Part of Red Kite’s Gold Collection, the Kuro is at the higher end of the brand’s pushchair/travel-system range. Priced at £245, it’s a mid-market option, but it looks as expensive as more high-end products like the Bugaboo Bee 5 or the Cybex.
Michelle Martin tested the Kuro stroller with her two-year-old grandson Clay on trips to the park and the supermarket.
What are your first impressions of the Red Kite Kuro pushchair?
The overall finish is good – the black chassis and frame contrast nicely with the chocolate-brown leatherette bumper bar and matching handle. I also like how large the seat is and the generous shopping basket.
Is the Red Kite Kuro stroller easy to put together?
Although the box is light, it’s quite large, and I assumed it was going to be a task putting the stroller together. I needn’t have worried, as it comes already assembled with just the wheels to attach. These click into place and the stroller is ready for use – no need to look at the instruction manual! I put it together in a matter of minutes.
How easy is the Red Kite Kuro to push?
Very. For a full-size pushchair it has the feel and comfort of a lightweight stroller whilst looking like a high-end travel system.
How does the Red Kite Kuro ride on different surfaces?
At the park it glides seamlessly over the bumpy terrain, and at the supermarket it wheels effortlessly down the aisles. The suspension is good; the Kuro handles every bump and kerb with relative ease.
Do the wheels work well?
At first, I thought the wheels looked a bit flimsy. Although not as big and robust as the wheels on an iCandy or the Stokke, they are very durable and work well on difficult terrain.
Does the Red Kite Kuro fold easily?
No. This is the only major downside of the Kuro. Although it is described as a one-hand fold, I found it almost impossible to close the stroller with one hand, especially with a toddler in tow. To collapse it, you use a click and lock button located at the base of the seat. It’s simple once you get used to it, but it is not an easy-folding pushchair, which is disappointing as otherwise it’s a great all-rounder.
Is the stroller compact when folded?
Yes, very. It fits nicely in a corner without getting in the way. You also don’t have to take it apart, which saves on storage space.
Does the Kuro pushchair fit in the boot of a car?
Yes, it’s very neat, leaving plenty of room for shopping or even a weekend bag.
Do the brakes work well?
Situated by the back wheels, the brakes are nice and sharp. They blend well with the wheels and do not obstruct the frame.
Is the 5-point harness easy to fasten and adjust?
Yes, it’s a simple slot-and-click procedure. The straps are generous and allow even the chunkiest of toddler to be securely strapped in.
Does the frame of the Red Kite Kuro feel durable?
Yes, I’m impressed with how sturdy it feels.
How large is the seat unit?
The height and width of the seat has more than enough room for a growing toddler. It is deep, padded and looks very comfortable.
What age child is the Red Kite Kuro stroller best for?
Because it comes with Maxi-Cosi car-seat adaptors, I would recommend this stroller from birth as the seat has a nice, sturdy finish. The seat pitch leaves enough room for the baby to grow into the chair without compromising on space.
How many recline positions does it have?
The Kuro offers the upright, recline and lie-flat position (once the footrest is lifted). It is also parent- and world-facing. My grandson is able to lie flat and sleep soundly.
Is the Red Kite Kuro basket easy to access?
Yes, and it’s a generous size. The only downside is that it is a little too exposed.
Does the hood provide enough cover?
Yes, it’s durable and extendable and protects your child from the elements well. I also love the material and the sleek finish.
Is the handlebar adjustable?
Comfortable to grip, the handlebar extends or shortens easily to suit both tall and short parents/carers. I used it at its lowest setting, as I am only 5ft 2ins.
How comfortable is the Kuro pushchair for the child?
My grandson immediately climbed into the stroller and gave no resistance on our trip to the park. His feet didn’t dangle off and he looked very comfortable.
How easy is it to interact with your toddler when in the Red Kite Kuro?
I didn’t use the stroller parent-facing, so it was difficult to engage continuously with my grandson, but he was constantly talking and pointing at things that caught his attention.
How does the Kuro compare to other buggies?
I really like this stroller. It is as enjoyable to use as the iCandy Strawberry and the Mima Zigi. For the price, it is very high quality – from the leatherette feel of the handle bar to plush material on the hood and the seat liner.
What’s in the box?
- seat unit
- Maxi-Cosi car seat adaptors
- rain cover
- bumper bar
- foot cover/ apron
The Kuro stroller is an excellent product and fantastic value for money. It’s a lightweight stroller, whose looks could easily compete with some of the most expensive strollers on the market. The seat is generous, so you won’t need to replace the pushchair as your child grows – even past the age of 3. The only qualms I have are the under-the-seat click and button fold, which can be tricky if you are in a rush and want to close the stroller quickly.