We are a very outdoorsy family. Dan and I love hiking and have trekked over many a lone trail over the years and Alfred and Freya seem to have caught our love of the fresh air and being outdoors. Going on micro adventures is our happy place. Our little slice of peace and heaven, if you like.
We will explore anywhere - from towns and cities to places that are more wild. Some walking is easier done with the kids in our back carriers, but some rough terrain is also doable with a pram… if you have the right kind of pram, that is.
Considering how much adventuring we do as a family, we have never actually tried a true off-road pram before. I've always wanted to try one and leapt at the chance, when Micralite contacted me to see if I wanted to test out their Fast Fold model.
We decided to take it to a nearby village, that had multiple types of terrain, to really put it to the test.
As soon as I put Freya in the hammock style seat, I could see how happy she was. She looked really comfortable and the seat moulded around her body, without any hard bits digging in.
Because of the time of year, we attached the foot muff, to keep her nice and cozy. She LOVED it.
We set off around the village and immediately encountered a road that we had to cross. The pram went up and down the curbs with ease (thanks to the large, air filled back tyres and great suspension) and Freya didn't seem to notice any bumps.
After toodling around on the pavements for a bit, we took the pram through some woodland, where there was an uneven, muddy terrain and lots of tree roots.
I was amazed at how it glided over the ground. There was one point where the pram got a bit stuck on a large tree root, but all I had to do was tilt the pram back onto the rear tyres and push and we made it over the obstacle easily.
The final test, which was an important one for me, was gravel. Gravel is the nemesis of most types of prams and they almost always get stuck, once the gravel gets too deep.
We managed to find a long path of gravel and off we went. The Fast Fold went over the gravel with incredible ease and as we hit a really deep patch, the wheels initially cut through it and kept going. We then came to a stop, because the gravel built up under the pram, but again, all I had to do was tilt the pram back onto the large rear tyres and the pram would start moving easily again. I was so impressed! The amount of times I have had to lift and carry a pram because of gravel is ridiculous, so this was a pleasant change.
The oversized back tyres really seem to make a huge difference to what the Fast Fold can handle. It comes with a pump, in case you need to fill them with a little more air every now and then. I was initially concerned about the wheels potentially getting a puncture, but according to the manufacturer’s booklet, they are Kevlar lined, so you don’t need to worry about it.
The Fast Fold is made with premium weather-proof fabric. The hood is completely water repellant and also protects your little babe from the sun's harmful rays, meaning you can truly take it out in all weathers.
Another reason that I love this pram, is that it is really easy to steer with one hand. I felt like I had complete control over it, even when steering one-handed around corners. The movement of the pram is really smooth, it seems to just “glide” around. If I’m going out for a walk on my own with both of my children, it’s nice to know I can have a hand free, in case my three year old wants to hold my hand or decides to try and run off somewhere!
Talking of steering, the handlebar is adjustable, to suit the height of the person pushing the pram. This is great for me, as I'm 5"10 and often find that I'm stooping when pushing non-adjustable prams.
Micralite have also just released a new changing back pack, which I got to test out too. I found it really comfortable to wear and it’s so spacious - lots of room for snacks, nappies, changes of clothes and other adventuring essentials. The minimalist design means it goes with everything. In my opinion, it looks just as cool for a quick run into town, as it does for a long countryside hike.
The only slight drawback (and I mean it’s such a tiny one) with the Fast Fold, is that once folded up, it’s still quite big. I mean, I might not be that big to some people, it might just be that I’ve got used to zipping about with a tiny city pram.
I just about managed to fit it in my small boot, but it didn’t leave a lot of room for much else. But it’s a detail that I’m happy to live with, as every else that it does massively outweighs my gripe about it’s size.
Everyone has a different budget and different ideas on what is considered cheap or expensive for prams and other baby gear.
At around £300, I feel like the price is quite good for such a tech driven design, that has lots of fantastic features. It also does the job that it promises to do too - it's multi-terrain and all weather, meaning you can take it anywhere with you!
All in all, we absolutely loved using the Fast Fold and cannot wait to take it on some more family adventures!
You can find out more about the Micralite Fast Fold here.