Looking for the ultimate travel system to suit her growing family, Kate Finney tests the new Uppababy Vista…
Uppababy Vista 2015 Review
I have a confession to make, I’m a fully signed-up member of the Uppababy fan club, and have loved my previous Vista, to the extent that I’m almost reluctant to switch my affections to the shiny new version. But I’m trying to keep an open mind!
Sporting several modifications, it’s essentially the same buggy as before – but with added benefits. What attracted me is its improved capability as a double (when converted with the newly-designed Rumble Seat). It means I can use it as a pram for a newborn, a buggy for my toddler, a double for my toddler’s nanny share days, and as a double for the new baby on the way and my toddler, with each different configuration requiring a minor changeover taking seconds.
This really is a multi-tasking buggy, suitable for one, two or even three children (with the Piggy Back ride-along accessory). The bassinet, which has a useful handle for carrying, is perfect for naps or overnight sleeping (a nice option to have when travelling). The comfy toddler seat is both front and rear facing and tilts well. It stands alone once folded and has a huge storage basket which is a big plus.
The sleek new model looks almost identical, and I think it’s a great design. The bassinet has a lovely soft lining and the seat is simple and smart. With nine colourways there is something for everyone, although I love the ones with black frames.
Practicality and Drivability
Very easy and intuitive to use, the manoeuvrability of the new model is much better, and it’s a pleasure to push in both buggy and pram modes. With two toddlers on board, it can be tricky to gain leverage for lifting the buggy up on the pavement, but the fact they can both face forwards is a great improvement. The rain cover and insect net are both easy to use and the car seat adaptors make it even more versatile.
Both the seat units and the bassinet feature SPF 50+ extendable sunshades to keep the sun out of little eyes. The seat unit reclines to horizontal making it perfect for napping, and the Rumble Seat also tilts which helps to give the second child a lot more room.
The new Vista offers a more luxurious ride (and push) and the new Rumble Seat (£174.99) is perfect for those wanting to convert to a double. It’s sturdy, good-looking, dependable and a great all-rounder. My daughter and her best friend love it so much that they actually try to climb in it, which is far easier than trying to strap in a screaming toddler!
£699.99 | uppababy.co.uk
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