Britax has launched a stylish new pushchair, as it hopes to snap at the heels of other premium pushchair brands, such as Bugaboo and iCandy.
You can use the Affinity travel system from birth and it comes in a range of jewel tones and three chassis colours.
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Travel system pushchair
The Britax travel system can be used as a carrycot and infant car seat as well as a pushchair.
As with all Britax travel systems, the adaptors to fit the infant car seat and carrycot are integrated within the chassis so there’s nothing fiddly to attach when you want to switch between modes.
The seat unit is reversible so your baby can face you and you can fold the pushchair with the seat unit on (but only when the seat is facing outwards).
Britax Affinity features
The Affinity also features a height adjustable handle, adjustable suspension and chunky air-filled rear wheels that should make the Affinity manoeuvrable on a variety of terrains.
This is something we’ll be checking in our full pushchair tests when we send the Britax Affinity to our labs.
There’s a spacious shopping basket and the Affinity can be used for children weighing up to 17 kgs.
The majority of pushchair manufacturers state their products are for up to 15 kgs, so this could be a plus if you plan on using your pushchair with a slightly older or heavier child.
Pushchair that deters thieves?
According to recent Halifax Home Insurance research, the stolen buggy trade is worth £60 million a year. Which? has also seen an increase in the number of buggy locks on the market designed to secure your unattended pushchair.
In an attempt to combat this black market trade, each Affinity has its own individual code similar to a car Vehicle Information Number (VIN) which owners can register online. This should, in theory, make resale of a stolen Britax Affinity harder as it will remain registered to its original owner.
When will the Britax Affinity be available?
The Affinity will be in the shops from mid December 2012 and will cost £450 for the chassis and seat unit.
An optional colour pack which includes a seat pad, canopy, basket liner and an apron costs £59. The carrycot is an additional £129.
We’ll be getting the Affinity into our labs for testing as soon as we can.
Read our all our Britax pushchair reviews.