User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:Easy to fold. Fairly light for a twin. Weight limit per seat. Easy steering. Sturdy.
Cons:Small storage compartments. Small hoods.
The Bottom Line: This is the best umbrella stroller that I have tried, single or twin. Lacks accessories, but makes up for it in comfort, size and performance. Holds kids up to 55lbs.
My wife and I were looking for an umbrella stroller to take on our tip to Disney World. We have a single already and wanted a second single so our 9 mo. and 3.8 yr old boys could each have one for when they needed to rest at the same time. We were looking for something compact for the flight and travel around Disney and Orlando. We originally wanted something inexpensive since we were planning on using it this once, for a week. After finding a couple under $30 we realized that it would be difficult to have one of us parents chase our 3 yr old while the other is holding/pushing our baby while pushing the other stroller, besides folding/unfolding/ transporting 2 strollers everywhere. We decided it would make life much easier and enjoyable to just have 1 stroller, so we set our sights on doubles. We liked the side-by-side versions better than the front-and-back versions for 2 reasons, our toddler can get in and out easily by himself and the size/weight factor for travelling. Probably the biggest factor was the weight per child issue. Our 3 yr old is 38 pounds. That exceeds most strollers' limit of 35 pounds. We actually thought about ignoring this fact until he sat in a Jeep labelled twin and the hood, when down, rested on his head and he looked scrunched in. this ended up to be a big plus, since we can fit our older boy in it for a couple more years. Don't fool yourself, kids need lots of rest on vacation. That actually narrowed down the field to just the Maclaren Rally Twin. We tried it out in the store with both kids and we felt confident that this would be the stroller for us.
Now onto the review.
Recommend this product?
From the time I took it out of the box, I thought is was well made and sturdy. It was surprisingly small for a twin. However, it is still a twin, so don't expect miracles. It is very simple, with not many bells and whistles, which can be viewed as both an advantage and disadvantage. The unfolding is a little tricky at first, but after a few times was not a problem. Folding is easy and can be done with 1 hand (and feet). I like the carrying handle for transport while folded. The hoods are a little small and don't keep much sun out of the seats, but the clear plastic viewing ports make it easy to keep an eye on a seated child. Also, the dual hoods lock in place separately, which was nice when our 3 yr old tried to open his brother's hood. The seats are thin, but padded and comfy. They can be adjusted with a strap to any incline, or can be unbuckled to lie close to flat. Our sons had no complaints and seemed very comfortable when in the stroller, awake or napping. The under seat baskets are small. You won't be able to fit a bulky diaper bag in them, but we found them very useful for light coats, baby bjorn carrier, small souveniers, the included rain shield, etc. By the way all of the mentioned items could fit in the baskets at one time. There are pockets on the backs of each seat with velcro closures. These pockets are adequate for carrying water bottles and other small items. For instance, we were able to fit our digital camera, autograph book and pen, map and a 1 L Nalgene bottle in 1 pocket. Maclaren also sells an organizer that attaches to the handles. I am not sure it will fit the twin though. The two parking brakes are easy to use with the flick of a foot, although I often kicked the frame along with the brake, which was just frustrating. There are 2 of these brakes, one on each of the outside rear wheels. They work fine. The steering handles make pushing this stroller a breeze. I could push it with 1 hand, while both kids were in it. My wife needed 2 hands though, because of the weight. Steering, including turning and obstacle avoidance was great, very easy for both of us. Unlike a previous poster, I did not have trouble getting over a curb, although you have to push down at the correct angle. I think this is because of the positioning of the handles, which might be necessary to improve the steering. We did slightly miss not having trays or cupholders for the occupants, but only slightly. The biggest disapointment we had was that there was nowhere to put/hang the diaper bag. We either had to carry it, or hang it on a handle which is continually tricky. I am currently looking into finding a small hook to attach to the top of the middle upright tube on the frame. This would actually be a good spot and am surprised Maclaren hasn't thought of that. Otherwise we are glad we spent the extra money and are extremely satisfied customers. It took a pretty good beating and is still in great condition. This is a fantastic stoller for travelling light with 2 kids. If you are looking for a stroller with some bells and whistles, then this isn't for you. However, if you want something compact and easy to drive, give this a try. We are already planning next year's trip and are happily set with a stroller.
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Amount Paid (US$): 250.00
Age Range of Child: 3 to 5 Years