The Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip XT is finally here! I’ve been getting a tons of emails from parents asking me about Flip XT model and how it is different from the original Flip.
So, I was very exited to test it out. In case you are getting lost with all the Armadillos out there, there are five different models in Armadillo series: Armadillo, Armadillo XT, Armadillo City, Armadillo Flip, and Armadillo Flip XT. Here is my full side-by-side comparison.
The Armadillo Flip XT is a lightweight compact stroller with a reversible seat that is very similar to the popular Armadillo Flip model, but has some extra features.
Many parents complained about Armadillo and Armadillo Flip not having any mesh in the canopy. Well, XT does! It has a full zipped mesh panel in the back that provides better air circulation on a hot summer day. The wheels on XT are also a little larger than on original Flip. It rolls on 6.5″ in the front and 9″ in the back. Great for mommy terrain like grass, playground mulch, or gravel.
Another great feature is an adjustable handle bar that extends from 38″ to 41″ from the ground. Of course all these great additional features come with an extra weight bringing it to 22 lbs. This is still very good weight for a reversible seat stroller.
I want to point out that compact fold makes a whole difference in the world. The weight feels much lighter when stroller is compact. The bulkiness always adds weight. I would say that a bulky 20 lbs stroller feels like 25 lbs when you lift it up.
Other features that I like are a very deep one-hand recline suitable for a newborn, large basket, flip-flop friendly brake, roomy seat, super huge canopy, all-wheel suspension, adjustable leg rest, reversible seat, one-hand fold, automatic lock, and standing fold.
This buggy is great for traveling, public transit, and running errands. The narrow frame and small footprint make it easy to navigate narrow store aisles and tight spaces. The city sidewalks can be full of surprises, so larger wheels will come handy. You can easily convert it into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat or a pram by replacing the seat with bassinet.
I gave it 5 out of 5 stars because Flip XT has all the additional features like larger wheels, mesh in the canopy, and adjustable handle bar. The only thing I am upset about is that there is no bumper bar available for any Armadillo models. On the bright side, despite all the updates it’s still very compact and very lightweight for a reversible seat stroller. This could be definitely your ONLY stroller! If I had to do it all over again, I would probably get Flip XT. It retails for around $599 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax) and comes with a rain cover.
-Huge canopy. Like on all Armadillo models the canopy is huge! It is made out of UPF 50+ fabric and goes down almost to the knees providing full coverage. I have to say, this is one of the best canopies on the market. It also has a nice size peekaboo window made out of clear plastic with a magnetic closure (Thank God it’s not Velcro). The great thing about this canopy is that it has a zipped mesh panel in the back that you can expose to provide better air circulation on a hot summer day. This was one of the complains I’ve been getting from parents frequently. The canopy also has a small toy loop so you can keep your little baby entertained.
-Adjustable handle bar. Unlike Flip model, Flip XT has an adjustable telescopic handle bar that goes from 38″ up to 41″ from the ground. It covered with leather like material instead of foam. Great for taller and shorter parents.
-Reversible seat. The seat is the same size as on the Flip. It is 12″ wide with 20″ seat back and a measurement of 24″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. The seat has very deep almost flat recline that can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs.
-Very deep recline. I love this recline! It’s one-hand lever recline with three positions including almost flat position suitable for a newborn. While you can put a newborn right into the seat, I would recommend using a car seat or a bassinet for the first few months because little babies are so fragile and need all support they can get. The are the same recline positions in both in parent and forward facing modes. BTW, the seat is pretty upright in the most upright position which I know is very important for some parents. Sometimes I get emails from parents who have the upright seat as a main criteria for the stroller search. They just ask me to recommend strollers with the most upright seats. For me, it was never the main criteria, but I think it’s a nice feature to have especially because my daughter always likes to seat very upright so she can see everything.
-5 point harness. It has adjustable padded 5 point harness with a puzzle like buckle. Many parents complain that the buckle takes too long to put together because of all the harness pieces. I have to agree with this one. It will take some time to get used to. On the bright side, I really like that the waist straps start closer together so it nicely fits a little newborn baby.
-Adjustable leg rest. It has an adjustable leg rest that will provide your little peanut with more surface to stretch out during nap time. It’s also very convenient for quick diaper changes. To lift it up just push the leg rest up. There is lever underneath the seat that you need to squeeze to bring leg rest back down. Easy!
-Large basket. The basket is pretty large and is easily accessible for all the sides. The sides of the basket are made from elastic mesh making it easy to get in. If the leg rest is up, you can even get into it from the front.
-Flip-flop friendly brake. No more shoe scratches! One step on the brake will lock or unlock the rear wheels. Love it!
-Larger wheels. The wheels on Flip XT are a little larger and have threads on the tires comparing to Flip model. It rolls on four hard rubber tires with 6.5″ tires in the front and 9″ tires in the back. For comparison, the Flip model has 6″ tires in the front and 7.5″ tires in the back. Front wheels are swivel, but can be locked straight. The larger wheels on XT make this stroller suitable not only for flat surfaces, but also for rougher terrain like grass, playground mulch or gravel. Now, parents can take it for longer walks at the park without getting tired after 15 minutes of pushing it.
-All-wheels suspension. The suspension makes the ride a little smoother absorbing a lot of small bumps.
-One-hand fold. The fold stayed the same as on Flip model. You can fold it with the seat attached facing any direction. Mamas&Papas is saying that it has world’s most compact fold in its class. The folded dimensions are 30″W x 22″ L x 10″H. I was surprised to see that despite all additional features and larger wheels, the folded dimensions are the same as on Flip model. There is also an automatic lock and a standing fold.
-Rain cover. INCLUDED!
-Travel system option. You can turn it into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat. Additional car seat adapter is required. It’s compatible with:
- Cybex Aton/Aton2/Aton Q (good car seats, but very expensive)
- Graco Snugride 35/Snugride Click Connect (top rated car seats)
- Chicco KeyFit 30 (my favorite car seat. I had it and absolutely love it!)
- Maxi Cosi Citi/Pebble/Cabriofix/Mico/Prezi
- Besafe Izi Go
I am a little surprised not to see any of the Britax car seats, because they are also one of the top rated car seats. Here is a travel system with Cybex car seat.
-Pram option. You can also turn Flip XT into a stylish pram by replacing the seat with a bassinet (sold separately). For some reason Mamas&Papas web site says that bassinet works with Flip, but does not say anything about XT model. Well, I’ve contacted Mamas&Papas directly and they told me that it ALSO works with XT model. The bassinet retails for around $220 on Amazon.
-Buckle puzzle piece. I don’t want to make a big deal out of it, but this buckle can be improved.
-No bumper bar. I am a little surprised that there is no bumper bar available for any Armadillo models.
Here is a great video overview from Mamas&Papas.
Stroller weight: 22 lbs
Weight limit: 50 lbs
Folded dimensions: 30″L x 22″ W x 10”H
Handle bar height: 38″-41″
Seat to canopy height: 24″
Front wheels: 6.5″
Rear wheels: 9″
Overall length: 35″
Overall width: 22″
Armadillo Flip vs Armadillo Flip XT
With so many Armadillos running around it might get confusing. There only three main differences:
- Adjustable telescoping handle bar
- Larger wheels
- Mesh window in the canopy
Mamas & Papas gives 2 year warranty from the date of purchase. Here is more information on the warranty.
The Armadillo Flip XT model is available in five colors: navy, black, mulberry, teal and sand dune. All of strollers come with a silver frame.
Where to buy it
My favorite place to buy strollers and a lot of other baby items is Amazon. It usually has the lowest prices, free shipping, free returns and no sales tax. How great is that? You can get Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip XT in one of the five beautiful colors for around $599 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax). Comes with a rain cover. Since this is a new luxury stroller, I didn’t see any good sales on it. But, I think for what you get, the price is very reasonable.
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