I trialled the Mountain Buggy +one. It is a buggy built for one or two¬†children. When configured for two kids, one sits behind the other. The¬†other options are a baby lying flat and a toddler in the front.
I found it really easy to put together. I had not seen it before, but¬†have put together loads of buggys and felt it was a no brainer. The¬†things I liked about setting it up were that it has a built in drink¬†holder on the side. The buggy also includes a cocoon for your baby to¬†snugly fit in. I would have liked to have seen some kind of little¬†pocket for my keys and phone (maybe that‚Äôs an add on in the future???).
The ease of use. Mountain buggys are always great but the suspension on¬†this was amazing. I pushed it over boggy grass, rocky beds and on¬†everyday footpaths (with the odd tree root in my way) and never had an¬†issue. It turns easily and you can almost push just with a finger!¬†(Which I tried). With both of my children in the buggy, it was slightly¬†difficult to manoeuvre but they weigh 11kg and 17kg so find me a pram¬†that would do half as good a job as this does.
The way both kids sit is great. They can both have a good view of the¬†path you‚Äôre walking and neither obscures the other‚Äôs view. When my¬†toddler got sick of being in the pram (as we all know they can), I used¬†the back part of it to store my shopping and found I could load heaps in¬†there. Unlike other similar buggys, the 2nd seat has full sides so acts¬†like a great shopping trolley (just not great on the credit card as I¬†spent way more since I could carry it). It also has quite a high grip on¬†the handle; both my hubby and I are tall and find some buggys give us¬†back ache. This however, was a great height. To collapse it was super¬†easy and same again for setting up.
Things that made me go hmmmm:
One thing that stood out for me was the size of it once collapsed; it¬†filled my whole boot (my current model of Phil and Teds Vibe which is a¬†similar pram only half fills it). Also I despise foot breaks, although¬†this is one of the better ones I have seen but still found while walking¬†I kicked it and set it off.¬†It is worth checking out the YouTube guide¬†for set up as I did not and placed the metal bar behind the first seat¬†when two kids were using this pram. It is intended for use only in baby¬†and toddler mode and my son jammed his fingers in it, so please don‚Äôt¬†use with two children in. (Maybe Mountain Buggy could label the bar so¬†that people don‚Äôt have to go online to find out?).
When it‚Äôs configured for two children, the front seat has some movement. I¬†tried to tighten as much as possible but found it still could move.
Finally, once put up, the sunshade for both children had a blank panel¬†which makes it hard for the child in the back to look out; it would have¬†been better if this was a clear fabric or mesh.
Extra for experts:
The finish of this buggy wasn‚Äôt as smooth as other buggys we have tried and we felt some of the bolts were a bit rough.
This is a great pram for any family planning on having more then one¬†child and within a three year age gap of the other. It would also suit¬†those who have one child (or greater spacing) but look after additional¬†children. It would suit someone who enjoys the outdoors but equally is¬†well-suited to urban use.
I‚Äôd have to say, all in all, if I were pregnant with either a first or¬†second child, I would buy this over any of the current comparable prams.
I was very sad to give it back and the idea of it being ‚Äėlost in¬†transit‚Äô crossed my thoughts!
I also have found that the team at Mountain Buggy have an excellent¬†service centre- not say you will have any issues with this one but I¬†have every confidence that any issues would be hassle free to sort.
Product Information from the manufacturer
The +one is a new inline system that bears all the hallmarks of Mountain Buggy’s bulletproof DNA.