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I purchased this pushchair when I swapped from a bigger chunky pram. This was 3.5 years ago and it's still going strong, now being used my by 2nd! The seat unit itself has plenty of room and the straps go very large, both my children have only ever used them on smallest setting.
The original raincover did rip along the zip, as it zips around the hood unit. Found a universal one that pics perfect.
I have also managed to find out that you can use this pram as a double ;) When i lay the seat unit flat my eldest sits at the front with her feet on the footbar, and my youngest will sit behind her! Perfect for when they are tired and need to share...I haven't seen another pram as sturdy to make me think I'd be able to do this.
Various liners and footmuff fit the pram nicely, have used a few.
The chrome effect cleans up nicely, and still looks as smart. The basket underneath fits a childs character bag amply, and the raincover can push along to under the front part. I have also just purchased the net shopping bags which go along the back of these prams perfectly.
I had this stroller for two weeks before taking it back and getting a new one!
This was a completly over priced piece of equipment! I brought the buggy as i believed that Mamas and Papas have a good reputation for quality products how wrong was I. After three days of having this product the squeaks that came from the wheels left me embarassed to use it. The wheels were clean and had only been used around shopping centres and streets, when returning this product I was informed it was not to be used over rough terrain and should be oiled weekly. I was a new mother and did not have time to be oiling my wheel weekyly (you do not have to do this with a maclaren!). My second point was that this stroller was in immaculate condition and had not been used of rough terrain. Whilst in the shop another lady came in with the exact same problem, at that point I asked for my money back and brought a maclaren!
The stroller in itself was however stylish and pretty for my little girl as I got it in pink. The raincover went on nicely and looked good. It was light in weight but sturdy and was very comfy for my 6month old.
If they can get better manufacturers that can solve the squeaking wheel problems then this would be of quality!
I have given this strolller one stra for looks, there customer services need to be improved, and manufacturing needs improving.
I bought my Mamas & Papas Frankie Ziko when we saw an ex-display model on sale for a hefty discount. I bought the Mushy Peas colour way- a combination of dark green exterior and seat, with bright green lining and I have to say we had lots of compliments on the colour!
I found this pushchair sturdy and easy to push. My only slight issue with it was that if I was walking particularly fast then the front wheels had a tendency to skid, making it hard to steer. I have no idea whether that is a design fault or just a problem with my one.
This pushchair is easy to fold, although it is heavier than some strollers.
My son always seemed very comfortable in this pushchair. The fleecey strap covers made it nice and snuggly for him, and the fact that it reclines meant that nap time wasn't a problem. The pull down hood provides some sun shade and the straps are nice and secure 5 point harness ones.
I really like the raincover for the Ziko- it is part see through and part waterproof fabric and zips onto the hood. This makes it incredibly easy to use, and can also be left on the pushchair when not in use- it simply folds back over the hood. Great if the weather is changeable!
The shopping basket is a good size, although inaccessible if the seat is reclined but I guess this is the same with most reclinable pushchairs. There is also a poppered pocket on the back of the puchchair which is really handy for popping your keys or phone in!
i got this buggy when mt daughter was 12 months we had to take it back a few weeks later due to a screw coming loose mamas and papas replaced this straight away and that one was fine for the next few months then problems began as my daughtewr got older and heavyer the breaks would not hold on the bus they clicked on every time we go to bump it downsatairs and you can not tighten the straps at all my daughter has climbed out hundreds of times i have run her over twice because of this the rain cover zip has not lasted and to top the whole lot off when you push i up a curb the buggy folds up on her so she is now 18 months and its a great buggy if you just want 1 for 6 months mamas and papas customer services think its a shock that you mind that your child can climb out and that you would mind the breaks not working we hae sent it back to them and just hope we get our money back and i hope i get my money back so i never have to shop in mamas and papas again
I was first attracted to the Mamas & Papas Ziko Frankie by the shiny chrome frame and single front wheels, which to me made it stand out from all of the other standard umbrella folding strollers on the market. The Frankie that I had was in "Suit Me" fabric which was a very dark blue pin stripe and was made to look like suit fabric. It really looked superb and the attention to detail was brilliant. As well as being aesthetically brilliant, the Frankie is also very functional and the single front wheels give it great manouverability. There is a very handy pocket on the hood and the plastic/chrome handles are more hygenic than the foam ones which are common on other strollers. The only down sides to the pushchair are the freedom harness which for me is a pain to fit correctly and also the raincover that zips on to the hood is very flimsy and tears very easily.
Im addicted to buggys but this one out of them all is the best 1 i have ever had!! I always wanted the i'coo pluto because of the chrome and stylish frame but i didnt like the price tag that came with it so i went on a search for one and a frankie ziko by mamas and papas sprung up i ended up buying a frankie in bubblegum because of the girlie pink and purple colours and of course the chrome stable chassis!!
This pushchair is great in every way its light weight, folds up reasonable small (umbrella fold) the covers can be changed if you choose to change the look (or they need washing just throw em in the machine SIMPLE!!) the covers are very well padded and its very sturdy and it has a little pocket at the back which is perfect for storing keys purse and phone so you dont need to take a handbag out everywhere if your just nipping somewhere!
I also love the fact it has a peekaboo flap on the hood so i can keep and eye on her and also entertain her if shes getting ratty or tired.
The brakes are pretty good though i think they need to work on those abit but most things about this pushchair is good, the fact its easy to push is a bonus especially if you have an older child and need to hold there hand aswell as push the buggy well with this one you can steer push the lot and all with A hand!!!
This buggy came with its raincover and i had to buy the footmuff seperately and its was a bit pricey think it was £55 which to me is a lot!!
But its all about the look and all in all its a great buy i loved the bubblegum one soo much i went and brought another in the hot 'n' bothered range off ebay for a small price £70 ex model!! WOT CAN I SAY IM A BIT OF A BARGAIN HUNTER!! :)
I bought the Ziko Frankie for my son as a 2nd light weight pram to keep in the car. I have been through a few buggies, like the zapp, petite star and this pushchair just out shines them all. It looks great and feels sturdy. I chose the nicey, brown and green colour scheme as it would do a little girl incase I have another baby whereas the girlie colours just wouldn't do for a boy! The pushchair is a dream to push and steers so well with no feeling of tipping. My son loves the little drawings on the inside of the hood and points to them. The pocket on the hood is really handy and the viewing window is good for playing peek a boo. The buggy came with a rain cover but I had to pay extra for the footmuff which was quite dear. I was in a foul mood when I bought the buggy after an argument with hubbie and wanted to do some serious retail therapy and this certainly
cheered me up! I get comments about it nearly everytime I use it.
Downside is the seat and recline back are ok for a quick nap but if I plan to be out all day I tend to still use my main pram so my son can stretch out. Also basket no good if baby lying down.
I have had the Ziko Frankie 'nicey' buggy for around a year. It looks great because it has a silver aluminium frame. It says it is suitable from birth but it does not lay completely flat so it isn't great for newborns (their spines should be completely flat until they are around 1 month old). It has a viewing panel in the hood which is useful. It has a five point 'floating' harness - this is the worst point about this buggy - basically the 'floating' bit means the harness is not attached to the back rest so the the child doesn't feel so strapped in but i find it annoying as i have to hold the straps out of the way while i put my son in which is a bit awkward but i do believe they have improved on this point now and the new versions have a normal harness. The wheels are lockable. It comes with a rain cover which just zips on to the hood. It is easy to fold and it also has a carry handle. It is lovely to push. The seat slants backwards (**not all pushchairs do which means the child just slips down and looks uncomfortable) It has a handy pocket at the back which is great for loose change/ car keys etc. It also has a small shopping basket underneath but you can't get to this unless the seat is in the upright position.
Overall this is a really good buggy which i would recommend, even though it is a bit pricey.
I think these buggy's are so cool!
I bought a mamas and papas ziko frankie in the limited edition bubble gum fabric and loved it to bits very pretty and very girly so my little girl loved it too which always helps when you need to go out and little one is screaming the place down.
The chrome chassi is so nice and a real eye catcher when out for a walk, i got lots of comments on it.
The fabric design's are funky and cool too and have matching cosy toes which actually is a bit thin and i always put a blanket inside to keep my little one warm through the winter, changing bags to match,which are small and a bit silly looking but you can normally get one to match still from m&p anyway and toys to match too which is really good for a range of buggys.
The only bad bits i found about the buggy was the shopping basket is pretty useless as its so small and not accessible and the raincover rips really easily :(
My cousin borrowed my ziko to take on holiday for her baby girl and even she said the same it really is a good buggy. It lays right back using the adjuster on the backrest,its comfy when the liner/cosytoes is in place, adjustable foot rest and so nice too look at which is important.My cousin enjoyed using mine that much she went out and bought her own when she got home and gave mine back heehee
All in all an excellent buggy and defiantly worth that extra few pounds
I am a pramoholic so when i saw this online i had to have one for my son i just loved the funky designs and colours they had, luckily for me i didnt pay too much for one as i bought mine on Ebay but im so glad i didnt pay a lot!
The pram is a good pram but it has some major flaws and i did not keep this very long, the first problem i encountered was the front wheels kept locking which is very frustrating i also had another problem as when we took the footmuff off the harness doesnt fasten to the back of the pram so my son could lean out of it and nearly fall out which is a very stupid idea i have never seen a harness like that!
The pram does have some nice qualities which i would say is mainly the colours and designs, the aluminum fram is a real head turned but soon gets scratched from folding and storing, you can get some realy nice accessories with the pram, with mine i got the footmuff , a cuddly toy that attached to the pram, a little magnetic bag on the back and i also got a zip on raincover.
I do like the raincovers as it has a see through panel at the top and then it is fabric over the legs which again looks very differnt.
The pram is very nice to push and has high handles so is good for people like me who are tall, its easy to fold but heavy to carry.
As you can tell this pram does have a lot of flaws and i would only recommend this as a back up pram , something to nip about town in but not for long journeys and definalty not for young babies who are just sitting up as its very risky!
The Mamas & Papas Ziko, comes in a lot of nice funky colours, with some realy nice matching accessories, (foot mufs, bottle bags, soft toys).
They have some realy good points but a few bad ones aswell:
GOOD POINTS ----
Its light to push even with my toddler in it still nice to push, they have a better range of colours and designs than most pushchairs which makes them realy stand out from the rest.
With some of the Zikos you get a cute little teddy to match the pram which velcros onto the puschair when not in use.
The frames are aluminium which gives the pram a nice clean look.
I also found the pram to be very sturdy.
BAD POINTS ------
The bad points i found with this puschair would be that when folded it is quite heavy, and can be pretty tricky to hold a baby and the pram.
The wheel locks arent that good either, as on both of my Zikos they have broken and keep locking the front wheels of the pram which is really annoying.
Another thing i didnt like was the harness, it doesnt fasten to the back of the pram like most do, which means my younger child (1) tends to lean forward and almost fall out if he hasnt got his footmuff on!
Overall, Its a lovely trendy puschair and is eye catching, but if you live on rough terrain it would be no good as the wheels cant take the ground, its more for smooth ground and zipping through town.
And i wouldnt put babys in here either because of the harness.
I bought this from Mamas and Papas as we were going abroad when my LO was 2.5 months old and I needed a stroller that would recline and was suitable for a newborn. It cost £150 and I preferred it to the plastic Maclarans and similar ones as I feel the frame looks far more sturdy and it looks better quality in my opinion.
Unusually the frame and wheel spokes are made of metal rather than the plastic that is far more common with lightweight strollers.
It has a large hood and comes complete with a raincover and a footmuff. I have not tried the raincover yet as we only used it in the summer but I did try the footmuff and it is easy to fit, you just slide the harness straps through the holes in the back of the footmuff and hey presto - it's fastened on!
It has a pocket on the back that was bit enough to fit a hotel room key, my sunglasses, a spare dummy and some cash in, which was excellent as it saved me carrying a handbag during the day. Unusually, it fastens with magnets rather than a zip or popper, which I liked.
It is really light to push and my son was really comfortable in it and seemed to like it. It is easy to put up, although collapsing it took a bit of getting used to.
The main problem I found was that when it is reclined (which due to my son's age it always was) I could not access the shopping basket at all, which was a pain when I bought anything from the shops as I had to precariously balance it on the handles. I have not used it since but this is only because I love my big travel system. I will definately get it back out of the loft when we next go on holiday.
I really adore this stroller and actually owned 2!
This was my first stroller purchase as I was debating between pulse or maclaren ryder.
However the service in mohercare was so dismall that day waited half an hour hovering by prams and no one approached so walked few doors away to m&p.
I had seen the ziko before but was out of our budget.
But by stroke of luck they had ex demo in sale in bubblegum pink.
The staff were very attentive and good price and easy to use so made the purchase.
My daughter was just 3months old at the time and we had bugaboo cameleon for main system but as I dont drive I wanted from birth stroller that reclined for bus travel and throw in hubbys car buggy.
I was not dissapointed the seat reclines lovley and flat and has button to push down at back and to move up you just push it foward so it can be changed without waking baby and minimal effort.
Daughter must have loved it as she seem to sleep in ziko unlike in bugaboo.
It came with really cosy footmuff for winter which has poppers on sides so dead easy to put on and take off.
The raincover was fab as she got older as zipped on so no falling off and looked really smart as its part matching material and part plastic.
It had decent sized basket for shopping handy matching bag attached big enough for purse,keys and phone and maybe 1nappy/dummy and unlike other buggies itw as not prone to tipping so as long as you were sensible with shopping bags its made a fab shopping buggy.
The newer zikos have large back pocket instead of bag.
The chassis is quite heavy but feels much more sturdy and substantial for smaller baby and was smart chrome silver with non foam handles which can go tatty.
The wheels were smooth and it was lovley to push.
The adjustable leg rest was fab feature and ensures my daughter was very comfortable.
Some people really dont like freedom harness but daughter liked a bit of movemnet without feel restricted and was easy to do up and undo and very long so would fit birth to toddler as my main gripe with some buggies is harness not long eneough particuarly with winter coat on.
The seat is quite spacious too.
Comes in great range of funky contrasting colours and the brakes are at the feet which is good.
Full range of accesories to match now.
I guess only negative I can think of is its heavy but I found it lighter than maclaren xlr which was too big for me and ziko handles were at just the right height.
Its not the cheapest stroller on market however with extras it offers good value for money and great storage for shopping.
I would not hesitate to buy again for next baby infact all this talk makes me want to buy another one now as I have really missed it and wanted to give maclarens a try.
The first Ziko by Mamas and Papas came out in November 2005 and I just had to have one, priced at £150 it came in 4 colours Mushy Peas (light green and dark green) Hot Chocolate (dark brown and turquoise) Bubblegum (dark pink and light pink) and Black (which was black and grey.)
I went for Hot Chocolate and got the footmuff too so all in all it was £180, not bad I thought (read on!)
The Ziko sold well from the word go and slowly Mamas and Papas brought out more, 1st came the limited edition Ziko Alfie which has a limited edition number on the hood and Union Jacks on, this came complete with the footmuff so you didn't need to buy it as an extra, this came out in 2006.
2007 saw the discontinued original colours been replaced with new colours and designs and yet again these got discontinued to make way for the new colours now available in 2008. The colours available now are 'Nicey' and 'Hot 'n' Bothered' both are priced at £160 and include shoulder pads and raincover. Nicey is brown and green where as Hot 'n' Bothered is the more funky burgundy and bright red. There are extras available at cost such as footmuff priced at £50, bag also £50 and parasol at £25. Mamas & Papas pushchairs also come with a 2 year warranty for piece of mind.
Now for the actual review - the pushchair looks amazing, completely aluminium tough wearing frame, sloped handles (which are non adjustible) for comfort and suitable from birth, it does lie flatter than all other strollers from birth that I have seen before.
Advertised as lightweight it wasn't too bad for my 8 month old son but wants he got older you could feel the pushchair pulling, the suspension is barely there and it felt heavy and awkward to push even though it weighs only 8.5kg.
It does have a 5-point harness which is described as floating, basically this means it isn't fixed to the back of the pushchair and for me this just seemed totally unsafe for a baby, my son likes to explore and this gave him the freedom to basically hang out of the side of the stroller.
It folds umbrella style and is fairly compact at H27cm x W28cm x D105cm but it is very heavy to carry, it does have a carry handle but that just doesn't seem strong enough.
The original Ziko had design faults with the raincover, it was too tight and snapped the hoods which Mamas & Papas quickly repaired and sorted out and this has now been fixed with the newer models, although the raincovers still fit a bit too snugg especially with a kicking baby underneath.
The Ziko overall looks the part, it looks great but in all honesty is not worth the money spent on it, its heavy, unsafe because of the floating harness and isn't what many people want from a 'lightweight' stroller.
This buggy is fine... if you only want to use it for 10 months that is! once the baby is on the move, the so called "harness" is completely useless. As the harness is not fixed to the back of the pushchair the child can just launch themselves forward making it very unsafe. This buggy is not ideal for toddlers. It's expensive, the brakes are flimsy and difficult to apply, it's also very heavy to lift on and off public transport. The only plus point is that it looks good... but at what price?
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