Ever since it was first released three months ago I have been trying to get my hands on the new Britax Affinity, I thought it looked fantastic so I was very keen to see one in real life and try it out thoroughly. It turns out I wasn’t the only one who liked the look of the new Britax ride because all around the country stock sold out in the blink of an eye. Thankfully we all know good things come to those who wait and last week I finally got a chance to take one for a walk around the block.
The Britax Affinity (RRP $749) is a stylish pram with a sleek, modern look that can be colour customised to fit your style, your mood and your family. Hip Aussie mamas have choice from three chassis colours (white, silver and black) and five fabulous Colour Packs (RRP $150; Black Thunder, Chili Pepper, Fossil Brown, Blue Sky and Cool Berry), allowing them to create their very own unique dream pram.
The 7-piece Britax Affinity Colour Packs (Sun canopy, padded seat liner, boot cover, 2 shoulder pads, crotch pad and basket liner) are a simple but very effective way to make your pram more personal. As the Colour Packs are sold separately you can conveniently change the look of your Affinity as your taste changes or as another little one comes along and you want to update your pram without spending a fortune or buying a whole new ride.
But there are more ways to make your Britax Affinity the perfect pram for your active family. Not only is the Britax Affinity seat fully reclinable and reversible making it suitable from birth to 17kg, being a so-called ‘travel system’ it is also compatible with the Britax Unity infant carrier (birth – 12kg) and the Britax Affinity Carry Cot (birth – 9kg) so you can put together the combination that suits you and your child best.
The contemporary aluminium frame is solid and strong and the mechanisms are smooth as butter, everything clicks in place perfectly without any wobble or give. Even my husband, a mechanic by trade, was full of praise for the quality of the materials and the way e.g. the handle bar, adjustable foot rest, sun hood and safety harness are adjusted and lock in place.
As we live in a hilly neighbourhood with lots of bumpy roads and uneven tracks I alway pay close attention to the wheels and suspension. I was pleased to see the strong pneumatic back tyres provide a comfortable ride for child and an easy push for parents. At the same time the smaller, easily manoeuvrable (and lockable) front wheels are ideal for the quick turning that is often necessary in busy city life (city mums will love the spacious shopping basket underneath the pram!). To guarantee ultimate comfort wherever you go the pram even has built in front wheel suspension and adjustable back wheel suspension. The Britax Affinity is beautifully finished with an eye-catching leather look handle bar and bumper bar for a luxurious look and feel.
As we’ve come to know from Britax safety is top priority (there is precious cargo on board!) so it won’t come as a surprise that the Britax Affinity is fitted with a range of clever safety features. From a fully adjustable (and very good looking) 5-point safety harness that is solid and clicks in loudly for peace of mind and a large, easy-to-control foot brake to a generous sun hood that offers much needed protection from the sun and safety wrist strap, your hip little one will be comfortable and safe on board of the Affinity.
The Affinity weighs in at 11kg, it may not be super light weight but it’s a good weight for such a sturdy and solid ride. The boot of our car is not very deep so I always make sure I check how bulky a pram folds, the Britax Affinity fits in easily. It is extremely simple to fold using two levers on the side and if needed you can reduce the folded size even further by removing the quick-release wheels, it only takes a second and makes a big difference space wise.
Bonus: Unlike with many other prams and strollers the Britax Affinity base model comes complete with rain cover and mesh cover so you don’t have to purchase them separately.