If you are confused by all the Armadillos running around, you are not along. Mamas & Papas decided to take over the stroller market by making every kind of Armadillo possible. They are only missing a jogger at this point. LOL. Anyways, there are total of five different models in Armadillo series: Armadillo, Armadillo XT, Armadillo City, Armadillo Flip, and Armadillo Flip XT. BTW, here is my full side-by-side comparison.
Some of you might haven’t heard of the XT addition because Mamas & Papas haven’t advertise it as much. They quietly added XT and Flip XT to the line of Armadillos without really creating a big splash. This really surprised me since XT and Flip XT are both long-awaited strollers for 2015.
At this point you are probably wondering how Armadillo XT different from the regular Armadillo. Well, it has some great updates like mesh in the canopy for better air flow, larger wheels that can handle more terrain, adjustable handle bar for shorter and taller parents and new sporty design on the canopy.
Just like the original model it features roomy seat, very deep one-hand recline, large basket, supersized canopy, adjustable leg rest, all-wheel suspension, flip-flop friendly brake, automatic lock, standing fold, travel system option, and very compact one-hand fold. You can also turn it into a travel system. The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 5o lbs. With all these upgrades XT weighs only 20 lbs. Sounds like a perfect stroller? It might be! This could be definitely your ONLY stroller.
I gave it 5 out of 5 stars because it really has everything you could wish for and then some. Many parents do want compact fold, deep recline and light weight, but at the same time they want decent size wheels that can tackle some terrain. The only thing that all of the Armadillo models are lacking is a bumper bar. Not a deal breaker for me, but would be nice to have this option. You can get Mamas & Papas Armadillo XT in one of the three beautiful colors for about $399 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax).
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-Supersized canopy. Just like the original model, it has a large canopy that goes all the way down to the child’s knees providing a full coverage. There is a clear peekaboo window with a magnetic closure. 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. This was one of the highly requested features from parents. There is also a small toy loop on the inside of the canopy, that you can use to hang a small toy for your baby.
-Adjustable handle bar. It has an adjustable telescopic handle bar that goes 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.
-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. The seat has an infinite one-hand recline operated by a strap system. Usually with the strap system, you will need both hands to bring the seat back. Not with this one! You can easily bring the seat back with ONLY one hand by pulling on the straps.
-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.
-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 of rear wheels.
-Wheels. It rolls on four hard rubber wheels with 6.5″ wheels in the front and 9″ wheels in the back. The front wheels are swivel, but can be locked straight for rougher terrain. These wheels can handle more terrain than on the original Armadillo which wheels are 6″ and 7.5″. With XT you can take a long walk at the park, or stroll down busy city streets with uneven sideways.
-All-wheel suspension system. The all-wheel suspension will help to absorb some of the bumps if you decide to tackle grass, mulch or sand.
-One-hand fold. The fold is super easy. It’s two steps, but you can do them with one hand. First, bring the canopy all the way back, and push the handle bar forward. Next, pull on the strap located in the back of the seat and the stroller will fold. Done! I like that the seat is folded inside and is protected from all the dirt. It has a VERY compact fold with dimensions of 21.6″W x 28.3″L x 11.8″H. This stroller should fit in the smallest trunk with no problem. It has an automatic lock and standing fold.
-Travel System Option. Despite weighing only 20 lbs, Armadillo XT has a travel system option. It works 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 (top rated car seat. I had it and absolutely loved it!)
-Rain cover. INCLUDED!
-No bumper bar. I think this is the main issue. For some reason non of the Armadillo models have a bumper bar. I am guessing it’s because of the super compact fold.
-Puzzle-piece buckle. The buckle is a little tricky and time consuming, but not a deal breaker.
Here is a great video overview.
Stroller weight: 20 lbs
Weight limit: 50 lbs
Folded dimensions: 21.6″W x 28.3″L x 11.8″H
Handle bar height: 38″- 41″
Seat to canopy height: 24″
Front wheels: 6.5″
Rear wheels: 9″
Overall length: 39″
Overall width: 22″
Mamas & Papas gives 2 year warranty from the date of purchase. Here is more information on the warranty.
The Armadillo XT model is available in three colors: black, lemon drop, and teal. All of strollers come with a silver frame.
If you want to see how Armadillo XT model compares to other Armadillo models here is my full side-by-side comparison.
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 XT in one of the three beautiful colors for about $399 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax). 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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16 thoughts on “2015 Mamas & Papas Armadillo XT Stroller Review”
Hello , I’m expecting for my first baby in August . I’m thinking about 2 urban ? What do you think about it ? I’m not tall and small . I live in Israel so it’s really hot here. Or may be im totally wrong with my choice ?
Thank you in advance
I love this stroller but can’t find it in Canada…any idea when it will be available I can’t find anything on their website! Help!
Ooops I meant the Armadillo Flip XT is the one I’m looking for! So many models tough to keep them straight. I really like the FLIP XT but can’t find it anywhere in Canada!! any ideas?
Hi Terri. Their site is the worst! I know that it’s available in US. I just checked Canadian Amazon and it’s not available. Can you order it from US Amazon and get it shipped to Canada? Susan
Unfortunately the US Amazon doesn’t allow delivery to Canada on certain items, baby products happens to be on that list! :(
I think I might be stuck choosing between the 2015 Uppa Baby Cruz or the Stokke Scoot.
Hi Terri. Have you seen the Sola2 MTX? Very cool stroller. It’s somewhere in between Mixx and Armadillo Flip XT. I am not sure if it’s sold in Canada. Susan
Hi Susan. I was wondering if you could highlight the accessories that go with the Armadillo XT stroller (not the Flip XT) and also direct me to a website where they are sold? I’m having trouble finding anything other than car seat adapters. Thank you!
Hi Ashley. Here is are the accessories for all the strollers. Accessories for Armadillo work for XT model also. Susan
Im having a hard time deciding on a stroller..i’m hoping you can help me decide..I really want to buy just one stroller that is suitable from birth to toddler & is practical for everyday use but still looks stylish.these are some of the strollers i’m considering: armadillo xt, cybex balios m,valco snap ultra, and nuna tavo
Can you give me your advice on which one would best suit my needs or if you have any other suggestions for a stroller that meets the following criteria:
* good wheels (for walks around the neighberhood/park)
* compact (think store aisles)
* ease of fold (for in and out of car)
* comfortable seat (for napping & long walks)
* budget friendly (less than $500)
let me know what you think
Thanks so much!
Hello, I was searching and wondering if the Armadillo XT wheels also fit for regular?
I love my striped Armadillo, but since we moved the road to our house is bumpy and the wheels are too small. And they quit making the striped for newer models.
Hi Susan . I need help , I’m with two pushchairs the armadillo flip with mamaspapas and UPPAbaby cruz,. the problem i hear bad opion of armadillo wheels . they are plastic and makes noise. I want a comfortable for my newborn stroller and you are comfortable when he grows up . why I love the chair armadillo. what do you think? thanks
Hi, love reading about the armadillo XT and thinking of getting this for my small two year old as a small compact buggy to go in a smaller boot of my car and to work well running up the school and back. I was looking at the mountain buggy nano because of how small it is when folded etc, but read some disturbing reports on frames snapping etc..
I would like to know if the armadillo xt is noisy when pushing it on the road/pavements?
Hi Cheryl. The Armadillo XT is very smooth and easy to push. I would pick it over Nano. The wheels are larger and can handle more terrain. Susan Brian
I follow your reviews from Italy where I live, and thanks to your blog you’re absolutely helping me with the decision about which stroller to get for our first girl due in July. The choice is now down to 2: Sola 2 MTX, Armadillo XT or Flip XT. We were actually looking the Nuna Mixx in the first place, but there are no retailers here it Europe yet!
I really like the Armadillo Flip XT, however the fact it has no bumper bar really sucks. I noticed however that the XT does have one, however it has no carrycot option and it’s not reversible. The Sola 2 seems to be the most “complete” between the 2, however I would really like to know your honest opinion.. which one would you pick?
I want to get a stroller and I am between the gb lyfe, nuna Tavo and armadillo xt.
Which one would you pick?
The wheels are gone, less than 7 months os use! The warranty covers it?
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