“ Brand: Jane / Type: Pushchairs „
When we were expecting our first baby we wanted a decent travel system that would hopefully last a good few years. We were kindly given everything baby related we could possibly need from my sister second-hand, so the travel system was our only splurge. We were give a small fortune in mothercare vouchers from various friends/family and so went for the Jane Solo Reverse Matrix Travel System.
We paid £369 in a 1/3 off sale (eye-watering!).
Summary of main features
- Four wheel base with suspension
- Foot operated brake
- Carry basket underneath
- Adjustable handle
- Adjustable moses basket pram top which doubles as a car seat
- Rain/windproof hood
- Separate push chair attachment
The base is a good solid base and the suspension has coped with some fairly muddy/bumpy woodland walks etc. The overall build quality is very good.
The built in basket is fairly large and easily accommodates a change bag etc. It is slightly annoying that it opens to the rear of the pram, so you have to walk around to get anything in/out but it is still a generous size compared to other prams we've seen/tried so we were prepared to overlook this.
The handle is very adjustable, by pressing the buttons in on either side it can be swung low or raised quite high. I'm 5'1"" and my husband is 6' and we both find it comfortable.
The pram top itself is shaped like a moses basket and is sturdy yet comfortable. It can either lie flat as shown in the picture or there is a choice of 4 positions which bring it up to a sitting position so baby can watch the world go by. There is a safety harness and washable padded inlay.
It has a rain hood that can either lie flat, be up at 90 degrees as in the picture, or even brought lower forward when baby is sleeping. The hood has easily kept the wind/rain out even in quite heavy downpours (we weren't sure whether not having a separate raincover would be a problem but it hasn't been).
The biggest attraction for us was that the moses basket top doubles up as a multi-position car seat. This has been so useful as we can seamlessly transfer baby from car to pram and back to car.
The car seat has two positions. The first is in the upright rear-facing position, so it looks like a standard rear-facing car seat. We did use this a lot when our daughter was small as it was our only car seat, but it is not the best car seat really when used in this position. It is a little fiddly to fit using the seat-belt, and when newborn she just didn't look too comfy as her head was not that well supported. Once she was a bit bigger it was much better.
However, and this is one of the main things that attracted us to this travel system, the pram top can also be used as a lie-flat car seat when in the moses basket position. So it lies across two seats in the back of the car. We did several long journeys when she was tiny and loved the lie-flat function. Newborns aren't meant to be in car seats for too long but in the lie-flat position this wasn't a problem as she was so comfortable she'd snooze away with the motion of the car for hours. Also it was so easy to fit using seat belts when in this position.
The pushchair attachment (once the moses basket has been outgrown) is very sturdy and padded. But to be honest we didn't use this too much with our first daughter as once she was big enough to walk a lot we switched to a cheaper stroller type pushchair.
Both the pram and pushchair attachments lift off and clip on relatively easily. The base has a telescopic folding motion so it is fairly compact (it could fit in the boot of my Ford Ka).
My only three criticisms would be:
- As I've said above, the lie-flat car seat is fantastic, though as I've said above the rear-facing car seat position is not the best so I would not recommend this travel system if you are looking for a quality car seat, it's better used as a back-up option for when baby is asleep and you don't want to wake them.
- It doesn't come with a sun parasol which I would expect to be included. We bought a generic one separately for £10 but for the price we paid I'd expect this to be included.
- The left back wheel is currently making an irritating clicking noise as you push the pram along but my husband thinks tightening something will fix this so it's a minor issue. This has only started recently.
Overall though we've been really happy with this purchase and I love love love the red colour!! I've done an awful lot of walking with it. We've recently had our second baby and bought the matching buggy board so I can easily go for a walk with both daughters in tow.
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