As you probably know, Mamas & Papas is one of my favorite companies. So, I was very exited to see a new model for 2017 called ‘Ocarro’. While it might be new to the US market, it has been out in UK since October 2016 so I was able to get some feedback from parents.
It looks like Mamas & Papas took the best features from the Armadillo Flip XT and Urbo 2 models and put it all into Ocarro creating one of the best strollers on today’s market.
This buggy has a reversible seat with a one-hand recline that includes a flat position suitable for a newborn. I absolutely love flat reclines where the child can actually fully stretch and does not have to sleep in a half sitting position (it’s also great for diaper changes on the fly).
The large three-panel canopy will provide plenty of shade while a zipped in mesh panel will ensure great air circulation on a hot summer day. You not going to wake your baby up with the magnetic peekaboo window closure instead of noisy Velcro. Large basket can fit a lot of the groceries during your shopping trip. The compact fold will leave plenty of room in your trunk for other things.
But, probably the most important feature of Ocarro is the large all-terrain wheels with all-wheel suspension that create an outstanding maneuverability and smoothness when going over terrain. It’s really the wheels that move a stroller from one category to another. The Ocarro can be purchased by itself, with a matching bassinet, or with a bassinet and an infant car seat.
You can PRE-ORDER Ocarro in one of the four beautiful colors for around $630 (free shipping). It comes with a bumper bar, and cup holder. You can also purchase it with a matching bassinet for around $750 (free shipping).
-Supersized canopy. I absolutely love this canopy! It has large three panels (with one zipped in panel) that go down all the way to the bumper bar providing your child with maximum sun protection. The metal accents on the canopy and the foot rest add to the luxurious feel of the stroller.
-Mesh panel. There is also a zipped up mesh panel in the back that you can expose to provide better air circulation on a hot summer day. The mesh is dark enough to protect your child from the sun. BTW, this was one of the highly requested features from parents. I don’t think you can see it from the photos I have here, but there is also a toy loop on the inside of the canopy, that you can use to hang a small toy for your baby.
-Large peekaboo window. There is a clear peekaboo window with a magnetic closure. No noisy Velcro that is guaranteed to wake up your sleeping child.
-Adjustable handle bar. The adjustable handle bar is covered in high quality leather. It telescopes out from 38″ up to 41″ from the ground. Great for taller and shorter parents. There is a convince grip in the middle for one-hand navigation and a short run-away strap for additional safety. Honestly, I’ve never used the run-away strap. It’s probably more need on a jogging stroller.
-Roomy seat. The seat 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 can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs. What I really like about this seat is that the back of the seat is made out of hard plastic that will always maintain its shape and provide your child with max support.
-Deep one-hand recline. The seat has 3-position one-hand lever recline that goes all the way to a flat position suitable for a newborn. You will also need just one hand to bring the seat back up. It has the same recline positions in parent facing mode. While the seat has a head-hugger to keep a little one snug and safe, I would still get an infant insert if you are planning on putting a newborn baby directly into the seat. Those parents who want an upright seat will be happy to know that it is very upright in the most upright position. As my daughter got older she always liked to seat up straight pulling herself up using the bumper bar.
-5 point harness. It has 5 point padded adjustable harness with a center release buckle that is a little puzzle piece. This is not my favorite buckle, but you can get used to it.
-Swing-away bumper bar. INCLUDED! Super happy about the bumper bar being included. I’ve been complaining now for a while about lack of bumper bar option on the Armadillo line. Well, I think that Mamas&Papas have listened because I can see bumper bars being included on almost all new models.
-Adjustable foot rest. You can easily adjust the leg rest by pulling the lever underneath. It has two positions: horizontal and angled down. Small babies can stretch their little feet and sit comfortably. Also, it creates a great bed-like environment for long naps and quick diaper changes.
-Large basket. The basket is not only large, but is accessible from all four sides. The sides are made out of stretchable mesh making it easy to get in. If the foot rest is up, you can get into it from the front. You should be able to fit a large diaper bag with no problems. Parents with long legs will be happy because the crossbar is located much higher than on most of the strollers creating more leg room.
-Flip-flop-friendly brake. There is a single pedal located on the right rear wheel. It is flip-flop friendly. A light press on the pedal will lock and unlock both rear wheels.
-Wheels. It rolls on four hard rubber wheels with 8″ wheels in the front and 11″ wheels in the back. The front wheels are swivel, but can be locked straight for rougher terrain. These wheels are designed to handle a lot of different terrain and are great for long walks at the park, or stroll down busy city streets with uneven sideways. There is even a reflective trim on wheels for greater visibility at night.
-All-wheel suspension system. Your child will experience a smooth ride thanks to the front and back wheels suspension.
-Compact fold. The fold is super easy but is multiple steps. You could probably do it with just one hand, but it’s more convenient to use both. I like that the seat folds inside protecting the fabric from all the dirt and damage. Also, you can fold it with the seat attached facing any direction. The folded package is pretty compact for an all-terrain reversible-seat stroller with dimensions of 22.8″W x 29.9″L x 14.6″H. It has an automatic lock and standing fold. Now, I am not sure how that leather handle bar will handle standing fold and does’t get scratched.
-Bassinet option. You can turn your stroller into a stylish pram by getting a matching bassinet. This bassinet is one of my favorite. I really like that it holds its shape without sagging down and wrinkly material like on many other bassinets. The metal detailing on the sunshade gives it modern and luxurious feel. This bassinet can be used as a stand-alone for an extra sleeping place for your child.
-Travel System Option. You can turn Ocarro into travel system with most popular infant car seats like (you just need to get the right adapter):
- Cybex Aton/Aton2/Aton Q
- Maxi Cosi Citi/Pebble/Cabriofix/Mico
- Graco Snugride Click Connect
- Chicco KeyFit 30
-Heavy weight. The weight of almost 30 lbs is the only true downside of the Ocarro model. Of course you can lift the seat and the frame separately every time you load it into the trunk to make it easier on your back. Looking at the specs, I expected the weight to be around 25 lbs.
-Expensive. Like many luxury models it has a luxury price of $630. Comparing to a lot of other luxury brands it’s
Here is a great video overview.
Stroller weight: 29.8 lbs
Weight limit: 50 lbs
Folded dimensions: 22.8″W x 29.9″L x 14.6″H
Handle bar height: 38″- 41″
Seat to canopy height: 24″
Front wheels: 8″
Rear wheels: 11″
Overall length: 39″
Overall width: 22.8″
Mamas & Papas gives 2 year warranty from the date of purchase. Here is more information on the warranty.
The Ocarro model is available in four colors: black, chestnut, dark navy and grey twill. All of strollers come with a silver frame.
Where to buy it
You can PRE-ORDER Ocarro in one of the four beautiful colors for around $630 (free shipping). It comes with a bumper bar, and a rain cover. You can also purchase it with a matching bassinet for around $750 (free shipping).
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