Fitness instructor, lawyer and mum-of-two Marion Pearce road-tests the new Bugaboo Fox from the limited-edition Track collection.
Bugaboo, one of the biggest names in the world of baby gear, has released a limited-edition Track collection to celebrate 20 years since the launch of its first pushchair. We tasked fitness instructor and mummy-of-two, Marion to show off her sporty side and review the new Track Bugaboo Fox.
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Here’s what she had to say:
Giving an update to the Bugaboo Fox and Bugaboo Bee pushchairs, the Track collection features a subtle colour palette and simple details for an understated casual look.
We tested out the Fox as we wanted to see how it compares to the Bee. We’ve been fans of Bugaboo for a while and bought the Bee for our first child, Ines. We’re now using it for baby number two because we still absolutely love it. I couldn’t wait to try out the Bugaboo Fox.
In terms of look, the Fox is beautiful. The limited-edition Track collection comes in a lovely blue colour. It looks very elegant and we really like the design.
It’s much bigger than the Bugaboo Bee so it does take up slightly more space in the corridor and it is a heavier buggy, although we thought it’s still very light for how sturdy and practical it is.
Practicality and Comfort
The best features are that it is higher than the Bee so it feels a little more luxurious to push. If you are tall, it’s much more gentle on your back to put your baby down and take him or her out.
There’s also a bar across the seat where you can attach toys and your baby can rest their arms as tour strolling along. Ines particularly enjoyed this.
As the wheels are bigger than the Bee, its much smoother when walking around parks and it feels very stable.
Another useful thing, there is a large underneath area to put your grocery shopping and bits and bobs in, which is perfect for mum life.
My mum also took Ines on walks with it and she absolutely adored that buggy and thought it was extremely easy to move around and felt that it was more comfortable for Ines. She definitely wanted to keep it!
I think for a newborn, the Fox is great. It’s comfortable and feels luxurious to push. However, for a toddler, who walks a fair bit and only needs the buggy sparingly the Bugaboo Bee remains perfect for us.
Prices from £1059
Baby’s Editor-at-large Kate Freud previously put the Bugaboo Fox through its paces with Baby Willow…
The Bugaboo Fox is billed as the company’s best all-terrain buggy and is suitable from birth to 17kg. With its large wheel base and solid suspension it handled both smooth and rough ground, navigating shops and buses with ease.
Though it looks big, it folds down to almost nothing. The press-and-pull mechanism makes it easy to put up and down and it fitted easily into the boot of our car. Like all Bugaboos, it was compatible with my Maxi-Cosi car seat.
The Fox has received more compliments than any pushchair I have used before. You can make it totally your own, customising the fabric colours, handlebar grips, wheel caps and even the chassis. And as the main range of Bugaboo Fox fabrics are recycled from plastic bottles, there’s something for eco-friendly parents to get especially excited about. We opted for the gender-neutral grey melange hood, bassinet and seat. The waterproof extendable shade looked swish and offered UPF 50+ protection – handy for the heatwave.
Practicality and Driving
When I first started using the Fox, I felt utterly relieved that, despite its size, it was easy to manoeuvre. It feels lightweight, and with its big front wheels it really can tackle anything.
I bought the Cameleon when I had my son Jago six years ago and for me the only downside was that the basket underneath was way too small. But this defect is now a thing of the past – the Fox’s vast mesh basket and hidden pockets provide ample storage – and because the bassinet and seat sit so much higher, your belongings are much more accessible and your baby can sit at table height in a restaurant. The Fox’s footbrake is easy to use, even in flip flops, and the handle extends to accommodate taller users.
Little Willow was snug and well protected in the bassinet and the variable recline positions look like they will prove comfortable and useful when the time comes. I occasionally swapped the bassinet for the seat so my three-year-old Georgia could use the pushchair, and this was the only tricky and time-consuming part of using the Fox.
I can honestly say the Bugaboo Fox is a joy to use. It glides seamlessly from pavement
to park, both the bassinet and seat are extremely comfortable for both baby and toddler, and it works brilliantly with my day-to-day life. It’s a good-looking ride, and with all fabric parts removable and washable at 30 degrees, I’m sure it will continue to look swanky for years to come.
From £979, bugaboo.com