Easywalker Mosey – Opening the Box
We were very, very, very excited when the delivery man arrived at BBHQ with the brand new Easywalker Mosey!
The Easywalker Mosey has been long anticipated here at BBHQ. We have had an Easywalker June, and an Easywalker MINI Stroller. We loved the look and feel of both of these neat little pushchairs; but both had things which we would have liked to have had done differently. So, the promise of the new Easywalker Mosey with a one handed fold and one handed seat removal got us interested……
HOWEVER, nothing prepared us for exactly how revolutionary and innovative the new Easywalker Mosey actually is! Forget everything you have ever read or seen about the June and the MINI Stroller because the Easywalker Mosey is a totally new, beautifully designed, well thought out, EASY TO USE, fantastically awesome, pushchair!
The Easywalker Mosey came in three boxes. The first box contained the pushchair chassis, seat, and the wheels. The second box contained the carrycot, adaptor, mosquito net and raincover (for the carrycot). The final small box contained the coloured hood fabric on rods and the car seat adaptors. Please note that the carrycot box contents and the car seat adaptors do not come with the Mosey pushchair, and are additional accessories for purchase. UK Mosey pushchairs will have a raincover included in the box.
It took Mr BB and I, a total of 5 hours to unpack the Mosey – not because it was difficult, but because the experience was one to be savoured and explored! There has been so much attention to detail. Everything has been designed with care and thought. There are parts which are simply beautiful to play with, as they easily glide, or release simply, or click quietly into place!
So, starting with the chassis. The chassis is still very much essentially the lovely neat frame of the June and MINI Stroller – this is central to what we love about this family of pushchairs – the neatness, the narrowness, the unfussiness. The handlebar clips and unclips like the other pushchairs. However, there has been the sensible addition of bag clips at the top of the handlebar for a changing bag or similar. The wheels appear to be solid rubber. They are heavy wheels, but invite you to head off road and enjoy the experience without any fear of having a puncture. We have only done a few short runs so far, but handling and steering seem to be good about town which is great. The wheels click and slide into place (and can just as easily be removed). However, we then noticed that there is a beautiful new brake pedal which really beautifully clicks on and off. There is no need to visually check that the brake is on – you can hear the little click as it drops easily into the parking position, or off when it is time to go!
The basket is large. But wait! There is no storage clip in the basket….because….. there is a fabulous autolock to one side of the chassis!!
This leads me onto the most obvious and intriguing part of the chassis – the platform onto which the seat and carrycot fit. The platform has a large hole, 2 red foam rollers and 2 black buttons. There is a black button and a roller on each side of the chassis. When one button is pressed in, and then the corresponding roller is pressed in, the chassis then ‘breaks’ easily, folds and locks! When the other button is pressed in, and the corresponding roller is pressed in, then the chassis ‘breaks’ in a different position, and the chassis once again folds and locks! This one handed movement is so beautiful and smoothly done, that we had to play with it, again, and again, and again, and again, and again!
The seat unit comes closed in half like a clamshell. At the rear of the seat are three black horizontal bars. The middle bar can be squeezed up towards the upper bar which opens the seat up. This bar also serves as the seat recline mechanism which is very neat! Upon opening the seat the first thing you notice is the bumper bar. The bumper bar puzzled and intrigued us for quite a while. We spotted the joints and hinges, but we could not work out where precisely to open it! Eventually we found the button on the inner side of the bumper bar below a joint. We pressed it and the bumper bar opened on its hinge, smoothly clear of the seat. There is another button on the other side, so that the bumper bar can be removed if desired.
The adjustable calf rest was the next thing we looked at. Again, we looked at it for ages wondering how it adjusted. The answer was super simple. Put your hand through the gap at the top of the calf rest and simply flick the calf rest up or down. We believe there should be three positions to the calf rest, but ours only seems to want to lock into two positions. However, those are plenty for Master BB to either have his feet up, or down on the footrest.
We were very pleased to see the super chunky Easywalker harness buckle again. We changed the harness height quickly and easily to the upper level for Master BB. The shoulder pads aren’t quite as thick and padded as the MINI stroller ones, however they are plenty thick enough. The harness pads run freely up and down the harness, this they don’t impede any harness adjustment. The harnesses are easy to adjust.
The seat has 4 recline positions, in both directions; including lie flat, which means that the Mosey is suitable for a newborn baby; and also a very upright position which our older children love. We like that Easywalker have considered the needs of both ends of the age range, and thus the harness straps have extra loops on the seat to make the harness smaller for a little one, and there is plenty of harness strap for an older child even in a winter coat.
The full seat measurements are on the Best Buggy Stats page for the Mosey, but the seat back is very tall at 53.5cms tall. However the seat is not quite as deep as the MINI Stroller, and Little Miss BB noticed this, although she does look comfortable in the photos. She is aged 5 and 116cms tall. Master BB is 98cms tall. There is no liner on the Mosey. The seat is padded, but we feel it would benefit from having a liner. We will buy one in the Spring, but meanwhile, very soon we will be adding the footmuff (which is snuggly and furry inside and appears to be a good length).
At the back of the seat are the sockets into which the hood rods are placed. The hood then attaches using four velcro strips to secure it in place. We were extremely pleased to see that the hood still moves up and down, so that it can be folded completely away behind the pushchair when not in use to enable all round visibility for the child; or can be set to the correct height for the child riding in it i.e. it can be low down over a baby or high for a toddler. The hood itself has 2 fabric panels and then a visor. With the visor open, the hood is large. However we were very excited to discover that the rear of the hood unzips thus revealing a third fabric panel! The hood then becomes ABSOLUTELY ENORMOUS! With the ability to move the hood to the correct height, this hood will be able to give shade exactly where it is needed.
Seat Removal and Fold
One of the best features of the Easywalker Mosey is how the seat unit drops on and off the chassis. The chassis has a large hole on the central platform. The seat unit simply latches onto that with total ease. The seat unit can forward or parent face. The large hole is located towards the back of the platform. Thus the weight distribution shifts. The Mosey is absolutely fine to push and get up kerbs with the seat in either direction. However, it is super easy to get up a kerb when the seat is parent facing.
To remove the seat from the platform – simply pull the curved red strap underneath the seat unit and the seat detaches itself.
The Mosey will also fold with the seat facing in either direction. This is where the 2 sets of red rollers / black buttons come into play. The Mosey base splits depending on the direction the seat is facing. Thus when the seat is forward facing, the rear black button and roller need to be depressed. When the seat is rear facing, the front black button and roller need to be used. However, before folding there are two other steps which need doing first. One step is that the handle needs to be lowered, and secondly, the seat needs folding into a clamshell position. With the seat facing backwards, the seat must be folded before the handle is lowered or else the seat doesn’t fit through the handlebar. With the seat forward facing, either step can be done first.
In theory, the Mosey could be folded one handed, because the handle bar could be lowered one clip at a time. The pushchair folds one handed and autolocks. If the seat was forward facing, you would probably lower the handlebar using both hands, and then remove the child from the seat to finish the fold off.
We can get the Mosey to freestand when the seat is left on parent facing (photo above), but we can not get the Mosey to freestand when the pushchair is folded with the seat forward facing (photo folded on the floor).
We need to work out where to position the wheels when folding to ensure the best fold.
We have not had the opportunity to try the carrycot on the chassis as yet. However, the carrycot is good quality with a thickly lined interior and a mattress. The carrycot hood and apron are the same fabric as the pushchair hood. The fabric is a decent thickness and has a slightly textured look to it. We did spend a long time looking at the amazing way that the carrycot folds flat, and then gets erected again. The Easywalker Mosey uses an innovative pull system. At the end of the carrycot are two black plastic oval shapes. These plastic pieces need to be pulled out parallel to the carrycot (not downwards) to make the action work. One oval shape makes the carrycot erect. So, you pull hard until you hear a small click, and the carrycot stays upright and firm. The other oval shaped pulls it flat. This is really clever! What is even more clever is that the carrycot can be folded in situ on the pushchair chassis, and can also be folded flat. This is great for anyone who has a smaller car boot, because the carrycot is usually bulky to store. However, the Mosey carrycot takes up barely any different amount of storage space than it does with the Mosey seat on. The carrycot uses a square block to attach it to the chassis. However, we have not had a good look at this yet.
Overall First Impressions
This ‘Opening the Box’ review has aimed capture the functionality of the Mosey straight out of the box, rather than being a full review. So far the Easywalker Mosey has amazed us. It ticks every box which we need for a great pushchair.
The Mosey is narrow, neat, sturdy, easy to push and works beautifully. The innovative and evolving approach by Easywalker appears to have paid off, with amazing attention to detail and ease of functionality.
We have had The Mosey out on a few test runs, with no problems so far. However we will reserve judgement for a full review later. Could the Easywalker Mosey end our search for the perfect Best Buggy pushchair????!
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