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Jane Powertwin Pro
Member Name: simbanewt
Jane Powertwin Pro
Advantages: Compact, easy to push, sturdy
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.
Summary: Thoroughly recommended
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