How high-quality is the Mountain Buggy Duet travel system?

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The Mountain Buggy Duet 2011 is definitely an very adaptable, twin travel system, which permits newborns to be carried side by side. It measures 63cm in width and is at the moment the smallest pushchair of this design on the market, a very important requirement when space is at a premium with two infants! The buggy can accommodate two carrycots or car seats beside each other. It's very adaptable as it can permit a combination of two babies, baby and toddler or two toddlers, with an approximate age limit of four years. Buying a travel system such as this could be an initial cost but in the long run, it removes the need to make extra purchases for buggies and strollers for older toddlers/youngsters.

The buggy includes seats, carrycots and car seats and these can all be interchanged on a narrow frame which fits easily though a normal door. There is nothing more frustrating that a double buggy which cannot be brought in to the property or flat and needs to be left inside the porch or garden forcing you to carry your two youngsters in from the rain! Nevertheless when two car seats are placed side by side the width will increase by roughly 15cm which then does make it too wide to fit through a door. This would suggest that the best seating combination is for only one car seat to be used in a baby and toddler option. The style of wheels make the buggy effective when pushing off road on country trails and paths. Smiliarly it is excellent to push around retailers and malls on smooth surfaces.

The Mountain Buggy would seem not to scrimp on extra, yet essential attributes. There are two big hoods for each seating area rather than a single big (and often too heavy) hood covering both seat compartments. This then allows raincovers and suncovers to be fitted which you would feel would be provided with the travel system. Unfortunately seperate raincovers and suncovers aren't available when the travel system is being used for an older combination of youngsters, ie: newborn and toddler or two toddlers. Raincovers only appear to be available with the carrycot option, otherwise further raincovers are an additional cost.

There may be an adaptor on the buggy which needs to be taken off to change the system from using a car seat to just the seat. This can be a lengthy procedure as several aspects of the buggy will need to be adjusted and refastened such as zips and buckles. Therefore the buggy would be best to be kept as it is for one age of child until necessary to change it for an older toddler. There is a large shopping and storage basket underneath the frame which you'd expect with a double buggy but this enables space for extra extras for instance raincovers, suncovers and changing baggage.

Child safety is paramount to any travel system. The Mountain Buggy Duet incorporates a safety bumper bar which is crucial for any age of youngster. There are excellent safety buckles and there's also an added safety buckle at shoulder height making sure that the child or little one can be removed quickly.

One element which can be usually overlooked when a travel system is considered would be the handle height. It truly is easy to feel inside the shop that the handle height is satisfactory but it truly is not until the buggy is test driven (or even bought) that it's realised that the handle height might not quite go well with you. An additional issue which doesn't manifest until after purchase will be the carrying weight. A double travel system still needs to be lifted and the Mountain Buggy Duet is quite heavy both for lifting and as a result even heavier for pushing older children around.

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