In May I hop footed it over to Amsterdam for a sneak peak of a very secret new product from Bugaboo. All I knew was that it was a brand new product and I had to sign an embargo promising not to breathe a word. The people that I work with at Bugaboo were keeping very tight lipped and were anticipating my reaction when the man behind Bugaboo, Max Barenbrug, was to reveal all.
Unfortunately in my excited state the Creative Design Director, Aernout Dijkstra-Hellinga, let slip that it was going to be a stroller so I spent the next few minutes speculating about what it could be! A whole new design? An updated Donkey? A 4th version of the Bee? I decided that it had to be the Bee because during the tour they made a huge deal about how this is the Summer for promoting the Urban qualities of the Bugaboo Bee. I was pleasantly surprised when the curtains were drawn and I was faced with the stunning Bugaboo Cameleon³.
Now at first sight there was only one difference. Gone are the weird sticky uppy bits on the front wheels – I was told they are wheel releases but to me they always looked a bit odd sticking up looking like they were supposed to have a job to do. The front wheels are now removable with a quick release button on the front and the top is completely flat. We were told that although at first glance it looked exactly the same as its predecessor, in fact 90% of the parts have changed.
Bugaboo have taken on all the customer insights and feedback that they have received since the original launch of the Cameleon in 2005 and have strived to make the already iconic stroller, even better. Bugaboo adhere to a very strict DNA so it is no surprise that they haven’t ventured out into new looks, why fix something that isn’t broken?
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty of the differences between the original Cameleon and it’s newer, better version.
All of the best features are still there. There is a huge range of tailored fabrics to choose from, it’s lightweight, compact and usable on all terrains with the help of the flip over handle, sand and snow two wheeled feature and the front wheel suspension.
The Bugaboo Cameleon³ chassis is much more durable with a nice matt finish on all the central parts. It folds and unfolds much the same as the original Cameleon but it’s a lot easier and quicker with a brand new unlocking system.
The brake system has been improved and is a lot smoother to operate. There are no more nasty clicks when putting the brake on and it has a quick release button.
The basket has been made bigger (this should read HUGE!) and the handle adjustment now has 6 steps so there will never be any slippage.
The 5 point harness on the seat unit is padded and easily adjustable without any fiddling to adjust the height. It simply slips up and down depending on the required height and can be tightened with one easy pull on the strap.
The carrycot has been vastly improved with a one handed folding system meaning it can be made flat for transportation in a matter of minutes. The original Cameleon had two metal bars on the outside of the carrycot that were separate from the carrycot when removed. These two bars are now integrated into the inside of the carrycot and have Velcro at the bottom to allow the carrycot to fold.
All of these changes look good on paper and I will of course show you them in detail when we review the Bugaboo Cameleon³ in the next few weeks. We all got to have a good play at the event (spot me in the video!) and I have a gorgeous Orange one to put through it’s paces with Spike. If you have any questions or anything you want to see just give me a shout 🙂
The Bugaboo Cameleon³ will be released in September 2012 with an RRP of £799.