I definately have mixed views on the Jane Powertrack Matrix and still cant decide if I love it or it is really a right pain!
For a start assembly is confusing and you definately need the manufactures instruction to understand how to fully use and assemebly.
I got the lie flat carry cot and whilst this is brilliant for baby who rarely if ever complains about being in the car even after long journeys, however.....the attachements which are needed to secure the cot to the seat belts are fiddly to attach and removal and attachment of the cot to the attachments is very fiddly and awkward - definately not a quick release job. I also find the whole attachement looks and feels a little insecure however it has been fully tested and approved so must be fine.
Lying flat the carry cot takes up a good two car seat spaces and even with a small family MPV this leaves fitting a booster seat for another child a squeeze.
When used in the more upright position as a car seat it is fine but as it is quite wide there is a bit of lolling for newborns (lie flat recomended personally) and you do need a long seat belt to get it all the way round.
When the carry cot is removed from the car (with some difficulty) it takes a bit of jiggling to secure to the pushchair base, however once there the carry cot is secure and I have recived many an ooh and ahh at how good it looks. The zipped cover attached and removes very easily and the rain cover is by far the easiest i have ever used. The basket under the pram is a good size and can easily store a few sets of book bags/ sandwiches boxes and PE kits when necessary.
When used as a pram it is sturdy and solid, the wheels make rough terrain easy to manouver over ( as long as you dont get a puncture) and the font break which is on the handle is a good addition when going down steep hills. The width of the back wheels however is wider than average and does not allow access to small/narrow space (it can do most doors but cramped shops are a nightmare.
In general terms i like my JANE when it is set up as eaither the lie flat carry cot or the pram but it is not an easy quick change over between the two.
I am a self confessed pramoholic, I have 3 children & have been through almost 20 pushchairs between them! The latest addition to my collection is the Jane Powertrack which I've had for a few months & I have to say I am very impressed.
I can't comment on the matrix car seat as my Daughter is 20 months so I had no need for it but the pushchair has almost everything I want in a pushchair.
Firstly the chassis of the pushchair is very sturdy, the only thing I would point out is that if my Daughter leans to one side a little to much it has on occasion felt like it would tip so you do have to be a little careful. It is a large pushchair so not for those who have a small car boot or use public transport. It's fairly easy to put up & down once you get used to it.
The tyres are air filled & I did have a puncture whilst out shopping one day, luckily I was very close to a local bike shop who very kindly change the tyre for me. Apparently the tyres are the same as BMX tyres so I had it changed for a self repairing inner tube which has been great. I plan to get the other changed soon.
The seat unit is nice & wide, my Daughter is quite stocky for her age & she has loads of room & I would see this pushchair lasting her for at least another year or more.
The added benefit of a bumper bar is great & there is also a lovely little pocket at the back ideal for car keys, phone etc.
It lies almost completely flat which is great for when your child falls asleep & it the back rest is very easy to put up & down just by pulling a tab at the back.
The front wheel swivels all the way round which makes it really easy to push but you can also fix it which I found great as we are a walking family & very often go "off road".
The only downsides to this pushchair are
1. There is no adjustable footrest
2. The covers do not fit in the washing machine so I use a liner to keep the pushchair clean. You can however remove them & wash them in the bath (I have done this with mine).
All in all a great all round pushchair, a bit expensive but worth the money,
I got the Jane Powertrack for my little one with the car seat and carrycot too. The pushchair is lovely to push, until you get a puncture and that's it impossible to move until it's been fixed, which isn't much use if you're in the middle of nowhere with a baby! If you happen to take it down a kerb at even the slightest angle then it tips over, so you have to take kerbs straight on.
When using the pushchair, the seat doesn't sit completely upright, which isn't very good for a bigger child as they like to sit up and look around.
There is a brake on the handle to help you slow down on hills, but on ours it only worked for a couple of weeks.
The front wheel needs adjusting often or it develops a judder and makes it really difficult to push.
So, the Jane Powertrack looks fantastic, but it's very expensive and full of little problems, so I really wouldn't recommend it.
This is a 3-wheeled design which is the successor to the Powertrack 360 model.
The major differences are that the wheels have been changed from the Powertrack's traditional metal spoked ones to plastic alloy look. I think that there may have been an intermediate Slalom model which had the new wheels but the old attachment system - something to watch out for when you're shopping.
These pushchairs are available separately or with the Rebel car seat (conventional "sit up" design), Matrix car seat (can be varied between lying flat and sitting up) or the Rebel + a carrycot (a Moses basket which can be fitted in the car). The add-on seats can be bought separately. So far as I know the "Profix" versions are not compatible with the older system.
The chassis is made of aluminium tubing, and it has a sturdy, yet streamlined, look. It's well put together and weighs about 8kg/17.5lbs without a seat on it.
The handle is a single bar ("one handed use"...) covered in soft foam for grip and a warm touch. It can be adjusted for height easily by holding in two buttons (one either end) and moving it to one of several positions, this can also make it smaller when folded. The foam grip is very comfortable.
Fixed to the handlebar is a single bicycle-style brake lever. The brake is powerful, and should be applied gently and progressively. The lever has a rubber coating where you grip it and can be rotated around the grip to get it at a comfortable angle.
When folded the chassis will still stand upright on its wheels - very useful for "parking" in a corner. It folds almost completely (5mm more and the catch would engage) with the Matrix seat attached. I don't know about the Rebel car seat or the carrycot, though I think that the latter should work like the Matrix.
Underneath the frame you'll find a nylon "basket" for putting stuff in. This has the pump for the tyres fixed to it with a couple of elastic loops. It has been commented on before that the basket isn't very big, this is quite correct. It is low down and awkward to access because of the bending involved and getting past the rest of the pushchair. I wouldn't say that it is any worse than comparable pushchairs though, you'll only fix these things by raising the seat higher and going to a 4-wheel chassis. This would make it larger, heavier and potentially less stable.
The wheels look like 5 spoke alloys (for the dads again!) but are actually plastic. This makes them rustproof and easy to clean - great. (don't forget that the bicycle spokes on the older design also need to be properly tightened up or the wheel will go wobbly) These have pneumatic tyres with inner tubes with a long, angled valve to make it easier to put the pump on (although it does have a flexible tube to connect it to the valves - this is hidden in the pump handle).
The wheels themselves have a superb quick release system. You just push in the large button in the centre of the wheel and remove wheel & axle. Replacing them is just as simple (it takes as long to say as it does to do). If you hold the button in you can pull the axle out of the wheel. This reveals that each wheel rotates on 2 cartridge bearings , unlike the brass or even plastic bushings you'd find on a cheap design. What this means to you is smooth, maintenance free operation for a long time. When the front wheel is removed the brake disc stays on the frame. This makes it easier to remove and replace the wheel, but be careful of knocking or bending the disc when it's exposed. It does, however, seem to be quite sturdy so I'm not too scared of this - just wary.
The front wheel swivels, but can be locked by turning a knob through 90 degrees. This can be adjusted to either "soft" or "hard" via a knob on either side. There isn't much in the way of travel and There is a "parking" brake on the rear wheels in the form of a bar which pushes down into cogs on the wheels and locks them in place. Simple, effective and unlikely to break - I've seen this on a lot of pushchairs and prams.
Above the front wheel is a footrest, apparently made of powder coated alloy. This can be folded up, along with the fork for the front wheel, for transport/storage. This is done by undoing a quick release lever.
Once you've completely folded the chassis it is quite light and flat for putting in your or boot. The wheels will fit into the middle of it, so they don't take up any more space. It fits into the boot of a small car easily enough, but you won't get much else in. It only takes a minute to fold.
The upholstery part of the pushchair is all quite easily removable, although it will take you a couple of minutes to undo all of the poppers, catches, velcro etc. This allows you to put it away if you're using the chassis with one of the car seats or the cot, thus keeping it clean & undamaged and reducing the weight that you have to push around.
The seat itself has a hard base and back which is nicely padded and upholstered. The upholstery can't be removed for cleaning though, so you might want to consider a liner
You can adjust the angle of the seat back using a simple pull toggle, allowing you to set it at any position between fully up and completely back. The seat has a footrest which can be set to several positions in the same way as the handlebar. To hold your child in there is a 5 point harness with pads over the shoulder straps and a padded crotch strap.
The fixing points for the harness are all set, unlike some other seats, and adjustment of the straps is by sliding buckles (like on the shoulder strap of a bag). This is compensated for somewhat by the fact that you can use the mattress pad and strap protectors out of the car seats to improve the fit for smaller children.
There is a removable arm support bar which fits across the front of the seat using the fixing points for the car seats. This is covered in foam and has a zip-off upholstery cover.
Lastly you get a hood. This fixes onto the frame and is supported by a sturdy alloy (like the frame) hoop at the front which can be moved to several positions. The hood itself is of padded fabric which matches the rest of the upholstery. It has 2 small, flapped pockets on the back and a flap which you can pull back to see your child through a plastic (PVC) window. The back part (with the pockets on) can be removed altogether or zipped off at the top or sides to allow access to your child whilst the hood remains in place. The hood has a stiffening hoop at the back to keep it in shape. The hood looks to be showerproof at best and can be removed for hand washing.
Overall the chair looks smart. The upholstery is all co-ordinated and matches with the car seats. There is a choice of colours and I gather that they all feature retro-reflective piping and other markings to make them more visible at night.
The three baby carrier options that you can get (Rebel, Matrix and carrycot) all have a hooped carrying handle built in. In the middle of this handle, on the underside, you'll find a large round button. You simply hold this in and lift to remove the carrier from the chassis. To fit the carrier to the chassis you hold it with the 2 fixing points above the matching slots on the chassis (baby facing to the rear) and lower. It's that simple. There are no adaptor kits or additional pieces to be fitted to the carriers or the chassis.
A point worth noting is that you can't choose which way your baby faces - they face forwards in the pushchair, backwards in one of the carriers. Some systems do allow you to switch.
On the minus side, don't forget that this is a larger pushchair (with the Matrix seat/carrycot fitted it makes a nice, traditional type pram). When you go into places its width can be a problem, it is just over 2'/60cm wide. This will fit through a domestic door and supermarkets are OK, but some shops are just too tight a fit. Remember how much space it will take up in a car.
I think that the seat harness could be improved, at the expense of added complexity, with variable fixing points and more easily adjusted straps. Upholstery which could be removed for cleaning would be another plus. I would also have liked standard 12" tyres to improve spares availability.
This is a quality travel system but it is not cheap.
There are other systems on the market which offer more features (mostly at significantly more cost).
I've had this buggy since the birth of my son 3 1/2 years ago and it has been fantastic. Maneuverable, stylish and good quality. I spent a long time researching what buggy I wanted and with the help of the shop assistant we narrowed it down to what I actually needed from a buggy.
I was planning on lots of walking so wanted something easy to push on a variety of surfaces. I also wanted a lay flat car seat and Jane's Matrix was the only one on the market and I don't think there is a true comparison product out there yet.
Packaging / contents/ availability
I bought my powertrack from an independent store, but they could also be bought at John Lewis or Mothercare. The powertrack is no longer available but the Slalom pro looks very similar. The actual powertrack design was bought by a company called Nurse and they sell it under their brand now. Its cheaper and without the disc break but still the same buggy. They can be found at some independent stores and I've also found them on E-bay. Its called the Nurse Dakar.
When I bought mine it cost around £500 which included the pushchair part, the lay flat matrix car seat, the rain covers for both the pushchair and the car seat, and a pram bag. I was advised not to get the matching foot muff as they were very rigid like cardboard and not very warm. I believe that Nurse are selling all that I bought for around £399 so that's quite a saving.
With the matrix car seat I was able to transfer my children from buggy to car without waking them but also managing to keep them in the vital lay flat position so that their spines were supported 24/7. The Matrix takes up 2 seats in the back of the car and clips in with clips that stay attached to the car seat belts. I was still able to use this set up with my second child using 2 seats for the Matrix and one for our 3 year old's seat. We purchased an extra set of clips to have a set in each car. The baby is attached into the car seat by a single large strap when they are in the lay flat position.
Once they were older I used the car seat in the upright position both in the car and on the buggy chassis. At this stage it uses only one seat in the car and the car seat will fit a child up to about 13kg which is more than the average infant carrier. I would suspect that if you had a heavier child in you would not want to take the seat in and out though as it would be very heavy. The child in strapped in with a 3 point harness at this stage.
Once older still I moved to the standard buggy and bought a group 1 car seat (Maxi Cosi Priory XP). You can also get a rebel car seat which fits on the chassis. This is the same as a standard car seat. Cheaper but obviously not lay flat.
The handling of the buggy is excellent allowing fixed or swivel front wheel depending on preference. This is changed easily at the touch of a button. The back wheels are quick release for ease of storage - especially useful in the back of smaller cars or when having to pack lots into the car. The buggy has pneumatic tyres which I thought I might get lots of punctures in but I've only ever had one - I went over a drawing pin! It has a pump supplied which attaches with clips onto the frame.
It is easy to collapse although it does need 2 hands and although the Matrix was tricky to release from the chassis at first once I'd learnt the knack it was easy. The seat on the pushchair has a multi recline which means you can chose the exact incline for your child. It goes quite flat, at least as flat as other pushchairs on the market that are marketed as "suitable for newborns". Even at its most upright it is still fairly reclined. My son just lay back and enjoyed, but my daughter sits herself up and holds onto the buggy bar at the front.
The shopping basket underneath isn't that large but I've never found need for any more space. The disc break is operated by a hand break on the handlebar which is really useful for going down steep hills. The handle bar is adjustable at the click of a button allowing it to be used by people of different heights.
The main break is strong and reliable, even managing to hold the buggy on a hill in the mud when I fell over! I certainly have always felt confident in it.
I used a buggy board (Lascal) on the chassis when I had the Matrix and it worked really well if I adjusted the handle bar height so it wasn't in my sons way. However when I moved over to a pushchair part the hood of the pushchair made it impossible to use the buggy board. I was lucky that at the time my son was beginning to walk more but it could be a problem if you had two children close together. Although if you had them any closer together than mine (just 2 years) then you'd probably want the powertwin anyway!
Suitable for: newborn until age four or 20kg.
Dimensions: (folded) length 85cm x width 56cm x height 63cm
Handle height: (Adjustable) 96cm - 107cm
* Manoeuvrable and very easy to push
* Matrix car seat is both a carry cot and a lay flat car seat
* Stylish, range of colours and matching accessories
* Lightweight aluminium frame
* Not the cheapest on the market
* Buggy board only really fits with the Matrix and not as a pushchair.
Price / Value for money
Although this wasn't the cheapest product on the Market it is unique because of the lay flat car seat. Its been a dream to use and has lasted really well, especially considering I haven't treated it with "kid gloves". I certainly got a bargain as I haven't had to purchase multiple pushchairs like many people do.
I love this and will be sad when my daughter outgrows it. I know several of my friends have their eyes on it as they have seen how much use its had and how good it is. Its certainly unique in its build quality and I have no reservations about recommending it to others.
After a lot of researching on the hundred's of different pushchairs/prams I decided on the Jane powertrack 360 with matrix carseat.
Things I love about it:
1. The baby can lie flat at all times thus protecting their spine.
2. The car seat can be moved into an upright position (3 different positions)when the child is older. (you can also move the carseat into an upright position when on the pram chassis - ideal if you have a nosey baby who likes looking about.)
3. The seat of the pushchair is well padded and has a lot of room and lies flat.
4. The 360 spin wheel makes steering really easy.
5. the wheel can be fixed or able to turn depending on the terrain.
6. The handle is ajustable according to your height.
7. Excellent brake facilities.
8. Looks really stylish and comfortable for your baby.
9. Really light weight compared to other travel systems.
A few things that could be improved are:
1. If you have a small boot you need to take the front wheel off.
2. The quick release wheel is a bit tricky to put on the pushchair.
3. The car seat is a bit heavier than other more conventional car seats.
4. Not a very big shopping basket!!!
I absolutely love my jane pushchair and carseat (and so does my partner as it has a very cool brake system), my baby slept in the carseat for the first 6 weeks as the crib was a bit too big for her.
My family live quite far away so during my baby's first few months I did lots of travelling and staying at family members houses - the car seat was ideal as a travel cot and my baby felt secure sleeping no matter where she was.
The hood is fab as it is quite big and so shades the baby when the sun is out and keeps the cold out when it is chilly.
I worried about fitting the car seat into our car as we have a fiat coupe - however after a few practice runs before the baby was born it was a piece of cake when we brought her home from hospital.
As our car has a small boot we have to take off the front wheel to fit the chassis in- this was a bit tricky at first however after a few attempts, we now have this down to a fine art and can fit carseat, baby and pram chasssi, baby bag and a months worth of shopping in our sports car!!
The fabric is lovely and thick and wears really well. It is easy to remove which makes washing it really easy.
The overall look of the pushchair is stylish and practical and I have had nothing but good comments and remarks about how fab it is to look at and use. In fact when we were leaving the hospital to come home with our daughter all the midwives came to look at the carseat and not the baby!!!
It is a bit pricey compared to some other travel sytems butI hunted around on the internet and got it £100 cheaper than buying it from a shop - it still came with manufacturer guarrantee. I eventually bought it from www.babyboom2000.co.uk for £400.00. For that price I got the matrix carseat, pushchair and matrix rain cover - it was delivered the next day. Another website which sells the same package at the same price is www.twoleftfeet.co.uk. John Lewis sells it for £499.00 so a great saving!! I consider it a fabulous investment for my baby and its design should last the test of time and be used for any other children I may have.
What a great product. I've had it now for nearly 9 months and am still in love with it. It is great to look at and equally great to "drive". As I live in London, I was able to try it out practically everywhere - smooth and rough terrain. It is easy to push, easy to manoevre and very safe.
Very light for 3 wheeler - only 8kg.
Very spacious - my friend's 3.5 years old daughter was quite comfortable.
Suitable for new born, but I used the matrix car seat on the chassis when my daugher was under 6 months old.
Surprisingly not much bigger (when front wheel locked) than other pushchairs on the bus (e.g Graco).
Raincover for both matrix and pushchair - both very easy and quick to fit. The pushchair's one has handy access to the child without removing the raincover.
Ajdustable handle my husband is very tall but my m-in-law quite short - both are very comfortable.
Matrix can lie flat for younger baby and sit up for older one or when you have more people in the car. We use it in Spain for 12h drive and our daughter (at the time 3 months old) did not have to be removede and slept through. In other infant car seats it is recommended not to leave the baby for longer than 1.5-2.5 hours (spine and air flow restrictions to baby).
PERFECT when coming back from the shopping trip (by car or walking with matrix attached to chassey) you don't have to wake up sleeping baby, just detached the matrix and use it as mosses basket. Can also be set up and when handle is moved behind the seat (so that it does not tip as many people mention, doh) it is very safe even to sit in (as bouncer chair) when visiting friends. The handle can be up to carry, light down - mosses basket or completely reversed back to secure safe position while sitting.
Easy to clean - handwash.
May not fit your car's boot, check before you purchase.
Matrix requires long seat belt, but will fit majority of cars.
Shopping basket could be larger, but I think Jane has already addressed this in the newer model (end of 2004). They are very quick to improve.
I would greatly recommend this pushchair and so would my friends who now regret that they had not invested in it. Quite expensive but will last
The Jane 360 Matrix travel system is by far the best on the market. Others who have reviewed this travel system have boasted of it's superior build quality, it's design. I have to totally agree.
We purchased our system over a year ago, and then it was the best. It's interesting to see how it still is the best 3 wheeler available today. We chose the Titanium colour... though it looks more beige than grey... but it still looks great.
I have found the main people who are not favourable towards Jane, are those who put a budget on the safety of their childs safety. I know that not everyone has the finances to be able to go out and purchase one, but I know many shops offer payment in installments.
How do I know that the matrix is safe?
At the beginning of the year.. 9th January to be precise. Myself, my husband and our 3 month old daughter were in a car accident. Where a speeding car hit us from behind, smashing into our estate car. I suffered from injuries to my neck, back and whiplash and my husband also suffered from whiplash. My daughter however was blissfully unaware that anything had happened... she didn't even stir. I am 100% certain that she was uninjured due to that fact that she was lieing down in the matrix - and not in an upright carseat.
Another advantage is that when travelling on long distances, you don't have to worry about taking lots of breaks to make sure baby is comfortable. I've seen so many babies slouched over - it really isn't good for them!
Both myself and my husbands parents live 2 hours away from us, and we visit both at least once a month. The Matix became invaluable.... My daughter was so comfortable, and didn't stir throughout the journey. We also purchased an extra set of clips, so that we could use the Matrix in both our cars.
It was sad day when my daughter was to big to go in the Matrix, having to use a forward facing carseat. But the day did come, and we have stored it ready for our next child to use it.
Jane is such a good make that we have also purchased the Jane stroller... We still use the 3 wheeler. We were also impressed when we saw the new system for a baby and toddler on the same 3 wheeler... very nice ;)
We recommend it to all our friends. Go on have a look at it, you really will see what I mean.
We've had the Powertrack 360 with the Matrix car seat for over 3 months and have used it well in that period so I now feel practised enough to write a few words on the product. The Powertrack is a fine looking, urbane and sophisticated travel system. It has a reassuring weighty quality - more BMW than Vauxhall ! the Powertrack itself can be used with the fabulous Matrix carseat or the lighter rigid car seat (Rebel). In seconds the Powertrack collapses to fit into a car book or relatively quickly turns into a pushchair. None of this really sets it apart from the competition - although I did feel that the Jane products were of superior quality than some of the other brands. What sets the Powertrack apart is that Matrix car seat. Whatever other reservations I may have about the Powertrack the car seat is wonderful. At the time of writing it remains the only 'lie flat' seat on the market. There is some evidence to suggest that sitting upright isn't good for new-borns (despite the fact that they have been doing just that for a generation or two). Whether this advise is genuine or just marketing puff it is incredibly reassuring to see a new-born in a very natural position when you are driving. Our little one immediately falls asleep in the matrix seat to our great relief. There is Velcro strap that holds the baby in place. In time the seat can cantilever to an upright position with more traditional harnesses to hold the child in place. The car seat (in any position) clips quickly into the Powertrack and is relatively easy to secure into a car (VW Golf). However in the lie flat position it occupies two back seats. In a two door car this can be a bit complex as the Matrix requires you to loop the seat belts into a thin track in a holding bracket -this can be fiddle in confined spaces and in the dark. The whole system is a headturner - especially when using the hood on the Matrix - and look s very urbane (and as someone else m
entioned 'sexy'!) My reservations about the system are : the seat is incredibly heavy - I haven't had experience with other seats - but the sheer weight and bulk of the matrix make it cumbersome and weighty. It wont for example easily fit onto a standard Supermarket shopping trolley - this is a serious drawback. The Powertrack is also wider and longer than other pushchairs - only marginally but this can be cumbersome -especially in tight areas. The major issue is the sheer size of the folded Powertrack - it just about fits into the boot of a VW Golf . This means space for little else - and with the lie flat Matrix occupying most of the back seats - you really cant get anything else in . . . but since you cant put the Matrix on a shopping trolley anyway -what's the point !! My recommendations would be to think hard about the supposed panacea of a travel system - there really is nothing that can take your child from new-born to pre-school. We are likely to switch to the light car seat (Rebel) when our little one is sitting up more so that it makes shopping easier and also we would have preferred the (dowdier) Jane Carrera Pushchair which folds 'umbrella' style in retrospect.
I bought the Jane Matrix travel system after reading that it was unhealthy for babies to spend a lot of time in an upright car seat. The Matrix car seat seemed like the ideal solution. The first problem I noticed was that it was very difficult to attach the seat belt clips to the seat to use it in the lie flat position. It meant a lot of messing around, by which time the baby had woken up, started crying and I got very stressed! Aswell as this it never felt very secure in this position. When using the seat in the upright 'motor' position, the back of the seat was so upright my baby's head lolled forward, to improve this I used it more reclined than advised but her head still lolled when she was asleep. Chair is designed for use up to 13kg (most rear facing seats only go up to 9kg) which I thought was much safer, but the back of the seat was so tall to account for this that a) it toppled over when stood on the floor (in all reclining positions except flat) and b) required a very long seatbelt to reach around the back therefore limiting the number of cars it would fit in (I have an Audi A4 and it won't fit in the back of it!). It is designed to fit onto the Powertrack chassis but it was incredibly difficult to attach and remove it from the chassis. This didn't becaome any easier with use. Now the Powertrack pushchair. It is a lovely smooth ride and copes well with all terrains but when I tried to inflate the tyres I found the pump supplied wouldn't fit because the wheel spokes were in the way. Also the seat position doesn't go upright enough (particularly for toddlers) and the harness doesn't hold my baby in the right position which means she slumps in the seat which can't be healthy and doesn't look very comfortable either. After two months the stitching on the car seat cover came apart, the sharp ends of the rods in the hood started poking though the material and the
buttons to adjust the height of the handlebars broke. After spending nealy £400 on this system I expected a high quality item but this was not what I got. The idea of the lie flat car seat is great but it just wasn't very well designed.
Jane? (Pronounced Hannay)Matrix fully reclining carseat with Powertrack ATP frame An innovative carseat/carrycot/three wheeler travel system designed for ultimate comfort. Boasting the only fully reclinable carseat on the market with all of the comfort and you would expect from a carseat retailing for around #150, and all the elegance and safety features you would require from the matching three wheeler. Combined this little lot costs around 350 which includes some accessories. Deciding on which pram to buy for your little bundle is never an easy choice, especially when your requirements are very specific. Why were my requirements so specific I hear you ask????? My daughter, now 4 months old was born 3 months early and does not like to be sat up for long periods of time in a standard infant carrier/carseat.We wanted something that would allow her to remain flat while she was out and about . The car is a Toyota Townace with lap belts fitted throughout the rear. Difficulty being is that all other infant car seats can only be secured in a lap and diagonal belt. New research has shown that it is beneficial for babies to travel lying flat and aids their digestive and respiratory systems instead of hunching them up and hindering them. Please check out this link to confirm my claim http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/1526517.stm Eden has had breathing problems from birth so I certainly did not want to contribute to her ill health. A three wheeler was an essential factor too, some of you may know that in a previous life I was an Organic farmer, so rugged terrain is our domain. I am not the tallest person on the planet therefore adjustable height had to have a bearing. Anyone would have thought that this would be an easy task really. We knew what we wanted yet couldn?t find one for looking. As Eden?s discharge date was looming nearer we still didn?t have the perfect pram in sigh
t. Stumbling around the internet at some ungodly hour of the night I came across a UK site called Two Left Feet, boasting a great range of three wheeler travel systems. Lo and behold the perfect solution a carseat that turns into a carrycot at the pull of a lever, and can travel safely whilst conforming to all safety regulations here in the UK, both reclined and in the seating position. In the carrycot position it can be used up to approximately 10 months or the appropriate weight, and in the seated position is safe until around 18 months. The seat attaches to a super light aluminium oval famed thee wheeler, with state of the art engineering. Deciding that this was definitely the pram for us we ordered one online. Delivery was swift and the pram arrived on time in excellent order. Assembly was easy and minimal.( unfortunately the clips to connect the seat to the pushchair had been forgotten, although they were sent the next day) Matrix fully reclining carseat Manufactured in substantial moulded plastic this carseat is larger than any other carseat you will ever see. Reclinable from a gentle seated position through to lying completely flat it is adaptable and suitable from birth. The Matrix is supplied with a luxuriously padded cover, which is removable for washing(a bit of a tight fit though) The harness in the seated position is three points, adjustable with a single pull strap and several seat siting holes for growing children. It is easy to fasten and has no get hot in the sun parts. It closes with a reassuring clunk. When using the seat as a carbed or carrycot the occupant is restrained by a wide secure cotton strap with Velcro fastening.(I know it doesn?t sound too secure, but believe me this seat was rated the second best in a field of fifty two in Which magazines latest tests tests. I am quite satisfied that it is adequate. Securing the ca
rbed is learning experience in itself. Once mastered is easy and very convenient and safe. The carbed c an be secured in the rear of a car using any combination of lap or lap and diagonal belts. It lays over two seats and is secured at each end by anchor points, a little tricky to begin with but again with a little practice becomes second nature. May I recommend several tryouts before you collect your baby from hospital. ******IMPORTANT NOTE HERE*********** Do NOT use any carseat in the front of a car fitted with an airbag. It is highly dangerous and will likely result in serious injury or death(Unless you have a deactivator chip inside your seat which this does NOT) The seated position is easy to install, like other carries/carseats utilizes the lap and diagonal belt in the front I personally find it easier to install by slightly reclining my own cars seat and tilting the babies seat forward(Why do they make those darn front seat belts so little LOL)and feeding the seatbelt around the clearly marked routings. Supplied with the seat is a full length cotton mattress that is comfy for heavy sleepers, which has guide holes for the waist belts to allow comfortable transportation. The seat itself is wide enough to accommodate most movement monitor sensor pads with no problem. The whole seat cover, hood, apron, mattress and pads etc are all fully machine washable for easy cleaning. The carseat itself is quite heavy, (3.3kilos) and is kitted out with an integral hood which attaches to the handle of the seat. The hood is adjustable with a little fiddling on both sides. Accessories included are head hugger, chest and shoulder pads, mattress for the base and a lovely snug fabric apron which fits when the seat in any position. Available in a variety of colourschemes. Fitting the seat to the chassis takes less than a couple of seconds again with clearly marked fittings and can be released
from the chassis equally as quickly simply by holding two catches and lifting the Matrix off. Downsides < br>Apart from the instructions for fitting the seat being a little vague and the overall weight I have yet to find one. The Powertrack ATP An extremely lightweight (about 7.5 kg,) three wheeler designed for safety, comfort, style and practicality. With oversize (33X21mm )aluminium oval tubing this has got to be one of the lightest strongest All Terrain Pushchairs available. The seat is generously wide and fully adjustable to suit babies from birth. It is machine washable on the coolest setting and really does look comfy. Fitted with a 5 point fully adjustable harness and padded removable bumper bar, the whole seat unit easily unpops from the frame to accommodate the Matrix or the Rebel carseat simply by fixing the special clasps to the frame(These can clips remain in place when the pushchair is folded) With comfortable armrests the seat will easily accommodate a growing child. The pushchair folds easily and can be put up and down quickly, however it cannot be done one handeldly.The safety catches are efficient and the pushchair can be neither folded nor unfolded without utilisng them. The stiffness of the mechanism I put down to being so new. Instead of the huge bulk of earlier 3 wheelers the Powertrack folds telescopically and locks closed allowing the pram to stand on its own when folded. All of the wheels remove easily either by small clasps on the frame for the back ones or a sprung butterfly nut for the front. A word of warning though, inside the back wheel frame is a black disc which is supposed to stay on the wheels when removed from the frame, ensure that these are clipped firmly into place as they can be easily lost especially when hurrying a small child/ren into your car. With the wheels in place it will fit into a standard saloon car boot. We manag
ed to fit a luggage for 3 and the frame into the boot of a Mitsubishi Gallant. The handle which is nicely foam padded adjust s into 4 positions can be folded in tightly again reducing the bulk. Adjusting from 96cm through to 107 cm it suits my short stature well. Even the footplate can be folded against the frame, hugely reducing the amount of space needed for transportation. Boasting two different settings for the suspension the pneumatic quick release wheels fitted with ball bearings allow the pram to glide effortlessly over any terrain ensuring the most comfortable ride possible for the occupant. A small pump is supplied which is stowed on the back axle. The brakes are definite and sure, and equipped with an adjustable handbrake on he handlebar this buggy not only goes everywhere, it can stop on a sixpence. A generous shopping basket, complete with easy access and a waterproof hood(but no apron) tops this shining example of Spanish design and engineering. This pushchair is an absolute dream to push over all terrains, I recently took it to Sweden and was extremely happy with the performance in the snow(and boy is was deep and cold) So that is all the goodbits, what about the bad bits, well to be honest there aren?t many at all. The handle operation is a little stiff to begin with(a little WD40 does the trick) They do not make a rain cover which covers the whole pram. There is no runaway strap.(Fitted to many other prams) Due to the shape of the frame tubing it is difficult to fit a buggy board (Though not impossible). The apron is not supplied with the pushchair. Overall the benefits of this system outweigh the bad points, and in my opinion is well worth the asking price of around 350 pounds complete.
The Powertrack from Jané is quite simply the best looking travel system on the market today. For around £375, you get a fantastic 3 wheel pushchair that is suitable from birth, with a hood, shopping basket and pump. This pushchair uses a brand new type of tubing for the chassis, and the whole chassis is built on the "oval frame" concept. Basically this means that it looks compact, sturdy and stylish, whilst still retaining the performance of a true all terrain pushchair, with adjustable suspension and bearing wheels. Many of the all terrain pushchairs available have a certain "utility" look to them which many people find off putting, and equally many of the more stylish looking 3 wheelers are not suited to much off road use, and are more at home in the local shopping centre. The Powertrack is packed with great features, for example, instead of having a couple of seat positions that are held in place with zips, this 3 wheeler has a very nifty way of reclining. A strap at the rear of the pushchair can be pulled down, bringing the seat down to any position between fully upright and completely flat. When it's time to sit up, hey presto, the other end of the strap just pulls the seat back up again. But, not only do you get this great pushchair, you also get the Jané Matrix car seat. This car seat is unique in that it can be used in the car both in an upright position and completely flat. I have written a separate op on this amazing seat, so it would be wrong to give all the details here, but in summary, you can take the Matrix from the car and attach it simply to the Powertrack chassis, in any position from flat for your delicate newborn, up through 4 seat positions to upright for your older baby to watch the world go by. One of the things I like most about this system is that the car seat can be attached to the chassis without the pushchair seat unit being in place. Not only does this look tidier, (so
many systems just look like a car seat plonked on top of a pushchair!) but it also means that you can keep your pushchair seat unit lovely and clean and new for a few months time. The chassis is freestanding when folded, and being 100 % aluminum is incredibly light. This system is available in 2 colours, Antracita Vega which is a black and grey, and Spinnacker beige, which is a cream and beige. This system really is stylish and although still a new name in the UK, Jané bring over 40 years of experience in making quality prams and pushchairs to this product.