We had already seen the Stokke Xplory stroller (www.stokke.com/en-gb/) in a magazine and wanted to test it out and look at the alternatives.
The design and ethos of the Xplory stroller had captured our imagination and a demonstration by Stokke impressed us further. We liked:
- The way the baby could be positioned extremely high up and close to you on the stroller promoting bonding with the baby
- The collapsing mechanism to 2 wheels is very helpful for stairs and lifts
- The fact that the stroller could be easily used as a high chair in restaurants
- The lie-flat position of the car seat meaning the baby can stay in the seat longer than 2 hours
The only down side to the car seat was the weight at 4.5kg before the baby is even in it! I’ll need to work out just to lift it!
However, we decided we needed to check out the other options to make sure there was nothing better so off we went to the Mothercare stand! We had a demonstration of a Quinny stroller but it looked a lot less sturdy, more complex to use and did not have many different baby positions.
I must admit at this point we were not conscious of finding out where any of the strollers were made but were focused on finding the best product for our baby. However when we visited the 3 suppliers of the Stokke Xplory stroller to obtain prices we did know we wanted to buy from an independent retailer rather than a large, multinational company like Mothercare.
As it happened we had the most competitive price from a local independent retailer, Kiddisave (www.kiddisave.co.uk), who are based in Walsall. So we placed our order with them for the Stokke Xplory Stroller, matching changing bag, car seat and ISOfix base. They very kindly also gave us the Xplory cup holder for free!
I have done quite a lot of research on the internet to find out where Stokke manufacture their Xplory stroller and it seems they are made in Norway (although I did find one reference to the wheels being made in China). So I have sent an email to Stokke to ask them whether the whole product is made in Norway and I’ll update this post once I have an answer from them.
Update (8th July 2011)
I have received a reply from Stokke about where the Xplory stroller is made and they said that it is designed in Norway, the chassis is manufactured in the Netherlands and the upholstery comes from China! So mostly made in Europe which is good I guess…?