Back in January I received a very exciting email from Britax asking me to be a ‘Britax Mumbassador‘ for 2016. Having heard such wonderful things about Britax’s products from other bloggers and reading many reviews, I swiftly accepted and I’m over the moon to be part of their ambassador team this year. If you’re not familiar with Britax by name (have you been living under a rock?!), they are a global manufacturer of childcare products including car seats, pushchairs and bike seats.
Over the course of 2016, we will be bringing you news of Britax’s brilliant products and we’ll be putting various Britax products through their paces and sharing our reviews with you.
First up we have been asked to review the Britax Revolution Pro and I can honestly say I’m overjoyed with it. As a family we love venturing outdoors at any given opportunity and although all the pushchairs we have owned to date have been brilliant for many different reasons, none of them have quite cut the mustard when it comes to off-roading…until now!
The Britax Revolution Pro is a serious piece of kit! Designed by mountain bikers, it’s a fantastic all-terrain pushchair that is ideal for families that lead an active lifestyle and is both running and skating approved.
Setting up the Revolution couldn’t have been easier. The manual has clear instructions and out of the box all you need to do is simply slot the rear wheels on the chassis and lock in place with the silver levers before securing the front wheel in place. (You can find the Revolution Pro user instructions here if you misplace yours.)
The Fold //
Despite being rather heavy, the Revolution Pro is really easy to collapse and store. Folding is a two step process that requires both hands, but all you have to do is press the two levers at the side upwards to unlock the frame and fold it forwards and then pull the red/black strap towards you which collapses the rest of the pushchair. Once the pushchair has been folded down, you need to use the manual frame locking strap to lock the stroller in place.
You do need a reasonable amount of boot space to accommodate the Revolution Pro so it wouldn’t be suitable if you have a small car, but if needs be the wheels can easily be removed to make an even smaller footprint.
As you can see, the Revolution Pro takes up most of my boot space, despite it being a 4 x 4, so to determine if the Revolution Pro will fit in your car, here are the dimensions taken from the Britax website:
The Revolution Pro is a chunky little thing, weighing in at 12.8 kgs, so it’s not the lightest pushchair to lift into your boot, however it feels surprisingly light to manoeuvre when in use.
Storage Space //
I’m a big believer that you can never have enough storage space in your pushchair basket. Thankfully the Revolution Pro has a larger cargo basket underneath the seat than most other running buggies and there is ample room for your changing bag. It’s also easily accessible from every side which is a huge bonus.
In addition, there is storage in the back of the seat for smaller items and ingenious seat storage pockets where your little one can store toys, snacks and drinks.
The Seat //
Like most strollers these days, the Revolution Pro has an adjustable 5 point harness which is easy to use and lovely padded shoulder straps for comfort. The seat is nice and wide (14.5in), however I do find it to be lacking in height at only 23in from the bottom of the seat to the top of the canopy and even at 21 months, Phoebe’s head is virtually touching the canopy. It’s not an issue at the moment as Phoebs is still more than happy to travel in it, but it does make me question how long we will be able to use the Revolution Pro for before she grows out of it, literally.
The seat itself is nice and padded providing maximum comfort and security for your little one and there is a multi-position backrest with a deep recline to an almost flat position to cater for snoozing little ones. I would have loved the option of a more upright seating position on the Revolution Pro as I find that even the most upright position is too reclined. It’s also the first time that I’ve come across a strap recline system which I actually find quite difficult to adjust when Phoebe is in the seat, but I think this is due to lack of practice rather than complexity!
The seat can be used from 6 months to up to 17kg (approx. 3 years), however when combined with a BOB Carrycot it can be used from birth. It is also compatible with all Britax infant carriers when used with adaptors (available separately).
The Seat Canopy //
The canopy on the Revolution Pro is huge, offering excellent protection even when Phoebs is fully reclined. It’s classed as a ‘multi-position’ canopy and when fully extended, it goes really low down offering maximum protection from the elements which is excellent. Half deployed it looks and acts like a standard hood on a standard stroller (what I tend to use on non-sunny days) and it can be pulled all the way back offering no protection if desired.
The canopy also features a large viewing window (with lift up flap) which is perfect for checking on Phoebs when she’s asleep or spying on her to make sure she’s not up to any mischief on our walks!
I have to admit that in the first few weeks of using the Revolution Pro and attempting to have the hood fully retracted, I was finding that the viewing window was resting on Phoebe’s head which looked incredibly uncomfortable for her. I read other reviews online that also commented on their little ones being in the same boat and unsure if it was a design fault, I contacted Britax to ask them if there was a solution. Thankfully there was and I was missing a trick! This is the response I was given by Britax’s customer service when I asked if it was possible to create more head space for the little lady when the canopy is retracted:
“To be able to do this please firstly fully extend the hood where you will be able to lift the material flap to expose the viewing window. Here you will also notice two material straps which you can shorten and Velcro onto the area provided. This will help the excess material to concertina and give a child more head space within the seat unit”
I can testify that this does work and Phoebs no longer has excess plastic sat on her head when the canopy is fully retracted!
Cleverly, on a warm day you can also lift the flap up on the back of the canopy to let more air into the head space if you want to keep your little one cool.
The Ride //
I was really excited to test out the Revolution Pro in all the places our current pushchairs struggle, so its first outing was an off-roading experience in the woods at The Edge. We ventured through the muddiest of puddles, up shallow steps, pushed it deep into the forest and over rocky terrains and in all honesty it handled each and every terrain with ease. The super impressive adjustable suspension system and the large air-filled tyres (12.5in wheel at the front and 16in wheels at the back) ensure a smooth ride and most importantly comfort for your little one on any terrain.
We also recently tested the Revolution Pro out on the beach in Abersoch and it was a complete game changer! Pushing a pushchair on the beach is notoriously hard work and previously, whenever we have ventured to the beach with a pushchair, we have always had to tip it backwards on 2 wheels to get it across the sand as it just gets stuck. But I was surprised to find the Revolution Pro just rolled over the sand with ease, even on the softer sand.
The adjustable height handlebar has nine different locking positions and is ideal for Andy and I as we differ in height. It’s also nicely padded so you won’t feel any strain when you’re out jogging and it’s really comfortable to push around for lengthy journeys.
The Revolution Pro features two brakes, the standard on/off foot break located by the rear wheels and also a running handbreak (similar to the break on a bike) located on the handlebar. This is perfect for jogging or when going downhill as it allows you to slow down easily if necessary. The Revolution Pro also features a tether strap to stop the pushchair rolling away (which is also used to fasten the pushchair when folded).
An excellent feature of the Revolution Pro is the option to have the front wheel either in lock position or swivel position. This can be changed very easily by simply pushing a red lever above the front wheel and choosing either ‘Sport’ mode or ‘City’ mode.
When in ‘Sport’ mode, the front wheel is locked in place making it easier to push on rough terrain (and sand!) and makes the Revolution Pro suitable for running. You are also able to adjust the tracking to keep you in a straight line whilst running which is very handy.
When in ‘City’ mode, the front wheel can swivel around which is perfect for everyday use.
The Revolution Pro is currently available in five colours (l to r): Wilderness, Black, Orange, Lagoon and Red
There are number of handy accessories that you can purchase for the Revolution Pro from snack trays to play trays, travel bags to handlebar consoles. We have the Weather Shield that offers excellent protection from wind and rain and the Warm and Fuzzy Cosytoes which is fleecelined and nice and padded keeping Phoebs toasty in cold weather.
In the Summer months, the Sun Shield will protect your little one from the elements and is also perfect for keeping away flying insects when out for a run.
Value for Money //
Costing £480, the Revolution Pro most certainly doesn’t come cheap, but if you are looking for a versatile pushchair that can handle any terrain with ease and double up as an excellent running buggy, the Revolution Pro represents excellent value for money.
In Summary //
The Revolution Pro is undeniably brilliant and whether you’re a runner or not, having a pushchair that can handle different terrains is a huge advantage and has made our off-roading adventures so much easier. Not only does it look good, it’s also a dream to manoeuvre, thanks to the over-sized tyres and lockable swivel front wheel and importantly has a padded soft seat keeping Phoebs comfortable, even on longer walks.
There are a few minor niggles; I would love to see an automatic lock system rather than having to manually clip lock the pushchair together when folded. I also think the seat height could be extended by a good few inches for longevity purposes and I just wish they would include the raincover as standard with each purchase rather than having to buy it separately. But personal preferences aside, I would wholeheartedly recommend the Revolution Pro to anyone looking for a sporty, stylish and high quality pushchair to suit an active lifestyle.
Disclosure: We received the Britax Revolution Pro free of charge as part of our Ambassador programme, however all opinions and photographs are my own and I’d still rave about it even if i’d paid for it!