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A little bit expensive but worth it.
Author Name: Judith
Advantages: Sturdy, looks like a regular buggy, quite easy to fold, comfortable, easy to push
Disadvantages: A bit expensive, can't fold with canopy or footrest on,
My son is disabled and when he started getting too big for a regular stroller our physiotherapist referred us to the wheelchair service. We asked to get the Major but the physio was reluctant because she felt it didn't provide enough support. The wheelchair service gave us a large comfortable pushchair which whilst it suited our sons needs is really big and cumbersome and didn't really fit in our carboot. We decided to buy the Major as a backup for travelling etc.
The Maclaran Major is more expensive than other Maclaren buggies and is considerably more expensive with less features. It only has one position - can't lie back and doesn't come with any extras. If you want the raincover you have to buy it separately which means you also need to buy the sun canopy as you need it to attach the raincover. The under buggy shopping basket is also extra.
The buggy is pretty sturdy. It officially holds weights up to 60kg so will last a while. Our buggy gets used quite a bit, gets folded and unfolded, in and out of car boots and vans etc and is still holding strong. Our son gets taken to various outings and activities in the buggy and is still in fabulous condition (we've had it over a year now). This buggy is not as comfortable as the one the wheelchair service gave him but he looks pretty happy sitting in it and as it is higher than a regular buggy he gets to see the world.
You cannot fold the buggy with the footrest or the sun canopy on which can be a bit of a pain. There are four folding points which whilst very safe means that it cannot be done with one hand. My son doesn't walk or stand so folding it whilst I'm holding him is impossible. It is also quite long when folded so may not fit into all car boots.
When opening the buggy the bottom folding point doesn't automatically open, you have to do it manually.
Cleaning is easy because there are no pesky grooves or folds. Pushing the buggy is very easy. It's light (so be careful not to hang heavy bags of shopping on handles) and has swivel wheels for easy steering.
Although the buggy does look like a regular buggy, the larger size does sort of identify it as a "special needs" buggy. I use public transport a lot (don't drive) so I need bus drivers to appreciate that this is considered a wheelchair and mostly they do. The wheelchair service is giving us a proper wheelchair because our son has outgrown the pushchair they gave us, but we will still use the Major as a convenient spare.
A bit on the pricey side but overall a good investment.
Summary: A sturdy comfortable piece of equipment, suitable for evey day use