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      28.11.2002 16:58
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      Another one of the many pushchairs I have owned for my 3 boys, but the only one that's outlasted them all! I bought mine from Marks and Spencers and it came with some extra bits, like the raincover, sunshade and shopping net. The extras are great, but you have to put up with the M&S logo on it, which makes it look a bit twee. Lets start with the good points. It's very hard wearing. Three years on and not a problem, although I am just noticing one one the wheels looks slightly askew, but it doesn't afect the pushability or anything. It folds up in a tick with babe on the hip and if you give it a firm tap with your foot while it's on the floor, it locks together. Much easier if you have two hands to use, but what Mum ever does? It's quite light, but not so much so that you feel it will blow away. The padded seat looks comfortable and keeps out the wind/rain. It is easy to wipe down with soapy water - I have never tried taking the cover off, I have never needed to, it seams quite stain proof (which is saying something with my lot). The other big plus for me is that you can close the buggy with the rain hood on - hooray! It gets a bit crumpled, but it saves and awful lot of faffing about. However, put a footmuff thing in and you can't close it. I've always opted for a snow suit that goes on the child rather than a footmuff for the pushchair - that way you don't have a problem with muddy boots. It has a few bad points. The lay back position is hardly any different from the upright. I can only count a few times when I've bothered putting it back. The first time I tried, the rubber on the lie-back catch (which is very hard to shift with its hook type arrangement) split open and the exposed hook scratched the frame of the buggy. I think because of this, it's only really suitable from 6 months. I use this as a keep in the boot puschair for quick runs to school and round the shops. If this wa
      s to be your only transport for baby, I think the lack of a good lie back position would make it a bad choice. I never use the shopping net as it's too tempting to stuff rubbish in there and you can't close the buggy when there's anything in it. Apart from that, it's very flimsy and if you have to pay for it, I would advise not to buy. I haven't found the brake a problem, but I must admit I don't use the brake very often. On the whole, it's extremely good value and a good workhorse. You don't get perfection, but I think that's why the price is so reasonable. Beware! If you buy the basic buggy and then purchase add-ons like super-duper storm covers, footmuffs, shopping bets, changing bags etc., the price is suddenly not that great and it may be worth upgrading to a more expensive Maclaren.

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        16.11.2002 02:16
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        We bought the Maclaren Daytripper Complete purely based on the fact that it claimed to be suitable from 3 months and we were going on holiday with a 3 month old and couldn't take the big pushchair. To be honest, it would not have been my first choice (I wanted the Maclaren Volo which is suitable from 6 months - see my other review) but we were desperate and the Daytripper was the best of the bunch. The Daytripper is made from lightweight aluminium but does have a lot of plastic on it too! The basic weight is about 4.8kg which is quite a lot compared to the Volo at 3.8kg but still lighter that some of its buddies. The Daytripper features a 5-point harness with clips which means you can change it to a 3 point harness for an older baby if you want. It has 4.5" 'long-wear' tyres, lockable, swivel wheels, and rather odd plastic/rubber foot rest. I never use the lockable wheels feature - I've never understood the point of them. The Daytripper complete comes with a detachable sunshade/waterproof hood, protective raincover and removable shopping basket. It is available in 4 colour combinations of light blue/navy, pink/navy, green/navy or red/navy. (We've got the blue one for our son). The Daytripper has a padded seat with 2 positions. One position is very upright and not really suitable for a baby who cant support his weight and the lie-back position isn't very low either but reasonably suitable for a sleeping baby. I find it is not very easy to adjust the positions without snagging your fingers. I hate the break mechanism on the buggy. Basically, it doesn't work. You work the break by pushing a small nob above the back wheel from one side to the other and this supposedly stops the rear wheels from moving (apparantly this is standard on all Maclaren models). Personally, I prefer the kind where you push down a long bar with your foot and trap the wheels like that on my Graco. With the Daytripper, I have to kick, hit and eve
        n use my hands to get the break on. When its on, the whole buggy just tips forward with the weight of the baby in it so I dont use the break. I thought it might get easier with time but I've had it over 6 months with no improvement. This is why I do not give it 5 stars. However, I suspect that the Volo would have a similar break system. Maclaren also claim that they have improved the quality of the tyres and that they are now longer wearing than ever before. There is definately no sign of wear and tear on our tyres yet. We like the handles on the Daytripper. Daddy likes to push the buggy and feels quite comfortable even though he is quite tall. The handles are made with a soft touch grip. The shopping basket is nice and roomy and you can fit a fair bit of shopping in it including 8 pints of milk! The hood is easy to use and the raincover is quite easy and quick to attach if you're caught in a shower. We keep the raincover in the basket but if you put too much stuff in the basket, it makes your baby 'rise up' in the buggy and look rather uncomfortable. I'm sure my son slips down the seat quite often but that could just be my baby! This buggy has a very short leg rest which I think would be very good for an older toddler. One of the Daytrippers biggest plus points is its versatility. It is very compact when folded and fits neatly even in a very small boot. We even managed to fit two of them into a Mitsubishi Colt. The buggy is self-locking but this is inhibited if you have fitted a footmuff by which you have to do some messing about to get it to lock. Normally, you would just fold the buggy with a flick of your foot and close it to lock. I've tried this with a baby in one hand and it is easy but wouldn't want to attempt it on a moving bus. Also, you cant have the break on when the buggy is folded so when you try to balance it against a wall, for example, the wheels spin and it always slips down. This buggy f
        eels secure and looks great. Its very good value for money as you dont need to purchase seperate accessories. Its very agile and ideal for a quick stroll, town shopping and for getting on and off buses and fits snugly in the boot along with all the other junk babies need. I should think it would be durable enough to last a few years and potentially another child but I would really like to get my hands on an even lighter model (the Volo). Update Two years on and the Daytripper has been given to Nanny to use as spare. I had quite a few problems with it after some months. The most irritating thing was that it pulls to one side. I guess perhaps the wheel or something has become buckled but it was driving me nuts. I haven't experience this with my new Maclaren Volo so it might just be that I had a dud buggy. It started to feel heavy and awkward to push plus I went off the print! (I'm fickle) so it got relegated as a spare. It's being used by my mum when she looks after her grandsons or childmind's other children. The buggy is still going strong and although the wheels are increasingly worn, it is showing very little wear and tear. I wouldn't purchase this buggy again (anyway I think its been replaced with a new model) but I have to admit that it's pretty durable.

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          05.04.2002 04:37
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          After 6 months of pushing around a heavy travel system pram, the daytripper comes as a welcome relif. We decided to buy a new pushchair as we started to plan our summer holiday. The old Graco was so big when folded, that it took up all of the boot space in my citroen ax(no room to pack all those essential shoes us women need,lol) We chose the daytripper mainly because of the weight, it just 4.5kg, so its easy to carry with one hand, if you need to get on a bus, train etc I have now been using it for one month and am very impressed with its other features, the folding mechanism is smooth and easy to use while holding baby. The stearing is so light, if you spot a bargain while out shopping you can u turn and be heading back towards it much faster then a mum with one of those three wheelers!! The day tripper comes with a shopping basket, hood and rain cover. The basket is understandably small, but is easy to access. The rain cover is much smaller than the standard type which cover the whole pram, it attaches to the end of the hood and clips on just below the foot rest, as a result its also easy to carry with you and fast to fit. On the down side the recline is difficult to use, and baby doesnt recline that much, so I dont bother with it. The break is also tricky, but I think its just a case of acquiring the nack. If you are thinking of day tripping anywere near sand or gravel, you wont get very far with this buggy, the maclaren is much more suited to smooth surfaces, so no desert safaris! Get one in time for the summer, take it on holiday, take it on the bus, take it everyere. But that look on my babies face, its not joy because were going out again, its misery cos he has to listen to me singing another rendition of daytripper! I do it everytime, poor thing!

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            20.08.2001 04:06
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            We bought a maclaren daytripper buggy 10 months ago for our 6 month old son. It was recommended to us by many people and as we wanted something lightweight and compact to fit in the car boot we chose this model, especially as it was then on special offer. I must admit that for lightweight, manouverability it has been fantastic but I must admit to being a little disappointed by the way in which the wheels have worn so quickly on the back of the pushchair. Within a few weeks of using it there was noticable wear and tear and as it is only used as an occasional buggy I was little surprised. I would also like to see a better method of laying back the seat. The clips on the side are impossible to undo especially with a heavy toddler in who is trying his best to fall asleep!! I have also noticed the plastic which covers the metal levers has simply disintergrated leaving metal to scrape on metal everytime the seat is moved. So do I like this pushchair I would have to say yes, it definitely has its drawbacks but having looked at other umbrella fold models with small wheels I don't believe it to be any worse. With the high handle height and incorporated rain cover this pushchair is versatile, ideal for public transport and adequate for the ever growing toddler. A little more thought on the basic lay back mechanism would be appreciated but I would probably pick a maclaren again.

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              11.10.2000 06:48
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              This the third pushchair/pram/stroller I have purchased since the birth of Thai. Each has their advantages and disadvantages but because I cannot drive I needed a small stroller for buses, my others were just too big and difficult to use single handed. I was looking at the cheaper versions but my husband and the shop assistant convinced me that with £20 off leaving it only £10 more expensive the Maclaren day tripper was the best buy. Features: 360 degree swivel front wheels Foot activated folding mechanism Small shopping basket Soft fabric seat with padded back Attachable rain cover Attachable hood Two seat positions 5 point harness Foot rest for older toddlers Foot activated brake More detailed information on the features: The CHASSEY is very sturdy giving the impression of strength and durability. The HANDLES are comfortably high so as not to cause need to slouch, I’m only 5ft 6in but I would say that even someone a good few inches taller than me will find it equally as comfortable. They have a soft plastic on the underside that has two benefits, firstly they are very comfortable and secondly even when wet or greasy you will not loose your grip. The WHEELS are very solid, there is nothing worse than a pushchair/stroller with wheels that always seem like they are about to buckle, no such problem here. As I said they rotate 360 degrees but can be locked if preferred. I always lock the front wheels on my other pushchair because I feel like I don’t have 100% control over where it goes but not with this one, it was extremely easy to steer. The HOOD was mostly easy to attach, it simply clipped on but you may have just a small amount of difficulty securing the back of it. It fixes in place when up by pushing down on two side hinges so unlike some others it won’t blow down in the wind! The RAIN COVER is extremely easy to attach, it has 4 holes that
              you simply pop over the ‘nodules’ on the hood and legs (by the foot rest). There is an extra bit of plastic that folds over the hood rim that helps to ensure it’s secure and fully rain proof and there are several air holes cut in the front to stop it steaming up and to allow fresh air in. It has a 5 point HARNESS that is very easy to use and all 5 bits can be adjusted in size. The stroller can be used from 3 months. The BASKET can hold up to 2kg and is deep enough to hold a changing bag or something equivalent, it is very easy to attach and detach via the 4 poppers. It is very easy to FOLD and can be done while holding a child in one arm. To fold you just push up the bottom lever with your foot then push down on the side lever again with your foot. Then simply push the whole thing forward while lifting the middle with your foot. When completely folded it will self lock and you can do this with both the rain cover and hood still attached which is simply brilliant. To open unclip the lock, let it unfold and push down on the foot lever. There are just a few things I don’t like the first being the SEAT POSITIONS, I found it very hard to change from one to the other with my daughter in the seat. You have to unclip the side clips and move them to the back, it was awkward and quite difficult to do. Also the seat has to be upright to fold so I can’t see the reclined position being used a great deal. Then there is the horrid COLOURING - blood red and navy blue-yuck! but that is my personal taste. Lastly the BRAKE, it’s easy to use and is activated with your foot but I’m not sure that I would trust it on a hill if you know what I mean. The whole thing is a reasonable weight, heavier than most other strollers are but very good for the features you get. I am very impressed on the whole and I think it was worth every penny of the original price but with £20 off I’m a very happy bunny
              . I would definitely recommend this stroller and I think that in this case you do get what you pay for.

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                23.08.2000 05:06
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                This is a great little buggy to take in the car for short trips around town. We bought one of these when our daughter was about 7 months, as we wanted something much less bulky than her existing off roader. This buggy is really lightweight, and folds up compactly. I fact we hang ours on the coathook! The front wheels are free to rotate, a la shopping trolley, which makes steering a doddle. The wheels can however be locked if preferred. There are 2 positions, upright and recline. The recline doesn't go down flat, but does let your baby lean back a bit to sleep. There is a 5 point harness on this stoller. I feel that this buggy is robust enouhg to be the main buggy for a baby who can sit up by themselves, if you only intend to use it in town. It is ideal for taking on public transport. You do need 2 hands to unfold it though, unless you are really dexterous. Altogether, a good choice for a 'round the shops' stroller. Don't try it on rough terrain though, it's not really suited to this.

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                31.07.2000 06:02
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                I cannot praise this buggy enough, I bought it as a replacement for a mothercare buggy. It was reduced at www.kiddicare.com to only £29.99. It's far superior to the mothercare one, it pushes easily, (thanks to swivel wheels!) and is very light, and easy to fold, even with one hand. The buggy itself is very well made, what you would expect from a good name like Maclaren. It also reclines, the recline mechanism is a bit fiddly but you soon get the hang of it. It's suitable from age 3 months, but if I were to use it with a tiny baby, I would prefer that it had a 'leg extension support'. ****UPDATE**** I just wanted to add, that we recently went on holiday, and took the buggy with us. I'm happy to say stood up to the rigours of being put in the hold of the plane. Thoroughly recommended as a great all round buggy **************

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                  10.07.2000 17:32
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                  We are going on holiday at the end of this month and needed something small enough to fit in our boot along with all the other trappings that go with an eight month old baby! We have a Graco Voyager travel system which is WONDERFUL but not too compact so we shopped around to find the 'Perfect Stroller' -there seems to be a vast choice out there varying from £20 upwards!! We settled on the McLaren Daytripper complete from the Glasgow Pram Centre - £58!!! £11 pounds cheaper than Babies R Us; £15 cheaper than Mothercare!! OUr little girl just loves it - it seems comfortable; the harness is easy to adjust; and she can see a lot more of what's going on about her! The rain cover and hood are added bonuses for our 'summer'. I miniscule shopping net is also included in the price - although if we put anything heavier than a newspaper in this it catches on the wheels! It is also very easy to fold/un-fold and weighs next to nothing - an absolute winner all round and I would recommend this to anybody with a baby over about 6/7 months.

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                  10.07.2000 03:03
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                  I have recently purchased a Maclaren Daytripper and am finding it irreplacable.I have switched from a Britax travel system which was absolutley brilliant,but not when going on public transport,as they are heavy once collapsed, if travelling alone. The Daytripper comes in a navy blue wipe-clean material,with a choice of colourways for several bands of colour running through.It is refreshingly light,and I can easily carry both the pushchair and my son onto any bus! It collapses umberella style easily,and is managable with one hand and one foot! Costing £69.99-the price includes a hood,raincover and shopping basket,features that were important to me and not available on more basic buggies,so it is very competitivley priced.The buggy also has lockable front swivel wheels,the handle height is also comfortable for my taller partner and the handles are cushioned for comfort! We purchased ours from Toys'r'Us,although I am sure they are widely available as I have seen lots of other babies and toddlers in them! The only drawbacks I can see are not being able to hang shopping on the handlebars and then let my son out(the whole thing then topples over!!!!!!!),and the width of the seat could do with being a bit bigger.

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                    06.07.2000 01:41
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                    We bought this stroller when Jack was 6 months old, we originally bought a travel system, which was a struggle to fit into my car, after he has now grown out of the car seat we decided that the pram we would use mainly for going for a walk, as its more comfortable. We went to Toys-r-us and looked at all the strollers, this looked comfortable, had several different positions and had all accessories included, rain cover etc. It only takes a few seconds to put it up, its very easy and folds up so it fits in my boot (VW Polo) Its nice and easy to manouvre around the SHOPS !!! and everytime Jack goes in it he falls asleep, so it must be comfortable. It has a good size basket for putting all that SHOPPING in. The wheels seem to of developed a squeak, which I am a bit annoyed about as its only 6 weeks old I will spray some WD40 on and see if that helps. I would recommend this stroller to anyone, and hope that it carries on strolling for the next baby !! It is slightly different to the daytripper, has 3 position seat and extendible leg rest.

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                      30.06.2000 20:57
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                      When my daughter was 5 months old I decided to buy a lightweight buggy and my choice was the Maclaren Daytripper. I bought my buggy for £65 including raincover, net bag and hood and as I don't drive the fact that it only weighs 14lb made it a plus for bus journeys.It has umbrella closing and shuts without the need to manually close it. It has 2 seat positions and is supposed to be suitable for a 3 months baby but in my opinion it isn't padded enough and has no leg rest. But for my daughter it is excellent. It has swivel wheels and pushes so smoothly. The only downside is that it is difficult to change the seat position with baby inside and I find I have to remove the hood to do so. Another downside is that now my daughter is two the raincover isn't very roomy and her feet stick out of the bottom but it is impossible to find a replacement cover to fit because of the hood. Has anyone got any ideas ? But on the whole I would definetly recommend this buggy to anyone. A brilliant all rounder..well done Maclaren.

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                    Features include two seat positions, a padded seat and lockable swivel wheels. Suitable from 6 months