3-wheeled stroller has a cool with a contemporary design and a multi position seat with 5-point safety harness and footrest
When my daughter was born we were a bit unsure which type of buggy to go for and ultimately bought a maxi cosi travel system as it seemed to make sense at the time. As time went on it became apparent that the pushchair although light wasn't really suited for going up and down curbs and was quite hard work to push after the initial carrycot stage.
I didn't realise quite how hard work it was until we got the Urban Detour!! We originally purchased the Urban Detour for use on holiday,as we knew ours would not be able to cope with beaches and uneven terrain. From the first time I pushed it knew that the Maxi cosi would be relegated to the garage or put on Ebay.
The Urban Detour is quite large but thanks to its pneumatic tyres it is a dream to push on normal terrain and coped really well on the beach and in the forest. It folds flat in a one handed fluid motion and has fitted easily in both a small hatchback and a larger saloon car.
The food tray at the front is removable but if its left off it does really look as if something is missing. There is adequate room for shopping underneath,i can easily fit two small carrier bags worth of shopping underneath. The front wheel can be fixed so nit doesn't swivel by pressing a small lever although i rarely fix this as the range of movement is far better when its free to move.
Spare inner tubes are apparently readily available but i have not had to change mine and I am still transporting a 2 year old around!
To summarise this pushchair handles better and looks as good that of any of my friends. i would definitely recommend unless you are a slave to labels!
When we were expecting our first child we were planning to have no pram, use a carrier and buy a pushchair when she got too heavy to carry. Haha how wrong I was. After recovering from childbirth and walking in slippy snow a pram was a necessity. We rushed into it and bought one for £50 from a family friend. It was a four wheeler and a pain in the neck. So hard to push and bits kept falling off. A year in and my husband came home with a Mothercare Urban Detour. It cost him £20!
At first I was very uncertain. I never wanted a 3 wheeler as I always think they look a bit like wheelchairs (don't ask me why). This one is very big and bulky. And it was Beige! :( I can't understand why anyone would make a beige pram, its like a mistake colour. I gave it a go and after 2 days an a bus trip I was in love. This pram works like a dream. To fold it you slide a little latch on the handle bar press to buttons and it collapses in an instant. To lock it simply squash the pram together and lock a little swing latch. Its so simple its unbelieveable. The pram looks bulky and I was worried we wouldn't fit it in our tiny car. However another fabulous feature is the quick release wheels. Just lift up a little lever pull and the back wheels come off seperatly. To attech them back just do the reverse.
All three wheels have inflatablt tyres. On one hand they can be punctured, but on the other they are easy to push. Soft , give a smooth comfy ride and make it really easy to get up on pavements without the wheels leaving the ground. The front wheel can be fixed into position (which makes it difficult to manouvre) , or unfixed. Unfixed is amazing for get round tight corners in clothes shops where all the racks are tightly packed. It comes of easily with a screw lock. The only disadvantage is the wheel sticks out unnecisarily far.
The pram seat is very large. It comes with its very own reversiable sheepskin cosytoes.One side is a suede effect with sheepskin piping . And the other side has the thickest , warm cosy fur. When my baby is seated there she looks so cosy and warm, and the seat lets her sit up and see the world from a comfy position.
For summer we took it off as it would be too warm. I adjusted the seatbelts to their smallest position, but they are too loose and my 18 mnth old can easily escape.
The seat is kept up by a seatbelt type strap at the back. If you undo these straps the seat will lie flat. In her other pram it was so hard to adjust the seat and she wouldn't go to sleep. But this one is so cosy she drops off straight away. There is a large hood to cover the baby but it isn't long enough to be funtional. There is a clear plastic window at the top so you can see your baby, and a large pocket for phones and purses.
All covers and hoods on this pram are hard too get off to wash. You will need a screwdriver. There are 3 other disadvantages to this pram.
* There is not enough storage space.The pram come with an excellent raincover that folds into a drawstring pockets underneath the seat. There is then a small basket under the pram. This is the only storage. I can fit a toilet seat a nappy and one bag there if i'm lucky.
* The handlebar is an all in one which makes the pram really easy to push. But I like to hang my shopping or nappy bag off there but cannot. If I have shopping bags I have to tie them on which makes me look like a crazy woman.
*I travel mainly on buses and this pram is so big.If there is more than one pram on the bus its arkward too manouver. And the sticking out wheels make it hard to move around small buses.
I got this second hand and it has been a life changer. Its so practical and easy to use. And my baby acctually enjoys sitting in there and goes to sleep in it. I have looked on other websites and you can buy it for around £179 new.It comes with cosytoes and raincover which is a big advantage. It also has a carseat for small babies but mine didn't come with it so can't comment.I did see one the other day and it made the pram look even bigger, so I would not use it with car seat for future babies.
This pram does have a lot of disadvantages but it sheer ease of use weighs them all out. And fantastic practical design. It would be better if it came in brighter colours too
I am a pram/buggy-a-holic!!! I have 3 children (eldest is 8, middle is 5 and youngest is 1). A combined total of 16 prams/buggies!!!
I was adamant I would never have a 3wheeler, and up until my youngest I didnt. We started going up to the Lake District alot when middle son was 3. After youngest was born and had outgrown his pram, I got a cheap, small stroller BUT there was no way this would be usefull in the Lakes So I bought a 2nd-hand 3wheeler. It had a fixed front wheel and i didnt like it. I sold it and bought the Navy version of the urban detour. I LOVE this buggy and dont think I would ever buy a 4-wheeler again.
This buggy enabled us (as a family) to go for walks around the Lake District and even go up some of the smaller peaks like The Beacon in Penrith and Lattrigg in Keswick. Yes it was hard work pushing the buggy up BUT so worth it, and saved Hubby having to have baby on his back all the time.
It is now used daily at home and both my son and I love it. He has so much space to sit and lay that he does go to sleep and stays asleep unlike in his small stroller. It is easy to push and very sturdy.
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The back part of the hood has a small pocket ideal for phone/loose change or a nappy. The hood has 2 parts - a mesh net and a solid fabric, they velcro together or the solid fabric can be rolled up to let air in to the child. Their is also a clear viewing pannel on the top of the hood to see the child.
The front wheel can be fixed in 1 position or be left to turn and move about. All 3 of the wheels are rubber with an inner tube, they can be pumped up quite hard. The only snag is punctures do happen - OR DID! (i invested in some "green gunge used for bikes" that seals any small punctures). The wheels are easy to remove from the chasis making the buggy smaller for storage or to put in a car.
The rain cover fits easily to the buggy and can be stored in the basket underneath the buggy. This again all fastens with velcro.
The seat is well padded and seems very comfy, there is a 5-point harness to secure the child which can be adjusted bigger or smaller. There is also a buggy liner that goes over the seat (not sure if comes as standard or if you have to buy seperatley). The seat can recline by undoing a clip.
There is a bar over the seat of the pushchair that you can clip toys to etc. we dont always have this on the buggy as my son now likes to climb in/out on his own.
The handle has foam padding on it making it nice to hold. The brake is easy to apply with 1 foot and stays on. The basket is quite roomy. Although big it is very light and easy to use. Collapse easily.
the only downside to this buggy is that its big and bulky. the newer modles are more compact but the child still seems to have the same sort of room.
A brilliant buggy, especially great for dads!
High quality large, spoked wheels that roll over any bump make it extremely easy to push over all terrains. Bumpy grass is no problem. I've even managed to pull mine, loaded up with toddler and food / drink / 'day out at the seaside' stuff, up pebbly Brighton beach.
The front wheel locks, so at speed it doesn't wobble. I sometimes used to run (not jog) with it for miles and it would roll so well I would only need to push the handle every so often. For easier navigation at walking speeds, switch the front wheel to swivel mode.
The buggy is very spacious. My 7 year old would get jealous and sometimes sit in there with the 2 year old on her lap.
Looks very cool, understated, functional and unisex in appearance.
Decent storage area underneath with no option to tip buggy over / ruin center of gravity by fixing bags to handle
Adjustable & very comfortable handle. This is a brilliant advantage as it enables the buggy to be comfortably used by men, no stopping at all. Easily pushed one handed whilst you walk, jog or run.
Pump carried in storage area under buggy
Great fitting rain cover.
Sturdy wheel lock mechanism
Only downsides are:
Quite large. in our older, smaller car, I had to take the wheels off to fit it in the boot, which is a bit more hassle than just folding it. Although, if you take the wheels off it is quite slim. With wheels off it does manage to fit in the tall lockers at the swimming baths
Longer wheel base = larger turning circle.
All in all, an excellent buggy that made my life so much easier. I have many times taken my 2 kids to the seaside on train with this and it always made the day so much easier. I've had £300 buggies and this is by far the best I've ever used.
It was so strong & easy to push that at the end of the day when there's a 2 mile walk left and my kids were tired I could fit them both on the buggy with all the towels and other things and it would still be so easy to push that I could jog back to the train station.
However, I've found that if you do take this buggy to the beach frequently, make sure you clean all the sand off when you get back. I didn't and now have rusty spokes (salt and moisture in air causes rust). This buggy can be hosed down for easy cleaning.
I've owned my Urban Detour Glacier for over a year now and apart from a couple of down sides, I've got to say I love it to bits.
It is really nicely padded and so is extra comfortable for my daughter, it has the 5 point safety harness and reclines as much as you need it to, even flat so is suitable for a newborn if necessary.
The handle is nice and high, I am quite tall and suffer from a bad back so this has really helped me lots.
The shopping basket itself is not huge however there is a lot of space between the bottom of the seat and the basket and so you can get lots in it.
The three wheels are big and are easily pumped up every few months with the pump that comes with it. The wheels make it easy to go up and down pumps, kerbs etc
The raincover completely covers everything, and the hood is nice and big to give lots of shade from the sun.
I love pushing this pushchair, it is easy to push, comfortable to push and really looks trendy and sporty.
On the down side it is quite big when it is folded and is really quite heavy for a single pushchair.
In conclusion I would recommend this to anyone who has a car boot big enough to take it! You get a lot of pushchair for your money and it is also car seat compatible so is great as a travel system.
Although I already have 2 pushchairs, a travel system and a lightweight buggy purchased to take on holiday; I wanted a buggy that would enable me to walk on the many rough tracks around where I live. A three-wheeler was the obvious choice. A friend recommended the mothercare glacier urban detour model. I also checked the reviews on this site and as they were all positive decided this would be a good choice. The buggy is sold exclusively by mothercare and costs £160.However I was lucky and managed to get one of last year?s colours for £110.The only difference is that mine is navy blue and has metal spokes and the new models are two tone blue with plastic wheels. What you get for your money ** ********************** The buggy has 3 wheels with pneumatic tyres with metal spokes. The front wheel can be used in the fixed position, for pushing on rough ground, or by releasing a catch in the swivel position ideal for pushing round shops. The buggy has a large padded seat which can be laid flat by releasing a clasp at the back so is suitable for use from birth, although I preferred to carry my newborn in a sling or in a pushchair which faces me. There is a good-sized footplate. There is a padded seat liner that can be removed for cleaning,( although it can only be sponged clean), a removable bumper bar, a fabric hood with a plastic window in the top and a large plastic rain cover. The hood has a flap at the back, which can be rolled up in warm weather to give the child more ventilation. In the back of the hood is a small storage pocket, suitable for a map or car keys. The rain cover has a little window at the front that can be opened and fastened with Velcro, or closed in really cold or wet weather. When not in use the rain covers can be stored at the back of the buggy in strong elastic, which is part of the seat construction. There is a fair sized fabric-shopping basket. The buggy comes partially assembled and required the 2 back w
heels to be clicked on and the footplate screwed into place. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. A spanner type tool is provided for this purpose. A pump is provided which can be stored in 2 elastic rings in the shopping basket. The pros ******** The buggy copes really well off road and is very easy to push. The handle is well padded and comfortable on my hands. Although the handle height(102 cm) can?t be adjusted it is ideal for me . When shopping I use the buggy with the front wheel in the swivel position and have found it turns really well and is easy to lift up and down pavements. One of the best aspects of this buggy is the length of the seat when in the lie back positon..My 2 year old is able to sleep with his legs fully extended and supported by the footplate. The rain covers fit well over the fabric hood and footplate, both in the upright position and when the seat is flat, making the buggy very cosy and dry even in really bad weather. My toddler loves the little window in the front of the rain cover and is reassured by the window in the top of the hood that enables him to look up and see me. The seat is really well padded and it is a real bonus that it can be removed for cleaning. The buggy is very easy to fold and will fit in my boot without removing the back wheels, although they can be removed with ease to fit into a smaller boot. There is a very effective brake that is easy to operate. ?. And the cons *********** There are few disadvantages with this buggy but I have tried to be really picky so as to give a good balanced op. The buggy, (like nearly all 3 wheelers), is heavy. It weighs 12.3 kg so really would be unsuitable to use on public transport. I have noticed that the buggy can be a little unstable when cornering and you really need to keep both hands on the handle. It would have been helpful to have a pressure gauge with the pump as there is no way of knowing if the tyres
are pumped up to the correct pressure, this is important as the buggy is at its best when the tyres at the correct pressure. The seat does not sit completely upright. At first I found this disappointing although my toddler has not seemed to mind and appears very comfortable. The shopping tray is not huge and I can?t hang bags on the handle as I do with my other buggy! I know you are advised not to do this but I do, especially at car boot sales when I tend to acquire lots of bags! It is possible to hang a rucksack on the handle and if you really want to you can buy one especially made for this buggy a cost of £19.99! Like a bike the tyres can puncture which would be a real pain when out walking. I can just imagine struggling to mend a puncture whilst trying to hold a small baby or keep tabs on a lively toddler! If this happens to me I?ll update this op and let you know how easy or otherwise it was to mend! The cost of accessories is high, £20 for a sunshade and £30 for cosytoes! I use my child?s blanket for extra warmth. The clasp on the harness is difficult to operate .I have managed to pinch my fingers in it several times already. I think it?s a real shame that mothercare have used a cheap clasp on what is otherwise a very well made buggy. I would have preferred the straps to be wider and easier to adjust too. Overall verdict ************ I really love this buggy despite the few niggles mentioned above. I think it represents good value for money especially when compared to other models. The buggy has enabled me to enjoy long walks off road, something I was unable to do since suffering a serious back injury making a backpack impossible to use. Most importantly my 2 year old loves riding in his latest chariot. As I have only had this buggy for a few months I will update this up in the future.
It's reasonably Lightweight (have compared to v expensive Mammas & Pappas does everything but change and feed the baby "travel System" and it feels like half the weight) I find it really easy to fold and lift. I did worry as people told me that some 3 wheelers wont fit easily into the boot of a car, but this fits easily into the - not huge - boot of my Polo. The real bonus is how easy it is to steer, just getting through a door can be a real nightmare with a buggy, but with the swivley front wheel it's a piece of cake. Also getting round the supermarket when all you want is a loaf of bread and a bottle of milk is a breeze as you can literally steer these things with one finger (which leaves the other hand free to carry baskets/bags/open doors) The only down side I found was the cosytoe attachement, this was excellent when my one was a wee baby who didn't move much. The cosytoe sits in the seat and attaches by a tiny piece of velcro over the back of the seat and has holes for the straps to go through. I have, however, found that this year it is not really much good for an 18 mth old baby and all the associated wiggling, shufflling, and fidgiting. The velcro is knackered, it just wont stick anymore to the extent that I have now removed it and as he is a little bigger and less prone to harm from the cold I have found a blanket over his legs is a lot less hassle!! All in all I think that you could buy a lot flashier, cooler looking buggy, but I wouldn't swap mine for anything else, jsut make sure you have that swivley front wheel!!!
Forgive my pre-amble, I thought it might be helpful advice to some! Our son is just about to have his 3rd birthday and we've just bought this, our 3rd buggy type thing - what's that all about? We started off, like many, buying a complete travel system for about £300. This enormous set incorporated the frame & wheels, a baby seat which could move from the car onto the wheels, a pram top and a pushchair top. It was very useful when the little fella was a baby, and we'll certainly use it for the next one, but the pushchair was a different matter. You soon realise that when you're out and about, a few simple things are vital from a buggy; Ease of transport, easy to fold down and comfortable to drive! The pushchair from our travel system was neither easy to transport or fold down because you had to remove the pushchair seat from the frame to collapse it, and they were both big items. So.....we had to get something else, and decided to buy a really lightweight buggy - the complete opposite of the travel system. We opted for the Graco CitiSport (£80). This buggy is great, VERY light, easy to fold down and quite small, but it just isn't up to being used for long distances every single day and rough terrain at the weekends! We have pretty much worn the wheels out in 18 months! If you want a lighweight buggy for occasional use then it's ideal but it's not for everday use and certainly no good for off-roading it. So....onto something else, now armed with a fair bit of buggy experience! Into Mothercare we were faced with yet another selection of 50 transporting devices! I had decided that plastic wheels were a no no if you were going to use the buggy off-road - they just aren't up to it, and frankly wear out much too quickly on regular concrete use I think. This limits your selection to only about 5 buggies which have rubber(ish) tyres, although they aren't pneumatic, and I liked none of them - they offered
little over a £20 job and I knew they weren't up to the kind of abuse we put them through. Then we caught sight of the 3-wheelers...... Various manufacturers produce them but they are all much of a muchness and the Mothercare range are frankly, the least expensive. We opted for the Glacier model in the green/tan (very Landrover) colours. It costs £129, although we got the display model for 10% off. This model features little more than a pivoting front wheel compared to the cheaper model but we find this essential for manouvering around town. The glacier is made of very tough fabric, which should be easy enough to wipe clean and should last well. It has a canopy over the childs head which protects them from the wind, and this has a window in the top so you can watch them through it. The seat looks comfortable enough and can be layed flat for the child to sleep. Even in the sleep position, the child is surrounded by fabric and therefore protected from the wind. The wheels are quite large and have pneumatic tyres which are inflated using the included pump, although it doesn't have a pressure meter so you're much better off using a car 12v compressor if you've got one! Pneumatic tyres are much better if they're inflated to the correct pressure! The front wheel can lock for off-road action where a pivoting front wheel is a pain. The canopy has a pocket on the back, although it's only big enough for dummies etc. Under the buggy there is the normal sort of sized shopping basket, although I wouldn't expect it to be able to take too much weight because of the way it 'poppers' onto the frame - time will tell. The harness seems fine - a regular 5 point device which can be easily sized once the child is in the seat. There is a elastic 'shoe lace' kind of a system at the back of this particular model which contains the waterproof hood, which fits well and should do the job nicely, although it would be a pain to put back in it
s place after use in the middle of town! As for transport etc - it's a joy. The whole unit collapses in half with the press of a couple of large buttons and then a hook secures it. At this point it's amazingly small given its enormous size normally, but it gets better! The rear wheels can be quick released by the use of small levers above them and it's then even smaller and very compact indeed - in fact it takes up almost no more space than our Graco CitiSport! It's also nice to be able to remove the wheels if you've been off-road and the tyres are covered in mud! This buggy is by no means light, in fact it's probably 5 times the weight of the CitiSport, but it glides around beautifully and is tough enough for any surface. To sum up, a fair priced 3 wheeler, backed by a 12 month guarantee which has all the essential features you're likely to need, plus a few extras that will come in very useful. If you just want to get on the bus and take a child into town once a week, then this is not the buggy for you, but if do a lot of walking on and off road and want something that will last then this would seem ideal.
Firstly, I should tell you I have four children, so have gotten through quite a few buggies and prams and pushchairs and the like in my time; I'm an officionado! We had a sprung pram for our baby, which was a bit cumbersome and heavy, so decided to go and buy a lighter pushchair when he got to the age of 10 months, so I trekked off to Mothercare in search of one. I had considered buying a 3-wheeler, but looked in various pram shops and was a bit over-awed by the prices of them..... some of them are averaging £150. I thought of buying second hand, but have had a few bad experiences in the past with dodgy wheels and stuff, so thought I'd just get a cheap basic pushchair. I was pleasantly shocked when I saw the Urban Detour in Mothercare, priced at just £79, and was even more pleased to see they were selling off a couple of model in 'Last seasons colours' (blue....how last year, Darlink!) for just £50 each. We have the fixed front wheel model, which I didn't even realise at the time, but to be honest, it hasn't caused us any bother at all. You get a little pump included with it to pump up your tyres....I was a bit worried about what would happen if one of the tyres got a puncture, but, so far (touch wood) we haven't come across that problem. I didn't buy the raincover at the time, and was happy to find when we got home that a basic old one we had for another pushchair fits quite happily over the whole lot and looks pretty good. My son was 10 months old when he went into it, and is now just over a year, and I can frankly say we have had no problems with it whatsoever. He has always seemed very comfortable in it, and has slept soundly whilst out and about (it lays back quite nicely). The folding mechanism is fairly straight forward and easy to do, although I would say that it might be a tight fit in the back of some cars: we have a seven seater and when I have lots of shopping in the
re, it's even a bit squeezy for us, as the wheels are quite big and it doesn't fold totally flat. It's lovely to push, and glides along with its pneumatic tyres taking all the bumps out of the journey. (You do have to keep them pumped up and need to check them now and again for air). I'm not really one for 'off-road' walking - we go out for walks with the kids but nothing too serious - but I should imagine that it would be ideal if you are into all that, as it's pretty lightweight too. It has a fair sized shopping tray underneath, which can drag on the floor going up curbs if you overload it (perhaps that's just me putting too much shopping in it!), and it has a couple of handy little zipped pockets on the sides which we have used for drinking cups and dummies and things when we have been out. I would say it's not for a very tiny baby... my son has always looked pretty much snug and comfortable in it, but I wouldn't put a tiny baby in one, as the back support just isn't there, and the harness wouldn't be sufficient in my opinion. To sum up, the Urban Detour is a rather trendy looking, cheap(ish), good quality sturdy 3-wheeler, which is both stylish and comfortable and practical. I'd definately reccomend it.
We bought the down-market version of this pram - the Urban Detour Arctic Jade (£79). It is basically the same except for a fixed front wheel and cheaper/thinner material. It is by far the cheapest three wheeler I found after trawling the Internet in the UK and has proved to be a brilliant buy. Before our baby was born in June, we went out and bought a big expensive travel system - it's great for town/pavement use, but it was starting to get a bit wrecked after I decided to take the baby for walks in the woods/off-road. The wheels were starting to rattle and kept on jumping out of fixed wheel (essential for off-road). This pram just glides over the bumps, it is extremely quiet and has proved ideal for mud tracks, woods, grass, even a pebble beach in Devon. The fixed front wheel, as opposed to a swivelling one, has not really proved a problem. As I said earlier, it is essential for off-road anyway, but the pram is still fairly manouverable around town - the only thing to watch out for is that the front wheel sticks out a bit and has a tendency to tap people's ankles - or that could be just bad driving, sorry if it was you! Having praised the pram I should now say that although the brochure says it is okay to use from birth, I personally wouldn't recommend it for new-borns, there simply isn't enough side support to hold the baby secure. We bought it when the baby was three months old and even then he tended to rattle around in it when the seat was in the upright position. We now use this pram everyday and the expensive one has been consigned to the garage.
The newest thing on the pushchair market is the three-wheeler buggy. I tried out a few and my personal favourite was the Glacier in the Urban Detour range. I found this at Mothercare World, I'm not sure if you can get them elsewhere. What was so good about this pushchair was that when it folded down, it was light and fairly compact for a pushchair of its style with such chunky wheels. It's very easy to put down. Something I found when I was 'investigating' into pushchairs were that some designs are getting difficult to collapse and there seems to be alot of fiddling around with different clips and putting up hoods, taking off raincovers, cosytoes etc. If you want ease, then I'd highly recommend the Urban Detour three-wheeler range because it consists of a simple safety catch, two levers at the side and a simple folding over mechanism. When it's up (the glacier in particular which had lockable wheels) the pushchair was easy to manourvre. The raincovers also go on really easily and there's not too much fiddling round with awkward clips. The newest model on the market was the BuggyBob. Personally, I don't like the look of this pushchair. It was extremly complicated to put down and change around. It has its merits, it comes with a carseat but I warn you, you pay the price for this (seemingly unnesscary) luxury. I suppose its the three wheeler equivilant of a travel system? And it has excellent suspension and pnumatic tyres which the Artic, Glacier and Pinacle do not. There is also a double buggy which works in exactly the same way as the singles. Once again, easy to use but quite bulky. From what I can tell, all of the three-wheeler buggies I was shown are all suitable from birth. On the whole, I'm enthusiastic about the three-wheelers range and recommend them.
3-wheeled stroller has a cool with a contemporary design and a multi position seat with 5-point safety harness and footrest /