I am a Graco Ambassador, and this means I get the chance to review new products for them. Recently, I have been reviewing the Graco Mirage+ Travel System, in Black Rock. It is a great value travel system, which comes complete with a Graco Junior Carseat, and a rain cover.
The pushchair requires some basic assembly. (You have to hammer the wheels into place). Once built, the pushchair can be folded down, one handed in just 1 second. It is freestanding too, so great for use on the go.
The weather hasn’t allowed me to take any photos of it being used outdoors, but here’s a few snapshots of the kids trying it out.
The Graco Mirage Plus Travel System does live up to the promise of the fast fold. It also scores well on the unfolding front. I like the fact it stays locked when folded, too – this makes transporting it very easy.
I like the fact it works as a Travel System as well, though I personally would buy the car seat base as well, so you can pop the car seat into the car and remove it in seconds, rather than the minutes it takes with the seatbelt. The car seat has a 3 point safety harness, and a newborn head hugger. It doesn’t have shoulder pads, but Sydney didn’t seem to notice the difference without them. One thing I want to point out is the Graco Mirage+ car seat only attaches to the pushchair when the play tray is in position. It clicks into place on there easily, and there is also a velcro strap underneath the pushchair seat, which attaches to the carseat for extra safety. (I kept forgetting this was in place at first, and was baffled as to why I couldn’t remove the car seat from the pushchair).
This pushchair is perfect if you’re looking for a lightweight travel system, which is great value. The hood covers my baby well, and my toddler loved the play tray. The wheels can easily be flicked between swivel and locked. The wheels are made of plastic, and this isn’t an issue on smooth paths, but the ride is a little bumpy on uneven surfaces.
The seat reclines between 100 and 150 degrees, (almost sat upright to slightly raised – NOT lay flat). Sydney never lay flat from birth, due to reflux, so I would still have used this pushchair for her, had we received it earlier. If you are concerned, you can always use the car seat instead for the first few weeks. It is a bit fiddly to adjust the seat level on the pushchair. There is a buckle to undo on each side to go between the middle position and the lowest one, then the seat pushes and clicks forwards into the fully upright position, from the central, buckled one. The pushchair’s safety straps don’t have any padding, either. The brakes seemed to work well, though I haven’t tested them on steep hills.
My 6 Month old daughter fitted into the Graco Mirage Plus Travel System easily, but my 19 Month old son was a bit big for it. (He is over 15kg though, I just tried him in there to see the head room – which is fine). I actually love the fact the top of the seat doesn’t have a metal bar, like so many other pushchairs do, as it meant Sam could sit upright happily. (My son is HUGE for his age – he is in age 3-4 clothes, so don’t be put off by how cramped he looks in the image)!
One HUGE plus for the Graco Mirage Plus TS is the fact the raincover is compatible with the pushchair when used independently AND as a travel system! Every other travel system I have used has needed two different cover (which usually have to be bought separately)! I felt like I had to prove this fact, so here’s a photo of the rain cover in place on the Travel System and just the stroller…
The dimensions are:
Open: 103cm (h) x 49cm (w) x 92cm (l)
Folded: 86cm x 49cm x 36cm
Pushchair Weight: 7.1kg
Car Seat Weight: 3.9kg
I drive a Vauxhall Insignia (which has a large boot) and the Graco Mirage+ TS half filled it, but there was room above it for shopping bags. Speaking of shopping – the basket is a decent size. I fitted 2x 2 litre bottles of milk in there with the rain cover!
All told, i do like the Graco Mirage Plus Travel System. It offers great value for money. If you are looking for a good value travel system, and aren’t bothered about getting a footmuff, seatbelt pads and a carseat base included, then I highly recommend it.
It is also a great buy for use as a 2nd system – if Grandparents or childminders look after your little one a lot. It is light enough for use on holiday too, in my opinion.
All told, I give the Graco Mirage Plus Travel System 4/5 – losing 1 mark for the missing support pads and the fiddly recline adjustment.
This is not a sponsored post. I was sent the Graco Mirage Plus Travel System to review, but all thoughts and words are my own.