed or swivel position, but I found it much easier in the swivel mode.
Once the buggy is unfolded it is 100cm high. This is fine to push around, but it could really do with having adjustable handles to make them longer.
I’m 5ft 8ins and felt like I was bending over slightly. Anybody much taller would definitely find the handles too low. Saying that, you can easily steer the buggy one-handed.
Following the trend of buggies like the Jane Crosswalk, the Feather has a hand break that is located on the right side of the handle.
And a unique feature on the Feather is that the handle is also reversible so you can use the buggy in forward or parent-facing modes which is great.
When you have just the baby in the stroller, it’s a breeze to push. But it does become more tricky when loading bags: a normal nappy bag, a little lunch bag, a picnic blanket and some toys in the storage basket seemed a bit much for it.
Combine that with some bumpy pavements, and I wasn’t that confident! But clearly that’s down to you how much you want to load onto it.
Surely in real life though, it needs to be sturdy enough to withstand at least a couple of extra bags?
How does it push on different surfaces?
The Feather’s ride is good on straightforward surfaces. But as soon as you hit some cobbled streets and a tree-lined pavement with the roots lifting up the tarmac it’s another story.
It feels rather unyielding and isn’t brilliant at mounting curbs. Maybe that says more about the state of the streets where I live though…
Is it comfortable for your baby?
This is always my main concern with buggies – are they actually comfortable for babies compared to the more solid, padded, (more expensive!) travel systems?
Thomas seemed to love it, and was more than happy in it each time I’ve used it.
One easy test is whether he’ll go to sleep in it, and he did even without the seat being particularly reclined – so it must be comfy.
The seat unit seems to have ample space for Thomas, and plenty of room for him to grow.
The buggy is tested for use until your child is 15kgs (around 3 years), so I think the seat size is perfect to cater children until they no longer need a buggy.
His feet were nowhere near the foot bar, which shows how small he is in it at the moment, and hopefully how long we can keep using it for before he outgrows it.
Tell us about the hood
The hood is one of the best – if not THE best – features of the Feather. It is absolutely massive and pulls right down over your baby down to the safety bar and has UV protection.
This is a brilliant sunshade and covered him almost entirely, except his little legs poking out of the bottom. The hood is also amazing for covering them up when you want to try to get them to sleep.
However, it’s worth noting there is no flap, screen or mesh to see through the hood. But I have to say this stroller does look pretty cool, especially when the hood is up.
What are the basket and storage pockets like?
I was quite disappointed with the storage basket underneath the buggy.
It looks reasonably big, and I did actually manage to get a decent bag of toys stowed away in it eventually, but it is a total pain to use.
It isn’t deep enough and whatever you put in there gets caught on the chassis when you’re moving it in and out.
It is ideal to keep the rain cover and maybe a couple of muslins in there, but anything much bigger or that can’t be squashed down is a no-no.
Would you recommend it for use from birth?
No. The Feather is suitable for newborns to toddlers weighing up to 15kgs and suitable for use from birth with a lie-flat seat position.
But for me it doesn’t have enough padding and I think a newborn would be a bit lost in it. I started using it when Thomas was nearly one, and I would say is the perfect starting age.
Is the Mee-go Feather value for money?
At £130, the Feather is around the same price as other buggies in its class (like the Ickle Bubba Aurora and the Quinny Yezz) and not a ridiculous amount to spend on a buggy.
But there are much cheaper (albeit heavier) ones on the market.
If the main thing you want is for your buggy to be light, then you should spend your money on the Feather. But if you just want a simple buggy, you don’t need to spend this much.
There are several cheaper buggies on the market – you can pick up any number of them for around £50.
If you’re going for a cheap buggy, I wouldn’t go for the Feather, especially because of how flimsy it feels. After paying £130, I’d want something a little sturdier.
What’s in the box?
- shopping basket (already attached to the frame)
- colour-coded apron
- rain cover.
Any additional extras?
No, you don’t need to buy anything extra which is nice.
Is it easy to put the Feather together?
It was relatively simple to build the buggy – I managed by myself in about 15 minutes so it can’t be that difficult.
The instructions aren’t great, mainly picture-based, but it was quite easy.
The Mee-go Feather is a nice pushchair, but I’m not sure I’d want to spend £130 on it as it’s not as sturdy as I’d like.
I know it’s a lightweight stroller, and that’s its main selling point, but I think Mee-go could have focused more on its robustness rather making it as light as possible.
With that said, it’s great to push on flat surfaces, got a fantastic hood, which offers brilliant sun protection, a great one-hand fold and it looks stylish.
So if you’re a parent after something light, to sling in and out of the car, on public transport, to take on a plane or on holiday, this would be the buggy for you.
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