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Tuesday, 29 October 2013


CYBEX Callisto review


CYBEX Callisto may look like just another umbrella stroller at a first glance but when you look closely you will see that it's actually so much more than that.



Starting from the top - the handle is not your standard umbrella stroller handle because it's one piece handle, you can actually push the Callisto one handed as well as change directions!



The canopy on the Callisto has been well thought through, it can be folded back, unfolded with two sections or even extended to 3 sections making it huge and covering the whole child from the elements. The hood can also be adjusted to suit a small baby as well as a tall toddler by simply sliding it up and down the frame to allow enough head room. On the back of the canopy you'll find a seemingly small pocket that can swallow all mummy and daddy essentials! It easily fitted a pack of wipes, mobile, wallet, keys and there was lots more room in it.









Then there's the seat itself. Very well padded, actually supportive enough for a small child (I've always been weary of young babies in umbrella strollers but not with the Callisto). It has an adjustable calf rest to make a small child comfortable.
The Callisto's recline is done by a simple lever on the back of the seat, it's a very deep recline, almost flat.









The Callisto comes with a padded bumper bar, something quite unusual on a umbrella stroller. My son loves bumper bars and so we found it invaluable!



The Callisto comes fully equipped with a 5-point harness which isn't anything new, right? Or is it? CYBEX has come up with something I've been dying to see on a pushchair - one handed harness adjustment, just like in a car seat! Brilliant!!! All you need to do is strap your child as you would normally and pull on the strap in the middle of your child's legs to tighten the harness and then push on a button under the buckle to release the straps and take your child out! The shoulder straps can be also adjusted to 2 positions and they come with very nice shoulder pads. The buckle is simple but very effective as you need to use some force to undo it, making it harder for the child to escape.






The wheels on the Callisto are what I'd call city wheels. The built in suspension surprised me as it actually works and makes it a breeze to push with a heavy toddler on board. The front wheels can be locked which could come in handy when walking through grass, cobbles or sand. It's not exactly an all terrain stroller but it has handled are local park's paths with ease. I liked the fact that despite the small size I didn't have to lift the front wheels to go up those low lip kerbs.



The shopping basket on the Callisto is very decent size for such a lightweight stroller but lets face it, it is smaller than I'd like it to be. It's hard to access and impossible to access with the seat reclined. With a raincover inside, there's very little room to fit any shopping in it so be prepared to carry your bags.






The brake is situated on the inside of the right rear wheels. It's a step on brake which is very easy to apply but I found it hard to take the brake off as you need to flip it with your toes, wearing my favourite Timberlands didn't help.




The Callisto comes with a raincover that is very easy to put on the stroller in a sudden downpour. It has 4 velcro tabs that keep it in place.









The canopy lower down the frame for a smaller child



And here the canopy is as far up the frame as possible 
to allow lots of head room for taller children




The fold on the Callisto is easy enough to do. Similar to other umbrella strollers, all you need to do is pull up on the lever in the back of the stroller and step on a lever on the right side above the wheel and the Callisto starts folding. Then you just push on the handle to fold it all the way and for the automatic lock to engage. I tried to do it one handed with just one foot and it worked great! Unfolding is even easier as all you need to do is unlock the frame and sort of shake it open, then press the lever down with your foot so it all locks into place and you're ready to roll! As you can hopefully see in the photos the handle folds in on itself by a push of the button in the middle of it.












Automatic lock to keep the Callisto folded





Now the fun part and something that I still can hardly believe in. The Callisto can be used as a full travel system. You can take the seat fabrics off and put a carrycot on instead to use it from birth. What's even better it's a regular hard carrycot so not one of those flimsy soft cots either. The Callisto can also take the CYBEX Aton car seat so you can use it for those short trips out when you don't want to wake your newborn baby.


You can find more photos in my previous posts:


For more information on CYBEX products and a list of retailers please visit: http://cybex-online.com/gb


I'd like to thank CYBEX for the opportunity to test the amazing Callisto! It's been a real pleasure!



I received the stroller for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own.


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