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Maclaren Rally Scarlet Bubbles Umbrella Double Seat Stroller
13 consumer reviews
Average Product Rating:
When Portability Is A Must...
Apr 1, 2008 (Updated Apr 3, 2008)
Review by mawm2three
Rated a Very Helpful Review
User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:sturdy construction, trendy design, good value for money
Cons:no parent tray, no dependable storage
The Bottom Line: Recommended for parents of toddler siblings. Portability is excellent, definately easy to use. However, you give up some of the luxuries included in other strollers.
I first started looking for a double stroller in order to get around with my two younger kids - ages 1 and 2. They are 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 and we are still using it whenever we need to go out with them. I wanted something that folded compactly so that I could fit it in the trunk of my Camry and yet sturdy enough to last them for a while.
Recommend this product?
I had looked into different options including Graco Duo Glider (too small for toddlers) and Peg Perego Aria Duo (too expensive and bulky). This seemed to fit the bill perfectly and I was able to find it at a good price on eBay.
There are many things that I like about this stroller. The seat covers are removable and washable, a sleek contemporary design that allows you to mix and match either side. The seats are deep and wide enough to hold an older toddler without much problem and the weight capacity exceeds most other strollers. The frame is light weight compared to other double strollers and folds to a very portable size. The folding mechanism is simple and easy, not requiring a lot of time or effort with the bonus of a handle which allows you to get it in and out the car without having to pick up the stroller in your arms. This is definately a bonus if you have a bag over one shoulder. It is compact enough that it fits well in my mid-sized sedan trunk with room to spare - great when you have groceries or luggage. You can even lean it on its side if you need more room. The five point safety harness is fully adjustable so that you can disconnect the shoulder straps if these bother your toddler. The foot rest is nothing more than a rubberized strap but is suprisingly durable and the kids don't mind keeping their feet on it - away from the wheels. The fabric on the stroller seems to be water resistant and keeps its color and shape well. Doesn't look worn after a year and a half of almost daily use.
I have used it on a variety of occassions - the mall, doctor's appointments, going to the fair, and it has yet to let me down. If you travel a lot via airplane then nothing, I mean nothing, tackles the airport like this stroller. It is very easy to fold and compact enough that it goes through the xray machine right to the plane door with no problems whatsoever. We have taken a lot of road trips and have brought this along every single time. It helps keep the kids from running around and we would be lost without it. My older son, who is four, even uses the strap attached to the side to hold on to the stroller so I can keep track of him too.
The drawbacks are that the stroller does not have a lot of the parent friendly additions that most strollers have. The storage area under the seats is small, cramped, and hard to get to - it is basically a net. There is no cup holder or tray. You can purchase a fabric bag that has a bottle holder and a small storage pouch seprately. The hoods are difficult to attach and are prone to popping off at inconvenient times. We have stopped using ours. Though the manuvering is fantastic on these strollers, the width of the stroller makes it difficult to get through some doors. Even if you turn it sideways and try to scoot it in the angle of the handle prevents you from getting anywhere. The adjustable strap on the back of the seats is difficult to use and the top of the seats detach from the frame in the event of a tantruming child (they are attached by a snap closure). A side note - this is a tandem stroller which means that it is about twice the width of a single stroller, so getting through clothing racks and narrow aisles can be troublesome.
In all, the stroller is a good buy. It is more portable and light weight than other strollers. It allows you to get out of the house more easily than other models, which is essential for the sanity of the mother of three toddlers. However, you sacrifice comfort for portability-lack of dependable storage, no parent tray, no children's tray. The stroller is well built and for the Urbanite a must have.
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Amount Paid (US$): 269.00
Age Range of Child: 12 to 36 Months
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