The thing I love most about the Graco Evo Avant is just how stylish this pushchair is.
With it’s breton stripe, brown leather accents, and grey marl-like material, the Graco Evo Avant is a seriously good looking pushchair.
It manages to be both masculine and feminine at the same time, the perfect mix for me – a person of the female variety who has had a brood of boy babies.
The basket is roomy enough for everything you need for a day out. And, it may be a smaller detail, but I really love the raincover for the Graco Evo Avant – It fits snug to the seat and goes on with absolutely no fiddlyness or difficulty. It’s the little things like this that do actually make a significant difference to my day to day life using a pushchair.
The wheels are hard, rather than air or foam-filled (there is the Avant’s big brother, the Evo XT if off-roading wheels are a must for you), but yet I was surprised at the noticeable smoothness of the suspension.
There is a separate carrycot available, also in the breton stripe design, if you prefer. But the main seat unit is suitable from birth onwards, and the Graco Evo Avant comes with the loveliest footmuff / cosytoe, so your newborn will be comfortable whichever option you choose.
I’ve been on trains, black cabs, the underground, and buses with our Graco Evo Avant. It handles city life very well.
I might have gone a little bit overboard with the photos of our Graco Evo Avant. Otto was in such a good mood for posing for the camera, this entire review is really just an excuse to show you how cute he was being!
Like all good travel systems, the Graco Evo Avant is car seat compatible, using the SnugRide i-size infant car seat.
We’ve used several infant car seats in the past, and they’ve all been very similar, with limited additional features. Which is why I was so pleased to see that Graco’s SnugRide has extra functionality that really comes in useful.
Instead of needing to re-thread the straps into the next ‘rung’ up as your baby grows, the SnugRide straps cleverly adjust with the headrest in a simple up and down movement that takes all of two seconds. Not only is this extremely useful for me (as I always have to ask Sam to re-thread our carseats – I’ve never got the hang of it!), but I can imagine this feature being such a brilliant thing for childminders who might be using the same car seat for different sized babies in their care.
The second feature that has proved invaluable for us, is the adjustability of the recline. There is a little dial on the base of the seat with positions ranging from 0 – 7.
We didn’t have any recline adjustment on our previous car seat, and in recent months I had noticed Otto becoming increasingly frustrated at being in such a reclined position in the car. Since he turned 11 months, we’d have tears most journeys. Although he wouldn’t outgrow his infant car seat until somewhere around 18-20 months, I was already thinking about upgrading him to a stage 2 seat just to save my sanity on car journeys!
Then along came our Graco SnugRide car seat, and all our car dramas stopped instantly, because we were able to give him a more upright position. Babies do famously reach a stage once they are a little bit older, more awake, and heading towards toddlerhood, where an infant car seat can feel a little too reclined for them. They want to be more upright and better able to see their surroundings. Having a car seat like the Graco SnugRide i-size, that allows you to do both, without the need to completely change your car seat after nine or so months, is utterly invaluable.
After experiencing the SnugRide with it’s clever extra features, I would honestly find it hard to switch back to another car seat now.
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