Maclaren Techno XLR Brown/Soft Blue Standard Single Seat Stroller Reviews

Maclaren Techno XLR Brown/Soft Blue Standard Single Seat Stroller

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Most suitable for bigger baby onwards

Jan 13, 2009
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Pros:Easy to open and collapse.

Cons:Handles more suitable for a tall Mum.

The Bottom Line: Easily collapsable buggy, great for taller person, not so great for newborn or infant.


This MacLaren Techno XLR is not really suitable for a newborn in my opinion.  Even up to a 4 month old infant it fails to suit.  My little man was 3mths when I got it just for use in the car and the shops.  The straps did adjust and there is an insert with head support.  But the muff leaves much of the baby exposed and the rain cover gapes at the back when the seat it reclined.  The seat has to be reclined for a baby that small.  You might say, "well you do not need the cover in the shops".  Well yes, but you do need to get to the shops from the car and vice versa.  And thankfully that is all I need the rain cover and the muff for.  I would not like to use this as the main buggy for a child.  But I know that many people do and I know that the MacLaren systems are hugely popular.  It was the reputation of MacLaren that made me purchase it over much cheaper buggy's (even within the MacLaren range).  But I can't help feeling disappointed.

Even though it is heavy for a buggy it just doesn't feel solid.  Maybe it is because I am so used to pushing my main pram (Silver Cross Sleepover review) that the MacLaren seems flimsy by comparison.  Or maybe it is because the baby seems so small in it.  I have no doubt that it will come into it's own as he grows.  There are so many in use that has to say something for it.  I will say though that as I looked through the buggy selection in the store it did stand out from the rest as the most substantial one.  I don't regret my decision to purchase it.

Even though I use it for shopping I cannot hang many bags off it as it will topple back.  Again, as baby grows and sits upright and more to the front the balance will improve.  The basket cannot be accessed while the seat is reclined fully without lifting the seat up.  I don't know about you but I'm not about to wake a sleeping baby to get at the basket!

I did get it to fit in the boot but it is rather long so just be warned if you have a small car.  I'm 5'3" and it comes up to my bust when folded.  When it is open the handles are very high, even when fully depressed.  But my tall friend loves this as she finds most buggies a strain on her back.  She doesn't even need to rise the handles.  She is 5'7".  For anyone with a height advantage this has to be a huge plus.  I'm not exactly short although I'm not tall either, and I can feel the strain in my forearms.  But Daddy loves the fact that it completely suits him.  So maybe it is nice that just once, taller people have been considered.

The hood is large and it is extendable.  The weather hasn't allowed me to test it as a sunshade but it has to be effective given it's dimensions.  Just don't rest anything on it as it will sag and come down on the baby.

The brakes are good and easy to manage which is great.  It is easy to open and collapse which is really great for me!

It is a pity that the baby cannot face me while he is so young but I do understand that most stand alone buggies are designed this way and baby will face out.  With it being so high I cannot look down on baby but need to go to the side to check on him.  That's where you benefit from a buggy that is part of a system in that they usually allow you to face the baby to you before you face them out.  This is just my preference.

Overall, would I recommend it?  I would, but not for a new baby or an infant....  I'll let you know when we get to toddler stage.....


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 330
Age Range of Child: 0 to 12 Months

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