About the YippieYo Crossbuggy
The YippieYo Crossbuggy is a two seat, two wheel, hand pulled trailer suitable for children up to the approximate age of 6 (40kg total weight) and capable of handling most terrains. The Crossbuggy has an aluminium frame, shock absorbers, large wheels, disc breaks, and is fully collapsible.
My Review of the YippieYo Crossbuggy
One of the most frustrating things about having a small child is how restricted you are when it comes to getting out and about. Prams are great for paths and shops, but our recent family trip to Dorset put into sharp relief how limited they are if you want to go anywhere even remotely off road. While normally I would have made a bee line for the sea’s edge, I quickly discovered that my pram just dug itself into the sand and had to be dragged out again with a great deal of effort. We did of course have our trusty sling with us so we weren’t entirely restricted to perfectly paved areas, but while I love our sling, my hips and knees don’t and Grumpy Dads back isn’t too keen either. As a result any ideas we may have had about long walks along the beach or heading out on one of the lovely trails, were limited to 20 minutes at most before we were slinking back to civilisation.
The YippieYo Crossbuggy attempts to solve this problem by providing a sturdy carriage which can handle most terrains you will come across, unless you are planning to climb Everest. Given how much Grumpy Dad and I love a good walk, we were both very eager to take it for a test drive.
When the buggy arrived it was fully assembled but folded, so the first order of business was to work out how to unfold it. This was surprisingly simple. The long handle which is used to pull the buggy needs to be straightened and then locked in place with a simple pin and handle. This was the most complicated part of the process and the only part that had me reaching for the instructions. Once the handle was in place, the next order of business was to open out the seat back and secure it in place. The wheels are the final component, both of which have large disc breaks and quick release pins to hold them in place.
The YippieYo Crossbuggy is suitable for children from 12 months (who are able to sit unsupported) up to a maximum combined weight of 40kg, which would be two children around the age of 5 or 6. At 10 months Baby is a little younger than the recommendation, however she is also excellent at sitting up so I had no worries about strapping her into the buggy.
The YippieYo seats are decorated in a style that reminds me of 50’s diners and classic American cars. Although you can get them in more muted colours, I absolutely loved how this made the Crossbuggy look. In addition to being pretty, the seats are also well padded, with a large foot plate for older children. The seat harness wouldn’t look out of place on a race car as it’s an extremely sturdy 5 point harness with a large and very strong buckle.
Although the YippieYo is built to accommodate 2 children, in our house Baby is the only one small enough to take a ride. This however, means that we have a very a handy extra seat on which to place picnics, toys, camping chairs… Whatever we think we might need. There is also a small storage space on the back of the Cross Buggy, where you can attach smallish items with a bungie cord. If you want even more storage you can do what I did and get an official YippieYo bag, which connects securely to the back of the seat with two clips.
When it comes to folding the YippieYo for storage or travel, it is surprising how small it gets and how quick it is to put up and down. Ours fit easily in to the boot of our Ford Focus, taking up less room than our Cosatto Giggle travel system. However, if you have a smaller car I would recommend that you check the dimensions before you purchase as it may be a tight squeeze.
Having inspected the sturdy and solid build of the YippieYo while setting it up, I was expecting it to be quite heavy to pull. After all, it doesn’t seem possible that a trailer of this size and quality could also be light weight, however I was very pleasantly surprised. When you are pulling it the Crossbuggy seems to weigh next to nothing regardless of whether you are traveling across gravel, grass, or mud. The massive shock absorbers also meant that Baby had a pleasant ride regardless of how lumpy and bumpy the terrain got, and the large disc breaks made the buggy easy to control.
When we stopped to look at the ducks I discovered that the parking break worked perfectly. Locking the wheels so tight that I didn’t have the slightest concern that they might slip. The only thing I would have liked is some sort of kick stand so that the Crossbuggy would remain horizontal when parked instead of tilting to the front or back, but as this isn’t the sort of buggy your child would stay in once you stopped, this isn’t a big issue, just a nice to have.
Our first walk with the YippieYo was all it took for the whole family to fall in love with it. It does exactly what it was designed for and opens up the joy of walking to parents who might otherwise have had to stick to the beaten path. I wouldn’t have a second thought about taking the Crossbuggy for a long walk across the Ridgeway, into a muddy forest, to a music festival, or even on a country hike, and I can’t wait to return to Higher Moore Farm so that we can go for a proper walk along the beach. I will admit that the YippieYo Crossbuggy isn’t cheap as at around £490.50 it is a similar price to some travel systems, however it is made to last and if you love to go on walks off the beaten path this buggy is worth every penny.
You can find out more about the YippieYo Crossbuggy on the YippieYo Website.