Last year Cybex made a big splash by releasing 6 new models that are perfect for everyday use. All of the these models feature one-hand compact fold, large basket, adjustable handle bar, bumper bar, all-wheel suspension, huge canopy, and bassinet option. But the best thing about this collection is that you can choose the seat, the wheels and the number of wheels you want. Cybex made sure there is a stroller for every life style.
The Cybex Iris M-Air is a reversible-seat model very similar to the Balios M, but has regular size wheels instead of all-terrain. Everything else is absolutely the same! Because of the regular size wheels, the Iris M-Air has a lighter weight and a more compact fold.
It’s great for running errands, going to the store or a shopping mall. You can easily get it in and out of the car and because of the compact fold it doesn’t take too much room in the trunk. The light weight of only 21 lbs will be easy on your back. While it’s a lightweight model, it still has the reversible seat so you can see your baby any time.
It also features deep one-hand lever recline suitable for a newborn, huge basket, adjustable leg rest, adjustable handle bar, flip-flop-friendly brake and 5 point harness. You can also convert it into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat or a pram by replacing the seat with a bassinet. I think that Iris M-Air is a serious competition for lighter strollers with a reversible seat like Mamas&Papas Armadillo Flip XT, UPPAbaby Cruz 2015, Bugaboo Bee3, and Mamas&Papas Urbo2.
I gave Iris M-Air 5 out of 5 stars because this is a fabulous stroller with every feature you can imagine. I absolutely love the style and the quality. The maneuverability is outstanding! It can be easily pushed with one hand. The combination of the black frame with white tire stripes and fun colors give it a modern look and make it stand out.
The only thing I would add (there is always something. LOL) is a cover for the mesh panel in the canopy. I also wish it worked with other popular car seats aside from Cybex. Don’t get me wrong, Cybex car seat are THE BEST, but they are also very expensive. Not everybody can afford them. Anyways, Iris M-Air retails for $399 which I think is very reasonable for what you are getting, and it comes with a bumper bar.
-Huge canopy. This canopy is great! It has three large panels including a mesh zipped-in one that go down all the way to the bumper bar. Your child will get a full coverage. You can use the mesh panel instead of the peekaboo window to look at your child. The only thing I wish it had is the closure for the mesh to protect child from the wind and the sun.
-Reversible seat. The seat is reversible so your child can face you or the world. It is 12.5″ wide with the 20″ seat back and a measurement of 22″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. You will be happy to know that it has a very deep one-hand lever recline that goes to almost flat position. You can use the seat from birth and up to up to 55 lbs. Of course if you want to put your newborn baby into the seat, you will need an infant insert for additional support.
-5-point harness. It has an adjustable padded 5-point harness with a center release buckle. Because the waist straps and the shoulder straps are connected, it’s very easy to lock the buckle. The white logo in the middle of the buckle is a great touch.
-Adjustable handle bar. The telescoping handle bar goes from 37″ all the way up to 42″ from the ground. Shorter and taller parents will be comfortable.
-Bumper bar. INCLUDED! This bumper bar is swing-away and can be easily removed.
-Adjustable leg rest. The leg rest is adjustable so your little baby will be able to stretch his legs.
-Huge basket. The basket is great! It’s large and very easy to access from the back or the front if the seat is reversed. You can fit a LOT of stuff in it like huge diaper bag, groceries, and baby essentials.
Look at how loaded this basket is!
-Wheels. It rolls on four hard rubber wheels with 6″ in the front and 9.5″ wheels in the back. The front wheels are swivel, but can be locked straight. These wheels are made out of high-quality rubber and have foam filling so they will never go flat. While they are NOT all-terrain like on Balios M, they still can handle some mommy terrain like mulch and grass.
-All-wheel suspension. The all-wheel suspension together with large all-terrain wheels make the ride much smoother.
-Flip-flop-friendly brake. It’s always nice to see a flip-flop-friendly brake. No shoe scratches!
-One-hand fold. The fold is three-step fold, but you can do it all with one hand. The only part that was hard to do one handed was to push it together enough to activate the automatic lock. I think it’s more two-hand fold than one-hand. Anyways, it has a standing fold if you position the handle bar the right way. Since the stroller folds in half (one of my favorite folds), it becomes a very compact package. The folded dimensions are: 14.5″L x 23″W x 33″H.
-Bassinet option. You can turn your stroller into a stylish pram by replacing the seat with a matching bassinet called Cybex Carry Cot M. It features a comfortable, extra wide mattress that ensures an ergonomically correct and comfortable lying position. The integrated UVP50+ sun canopy protects from sun, wind and rain. The carry cot weighs only 8 lbs and can accommodate a child from birth and up to 20 lbs. It works with following models:
- Cybex Balios M
- Cybex Iris M-Air
- Cybex Agis M-Air 3 / 4
- Cybex Eternis M3 / M4
-Travel system option. You can also turn your stroller into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat. It works ONLY with Cybex car seats which I think have one of the best safety ratings. The compatiable models include:
- Aton 2
- Aton Q/Could Q
-No mesh window closure. There is a zipped-in mesh panel in the canopy that you can expose for larger coverage. This mesh can be also used as a peekaboo window. I wish there was an attached cover to protect the child from wind and the sun.
-Works only with Cybex car seats. While you can convert Iris M-Air into a travel system, it works only with Cybex infant car seats which I love, but they are not cheap. The most popular car seat Aton 2 retails right now for $320. The new Aton Q is on the pre-order basis right now.
Here is a detailed video overview from Cybex.
Stroller weight: 21 lbs
Weight limit: 55 lbs
Folded dimensions: 14.5″L x 23″W x 33″H
Handle bar height: 39″ – 42″
Seat to canopy height: 22″
Front wheels: 6″
Rear wheels: 9.5″
Overall length: 34″
Overall width: 23″
The Cybex has a 2-year warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be the original owner.
The Cybex Iris M-Air comes in five colors: moon dust, grape juice, autumn gold, hot & spicy, and true blue. All come with a black 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 Cybex Iris M-Air in one of the five beautiful colors for around $399 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax). It comes with a bumper bar only. All other accessories like cup holder or infant car seat adapter needs to be purchased separately.
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