Excellent stroller with little need of improvement
May 2, 2015
This is a fabulous stroller with very few drawbacks. I have used many high end strollers regularly, brands including Silver Cross, Mamas and Papas, Bugaboo, UppaBaby, Mutsy, and more. I have high standards, and expect the best. Seat: The seat is nice - it's large, fairly roomy (although not as much as the terrain), and will fit your child from birth through toddlerhood. It has a nice flat recline so really usable from birth and for naps out. It's a two sided strap recline :( :( which is very disappointing, but normal for Mountain Buggy. In the world of high end strollers though, that is disappointing to see and easily replaced with a one handed bar that easily slides a sleeping toddler to a flat position. I find strap reclines wake babies from sound sleeps and are just a pain to adjust. I would have loved to see a pocket for sippy cups and toys in the seat like the terrain has. The luxury seat liner is pretty and the fabric on both the liner and the rest of the stroller are tough, durable, yet pretty. I have the Nautical themed one and the white is still sparkly even though my toddler boy has stepped, eaten, and spilled on it, and we have taken it to the woods, beach, and city. I know this seat is the standard MB design, so I knew it would not be a reversible seat, something that has always been a requirement for me. However I love the Plus carrycot that can be a reversible seat - it works great, and allows for the standard seat to shine in ways it couldn't as a reversible seat. Harness: Your standard 5pt harness - easy enough to do and undo, yet requires enough pressure to undo to make it tricky for toddlers to escape from (but also for those with limited mobility in their fingers to undo, which may be a consideration for some people. A Buckle Bopper would take care of that though). I love the leather strap covers but they fall off when the harness is undone so I am forever putting them back on - they should put something on the inside to prevent slipping. The harness fits well, and will fit for sometime, which is great for securing older children - I'm finding it tricky to figure out how to get it tightened enough for a smaller kid, although I didn't try that hard. Canopy: I LOVE the canopy on this. I am used to the more is better mentality with canopies on high end strollers, to the point where one stroller I owned had a canopy that went all the way to the seat bottom and bunched horribly (read; unattractively) when closed up. This canopy proves you can have amazing sun protection, give your child a great view, and not need a ton of fabric to do it! It has a wide arc and a pop out sun visor that completely blocks the sun from the face of my toddler and would block the sun from a smaller baby too. The sun visor is see through but does have UPF protection. We walk East often in the morning, but this allows my toddler to see well without squinting into the sun or ducking under a large canopy. It is follow the sun so in the rare occasion the sun manages to dip under, you can easily move it forward. My ONE complaint is the peekaboo window - it has a plastic cover, I'd have preferred mesh for airflow. It does have a lovely magnetic closure though. Leg/Foot Rest: Another complaint here. The luxury addition has a pull out bar to extend the seat to a leg rest. However it tilts toward the ground and is very short. Pretty much useless. This could easily be improved to a firmer, longer leg rest. My toddler is too short to reach the footrest yet, and he is constantly adjusting his legs because they hang. Brakes: This is a handlebar brake. It's requires a little force but is very easy to do and in a very convenient location Handles: Yay for tall handles!!! I am tall, and I like unusually tall handlebars. I also have a long stride. This stroller is great for me, but also wonderful for shorter parents too. The handlebars go from 38(?) to 44 inches! I don't even need to put it up all the way to be comfortable. I LOVE IT. It is leather too which is attractive and comfy to hold. Basket: Amazing basket! I am constantly amazed by how much I can put in this basket. It is large and roomy, but also includes extra pockets on the back and sides. Seriously one of the best stroller baskets out there. Durability and Convenience: If you looked up Mountain Buggy in the dictionary, it would first say "durable." The brand is synonymous with quality. I'll admit that I was cautious when I first heard MB was being bought out by Phil & Teds, a company I have not been won over by, and moving production from New Zealand to China. However I can happily report that the strollers by this company are still awesome. The fabrics are strong and durable, the frame is sturdy, everything you want in a product that gets beat up by daily use. There is a reason you see 10yr old MBs on eBay and Craigslist still in perfect condition. And the amount of stuff this guy can carry around! I have a Mommy Hook and stroller organizer on here, and between that and the basket, I can lug around a ton of stuff. This makes for a great beach, hike, or all day outing stroller. I was really worried that their much vaunted "curb pop" was a nice way to say "tippy." However I have found it to be the opposite! It is easy to pop over roadblocks, true, but you can hang just about anything from the handles without effecting the center of gravity. As long as you put it near the seat and not near where you put your hands. Wheels and Push: 12" air filled tires are nothing to sneer at. Air filled always scares me because the idea of a flat in the middle of a hike is not my idea of a good time. But these are durable along the lines of the rest of the stroller. I have had no issues thus far. I REALLY would have liked to see 16" wheel upgrades for this stroller though, in case you wanted to tackle rougher ground or run. I REALLY REALLY want to see this kind of wheel upgrade - take note Mountain Buggy!! The push on this stroller is on par with other high end strollers, it is excellent - but it's not the terrain. The Terrain blows all other high end strollers out of the running with it's suspension and rear wheels, I'd have loved better suspension on this one too - it's a really great push, but I know that MB can do better because they have on the Terrain. Fold: Not gonna lie, this is a huge fold. Not as big as the older Urban Jungle models, not as big as the Terrain fold, but it's still large for a stroller in this price range. It's been the standard MB fold for awhile, but tradition does not need to form here. I understand that redesigning the fold would mean redesigning the whole stroller, but folding it in half doesn't match with the rest of the high end stroller market. It does fit well in my trunk though. I do have a complaint though - it would be nice if the button to fold could be on either side of the bar - it's the off side for me, I am constantly reaching the wrong way. It makes folding the stroller an awkward maneuver and a two handed job. TL;DR: I think what I wanted was a luxury terrain. This is an awesome stroller, most of my complaints are solved by adding some features of the Terrain. Still a great buy and a stroller that will last you forever. Great accessories available, definitely take those into consideration!
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