06.Stroller of the future?
If you saw a Stokke Xplory on the street, you’d probably wonder if you’d stepped onto the set of the latest Star Wars film, but no, they’re the latest high-tech stroller from Norway.
The Xplory boasts being the only stroller that elevates your child closer to you and “strengthens your child’s feelings of well-being, making them feel happy, safe, and assured”. It also puts less pressure on mum or dad’s back, as there’s no need to bend or lean over when attending to the child.
While the Xplory passed safety and durability tests and is very easy to manoeuvre, it only scored 60% for ease of use as the stroller is bulky and heavy to lift, the footrest is tricky to adjust (it seemed to us to need more than two hands), and the release levers for folding the stroller require a certain technique to operate, otherwise you may damage it (as did our tester on the first model we purchased).
We advise being shown how to operate, fold and unfold the stroller when you buy it. You can also buy an optional ‘baby bag’ for $440 which is a capsule used for transporting a baby under 9kg.
Russell Crowe and wife Danielle Spencer have been spotted pushing their little one around in an Xplory, and with its $1900 price tag (including capsule), you’ll almost need to be on their wage to afford one.