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This double pram is worth every penny of its admittedly high price tag. I used it with a new-born and a two year old for about two years (so it fit every stage from new-born to an average sized four year old).
Things I liked:
- fantastically easy to push, and feels very light and smooth even when fully loaded with children and shopping
- bumps up and down kerbs easily and without too much jarring for the occupants!
- easy to fold up and down and compact enough to fit in an average car boot
- Excellent raincover which was easy to put on and take off (and stayed in place!)
- the handbrake is very useful, especially when heading downhill
- being one-in-front rather than side-by-side means it doesn't feel too big and bulky. Admittedly the one in the back has a more restricted view, but I put my newborn in the back (where he normally slept) and then once he began to sit up and look around, my older one went in the back and she was big enough to see over the top anyway. So no vision problems for either!
- very robust (apart from the tyres, see below) and even after two years heavy use it was still in good enough condition for re-sale
Things I disliked:
- Shopping basket is rather small
- The pneumatic tyres punctured very easily and are a tricky size to find replacement inner tubes
Overall this is a lovely, easy to use pram, a good weight and size for even a little mum like me to push around. Highly recommended!
I have had my powertwin for nearly 3 years now and it has truly been a fantastic piece of equipment. When I first used it my children were one month and 17 months old. The rear seat reclines completely for newborns, the front seat does recline, but not completely flat - if you want to put a newborn in the front seat you need to attach the compatible rebel car seat. The weight balance is amazing, so there is no trouble going up and down kerbs even with a 2 stone toddler in the front. The steering is great, you can easily push with one hand if necessary. Mine has been used almost daily since I've had it and I've had no problems at all with it, it's a really sturdy piece of kit. The only very minor drawbacks are that it is quite heavy to lift into the boot of a car - although I was still managing it at 8 months pregnant with baby number 3! Also, there is a lock on the front wheel to stop it swivelling and toddlers can manage to kick this on quite easily once their legs are long enough which can be annoying. I'm now using my powertwin with my 2nd and 3rd child and planning to attach a surf board so my eldest can also ride along. All in all it has been well worth the money and I'd recomment it to anyone who needed a double pram.
I loved this pram to look at it looked strong, very sturdy apart from i wasn't keen on the fact it has three wheels because in my experience they tend to tip when going up kerbs etc that is the only thing that put me off this pram.
I came in a variety of colours and you could get accessories for the pram as well which is always a bonus for me as i like everything to match.
It had quite a roomy shopping basket and the seats looked very comfy it also had a brake on the handle which is fabulous because when you have the weight of two children in the pram and a hill to go down this makes it a lot safer!
I saw this in mothercare and it was priced at 449.00, that was just for the pram and rain cover you can also get the car seat which unfortunatly wasn't in mothercare so i had to order that online i actually got it on ebay for about 40.00.
I think you can get the travel systems cheaper on other websites such as bambino direct.
First ride out ----
I got the pram home and got it all assembled and ready to go, and i loved it, i could easily get it through my doors and into shops even on public transport with ease.
The steering was fantastic so easy to push and just seemed to glide along without much effort i had plenty of space for my shopping aswell.
The brake comes in very very useful when out and about. My children seemed so comfortable in this pram even without the car seat my newborn could lay in the back seat which reclines fully.
I never even had a problem with the fact it had three wheels as i said above i was worried that it would tip when going down kerbs and things but i never had a problem with it at all!
My Verdict ---
I would recomend this pram to anyone who needed a double, its sturdy and such a pleasure to push.
The only downside is when folded it is very heavy and awkward but that is the only downside i found.
Its an amazing pram for the price!
When I discovered that I was expecting twins, I began the seemingly impossible task of finding the perfect double buggy. The first big decision to make seemed to be side by side or tandem (one sat behind the other). Both have their pros and cons- side by side pushchairs are great in that both babies can see where they are going but they can be hard to push and a bit of a nightmare to get around shops and though doorways etc. Tandem pushchairs by comparison are no wider than a single pushchair but comparatively long, so not without their own difficulties. Tandems have the obvious dissadvantage that the child in the back seat has a resticted view. As a non-driver at the time, who walked everyhwere I knew that our buggy had to be sturdy and easy to push. I had read good things about three-wheeled pushchairs in terms of their manouverability, and so I stumbled on the Jane Powertwin.
The Jane Powertwin is a three wheeled all-terrain tandem buggy which has the option to be used as a travel system with the addition of either 1 or 2 Jane Rebel car seats (which are sold separately). The back seat reclines fully and is suitable from birth, however the front seat has only a small recline so is suitable from 3 months. The use of two car seats however makes it suitable for use for newborn twins, as we did. Although I did not drive at the time, the car seats were actually very useful additions to the pushchair. Often clinics and baby groups won't allow pushchairs to be taken inside, and with two babies to carry, having them each in a seat with a handle is very useful!
The pushchair has pneumatic tyres, and comes complete with a pump which attaches to the shopping basket. It has a disc brake on the front wheel, which I have found very useful at times- a pushchair with twins can be heavy so coming down hills a brake is great for staying under control! There is also a brake on the back wheels for when the pushchair is stationary. This pushchair is relatively heavy (14.8kg) however I have always found it to be really easy to push. The front wheel swivels (altough you can fix it if needs be) making the pushchair very manouverable, and until the boys got very heavy it was easy to push one-handed around a supermarket leaving you a hand free for a shopping basket!
The seats in this pushchair are a good size (I still use mine now, and my sons are three) each has a five point harness, and each has a hood with a viewing window in the back to keep an eye on the occupant. The pushchair comes with a raincover which is relatively easy to fit, and works over both the seats or the carseats. The pushchair has a shopping basket underneath, although sadly for a big pushchair, this is relatively small.
For a tandem pushchair, the Powertwin is relatively compact at 124 x 61 x 103cm. It folds down easily, and again into a relatively compact shape measuring 87 x 62 x 54cm. If the folded size is still too big for your car boot the rear wheels are quick release so can easily be removed making it more compact.
My sons are now three, and although quite capable of walking, we still
need to use a pushchair occasionally and the Powertwin is still going
strong. It has stood up really well to three years of heavy use and apart from the odd scratch and scape, it still looks great. With two three-year olds on board it is now not such a breeze to push (although it is still relatively easy compared to our other buggies), but it has done great service. We have had a couple of things break on us- a bolt on the front wheel and one of the clips form a harness, but in both cases we have been able to obtain a replacement easily by post (in the case of the bolt with no charge), so there is excellent after sales service.
This pushchair is not perfect, but I still don't believe that the perfect double pushchair exists, you always have to compromise something. We found that once our boys were old enough to sit up and take an interest in their surroundings we bought a cheaper side by side pushchair to use on trips to the park, and for days out where they both needed a good view. The powertwin has always been my first choice pushchair for ease of use though.
The Powertwin is not a cheap pushchair, they are currently for sale for £450 from Mothercare, although they seem to have quite a good resale value when you have finished with them. If you are looking for a tandem pushchair which is easy to manouvre and robust, I would thoroughly recommend the Jane Powertwin.