Pros:Portable, lightweight, foldable, user friendly
Cons:Small storage; limited sun protection from canopy
The Bottom Line: Easy to fold, store & use. Could use a little more storage
We actually have 2 strollers, a jogger and this one. The jogger is great for that purpose. This one is fantastic for cruising, walking and travelling.
Recommend this product?
For a double stroller, it's pretty lightweight. It's easy to fold and unfold and load into the car. It even has a carry handle for it when it's in the folded position. It's still a little heavy, but I can't imagine a double stroller weighing any less. It even stores well and stands on it's handles and a set of wheels, taking up the minimum floor space.
We looked at some other strollers and what ultimately sold us on this was how compact it got when folded, that it stands on it's end, and it's ease of use.
If you're an aggressive walker or a fast walker, this has a middle wheel that you'll kick. We use our jogger for exercise walks. Around town, this is what you want due to it's portability.
The canopy is OK. It has clear plastic shade across the front that does not keep the sun out of their eyes. It's hard to adjust the canopy to do that. It has a peak-a-book plastic top to look down on them, but no 'curtain' or cover in case the sun is beating down.
The recline is OK. Our jogger reclines further. It is also a little tricky to use. Each 1/2 of each seat has its own adjustment, so it's easy to accidentally set the seat lopsided and the kids will roll to one side. The kids can also easily pull themselves upright from the recline just by pulling forward.
The 5-point harness is good and sturdy and keeps the kids safely in place. BUT, the crotch latch is tricky, as the belts and latch can easily be twisted and then is hard to latch. The harness adjustments are awkward and tricky. Once in place, though, they won't budge.
The storage basket is small and hard to get to. There's a separate basket under each seat. When reclines, it's almost impossible to reach.
Maclaren doesn't make a caddy for the double stroller so there's really no place or room for mommy's water or keys. I haven't tried any universal ones. The cup holders that come with the stroller are for baby bottles only. They fit the AVENT bottles (made in England) very well.
The turning radius is great. It will make all sorts of tight turns. It fits through every doorway we've tried and gets into some tight spaces. A great side-by-side stoller, as good as you'll get for a double.
We didn't consider the tandems as the view for the child in the rear would be nil; there's potential for fighting for the front; and steering is difficult for the length. This of that as a rear powered semi-truck.
It came with a rain canopy (BONUS!!) and foot covers/'boots' - kind of like a 1/2 sleeping bag. This is perfect to keep the chill of of the kids. It attaches to the crotch strap and a couple of snaps on the side, and has zippers up the side. Generally once on, it stays on. The snaps, however, are hard to snap and don't always stay snapped. Same for the snaps throughout the stroller, including parts of the seat (though I don't think its a structural or safety problem).
Maclaren Recycling Programme
5 point harness for added security
Removable washable seat
Compact umbrella fold
Water resistant hood
High-performance aluminium frame
Handy mesh shopping basket
Carry handle for easy portability
5 second one-hand fold
Ergonomically optimised, foam insulated handles
Lockable, front swivel wheels
Front wheel suspension
Extendable leg rests
Height adjustable shoulder harnesses
Fits through standard doorway
11.7kg / 25.8lb
(without hood, shopping basket or raincover)
up to 110 lb (55 lb per seat)
Appropriate From Birth
Independent five position recline
15.2cm / 6in
Two independent square hoods
UV protective viewing windows and sun visors
Reflective accents for safety at night