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My love affair with the Koochi Pushmatic

Last week I had a fling. He was wiry, he was athletic, he had go-faster stripes – and he got me and my baby son a lot of dirty looks.

His name? The Koochi Pushmatic. 

The first thing to say about this sexy little buggy is that the Green Hyperwave trim literally had me stopped in the street by men (some of whom didn’t even have children!) commenting on how snazzy it looked. Its vibe is a cross between the sort of trainers that boys who spend a fortune on trainers have and those 90s Nokia screensavers that are now super-retro-vogue.

The second thing to say is my gosh is this thing light! I could run up and down the steps at the train station carrying this buggy – with my chubby son in it – and my laptop bag – without even needing to glance around for a potential white knight, let alone succumbing to any hopeless panting situations halfway down. Two minutes til the next train? Pah, I’ll make it in one – and with a smug look on my face!

The third – and truly surprising – thing about the Pushmatic is that it is great value. At £180 all-in the model comes with kitbag, footmuff (a really warm, rainproof one), raincover and detachable head hugger and pads. You can use this buggy on a newborn and it lasts thru 15kg – so could be all the buggy you ever need. Granted, if you want your newborn to face you as you push then this might not work, but we’d recommend giving it a go and making up for ‘lost eye contact time’ by using a Baby Bjorn carrier or Moby wrap for shorter journeys.

Koochi is actually from the same stable as the award winning Cosatto range and in its infancy as a brand. Sure, there are a few things we’d improve (the five point harness *is* a little fiddly although very secure and the brake pedal is quite big/cumbersome) but for a buggy that corners like a dream, holds a decent amount of shopping (including a family sized pizza and a bumper pack of nappies) in the underseat storage, easily folds into a car boot and gets the ‘comfy seal of approval’ from all who ride in it.

Furthermore – and I’ve tried – if you fancy a buggy you can jog with, this one is a breeze. Sure, it isn’t one of those long wheelbase fancy-schmantzy ones but with the Pushmatic you can fit it on the bus home if the jog knackers you out, or ’round the table in the local cafe if your jog just happens to take you in the direction of cake…

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Sadly, my fling came to an end as we raffled the Pushmatic to raise money for charity. Big thanks to Koochi for their generosity and we look forward to supporting the product range in the future.

Koochi-koo my adorable little love buggy, I shall miss you…

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Which buggy is best for jogging?

Fancy burning off a few calories but can’t find anyone to watch the bambino whilst you hit the gym? Baby jogging might seem like the answer, but having the wrong kit can lead to frustration, boredom (and detours to the corner shop for a Magnum…)

The Which Report suggests serious joggers should opt for a full on jogging device – complete with wheels of varying size dependent on your own stride.  ‘These pushchairs feature three rust-resistant alloy wheels, distinctive frame designs, 20in, 16in or 12in wheels, shock absorbers, suspension and a fixed front wheel.The large wheels make the ride smoother, and give better control and shock absorption in off-road conditions. These pushchairs are designed for running on pavements, rough and sandy surfaces….‘ they say.

Out and About’s Nipper Sport has won lots of awards in the Women’s Running category and is the sort of thing you’d feel a bit silly pushing if you WEREN’T jogging, so if you need some motivation then this might be your buggy.

Less hardcore joggers might prefer something a bit more versatile and compact. Phil and Ted’s are a brand loved by town-and-country-housers wanting a buggy as comfortable in the fields of Somerset as it is on Bond St and we love the Dot v2, pictured below in bang-on-trend Apple.

If you’re more of a yomper than a runner, but still want a buggy that will go the extra mile (as it were) we can’t fault the Quinny Buzz Xtra, Light but robust, smooth steering and a unique gas spring to aide folding and unfolding, this one is the king of the urban jungle – or if you fancy giving  hiking a try (Victoria Beckham is a fan) then this is a good bet on a gradient too.

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