We are very lucky that we stay in the foothills of one of Scotland’s most beautiful hills, surrounded by vast countryside and endless forests. Every family stroll turns into a mini adventure…think The Faraway Tree (my favourite book ever!)
Now that we are a family of 4 we wanted to include MM in our exploring. So when I was given the opportunity to test the Graco Evo XT (Rock colourway), I was excited to try out its offroad capabilities in particular.
Suitable from birth, the Evo XT comes with rain cover, mosquito net and a rather snuggly looking footmuff. I’m always slightly concerned when I see pushchairs that are suitable from birth. I guess advertising has implanted the thought in my head that there should be a carry cot for babies and if you prefer a carrycot, there is one available to purchase separately. However we have been using the Evo XT since MM was a few weeks old (she was 5lb 13oz at birth) and had no concerns at all. The back lies down flat and the foot rest can be straightened out. Add the footmuff to create a perfect little habitat for a newborn, that even I was envious of.
The XT has enhanced suspension over the standard model and larger wheels to better cope with the demands of offroading and we are a family for going off the well beaten track (as you can see).
With everything you’d expect from a pushchair such as two way seating and one touch put up & down, the Evo XT also benefits from some pretty simple yet amazing features. If you’ve had a travel system before, you will be quite used to the fact you have to remove the seat before collapsing the chassis. However, the Evo XT will collapse with the seat fitted…great when you are trying to make a quick get away in the cold weather. Another feature that I found useful was the way the cross bar was hinged, so there is no need to remove it fully when putting MM in…such a small detail, but wow!
On the whole, we have really enjoyed the Evo XT. We really have put it through its paces in the last few months…It’s quick to use, light to manouvere and sturdy in offroad situations. It’s certainly our go to pushchair of the moment.
Munch was excited to get back out on our usual forest trails and was overjoyed that MM could now join us too.
Disclosure: We were sent a Graco Evo XT to review, but all opinions are ours.