Product Type: Maclaren prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Maclaren Daytripper Complete Stroller
Member Name: kat_weller
Maclaren Daytripper Complete Stroller
Date: 16/11/02, updated on 13/06/04 (1214 review reads)
Advantages: value for money, compact and lightweight, 2 seat positins and lockable swivel wheels
Disadvantages: awful break system
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).
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.