Sleek, fast and easy to handle, the Micralite Fastfold is light enough to be manoeuvred with one hand. And this buggy that really lives up to its ‘fast fold’ name.
Even A-list celebrities are fans of the Micralite brand. ER star Parminder Nagra, who shot to fame in Bend it like Beckham, was spotted pushing her 6-month-old son Kai in a Micralite. The Micralite Fastfold doesn’t have a celebrity price tag though – at £165 it’s not the cheapest buggy around, but it’s far from expensive.
To say I know exactly what I want from the perfect buggy is an understatement. With two children I’ve gone through four prams in the last seven years and every one has had something major wrong with it.
The first pram – for my son Deme – was a chunky tank that looked incredible but weighed a ton. I had arms the size of small tree trunks just from taking him for a walk around the shops. Then, an option that was supposedly easy to fold and a synch to push with one fingertip. It was certainly lightweight but fell to bits after a couple of trips abroad. Next came the dad-friendly stroller that had a shopping basket big enough to hold a pencil, followed swiftly by a designer buggy where my 18-month-old daughter Anais was only centimetres off the floor. I don’t think it’s fun for a toddler to stare at strangers’ shoes all day.
With such good looks, and substantial yet cool design, the Micralite Fastfold looks set to be my buggy of choice for years to come.
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Designed by a man, the Micralite Fastfold it’s full of gadgets. For a start there’s the patented – and frankly ingenious – single-handed umbrella fold. From past experience I was cynical of the one-handed fold claim, but with a flick of two buttons, the Fastfold really had folded fast.
To make sure it wasn’t a fluke, I took the buggy on the bus, to nursery and in the car and each time, I’d just click, click, pull, and it would close.
Then there are the chunky rear wheels (think mud and off road vehicle) and swivelling small front wheels, which mean you really can corner like you’re on a racetrack.
The Micralite Fastfold handled kerbs easily. My daughter didn’t even wobble as we tackled cobbles. Usually I get a work-out hauling a buggy up the three steps to my front door, but this was so easy I did it with one hand while pushing the key in the lock with the other.
The Micralite Fastfold is a buggy that turns heads. Every time I took Anais out in it I felt my (ample) chest swelling as I saw the looks of envy from other mums. That’s because it has the bling factor – plenty of flashy frame, hammock-style seat and I had one in scarlet fabric. For the more introverted, it does come in black and olive, too.
Men, in particular, apparently love the black version but my husband was happy to push our baby in the Micralite Fastfold, even into a party where all the other dads were standing by the bar. “Nice buggy,” they all said.
On a practical level, the Miralite Fastfold has ample underseat storage, and easy to use raincover and comes with an air pump to keep the pneumatic tyres plump.
I’m tall, 5ft 10ins, and often find I have to stoop as the handles are so low but these are adjustable and were soon at just the right height.
The buggy folds so easily and even stands up in its own without having to be leant against anything.
I took it out in all weathers, on all terrains with my daughter awake, asleep, happy and grumpy and I still failed to find anything to fault.
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I absolutely loved the Fastfold. If there’s one tiny thing to be aware of it’s just that you have to fold it with all your strength at first as the fabric is new and stiff but after a couple of goes it is really easy.
Who is the Micralite Fastfold best for?
Busy mums and dads after a fast-folding lightweight.
The Micralite Fastfold offers style and substance at a great price. This is a lightweight buggy that is genuinely easy and quick to fold. Great to leave at the nursery, throw in the back of the car or if you travel a lot. Your partner will be happy to push it because of the Micralite’s man appeal.