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Maclaren Rally Scarlet Bubbles Umbrella Double Seat Stroller
(13 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating:
Good stroller for the money
Sep 1, 2006 (Updated Sep 2, 2006)
Review by nicolerose
Rated a Very Helpful Review
User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:Folded size, weight limit (55 lbs - each seat), durability
Cons:Heavy, not much cargo room
The Bottom Line: This is a great stroller for two children of different weight and age.
I bought this stroller for my 4 month old and 3 year old. My 3 year old is tall for her age - 38 inches and she still fits great.
Recommend this product?
It is very sturdy since it is made out of aluminum which makes it a little heavy to carry around - there is a carrying handle. Each seat does accommodate a child that is 55 pounds. I think this is one of the only strollers that can accommodate 110 pounds total.
The seats have removable liners that are reversible. One side is grey with a blue (baby blue) stripe down the middle and the reverse is blue with white and grey polka dots. The covers attach to the seats with two pieces of Velcro. The cover did slip down a bit in the seat that my 4 month old was sitting in. I did have the kids in the carriage without any liners but then my daughter spilled milk on the seat itself - the seat itself cannot be taken off, the liners are easily removed and machine washable.
The stroller folds up fairly easy and is compact. I don't recommend wearing flip flops when trying to fold it - the shoes aren't sturdy enough for the way the stroller needs to be operated to close. The seats and the canopy need to be in the upright position to fold the carriage properly. I found that it folds more compact if you detach the canopy.
The canopy doesn't cover as much of the kids as I would like but it still protects them. There is a plastic window on each canopy behind the child's head. I think the placement of the window is wrong since all you see is the back of the child's head. I have had to stop and look around the side of the carriage to see the kids or close up the canopy and look over their heads. The canopies do work independently of each other. A rain cover was included but I have yet to use it.
The seats also recline independently of each other as well. The seats do not recline to the flat position. There is a clip in the back of the seat that you undue to recline the seats - you adjust the seat, tighten the strap and buckle it again to keep the seat in position.
Since my kids are not twins it is beneficial that this stroller has three sets of wheels making it easier than the Peg Perego to steer and it won't tip over when you hit a bump in the road. It's a little hard to push on grass but is great in the mall and on quick trips in and out of the car. I took it out for a mile walk and had no problems going from the sidewalk to the street and over cracks and dips in the road - it was a little bumpy since the wheels are plastic but the kids didn't make a peep.
I am 5'8 and my husband is 6'4 and we like the height of the handles. They are covered in rubbery foam so if your hands sweat they won't slip from the handles.
Problems or Dislikes:
I did have a little trouble opening the stroller back up; it took a little muscle to open it all the way. You do have to step down fairly hard on the mechanism to get the carriage to "click" all the way open.
I found that the harness is a little hard to unbuckle - it may be that the stroller is so new and the buckles haven't been broken in yet. My mother could only unbuckle one side of the harness since the other side was so tough and had to lift the kids out.
The storage baskets are on the small side and not easily accessible. There is also a small pocket on each canopy that Velcro shut - big enough for a cell phone, keys and a checkbook sized wallet.
I tried out most of the other double strollers and found this one to work the best for us. I found that this stroller had the least amount of things wrong with it for how we would use it.
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Amount Paid (US$): 254.00
Age Range of Child: Other
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