Recently, Mamas&Papas has created a big buzz with a little lightweight stroller called Armadillo. This year, they did it again with the Armadillo Flip which is a very similar model to the Armadillo but has a reversible seat. Right after the release, Armadillo Flip got sold out within a few days.
Wondering why? Well, because this is a great stroller for an urban lifestyle! Parents love how lightweight and compact it is. The one-hand fold makes it easy to fold the stroller while holding your baby.
This is perfect for busy parents who like to run errands around town or use public transit. Do you know how rude people on the bus can be if you take up too much room with your stroller? Not with Armadillo Flip! Mamas&Papas claim that this is the WORLD’S most compact stroller in its class.
The narrow frame (only 22″ wide) makes it very easy to navigate narrow and tight spaces like store aisles, between the cars in the parking lot, or in the small elevators.
It also features a large basket, adjustable footrest, adjustable 5-point harness, and a huge canopy. Operating the stroller is very easy because all the function buttons and levers are colored yellow.
As I’ve mentioned before, the main feature of the Flip is the reversible seat with a very deep recline. The one-hand lever recline goes to an almost flat position suitable for a newborn.
The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs. You can also convert it into a travel system by getting an infant car seat adapter. It weighs 20 lbs which is 3 lbs more than the Armadillo model. The extra weight comes from the frame of the reversible seat.
I gave this baby 5 out of 5 stars because I think this is one of the best strollers for an urban lifestyle. It’s light and super compact, has a deep one-hand recline, and one-hand fold, and has that reversible seat that everybody wants.
And don’t you love how stylish it is? Of course, as with any stroller, there are some drawbacks. I wish there was a mesh in the canopy to provide extra air circulation and I would like to see an adjustable handlebar.
To my surprise, there is no bumper bar or child’s tray available for the Armadillo model. On the bright side, there is also an Armadillo Flip XT model that has the mesh and the adjustable handlebar!
In case you are wondering, there are a total of five different models in the Armadillo series: Armadillo, Armadillo XT, Armadillo City, Armadillo Flip, and Armadillo Flip XT. BTW, here is my full side-by-side comparison.
The Armadillo Flip retails for around $499 and is available in four beautiful colors. Comes with a rain cover only.
The canopy on Flip is HUGE! It is one of the largest canopies on the market. It goes all the way down almost reaching the bottom of the seat. There are three panels and because Mamas&Papas thought it wasn’t enough, they’ve added a small pop-out sunvisor.
Unfortunately, there is no mesh panel, the canopy does not unzip and the peekaboo window is made out of plastic so there is nothing to improve the air circulation on a hot summer day.
I think that Mamas&Papas knows about this problem because their new Armadillo Flip XT model has a hidden mesh panel in the canopy. There is a clear plastic peekaboo window with magnetic closure.
The seat is very roomy with plenty of headroom for an older child. It is 12″ wide with a 20″ seat back and a measurement of 24″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy.
The seat is very well padded making it very comfortable for the child. It can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs. BTW, my friend’s 4-year-old son who is 38″ tall was able to fit into the seat!
Once we reversed the seat, he did look a little funny because of his dangling feet since there is no footrest like in the front-facing mode. I mean I don’t know if 4-year-old kids really will want to sit in a stroller, but he was feeling pretty comfy.
It has a very deep three-position recline in both modes that goes to an almost flat position suitable for a newborn. I really like that the seat is pretty upright in the most upright position.
While the Armadillo model has a one-hand strap recline system, the Flip has a one-hand lever recline. To be honest, I didn’t mind the strap system because you could bring it back up with one hand by just pulling the strap.
To bring the seat back in Flip, all you need to do is push the seat up. Not a big deal, but because of how easy it is, sometimes when you pull the canopy down, the seat goes up. Of course, that’s not going to happen with an older passenger on board.
There is an adjustable legrest that is part of the seat. To lift the leg rest up all you need to do is push it up with your hand. To bring it down, you need to squeeze a lever located underneath of leg rest. Super easy!
If you recline the back of the seat all the way and lift the leg rest, your child will be able to stretch in the bed-like environment. It’s great for long naps and quick diaper changes.
It has an adjustable padded 5-point harness with a center release buckle. Now, this is not my favorite buckle because it’s one of those puzzle buckles that falls apart into 5 pieces. Putting it together when your child is screaming and trying to get out of the stroller is a nightmare.
Screaming child happens very often in our family especially when we go to the mall or a restaurant. I don’t know how many times my daughter dropped on the floor in the middle of Macy’s and refused to get up.
People would be walking around her and she would be on the floor screaming at the top of her lungs. That’s when I put her into the stroller, strap her in, and wheel her out.
But it’s much worse at the restaurant, just when you think you can sit, relax, and have a nice meal, your child has a meltdown and starts throwing crayons at everybody. That’s when I quickly load my angel into the stroller, ask for a doggy bag, and run to the car. LOL.
You get the picture. So, an easy buckle helps a lot! Anyway, what I do like about the harness is that it can be adjusted to fit nicely for a newborn. Since the waist straps start close together behind the child instead of being very far apart, you can easily adjust them to fit smaller babies.
The non-adjustable handlebar is located 40″ from the ground and is covered with foam.
I am not a big fan of foam covering because it tends to get ruined after a while. There is a convenient grip in the middle for one-handed navigation and a short run-away strap for added safety.
The basket is large and since the sides are made from elastic mesh it is very easy to access from all sides. It can easily fit your large diaper bag plus some small essentials.
The flip-flip-friendly parking brake is located on the right wheel. One step locks both of the rear wheels in place.
It rolls on four EVA tires with 6″ wheels in the front and 7.5″ wheels in the back. The front wheels are swivel but can be locked straight for rougher terrain.
The small wheels are designed for flat surfaces but can handle some mommy terrain like mulch, grass, or gravel. They are great for running errands around the town or going to the mall. This is not an all-terrain stroller, so don’t expect it to do well off-road.
Of course, font and back wheel suspension helps to smooth out the bumps.
You can fold this buggy with one hand while holding a baby. It’s that easy! Mamas&Papas is saying that it has the world’s most compact fold in its class. And the best thing is that you can fold it with the seat facing any direction.
The folded dimensions are 30″L x 22″ W x 10”H which is super compact, especially for a stroller with a reversible seat. To make it more compact you can remove the wheels. The weight is also very light for a reversible seat stroller at 20 lbs.
You can easily fold the stroller and jump on the bus with your baby in hand. Of course, the Armadillo is only 17 lbs, but the extra weight comes from the frame of the reversible seat.
I usually don’t include car seat info in my review because all full size strollers have travel system capability, but since I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking me about travel system info, I decided to post it.
You can turn it into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat with the purchase of an adapter. Since the stroller frame is very neutral, any car seat will look good on it. 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 a Cybex car seat.
You can even turn your stroller into a stylish pram! I really like the front release handle from the chassis that is simple and quick. It is suitable from birth and up to 20 lbs. You can get it for around $210 on Amazon.
-Rain cover. INCLUDED!
-Non-adjustable handlebar. This is very typical for a lightweight stroller. But guess what?
-No mesh in the canopy. There is nothing to provide better air circulation during hot summer days.
-No bumper bar nor child’s tray available. I am very surprised that you can’t even purchase them separately.
-Small wheels. The small wheels on Flip are the same size that many umbrella strollers have.
-Additional storage. There is no storage aside from the large basket. It would be nice if the cup holder was included. I also would like a small zipper pocket for small essentials.
Stroller weight: 20 lbs
Weight limit: 50 lbs
Folded dimensions: 30″L x 22″ W x 10”H
Handlebar height: 40″
Seat to canopy height: 24″
Front wheels: 6″
Rear wheels: 7.5″
Overall length: 36″
Overall width: 22″
Mamas & Papas gives a 2-year warranty from the date of purchase.
The Armadillo Flip model is available in four colors: black, teal, coral, and sand dune. All of the strollers come with a sleek dark grey frame.
Where to buy it
You can get Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip in one of the four beautiful colors for around $499. 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.