Review – Easywalker Duowalker Sky

Written by Lauren on. Posted in Baby Products, Pushchairs/Prams/Buggies, Reviews

After what felt like an age of searching for the “perfect” double, my friend recommended the Easywalker Duowalker Sky (aka Easywalker Duo, Easywalker Duowalker or the updated Easywalker Duo Plus)  It meant that I could have the best of both worlds.  I have a full-sized seat that my larger than average toddler, not only fitted in but was comfortable and a carrycot for my newborn.  So many others on the market are designed in such a way that there has to be a compromise.  The Easywalker Duo enables you to have seats, carrycots or car seats in different combinations depending on the ages of the children.  Two types of car seat adapters are available one for Maxi-Cosi and one universal one which fits a range of branded seats on. Naturally as soon as it arrived it was unpacked and taken on a “test drive.”  Straight away I loved it. It has 4 air-filled tyres which make it so unbelievably easy to push.  I live in a very hilly area and considering the combined weight of the system and my children is 45kg it glides along with ease.  Each wheel comes off with the simple push/pull of a button.  The front wheels can be locked into position for rougher terrain but also have a 360° swivel which makes for extremely easy manoeuvrability.  I have never had problems doing a complete U-turn in a shop which was something I had dreaded when looking at side by sides. The suspension is fantastic and the children have a very comfortable ride, even over rough terrain.  Spike would always sleep in the carrycot, even just the 10 minute walk to crèche would have him catching some z’s within minutes of leaving the house. Spud sleeps like an angel in this pram which has been a challenge since he was old enough to be nosey. The brake is easy to apply/disengage and very strong.  I’ve had the pushchair on a very steep hill with the break on whilst I caught my breath and it didn’t even hint at moving. The basket is spacious but can be tricky to access especially if the seats are reclined.  It has zips to extend the front down but I do have to really crouch down and reach under to put anything in.  It does hold an awful lot of stuff but the space can be limited if you need to take the raincover with you as that doesn’t fold down that small.  The raincover is strong but isn’t a perfect fit.  I struggled whatever way I tried to put it on and ended up ripping one of the bottom velcro tabs as I pulled on it too hard.  It could do with a couple of extra inches for it to fit how it is meant to.  I also found that if you use a carrycot you are supposed to buy a separate raincover.  I didn’t as I knew I wouldn’t be using it for long enough to justify the cost.  The one supplied does cover both the carrycot and seat but you have to strategically place it so that it doesn;t have any gaps to let rain in. Both seats fully recline to almost totally flat,   The 4 position recline can be fiddly as it is done with zips and you have to go past parts of the frame to fully undo the zip.  Also if Spud is leaning on the seat when I want to sit it up I have 30lb of toddler to contend with!  Spike moved into the seat part at 5 months and I am very happy with his positioning and he looks very comfortable.  I personally don’t like newborns in full-sized seats but with the brilliant recline and the comfortable seats I probably would have used it for a newborn if I didn’t have the carrycot.  The bumper bar seems a little bit low and Spud often pushes his knees into it but it’s not a massive issue. I was really impressed with the carrycot.  It looks quite small as double carrycots tend to be skinnier but, as I said before, Spike was able to stay in it until he was just over 5 months and he is big for his age. (see pic)  It is comfortable and very easy to fit to the chassis.  Carry handles in the hood and on the base make it very easy to lift when it’s not on the chassis.  It came with its own raincover, mosi net, mattress and blanket. The hoods are independent from each other and both have UV sun canopies that fold down.  This is great for Spike but Spud gets annoyed that it blocks his view.  They also have windows to peek down and see the children in their seats.  They have a cover that can be tied back or velcro so that they don’t flap about. The handle extends to a great height.  At 5’11” I have it on the middle setting.  If I were to lock it straight up it goes up to my chest!  But it also locks low enough to enable my two-year old to push.  It has a wrist strap attached the handle for safety which I do use when going down steep hills.  It would definitely benefit from a hand brake! There is no doubt that this pushchair looks HUGE.  When you push it, it feels a lot smaller than it looks and i have had no problems whatsoever in shops that I didn’t have with a single.  At only 75cm wide it is one of the slimmest on the market.  It fits nicely on the bus and although I am yet to brave the train with two children I know that it fits on there as well.  However this brings me to its one major flaw.  It doesn’t collapse small at all.  It fills my Laguna estate boot with little room for anything else.  It is also very heavy and awkward to carry when it’s folded. They are made in a variety of colours. In Red this gets a lot of attention.  I am constantly being stopped and told how gorgeous it is and how people have never seen anything like it before.  There are a wide range of accessories available.  I have one footmuff which I love.  You can remove the front and use it as a lovely, soft, fleecy liner.  It’s also a very good size.  Spud is a tall boy and often fills footmuffs so I was very impressed that he fitted with room to grow. Overall it is a fantastic system.  It suited my needs perfectly and although it is big and heavy when it’s folded that was the compromise that I was more than willing to make so that both my boys had a comfortable ride. It has had some changes made to it for the 2011 Easywalker Duo Plus which look promising for an already great pushchair.  It’s lighter, has a more compact fold and now has ribbed seat fabric for ventilation.  It also has improved easy fit connectors and a new breaking system. The Easywalker Duo Plus has an RRP of £649.00 for the pushchair and £150.00 for a single carrycot but if you shop around you will find lots of “travel system” deals.
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