Monday, 27 September 2010

Review – Maclaren Techno XT

We’ve been on the search for a lightweight umbrella buggy for BG; she is growing out of her current buggy as she’s quite tall. She won’t walk for any length of time so we still need a buggy for her.

Maclaren sent me their Techno XT (rrp £195) to test and review.

The first thing I noticed about the Techno XT is that it’s really lightweight but also seemed sturdy which is a great combination. It arrived already assembled, so no messing around with wheels.

It arrived the day before we left for V Festival so my Dad was actually the first person to really test it and he hasn’t used a buggy for over 20 years. He found it easy to push and steer. The only issue he had was he had the lift the storage pockets at the back to get to the basket underneath.

I really like this buggy, BG sits it comfortably and she loves that you set the leg rest up so she can have her feet up. It has a 5 point harness and its fits snugly and securely around her, though the release button was a bit tough to start with.

It’s easy to push, has a decent size basket underneath, it also has the storage pockets at the back which I like; the rain cover fits in them very nicely. It’s easy to collapse and open up and takes up hardly any room in the boot or hallway.  The handles are adjustable and the hood is a decent size and waterproof, the seat has 4 reclining positions. And if that wasn’t enough it always has reflective strips on the cover and on the wheels so you can be seen at night.

The buggy comes with the rain cover and head support for babies and it is suitable from birth.

Would I Buy It? Yes, you will get a lot of use out of this buggy. Its comfortable, sturdy and lightweight.

The Maclaren Techno XT can be bought at Next, Boots, John Lewis and Tesco’s to name a few. The cheapest I have found it is at Mothercare who have an Internet offer at the moment at £165.

An added bonus for all you mum's out there that want to stroll back to shape. Maclaren has teamed up with Pushy Mothers and put together some exercise videos that you can do with your pushchair. Pop over to the site and check out their free videos. 


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