Have you ever spent hours in a pram shop looking wistfully at posh, high end prams but not willing to break the bank to buy one?
Well Mee-Go, just a youngster of a company itself (it’s only four years old), thinks it has just the answer – the Glide.
Pitching itself against the grandees of the luxury market – iCandy and Bugaboo – Mee-Go’s aim with the Glide is to create a practical, stylish buggy on an affordable budget.
Competing on price with other all-in-one systems like the Hauck Priya Trio (£429.99), the Obaby Chase Zigzag 3-in-1 (£459.98) and the Cosatto Woop with Hold car seat (£545), it’s a crowded market.
The Glide was originally launched in October 2014, but Mee-Go has now released its second version, with changes to the fabric, tyres and mechanical detail. The UV pull-out section of the hood is also now removable.
The Glide comes as a huge package, with everything but the kitchen-sink included, so value for money is a big draw. Mee-Go says the Glide’s fast becoming its most popular model.
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If you’re wondering where the Mee-Go name came from (I certainly was), then there’s a nice story behind it. The MD, while playing round with words to think of a name, found inspiration in his son’s toddler speak (Me go toilet etc), and added the extra e for ‘the fun element’.
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When you look closely at the Glide, it has lots of neat little design features – from the flap on top of the seat’s harness clip to the extra big roof and sun visor, and the easy to use buttons on all of its functioning parts.
The seat can also face both ways, which is a bonus, and adds to how adaptable this buggy is. It’s good to have an option where you can either entertain your little one when they’re facing you, or face them the other way when they’re bored of you.
It also has non-puncture, synthetic resin wheels.
What do you think of its design?
I really like it. I have the limited edition grey, which looks soft and comfy, but also classy and elegant. It looks high-end, and there’s obviously been lots of attention paid to detail. It has leatherette handles, which can be unzipped if they need a clean.
Do you have to buy a lot of additional extras, which all add up or is everything included?
You won’t need any, but there are options which answer everyday parenting problems. There’s a woolly hand muff to fit on the handle in those bone-chilling winter months, and a universal handle extension. Simply clip on the extension and you’ve got an extra long handle that’s great when you’ve got an older brother or sister on a buggy board. Both great, parent-friendly ideas.
Is it easy to use in an urban or inner city environment, public transport?
It steers really well, feels light and handles kerbs with ease. One of my pramming bugbears is a buggy that doesn’t let you do an about-turn quickly. But with the wheels in swivel mode, the Mee-Go Glide can easily do a 360 degree turn on the spot.
It also handled bumpy ground well, and had no trouble on gravel and uneven pavement.
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What is the brake like?
It’s an easy-to-reach foot pedal in the middle of the back wheels. It has a nice pleasing click, and holds well.
How easily does it fold/collapse? Can you do it easily with one hand?
The pram geek in me likes the way the Glide folds. You just push a big button in the middle of the handle bar and, at the same time, a little trigger on the frame, and it folds really quickly. You need two hands, but it’s very simple.
It’s also free standing when folded, with no annoying lean.
What did you think of how the various parts adjusted?
The handle isn’t adjustable, and I do not understand why. The Glide has so many parent-friendly design features; why not an adjustable handle? (Although you can buy a handle extension if you want extra length).
Other than that, the Glide is a pleasure to use. Mee-Go has nailed it in the easy-to-use feature department.
The seat reclines and sits back up with one easy click of a clip on the top of the back seat. You only need one hand, and don’t need to kneel on the floor and pull at a toggle with one hand, while tugging at a strap with the other.
The footrest adjusts at the press of two buttons, and this, across the pram, is where Mee-Go has got it so right – the buttons. You can remove everything, and put them on really easily and quickly, just at the press of a few buttons, no wrestling with the pram involved. It’s a good, intuitive design, that makes using the pram, and changing between its many different functions, so simple.
How compact is it when folded and how easy is it to store?
It stands up straight when folded, without it having to lean, which is great. So many free standers have to be balanced at an angle, that makes them a little more difficult to store. There are no bits that jut out. When folded, it measures 44 x 32 x 95cm.
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It comes with a carrycot and seat unit. How do they rate?
The seat unit is great. Sturdy, comfy and stylish. The cushions that cover the two straps have Mee and Go written on each, and they match when you clip your little one in. A nice touch.
The hood was a little ‘clicky’ when pulled down/up though, which isn’t great if you’re trying to do it without waking your passenger up.
The carrycot I was slightly less impressed with. It’s nice, comfy and well built, but my carrycot hood would also not stay up each time I tried, and fell down loosely a few times.
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How comfortable does it feel?
Both the seat and carrycot are very plush and paddy, with a lovely textured weave fabric. They look really comfy, and both my test drivers said it was cosy. The car seat is less so, but I’m guessing that’s a necessity.
How is interacting with your child when in the buggy?
Good. The hood folds back far enough to be able to see your little one clearly when they’re outward facing; but, if you can’t bear bit seeing your darling’s face, you can turn the seat round really easily and let them look directly at you.
There’s also a peekaboo window in the hood, for when they’re sleeping/hiding from the sun. It’s a magnetic one, which is much better than noisy Velcro.
What are the basket and storage pockets like?
The basket’s big and has a wide opening. It looks big enough to stash your John Lewis Click and Collect packaging in, which is always ten times bigger then the thing you’ve ordered.
There’s also a big pocket on the back of the seat, if you need to quickly stash your mobile.
Does it fit in the boot of your car?
Yes. It folds really neatly.
Is it travel system compatible?
Mee-Go Glide has its own car seat, but the adaptors can also take Cybex, Maxi-Cosi and Be-Safe models.
Would you use it on holiday?
The hood lining has SPF30+, and it also has a SPF50+ UV zip out front section, which is quite long, and good for a sunny holiday.
If I was going abroad I may consider buying a cheaper buggy that I wouldn’t mind getting bashed about by luggage handlers, and covered in sun cream. This buggy’s a bit too nice for that.
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Would the weather dictate when you use it?
Not at all. It’s got a rain cover and a big hood, so covers wet and warm weather – perfect for our changeable summer. And there’s plenty of warm, cosy fabric for winter.
What’s in the box?
- Pushchair seat
- Rain cover
- Car seat
- Car seat adaptors
- Seat liner
- Baby changing bag
- Lambs wool Hand muff £40
- Cozy Stroll Extension Handle £30
- Car seat ISOFIX base £115
Who would the product be most useful for?
Those who want a classy pram/pushchair, but on a budget that doesn’t go as far as some high end pram makers ask.
Is the product value for money?
If you look at the price on its own, you may think it’s a bit much, but you need to look at what you’re getting; a bassinet, a seat and a 0+ car seat, as well as little extras like the foot muff and baby change bag. And it’s great looking.
The pram works well too, it’s easy to push and steer, and seems sturdy.
Mee-Go wants to pitch itself against major luxury brands such as iCandy and Bugaboo when it comes to style and usability.
While it may have some way to go to match those brands’ pulling-power, Mee-Go’s Glide does look classy – it’s got a sleek frame, plush fabric and minimalist colours.
You’d pay almost double the Glide’s £599 in the luxury market for the same bundle of goods.
While I don’t think the Glide looks quite as stylish as iCandy’s or Bugaboo’s offerings – and it doesn’t have the status that pushing one of those buggies has – it does look good.
I also think it matches or even exceeds those big names when it comes to parent-friendly features.
I think it’s very good value.
Mee-Go Glide may have a name inspired by baby talk, but I actually think its design features put it a sophisticated step ahead of a lot of other buggies.
I am more than impressed; it has style and substance.
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