Kate Freud and baby Willow put the Bugaboo Fox through its paces…
Though the Bugaboo brand needs no introduction, the new Bugaboo Fox deserves a fanfare all of its own. Combining the best design features of the dependable Cameleon and the lightweight Bee, but sporting a few brilliant new innovations too, it’s safe to say Willow and
I couldn’t wait to give it a try.
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