Babystyle Hybrid Edge Review
B Loves: Distinctive wheels and a luxe appearance
Babystyle has created the Hybrid to do lots of jobs; to carry one or two children, and to be at home in urban areas. It’s practical yet stylish with luxe accents including little touches like a leatherette tab on the zips. There are three rear axles so you can choose the perfect one for your needs; Edge is for the single pushchair (with a width of 60cm), City is specifically designed for urban living (55cm), with a narrower axle and smaller wheels and the Tandem which allows you to add a second seat unit, carrycot or car seat when you have two children to carry. .
Seat: The generously sized seat is well padded and the fabrics feel nice to the touch. It is suitable from six months (use the carrycot from birth) and is also easy to recline; there’s a lever on the top of the seat’s rear – flip it open to adjust through one of three positons. Two half moon shaped buttons at the sides of the seat release the whole seat so that you can swap it from front to rear facing and so that you can put the carrycot on the chassis. The bumper bar is covered with a luxe leatherette and opens from either side, allowing you to get your child in and out of the seat, or can be removed completely.
The hood offers good coverage and is neat when in its first configuration – however, open a zip and it extends further, great for windy and rainy days or low sun. It also has an extendable flip-out sun reflective visor at the front and a mesh panel that you can reveal at the back to keep cool air circulating through the seat when it’s hot out. It also comes with a built-in insect net to keep baby protected in areas where there might be flying insects.
The harness is great and takes its inspiration from car seats – fit it around your baby and then give one pull to the front strap to make it snug. To release, press a button and simply pull. No messing around with re-threading the harness when your child grows, or adjusting buckles. The seat has a leatherette panel where your child’s feet rest, which means that muddy shoes will not mark the fabric and the seat will look better for longer. The calf support also adjusts, through six positions.
The carrycot is a good size and boasts the same luxurious fabrics and elegant leatherette touches.
Chassis: The chassis is made from a steel-coloured aluminium which is lightweight yet strong and it has an unusual shape, with the front wheels coming up together in a sort of wishbone shape. The back of the chassis is light and curved.
The handle has an amazing 12 positions through which to adjust it, making it possible for even the fussiest parent to find a comfortable pushing position a leatherette cover in a rich chocolate colour. The pushchair has suspension on all four wheels and the PU tyres will never puncture.
The luggage basket is a compact size and will take the things you might need for a day out but there’s more – the matching changing bag that you can buy with the pushchair fits perfectly inside the basket, making a smart and easy way to carry all you need. If you need constant access, the bag has straps to allow it to stay open when in the basket. Sadly, you lose most of this space when you use the pushchair in tandem mode; but you can’t have it all!
The brake is located on the chassis next to the rear right wheel and is easy to engage – just push it down with your toe to lock and flip it up again when you’re ready to go.
Folding is simple; remove the seat and make sure the handlebar is at its lowest positons. Then you find a handle that’s at the top of where the two front wheels come together on the chassis, lift that and push a button to release the lock. The just lift up on the handle and the whole chassis folds up. To store in the boot, place the chassis flat and then the seat fits neatly on top. It won’t go in a tiny car but will be fine in most mid-sized vehicles and above. It locks together when folded.
Wheels: The City has smaller wheels than its other Hybrid cousins, to make swooping around the shops even easier. It makes it a little narrower too, so that doors and aisles are a breeze. The wheels are solid, covered with a distinctive logo and this ensures that when the pushchair is in double mode, your child in the lower seat can’t catch their fingers in the spokes.
Extras: Carrycot, £149, Footmuff £50, Additional Axle, £40, Changing Bag £50., height adaptors to raise the seat or carrycot in the higher position.
Colours and fabrics: In a bouclé fabric, the pushchair has signatures stitched onto the seat, hood and carrycot. The pushchair comes in seven fabrics; Mineral Blue, Stonewash, Navy, Black, Pistachio, Lava Red and Wild Orchid.
The Small Print:
- Used from: birth to 15 kg
- Weight: (seat unit plus chassis) Edge 11.2kg, City 10.6kg, Tandem 15.4kg: Carrycot weighs 3.5kg
- Seat reclines: three
- Size when folded: Edge 71 x 60 x 30 cm, City 71 x 55 x 30 cm, Tandem 82 x 60 x 30 cm
- Car seat: Maxi Cosi Cabriofix, Maxi Cosi Pebble; Kiddy Evoluna i-Size, BeSafe