Mountain Buggy Duet Review
Being the slimmest double buggy on the market. The Mountain Buggy Duet is undoubtedly the best side-by-side for the urban user.
The Mountain Buggy Duet is claimed to be “The world’s best side-by-side” pram. It certainly is the narrowest due to it’s superior engineering (at just 72cms) but is it the best? We think so! It’s very, very good and the best for side-by-side for nipping around urban areas. It also doesn’t look out of place on the odd rough terrain walk across the park or country lane.
Out of the box
As you’d expect from Mountain Buggy the box comes with everything you’d need, and more. Pretty much no need for the manual for assembly, maybe just to check you know all the features on offer! We loved the look of this buggy from the outset. You appreciate the curved chasis that enables it to be so slim. You know that this buggy will not let you down. Everything is accounted for. The pneumatic tyres allow for a smooth ride. The padded seats and straps for comfort. The well designed bumper bar for your little ones to grip onto. Even the hoods act independently so if one child wants shade and the other doesn’t, you can fufill both needs. The storage basket is included and very spacious. The adjustable hande and easy to locate levers for brakes and folding all have your comfort and ease of use in consideration.
The seat units in the Duet accommodate for newborn to about 4 years, so is ideal for one or two little children. Both seats haev an independant 2-handed strap recline so you can accommodate for either child. Whether it be sleeping or peking over the belly bar. The near flat recline lets newborns sit in the seat comfortably, and as they grow either seat can recline from up-right to lying flat. The Duet comes with bumper bar that can easily be removed. There is a 5-point harness on both seat units, that is more than child proof! However for an adult, it is quite simple.
The Mountain Buggy Duet is very easy to push no matter what sort of terrain. We like the fact that they haven’t made this a 3-wheeler making the overal feel of the buggy a more sturdy one. Just those few inches in front width give it better stability than we’ve found in the 3 wheelers when you’re having to dart up kerbs or onto verges. The 10inch air-filled tyres let the bggy glide across all terrain, and it’s even suitable for using whilst jogging due to this. The air in the tyres making jogging easier, or even running for the bus! The front swivel wheels are lockable and therefore allow make long distance walking a lot easier. The one-touch braking system is ‘glip flop friendly’ because it is just the simple push up or down movement with the foot.
The Mountain Buggy Duet fold is our favourite feature by far. Locate 2 catches on the frame, slide them up and down goes the buggy into a compact fold. This ‘box’ shape can then be easily lifted into the boot of a car or stood upright in the corner of your cloakroom. To unfold, this is a “watch this” wonder. You can, with a couple of goes practice literally pick up from the handle end with a slight ‘flick’ erect the buggy in less than 2 seconds as it snaps into its ‘locks’.
This buggy can be a single for your first child (with cheeky Joey Bag for your shopping!) When your 2nd child comes along it can then offer to carry, 2 car seats or 2 Carrycots. Luckily Mountain Buggy have left no stone unturned. You can then get the raincovers and suncovers for any combination you wish. You can even make your carrycot a little spicy with “chilli” coloured hoods instead of the regulation black.
Each seat unit has a large style style canopy that can each be adjusted individually. They both have a pop out sun visor, giving that little bit more sun protection and peek-a-boo style hoods for checking on either child.
The larger under seat basket is more than big enough to fit all the essentials in for carrying two children.
The adjustable handlebar spams across the back of both seat units. It allows for both tall and diddy parents, ranging from 29 – 42 inches. We loved the fact that this could lat either parent take control at their own comfort.
Where Best Buy?
John Lewis for £464
Lowest price we found was at BuggyBaby for £428
Prices found as of October 2013
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