If you have browsed through my blog before you may have spotted that I have a deep love for my UPPAbaby VISTA and my Babyzen YOYO…but now I have had a small opportunity to play with their forthcoming MINU…so here is my UPPAbaby MINU Compact Travel Stroller Review. Well, my first impressions at least…
…and I wants it, I needs it…my preciousssss!!
They have out-Babyzen’d Babyzen. I have a question mark over whether this will be allowed to be taken onto a plane as hand luggage as it does look a bit bigger than the YOYO stroller but that is the ONLY question mark. In every other way the MINU knocks it out of the park and this could be the hot ticket for 2018 when it comes to compact travel strollers.
The MINU has clearly been designed and engineered from scratch with a goal to create a compact stroller with as few compromises as possible. One immediate outstanding feature is the large basket, and this is something that UPPAbaby are known for. Parents need space for stuff and the basket here is very big in relation to the size of the stroller and will have no problems holding a changing bag or a bunch of shopping. It is also easy to get to from the front and the back of the pushchair.
The seat unit is a really, really generous size too. Our little one recently turned 2 years old (at the time of writing) and sadly we have already had to relegate the YOYO to very short trips as she is too big for it already and M is not a big toddler by any means. The seat on the MINU is easily big enough for a decent sized toddler and I can see this lasting until a child is 3 to 4 years old, all depending on the weight of the child and what the safety limit is on this product when it is released.
There is a very good recline on the seat and this is adjustable by tightening or loosening a strap at the back of the seat and this is easy to use. It doesn’t lie flat but reclines enough for a toddler to snooze in. There is also going to be a newborn carrycot style accessory available so this product is able to be used from birth. UPPAbaby’s signature easy to use 5-point safety harness is also present with the MINU and looks very similar to the one used on their CRUZ and VISTA strollers.
The hood is also a very generous size and another signature of UPPAbaby’s strollers is also here in the shape of the large pull out UV50+ protective sun shade. There is also a peek-a-boo window on top which is the same as you get on a VISTA or CRUZ stroller and this rolls up if you want to let air circulate through the hood and also stays closed by hidden magnets on the flap.
That’s all pretty darn good for starters, but it is not all by any way, shape or form. There’s more goodies…such as a REAL leather handlebar…
A storage pouch on the back of the seat…
And a very, very clever and simple approach to the brake pedals…green for go, red for stop!
Even the wheels are frickin’ cool too…
But I have saved the best bit until last. The fold is a one-handed affair and so easy to master. Press in the buttons on the handlebar and just gently push down and forwards and it z-folds into a very compact shape which gets automatically locked by a locking clip. There is also a very handy shoulder strap on the MINU which makes it easy to carry when folded.
Oh…and it is sooo light that I can pick it up with just one finger, and I am no He-Man!!
So, there you have it. My first impressions are very good. As well as all of the above it is really easy to push and you can do this and steer perfectly with just one hand and it has a really tight turning circle which will make life very easy when out and about, especially in a store where you need to weave around slow moving people pushing shopping trolleys. It’s super smooth to push too and has excellent suspension on all of the wheels. Oh, and car seat adaptors will be available which will work with their forthcoming MESA car seat as well as the usual suspects such as Maxi Cosi and BeSafe.
Good job UPPAbaby and a big thank you to them for letting me have a play with it so soon. It is not going to be released in the UK until Spring 2018 so at the time of writing there is still around 4 months to go before it is available in shops and the price is yet to be confirmed. I do know that it will be released in 4 colours, including this Denny red, Jake black, Jordan charcoal and Ryan teal.