When I first had Toddler Boy I was given this sage advice ‘everybody ends up with a Maclaren’, so I bought a Silver Cross, then I abandoned that and got an Out and About, then a Phil & Teds then I ran out of money, so I managed to get the Maclaren Quest. I use the Quest, a lot. It has to be the most all round practical pushchair we own. What I should have done is just buy the Techno XT right at the start as it’s suitable from birth, then I wouldn’t have a garage full of pushchairs and I would have a lot more money in my pocket!
I was contacted by Maclaren who kindly offered me a double pushchair, I asked if I could have a single basic one instead as Toddler Boy is getting to the stage where he mainly wants to walk. They came up trumps with this one; the Maclaren Techno XT pushchair. Their award winning, flagship pushchair! The one I have lusted after and wanted, no, needed all along. I really couldn’t wait to test it out. Was it as good as everybody say’s? Can it really be suitable for everyone?
The Techno XT is in my opinion, without doubt the most practical pushchair you could possibly want. Suitable from birth, it fits in the car, umbrella folds so it doesn’t take up the whole hallway, it’s comfortable for even the sturdiest three and a half year old.
My six foot four inches tall husband can push it comfortably thanks to the extending handles, this makes it one of only two pushchairs which he has been comfortable pushing. The fluorescent trims on the fabric and wheels means that you can be seen in the dark, which I find handy as I often stroll up to meet my husband after work.A rarity for a stroller, the Techno XT has suspension so your baby will not be bounced about, I checked this feature with Fifi on some cobbles by St Albans Abbey and she survived unscathed. One of the best features is the hood, which can zip off, but is lovely and big and has the benefit of a UV shield which comes down.
Really, you cant go wrong with this pushchair, if you buy it for your newborn you most certainly will not need to buy another. However, there are a couple of minor issues, after all nothing’s perfect. For me, it was slightly heavier than our Quest, it’s a bit more hefty lugging it in and out of the car boot. Nothing like a travel system though. The other problem I have is with the harness; I find it very difficult to clip together, that could just be me, but there is certainly a knack to it which I don’t have. That might be a problem if you have a struggling child.
I think the Maclaren umbrella fold pushchairs are a design classic, a real genius moment in engineering.Just look, what do you think is the better piece of engineering, the De Havilland or the Maclaren? (OK, this picture actually shows the florescent strips off well).
If you want to know more about the nitty gritty of the pushchair, have a look at the Maclaren website
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