Mamas & Papas are one of the most well-known and loved baby brands in the UK. Their pushchair range is becoming more popular than ever with the introduction of stylish and practical models. Here, we are taking a look at the Mamas & Papas Urbo2.
What’s in the Box?
Chassis complete with rear wheels
Chest & Crotch Pads,
• Folded Size: H29 x W53 x L83cm
• Suitability: Birth-15kg
• Weight: 9kg
The RRP of the Mamas & Papas Urbo2 is £549.00
The Mamas&Papas Urbo2 is available four Tweed colours: Chestnut, Dark Navy, Khaki and Rust.
Mamas & Papas Urbo2 Review
Well, we can start by saying “wow.” If you are searching for a sleek, stylish, city pushchair then the Urbo2 is your match. The modern, slightly industrial, yet oh so cosmopolitan chrome frame is perfectly matched with luxurious fabrics to create an ultimately stylish pushchair. We love the look of the Urbo2, it’s sure to be a hit with style savvy parents. Mamas & Papas have really stepped up the style stakes with the Urbo2!
Mamas & Papas have recognised that city living isn’t always smooth and effortless and have made over 15 adjustments to the previous model to make sure that the Urbo2 checks every box for keeping our little people comfortable and happy in the city as well as looking good in the process.
The handle bar can easily be adjusted across a multitude of positions using two simple clamp clips. This suits a variety of heights for the pushchair driver from the smallest to the very tallest but also makes squeezing into tighter gaps in urban spaces easier too. The addition of a safety strap also gives added security to parents on station platforms and pushing next to busy roads. And naturally it isn’t just any safety strap – it’s a sumptuously soft cotton webbed safety strap….very Urbo2!
The wheels on the Urbo2 are interesting. The hard rubber outers are outshone by the futuristic chrome effect hubs of the wheels. However, the wheels gave a superbly smooth ride and the Urbo2 manoeuvred effortlessly. The wheels have been improved upon since the previous model of the Urbo, with the introduction of front suspension which gives the lucky passenger of the Urbo2 a smoother ride over city cobbles and uneven surfaces. The wheels could appear to look well-worn quite quickly due to the thin depth of rubber that is usually seen on other pushchairs; again the wheels being another feature which Mamas & Papas have used to make the Urbo2 stand out and look different from the rest of the pushchair crowd.
The front wheels are also now removable to make storing and cleaning the pushchair easier. Curbs are always something parents have to tackle and the Urbo2 was well-balanced and had one of the lightest and easiest curb pops.
The brake is simple and quick to operate and surprisingly sturdy for such a light pushchair, meaning the stop and go of city life isn’t a fuss at all. There were no bruised toes moments when operating the brake whatsoever!
City shoppers will benefit from the basket on the Urbo2 as the high sides mean there is less of a balancing act involved when piling shopping into the basket. Many would perhaps prefer the basket to extend slightly further however for a narrow framed, light, city pushchair, we feel the basket is pretty generous and were able to fit the usual parental baggage in there easily and a good few carrier bags of shopping.
We are reviewing the Signature Edition Chestnut Tweed model of the Urbo2. There are several other colour options including Camel, Mulberry, Navy, Black and a Liberty of London collaboration print.
Detail has not been an oversight with this signature edition pushchair. The seat is gorgeously padded with that style element peeping through again in the detailing of the quilted stitching. We all know pushchairs can be magnets for dirt and mess so the fabrics are easily removed and are washable, which is really handy for us busy parents!
There is a simple 5-point harness which is padded out beautifully with co-ordinating harness pads. The pads seemed large on a smaller baby but still looked comfortable. Even the harness straps are made of the softest cotton webbing to add that extra premium feel to the pushchair. The harness button is a simple one action release and the straps are height adjustable via threading them through the slots in the back of the seat.
The seat unit of the Urbo2 boasts some of our favourite features of this pushchair:
The hood – it’s large and it gives excellent coverage but also has a beautiful quilted lining to cool baby during hot days and keep out those extra draughts during colder days as well as keep any light out whilst baby is snoozing. The hood also has the added bonus of an integrated ventilated window as well as a peek-a-boo window which makes it even easier for parents to check on baby. There’s no making baby jump and wake up either as the peek-a-boo window has magnets on its opening rather than Velcro.
The bumper bar is not only lavishly covered in leather with stitch detailing but it pivots 360° on both sides. This no fuss pushchair is doing its upmost in the campaign for no fuss parenting on the go!
And just to add to the wow factor of the Urbo2, a clever integrated sunshade/ insect net has been built in to the underside of the footrest and can be effortlessly whipped over baby to protect them in an instant!
The seat was easy to recline using a one-handed motion to 3 different positions and was smooth enough not to wake baby.
The fabric is deep and soft and with leather logos and colour co-ordinated zips the detail has again not been overlooked. The elegant look of the pushchair is somewhat taken away from by the vast plastic seat back though, perhaps carrying on the gorgeous chestnut tweed fabric all the way down the back of the seat would of been more to some peoples taste.
Suitable from newborn, the seat lies flat however we would definitely prefer to use the Urbo2 with the carrycot which can be purchased from Mamas & Papas for £169.
It was easy to flip the seat from parent facing to world facing mode with two buttons and handles either side of the seat. Even the plastic handles are covered by chrome plates so not to take away from the demur shine of the frame. Facing either way, the Urbo2 pushed like a dream.
One added bonus of the seat was that it is ever so slightly higher than that of other city pushchairs meaning your child isn’t privy to a view of people’s legs and reduced to breathing in car exhaust fumes – they get a great view and you get a great view of them also.
The rain cover for the Urbo2 is easy to pop on and off and has a handy zip open access hole making seeing to baby easy whilst in the hustle and bustle of shops and streets. It covers the majority of the seat unit to minimise the pushchair fabrics (and your baby!) getting damp in a rainstorm.
The fold on the Urbo2 isn’t a simple one handed motion. It’s done using two buttons that need to be pushed inwards and upwards simultaneously, so you’ll need two hands to fold it.
It can however be folded with the seat on and makes a relatively small compact package for such a sturdy city ride, so travelling on busy public transport or in small city cars isn’t a problem. The frame lock on the Urbo2 is useful and we were relieved to find that the Urbo2 stands alone when folded too; it can easily stand in a neat little corner of a hallway without taking up much space at all.
Mamas & Papas Urbo2 Review: Conclusion
The Urbo2 is very vogue. It seems to totally nail the combination of style, functionality and comfort as far as a compact city pushchair goes. It’s a simple yet lavish pushchair with lots to offer. The manoeuvrability is excellent however even for a city pushchair it could benefit from a bit more chunk to the wheels.
If you’re style savvy and appreciate the finer details in life but still want your baby to travel in comfort then the Urbo2 could easily be at the top of your wish list.
We give the Mamas & Papas Urbo2 4.5 out of 5.