Omnio Stroller Review – Pushing on with an active lifestyle

We are a pretty active family always going somewhere or another, having many an adventure and day out . Monkey decided that he was old enough to walk everywhere at the age of around eighteen months. Of course he wasn’t and would tire easily. There would be the whole getting in and getting out of buggy constantly and I lost count of the number of times I got told to leave it in the car. At the age of two he would have a full blown melt down should I not follow his wishes. Of course it was okay if Hubby was with me as he would be able to carry him, but when I was alone I just wasn’t strong enough. The people at Omnio have thought about this designing a very clever full size stroller with a compact fold which makes it possible to carry the Omnio stroller as a backpack.

Its worth noting that with any stroller that folds down into a backpack that you compromise some of the comfort, strength and manoeuvrability. The question is how much do you have to give up for the convenience and is it worth the payoff? I really like the idea of a stroller which can fold down light weight enough into a backpack. I often purposefully stay away from trains and tubes with the boys because the thought of juggling them and a buggy is just too much. With something which I can carry on my back that leaves a hand free for each of them it could become a possibility. Likewise we are off to France soon, we are tight on space so need something compact to allow us maximum room in the boot, especially as I am not great at packing light. So does it work?

Versatile: The unique wearable Omnio design is set to transform the way parents contend with typical everyday scenarios; from staircases and shop aisles, to public transport and flights and enables ‘hands-free’, on-the-go parenting, ideal for everyday use and holidays.

Omino Website

Things I like:

  • When you open the box you realise that it is already fully assembled. You literally just have to open the box and you are ready to go
  • It folds down swiftly the videos are really helpful on their website which give you a visual aid. Once you have watched it a couple of times its easy to do yourself. It is definitely compact
  • Its surprisingly light, although looks a bit bulky on me due to my size, its actually incredibly comfortable to carry. This is because the straps and well padded.
  • The wheels! I was quite surprised when I discovered the wheels. My initial thoughts is that they look a bit weird. But they really work. We have taken the buggy on all sorts of walks and road trips and it has coped really well. Especially with our most recent trip pond dipping. I did think that it would not cope well with tree roots but the stroller glided over them. I was very impressed.

  • The wheels are also puncture proof and somehow they don’t collect too much mud or muck in-between them which you think they would.
  • I find it surprisingly easily to steer, even with one hand. It becomes a lot more stable once Kipper’s is in it. The first time we put it up, it felt as it would tip over and I was a little worried about putting him in it. However Kipper’s weight helped centre it and even over rough ground there was no problem.
  • The height of the stroller is fully adjustable
  • Cleverly there are fastenings which allow the five point harness (also the backpack straps) to be fully adjustable for babies from six months up to 22kg. There is actually a strap that goes across Kippers chest which you could argue is a six point harness.
  • Kipper is very comfortable in it, not complaining at all
  • It comes with a rain cover which is great, detachable hoot  and shopping net.
  • It is also possible to purchase a separate  change bag and bottle holder which attach to the side and bottom of the stroller with velcro and straps. The bag is a great size and you can get a lot in it. It also has a pocket on the opening flap which includes a changing mat. Its really comfortable to carry, I was quite surprised how quickly it has become my go to baby bag. The fact that it attaches at the bottom also means its less likely to tip the buggy over! And it means the seat can still recline
  • The Omnio stroller also comes with a waterproof bag so that you can keep it dry while on your back.

Things to be aware of:

  • The hood has UV protection which is great, however because Kipper is still small it doesn’t stop the sun at all. I think he would need to grow substantially for it to make a difference.
  • If you pick the stroller up in the wrong way it does start to unfold because you catch the red unfold button on the top of the bar
  • Its quite narrow so although I didn’t struggle with it my Husband’s natural stance is to have hands wider apart. This meant he did tend to push it on the corners.
  • I did think that the seat is very close to the ground, with Kippers short legs it didn’t seem to bother him. I am not sure how he will cope with it as he gets older. There is a little foot plate for him to rest his feet on which may solve the problem, but at the moment he’s too young to tell.
  • The shopping bag underneath can only hold a small coat. This doesn’t overly surprise me I would expect to give up the shopping basket for something that is so compact.

In my opening paragraph I talked about how you have to compromise on comfort, strength and manoeuvrability when looking at a compact rucksack buggy. Well I don’t think there is any compromise on manoeuvrability, the wheels do a fantastic job, its easy to steer and you can do it with one hand. Ive not found terrain yet that its not coped with. Kipper is very comfortable in it, often having a snooze. The strength of the stroller is comparable with our existing buggy. Thank you Omnio for giving us a chance to test run your stroller, I know its going to come in very handy as we push on with our active lifestyle.

Things you need to know:

  • Age range – 6 months to 22kg (5 years approx)
  • Total Weight capacity – 27kg = 22kg seat, 3kg shopping net and 2kg rear facing pockets
  • Omnio weight – chassis and seat 7.5kg
  • Compact fold size – wheels off 53 x 41 x 22cm
  • Standard fold size – wheels on 53 x 41 x 28 cm
  • Price – £389
  • Available in three colours – red, teal and black
  • There is an interactive map on the website which shows the independent retailers where you can purchase your own Omnio Stroller. Its also available online from Hippychick.

 

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This is a collaborative post, we were given a Omnio Stroller for the purpose of this review,  all opinions are my own.

 

21 Comments

  1. May 24, 2017 / 6:02 am

    What a good idea! It amazes me what people design and come up with that make parents lives easier. I can definitely see the benefit of this. What was the weight on it?

  2. May 24, 2017 / 6:29 am

    I love the idea of this it sounds great and perfect for travelling. This would be something I would absolutely consider if I had another one as a travel stroller when they were a bit bigger! #BloggerClubUK

  3. Lisa | PassTheProseccoPlease
    May 24, 2017 / 7:21 am

    Great idea! They are generally so cumbersome to lug around, drives me mad #BloggerClubUK

  4. May 24, 2017 / 10:05 am

    What a great idea! Unfortunately my little has long legs so I think the seat height would be a problem for him, but amazing that there are buggies which fold up into backpack size now 🙂 #bloggerclubuk

  5. May 24, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    The BEST idea ever! Imagine how much easier the tube would be with one of these. Mine is too big now, but I would definitely have gone for one of these. Great photos of you wearing the buggy! I am impressed. #BloggerClubuk

  6. May 24, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    Looks awesome! For the first time in ten years I got rid of my strollers! Cant believe it

    #b,oggerclubuk

  7. May 24, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    What a great idea. I could have done with this for L when he was younger #bloggerclubuk

  8. May 24, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    That is a brilliant idea – I wish it had been around when I was still using a buggy. Always dubious if these things really make life easier but this one seems to. #bloggerclubuk

  9. May 24, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    What a great idea perfect for when travelling #bloggerclubuk

  10. May 24, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    What a cool idea! I’ve never seen these before, but I can totally see how this would be ideal, especially when you have more than one kid to contend with!! #BloggerClubUK

  11. May 24, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    That’s really compact, a great idea. Would be really handy when travelling. Love the red colour as well – Clara’s pushchair is bright red and she loves the colour. #bloggerclubuk

  12. May 24, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    I’ve never seen these before, such a clever way to carry the pushchair, it must be light #BloggerclubUK

  13. May 25, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    Wow that’s amazing that you can carry it like that although it does sound as though it wouldn’t last overly long as children grow with the seat being so low. Harry never bothers with his pram these days but I do want to buy a light weight stroller just for the holiday. #bloggerclubuk

  14. May 26, 2017 / 7:46 am

    I love the idea of this – it’s genius! We have a stroller at the moment that doesn’t fold up even half as small as that and it is quite narrow too, so I don’t think that would overly bother me

  15. May 26, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    This sounds great! I would definitely have thought you’d have to compromise on at least comfort and I would have thought it would be heavy to carry, but it sounds like they’ve managed to get around both of those things!
    Debbie

  16. May 26, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    Great idea, I think we have bought the last buggy we’ll ever need now but love the bright red colour of this one 🙂 #bloggerclubuk

  17. May 27, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    That is so cool. I used to be obsessed with buggies when the Little Man was using them. I used to get major buggy envy!! I love the look of this one. #BloggerClubUK

  18. May 28, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    Ooo I love how it can be worn as a backpack. That’d be very useful. It’s a compact design, perfect for strolling around the shops in town too. xx

  19. May 30, 2017 / 6:59 am

    How clever is that?! I can see that it wouldn’t necessarily be as comfortable as a normal stroller, but the design would be so handy, it really does fold down well.

  20. May 30, 2017 / 11:44 am

    This reminds me of the super lightweight red buggy we bought in a rush (I think literally the morning we were going on holiday in fact!) years ago when our now almost 13yo was just a year old. She was finally old enough to be out of the enormous formula one style Jane 3 wheeler my husband got. I must admit ours had the much cheaper price tag of under £100 thanks to good old Mothercare. Whilst my pushchair days are LONG behind me can I pass on one tip? Don’t DON’T leave it in an airport carpark only to realise your misdemeanour when you get home. I know ‘somebody’ who did that. #BloggerClubUK

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