We can’t decide what Stokke is more known for; it’s children’s furniture or pushchairs.
Granted the Tripp Trapp kid’s chair is an iconic piece of equipment, but it’s not a stretch to say that the Sandi-brand’s buggies are quickly becoming equally noteworthy.
Founded in 1932 on the west coast of Norway and specialising in seating solutions, it wasn’t until 1972 with the unveiling of the Tripp Trapp designed by Peter Opsvik, that Stokke began its foray into the world of children’s furniture.
This expanded in the 90’s and led to the launch of their first stroller, the Xplory in 2003.
Since 2006 they have focused solely on creating premium children’s furniture & equipment and are now a market leader across several categories in many countries.
With its newest buggy, the Trailz, Stokke claims it’s made a pram that’s ‘built for adventure, taking you wherever you want to go – in all seasons and all terrains.’
Seen as an alternative to the Bugaboo Buffalo and the iCandy Peach 3 All-Terrain, the Trailz has an added advantage – its high positioned seat units, designed to strengthen the bond between parent and child by promoting better eye contact and interaction.
Unlike other well-known brands, the Stoke Trailz with seat unit is only suitable from 6 months, if you’d like to use it from birth you’d need to attach the carrycot, which is what we did.
An advance on the Stokke Crusi, the Trailz offers larger air filled tyres and a larger waterproof shopping bag.
So is it a true all-terrain as Stokke claims?
Yes, it is! After testing the Trailz in our urban London home, me and my partner were keen to take our newborn son to the countryside to see if this expensive buggy proved its worth in the great outdoors.
I tested the Stokke Trailz over every terrain imaginable, from cobblestones to gravelly, potholed, dirt tracks and it proved to be the 4×4 of buggies.
Rocky cliff tops, sandy beaches and hilly slopes – a holiday to Cornwall provided the prefect opportunity to test the Stokke Trailz. I was most impressed with how it glided across wet sand.
We strolled along the seafront at ease without the tyres once getting stuck. The waterproof storage bag underneath the buggy meant we didn’t have to worry about our belongings getting wet.
I also took the Stokke Trailz down rocky clifftop paths where other buggies didn’t dare venture. Its large air filled tyres, advanced suspension, lockable swivel front wheels, adjustable handle and secure footbrake, made the Stokke Trailz easy to manoeuvre.
The sturdy hood firmly holds its position and with built in UV50 protection, I felt reassured when taking my baby out in the sun. The zip attachable visor offered additional protection from the sun and kept my baby well shaded.
How does it steer?
The steering was effortless and it moved so smoothly over rocky surfaces my son didn’t wake. Despite its large frame, the buggy didn’t feel heavy and was easy to push uphill and raise onto high pavements. The Stokke Trailz has a large footbrake that’s easy to flip on and off.
The handle height can be adjusted to numerous positions. Sponge covering makes it comfortable to hold. The continuous handle makes it easy for carrying baby’s changing bag and makes the buggy easy to push with one hand.
What’s it like on public transport?
Back in London, I found it easy to manoeuvre on the city’s overground train and on the tube. But due to its bulky frame I wouldn’t attempt to take it on public transport during rush hour.
It would be impossible to get it on to a packed train and if I did manage get on before commuters piled in, I’d fear the dreaded ‘dirty’ looks for taking up so much space. Also, it took up a lot of the width of the escalator and I wouldn’t feel comfortable with scores of commuters squeezing past in a rush.
The same applied when I took my baby round a London market. One stall holder commented ‘that’s not a buggy. It’s a cart.’ However, the buggy’s sturdy frame does make you feel your baby is securely protected against the hustle and bustle.
How comfortable is the carrycot?
Extremely. The carrycot is spacious, well cushioned and warm. My son quickly drifted off to sleep when taken for a stroll, regardless of how rough the terrain.
It felt like he was travelling around in the lap of luxury and could not have looked cosier. Although not recommended for use as a sleeping cot, we used it as a cot while on holiday because the one provided by the hotel looked shabby in comparison.
The carrycot has an area you can unzip for extra ventilation. But it is still very warm so on hot summer days my baby didn’t need a blanket.
Does the Trailz have a high-positioned seat unit like other Stokke prams?
It certainly does! This was one of my favourite features of the Stokke. My back was still quite sore from giving birth and not having to bend down to tend to my baby was so helpful.
I loved the feeling of being close to my son and being able to make eye contact and reach into the pram easily.
How does it fold and store?
While it’s easy to fold where the Trailz fails is its footprint; it’s big and takes up a lot of space!
The folded storage unit wouldn’t fit in our hallway storage cupboard so we left it in our son’s nursery.
Neither would it fit in the boot of our small Nissan Micra so we had to resort to putting the carrycot in the boot of the car and the folded chassis on the passenger seat. You’d need a very big boot to store this buggy easily.
Tell us about storage
The Trailz has a good amount of storage, the waterproof basket underneath is sizeable and stored my coat and plenty of shopping bags.
There are also additional small pockets on the front of the carrycot for storing anything you want close to hand such as your purse.
Lets talk about style
The first thing you notice about the Stokke Trailz is its stylish design. Despite being robust, the buggy is elegant.
I chose the bright Urban Blue colour which proved a real head turner. The buggy received several admiring glances and compliments from passersby, with one woman in a restaurant confessing to having ‘buggy envy.’ If you’re after something eyecatching this is a winner.
Is it value for money?
Although it’s pricy the Stokke Trailz is value for money. We used the Stokke Trailz for our newborn so we needed the carrycot too bringing the total cost comes to £1,208. That sounds like a lot – that’s because it is!
But it’s also very comparable to all other high-end buggies like the Bugaboo Cameleon3 (£1065), Joolz Day Sense (£994) the iCandy Peach 3 All-Terrain (£1060) and Cybex Priam (£1215).
For the quality, features and resale value of this buggy, it’s worth it and you certainly get what you pay for.
What’s in the box?
- Chassis (underneath basket attached)
- Seat unit (hood attached)
- Mosquito net
- Instruction book
Is it easy to build?
Yes, it simply required unfolding the chassis and clicking the wheels into place. A clear instruction book with easy to follow images made this straightforward.
The underneath storage basket and the handle were already attached. The carrycot simply clicks into the frame and a circular display turns from to red to green to indict the carrycot is securely positioned. The same applies for the seat.
When assembling the carrycot, the mattress base simply clicks into place and the sun visor zips on easily. The buggy was assembled within minutes.
It’s a matter of weighing up what the most important attributes are for your lifestyle. The Stokke Trailz is perfect for parents who want to explore and enjoy the outdoors with their child.
Urban parents might want a buggy that folds and opens in seconds with one hand making it more suitable for busy public transport.
But such buggies don’t offer the sturdiness of the Stoke Trailz and couldn’t compete with the Stokke Trailz on rough outdoor terrains. I’d sacrifice travelling in rush hour for all the other benefits the Stokke Trailz has to offer like its easy steering, comfort for my son, stylish appearance and its high seat position.
However, it is not a buggy that’ll suit all budgets and comes under the ‘investment’ bracket, meaning it’s expensive but you’ll be able to resell at a great price.
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