DT reader Hadi is about a week away from the arrival of his baby, which means he has PLENTY of time to kill surfing around European baby sites and writing in-depth ruminations about the Quinny Zapp travel stroller and the Maxi-Cosi Cabrio car seat they just got from Babycare.nl. Ahh, those were the days:
Both arrived yesterday, 10 days after placing online order. Smooth process and no glitches, we would order from them again. Additional costs: UPS shipping (depends on purchase) and customs clearing COD (approx. $20).Buy the Quinny Zapp in a rainbow of colors--or black--for $US223.47 at babycare.nl, plus s&h and customs (but minus VAT, of course)
the baby is scheduled to make his appearance in a week, so can't comment yet on how the whole enchilada works with the child. will practice putting seat in car later today/tomorrow, so more to come in a few days.
Preliminary thoughts on the Zapp: It's definitely small when folded up, and can fit inside your car in the footwell or on the seat. It comes with a good travel bag. Clean and modern design, feels sturdy - much more so than other travel strollers, 360-degree rotation a la that other dutch stroller.
It took me about 15-20 min to remove the cloth stroller seat so I could install the car seat, a little bit of a pain, but I won't be doing often, as the cabrio is for kids up to up to 9 mos and the zapp seat is for kids who are older than 6/9 mos. [Note: we're still using the Cabrio at 11 months; it's good up to 13kg and 12-15 months, it says. Also, it's a 20-30-min job to switch the Bugaboo from bassinet to stroller upholstery, so there you are. -You only do that once, though. -DT]
Folding the Zapp is not a 1-click process, its takes about 3 moves to collapse it from full frame to that teeny bundle...same for the reverse. Will definitely fit onboard airline, a big plus. However, it is NOT the lightest stroller on the market (the tradeoff being sturdiness), so if your objective is weight, you may want to keep looking around.
Cabrio-Zapp setup: very easy via two adapters that fit onto the Zapp frame. The adapters come with the Zapp or the Cabrio so no need for extra purchase. The seat slots in perfectly and easily, and can be removed after clicking 2 buttons, although pressing buttons and lifting chair out of the sockets requires a little more effort. [no kidding. This can be a drag at night. -dt] The carseat and baby face you; it cannot be rotated to face the outside world.
The Cabrio seat seems pretty sturdy. the one surprising (nice) feature that we didn't know about is a retractable sun visor that clips on the car seat handle. [Seriously, they should put that visor on a billboard; we had no idea when we bought it, but we use that thing ALL the time. -dt]
Buy a Maxi-Cosi Cabrio at babycare.nl for $178.51, plus &c. Personally, if I were buying it all over again, I'd steer clear of the canvas, which seems to age awfully fast.