The Quinny Zapp Xtra is a sleek modern looking stroller that has one of the most compact folds in the WORLD! It is designed for active parents who live in an urban environment and like to travel a lot. The maneuverability on the Zapp Xtra is absolutely amazing, as long as you stay on the flat surface. It’s great for taking to the mall, shopping center, or airport. It rolls on four 6″ rubber wheels that have a wide wheel base making it very easy to navigate. It would be a one-hand push if it had one handle bar instead of two.
While it’s lightweight, it still has a reversible seat which is very unique for the stroller with such a compact fold. The seat is very roomy and has one-hand recline with three positions. The stroller can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs. You can also turn it into a travel system by using it with the car seat. The Zapp Xtra has been recently updated and now can fold with the seat attached where before you had to remove the seat before folding.
I gave this stroller 3.5 out of 5 stars because it has very small basket, just ok canopy, and non-adjustable handle bars. My main problem is the weight which is 19 lbs. It is too heavy for an umbrella stroller, but is missing some features to be a full size stroller.
In my opinion Zapp Xtra is somewhere between an umbrella and full size. It does have a very compact hold, but who is going to carry 19 lbs on their shoulder or in one hand? There are many other really light (like 11 lbs) strollers full of features that are much better for traveling and everyday use. This is just my two cents…
The lowest price I found was $349.99 for the latest model (with the folding seat) on Amazon (FREE shipping/FREE returns and NO sales tax). You can also purchase the previous model for around $250 (you will need to remove the seat before folding). The price vary depending on the color.
-Small canopy. The canopy is just ok. It is small, but has a hidden sunvisor that helps a little. It will shade your child from the afternoon sun, but not so much during the evening or morning sun. It has a very small peekaboo window in the back for the parent and two side windows for the child. The canopy is attached to the seat and does NOT convert into a ‘floating canopy’.
-Two handle bars. Since it folds like an umbrella stroller, there are two non-adjustable handle bars. They are only 39″ from the ground which will work for shorter parents, but might be too low for taller ones. If you are very tall, try it first.
-Reversible seat. It is 13″ wide with 22″ seat back and a measurement of 24″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. It has one-hand recline with 3 recline positions: upright, half-way, flat. This seat is also reversible. All you need to do is unlock the seat, swing it around and lock it back into the frame. It has the same recline options in the reversed mode.
-5 point harness. It has padded adjustable 5 point harness with a center release button that is very easy to unlock. Locking it, is a little more tricky because of all the pieces that need to be put together in a certain way.
-Compact basket. Since Quinny tried to stay very compact with Zapp, you are not getting a large basket. The basket is not only small, but is hard to access. You can get to it from the sides, but getting into it from the back is a challenge. Forge about grocery shopping with this one!
-Wheels. The Zapp Xtra rolls on four 6″ rubber wheels. The front wheels are swivel, but can be locked straight for more stability. The maneuverability is great as long as you stay on the flat surface. It is not design to tackle rough terrain.
-Parking brake. There are two linked brake pedals: one locks rear wheels in place, while the other one unlocks them. It is flip-flop friendly.
-Compact fold. The new Zapp Xtra model folds with the seat attached, where up until recently you had to remove it before folding. It takes 4 steps to fold the stroller. First, bring back the canopy, unlock the seat and fold it forward. Next, unlock the frame and fold it forward. Then, push the crossbar with your foot and it will fold the stroller in the middle. Last, use an attached strap to keep the stroller folded. There is NO automatic lock. It is very compact! You can even make it more compact by removing the wheels. The folded dimensions are 11″H x 38″L x 17″W.
-Small canopy. I wish the canopy was larger. I understand that since this stroller folds in half and in the middle of the rear cross bar, everything has to be very compact. If they couldn’t make the canopy larger, I would like to see a ‘floating canopy’ option.
-Weight. It looks like Quinny was trying to create a very compact umbrella like stroller that you would travel with. Well, it’s compact, but weighs 19 lbs which I think is too heavy to carry on the shoulder or in one hand like you would an umbrella stroller.
-Small basket. The basket is very small and hard to access. Again, the basket is ok for an umbrella stroller, but is way too small for a full size stroller.
-Low handle bars. The handle bars are non-adjustable and are only 39″ from the ground which might be too low for the taller parents. I would also prefer to see a single handle bar for one-hand steering.
-Lack of storage. Besides the small basket, there is no additional storage for small items like keys or wallet. I would like to see pocket on the back of the seat.
Baby Gizmo as always has a great video review. Note: They are a little too optimistic about the canopy size.
Stroller weight: 19 lbs
Weight limit: 50 lbs
Folded dimensions: 11″H x 38″L x 17″W
Handle bar height: 39″
Seat to canopy height: 24″
Overall length: 31″
Overall width: 23″
If you want to see how the Zapp Xtra model compares to other Quinny strollers here is a great comparison chart.
Quinny has 2-year warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be an original owner. Here is more information on the warranty.
For 2013 the Zapp Xtra is available in three colors: natural mavis, red rebel, and rocking black. All strollers come with lightweight aluminum 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 Quinny Zapp Xtra in one of the three beautiful colors for $349.99 on Amazon + FREE shipping/FREE returns and NO sales tax. If you want to save some money, you can get a previous version for only $250 (you will need to remove the seat before folding).
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