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By the time my daughter moved up to the next stage carseat I had a sore back, was constantly slouching, and had lost all patience with trying to connect my heavy car seat to the bulky chassis, and trying to get this heavy contraption in and out of my dinky little car. So when it was time to say bye bye big buggy, I was more than happy to trade in my sturdy, but cumbersome model for a lightweight and flexible little stroller.
Having checked out various options we opted for the nifty Maclaren Quest Mod, for its range of excellent features, good reputation and equally good looks. I know it's not important what a buggy looks like, yet I fell in love with the gorgeous black and lime green version, with its funky apple print.
I was told by many another mother that it's hard to beat a Maclaren buggy for comfort, reliability and practicality, so I needed no further pursuasion that this buggy was right for all of us. The version I chose boasts a lovely contrast between jet black and lime green, and the colours are very trendy, vibrant and modern. The underside of the hood is lime green and really brightens up the black nicely.
From the start I was chuffed to find the stroller was super light-weight and easy to put up and down. You can recline the seat, but to this day I have not figured out how to do this, although this is due to laziness on my part, rather than any manufacturing complication! The buggy has been designed to be collapsed with just one hand, and this is easy peasy once you get the hang of it. It locks automatically with a clip on the side once it has been collapsed, and it fits nicely in my boot, with plenty of room left for shopping, which is a real luxury since my travel system required serious negotiation just to fit in at all!
I read a lot of other Maclaren reviews before going with the Quest Mod, and a lot of reviewers complained about the brakes on many models, including this one, being very poor. I have not really had a problem with the brakes but obviously, being a lightweight buggy, they are not as good as on a sturdy travel system. They have not let me down yet though.
I think I paid around £180 for this buggy, which is a lot. I could have gone with a cheaper model but just felt comfortable with what this offered for the price.
With its appealing design and simplicity, this little stroller is perfect as a holiday buggy, or for becoming an everyday buggy once your child has progressed to the second stage carseat, when you will no longer need to drag around a big, bulky buggy.
The Maclaren Quest Mod features foam grip handles, which are really comfy to hold, and it pushes like a dream, manging to get in and out of doors and tight spaces easily, thanks to its efficient svivel wheels. I have really good control of this and there is no effort involved in pushing it. Its slightly bumpy on uneven ground, but that is to be expected of any stroller since the wheels are small and the whole design is so lightweight.
I have never tried it myself as its still in great condition, but the seat can be removed for washing. I have been using this buggy as my main buggy for a year now, and it had two or three holiday outings prior to that, and it still looks as good as new.
The shopping basket it comes with is spacious and handy, and the rain cover fits on effortlessly. It's easy to carry a few bags over tha handles, so all in all this stroller does its job very well indeed. inclusive rain cover and shopping basket.
I really love this buggy and my daughter seems very comfortable in it. The straps are strong and safe and contain her very well, with no chance of her being able to unstrap herself, than goodness. I highly recommend this buggy and it has been brilliant for us.
Suitable from 3 months up to 15kg (approximately 3 years)
Handle Height: 104cm
Easily adjustable reclining seat with 4 positions
Easy one hand fold, compact and convenient to carry
Removable seat for cleaning
5" swivel wheels which can be locked in place
5 point adjustable harness
Ergonomic foam-grip handles
Extendable leg rest support
Reflective accents on hood and seat
Concealed storage pocket in the back of the seat
Rear view window built into the hood
Convenient Shopping basket
Hood and rain cover included
I bought my youngest daughter the maclaren quest mod as i knew it would be long lasting and good value for money. I had previously used a maclaren triumph with my oldest daughter and loved it. I love this version of umberella stroller just as much. There are various colours available and we have the pink and chocolate apple design one. Its a unusual design that really stands out from the crowd of pushchairs. Although it was pretty expensive at 150 pounds it was definatly money well spent. Maclaren pushchairs seem to last a lifetime and can take lots of everyday wear and tear. The seat reclines fully so is perfect for when your little one takes a nap. There is a fairly big shopping basket undeneath which can fit plenty of shopping or nappies ect in. There is also a handy little pocket on the back which ive found is a perfect place for storing spare dummies and snacks so they are close to hand. The maclaren is a dream to push and is easily steered with one hand. It also comes with a raincover which is very easy to put on and remove. I love maclaren pushchairs and would definatrly reccomend buying one if you are looking for a lightweight stroller
As my son gets older, it is becoming more of a pain to take him out in his big pushchair. I have a bugaboo cameleon which is a really great pushchair, but not so handy when you have to hop on a bus or in and out of the car. You really need 3 hands!
I decided I needed a lightweight buggy too which would be easier for folding down on the bus, for popping to the shops and for travelling. I initially bought a Graco Mojo, which was a nightmare and ended up being donated to a friend for her grandson.
After much looking around and review reading I made a visit to Mothercare to test drive some lightweight buggies and I saw the Quest. I loved it because it is really lightweight, with a handy carry handle and shoulder strap, and most importantly, it was very easy to put up and take down with one hand. It has a very sturdy 5 point harness, a rain cover which takes seconds to put on and folds down very small, a recline function and an extendable leg rest for when my son gets sleepy.
To be honest, i've taken to using this buggy most of the time now! I love it because it is so light, and easy to manouvre. My son seems quite comfy in it, and it fits comfortably in the boot of my renault clio with lots of room to spare.
The downsides: The basket is quite hard to access, particularly when the seat is in recline mode. It is suitable from 3 months but to be honest I would be quite reluctant to put a 3 month old in it, as it doesn't recline far enough in my view. As it is so lightweight it would tip easily with lots of bags hung from the handles so this is something to beware of.
In summary, I think this is a great, compact and lightweight buggy for a child of 6 months and above. It is very well made and sturdy, weighs hardly anything and is very easy to push. I'm very pleased with it and would recommend it to anyone.
I have had in total 3 maclaren buggys before for my 2 children. I bought this one about 6 months ago for my 18 month old. It came with a raincover, which is a must have for the uk!!
The buggy itself folds up very neatly and quite compact, and has a handle on the side so is very easy to hold whilst travelling etc.
The covers and straps are also removable for washing and are pretty simple to put back on aswell, (thank god)!
It has a storage basket underneath and is of a good size to put lots of things in. I can get my handbag, nappies, wetwipes, umberella and the rain proof cover in it, plus a few small toys!
I do have moans about it though, and one being a common fault with all 3 of my maclarens now!
1 - The brakes have come loose and makes an awful noise, almost like a loud purring sound, you have to constantly adjust the brakes to get rid of it.
2 - The foam on the handles has started to peel away already in chunks
Its a nice wide buggy so can be used for children up to i guess around 4 if needs be.
3 - The wheels have worn down really quickly, another common problem. But i guess it depends on how often you use it. I use mine daily but dont tend to go that far!
There is more pro's than con's though. Overall a lovely lightweight, comfortable pushchair!
I bought a Maclaren Quest for my daughter when she turned two as i just needed a nice lightweight stroller for her when we went on long journeys and she refused to walk!
I didnt think much of the Maclaren strollers until I actually bought one, there amazing there very light weight, realy easy to push nice sized shopping basket, they also recline realy flat so your children can have a comfortable sleep which is always a good thing.
They do some realy nice colours in this pram aswell i purchased a light pink one but with a 2 year old probably not the best colour as it gets dirty pretty quickly.
The only problem i have had with this puschair is the brake at the back sometimes comes off so be careful while your sat on the bus apparantly this is a common fault with the maclaren pushchairs.
But i would definatly have a Maclaren again.
I decided to buy the Maclaren Quest Mod pushchair in black for my son who was 12mths.AS i brought the obaby pushchair Never tried one before so i decided to buy one after hearing good things about it. Very easy to push around shops can push one handed Got locked or front swivel wheels.Also has well padded handles not like other pushchairs that have thin foam that wear of to quickly. And a 5 point safety harness and with lie back for your child's nap time.There's a small visible window so you can see your baby and a little pocket to keep your rain cover in or for your child's little things.You can get this pushchair for about £90 in various colours now from most places like e-bay ,kiddisave,mothercare.very pleased with it.i would buy another if i needed one.It's also umbrella fold so making it easy for travel on public transport.
Maclaren is an established name when it comes to childrens transport. Rather like hoover, the trade name has almost become shorthand for lightweight umbrella fold pushchairs. When I found that the Maclaren Quest was part of the buggy test I was to take part in I was delighted. Maybe it was the fact that I had had a Maclaren as a child and recall pushing my sister (badly) in a Maclaren, but I had an almost romantic notion of how good it would be. Unlike more modern brands such as Mamas and Papas and the newly resurrected Silver Cross I didnt expect bells and whistles, just good old-fashioned reliability. I was not let down. This buggy looks and performs really well and lived up to all of the expectations I had.
The buggy is very lightweight and easy to push. Claims that the latest aircraft technology has been used in its design are easy to believe. It seems to be very stable and copes with city-life rather well going up and down kerbs and over rough pavements with ease. You can, just about get away with hanging shopping on the back but much more than one bag and it will tip. The basket under the buggy is small but, unlike some I tested, not inaccessible and so a couple of small bags will fit. If the seat is fully reclined then access to the basket is obstructed and if you have a wide changing bag then you probably wont get it in the basket either. If you do have more shopping, or maybe another child to hold, this is an easy buggy to push with one hand, however and so its not a huge problem. Maneuverability is the star turn of this buggy.
On rough ground the front wheels can be locked to aid stability. They are easy to lock and unlock without the need to get on your hands and knees and fiddle with levers.
I found the buggy easy to collapse with one hand and, although I needed two hands to put it up this too was an easy thing to do. The clips that hold the buggy together when folded work well and so putting the buggy in and out of a car is easy and can be done with the child in your other arm if necessary. The hood stays in place when the buggy is folded and there is a viewing window in the hood so that you can keep your eye on your little one. It's something that I wouldn't have really considered before testing the buggies but I found it really useful.
My son seemed to be comfortable in the seat and was certainly happy for a couple of hours round the shops. The harness was easy to adjust and sat well. Unlike some of the buggies the range of extension of the straps was very good so that both small babies and larger children are well catered for. The seat size seemed about right, not too small that you felt the child would soon outgrow it, but not too large that he lolled about. At 16 months my son can now just about reach the foot bar beneath the seat.
The seat reclines and was perfectly acceptable for a buggy. It can be accomplished with the child in situ although does require two hands. There is also a foot rest which can be pulled out or pushed in to allow the child to rest their legs. This was a bit fiddly at first but worked as well as a more traditional tilting foot rest. You could let a child go to sleep in this.
The brakes on this buggy operate by moving a lever to the side rather than the more common push up/down mechanisms that appear on many buggies. I found this a little odd to get used to but ultimately the brakes held well and I had more confidence in the fact that they were on than some other models.
I found the handle height was good and the handles were softly padded for comfort. The rain cover is also good with a good coverage and being easy to put on. Rather than straps with Velcro or fiddly poppers there are just reinforced round holes that pop over studs on the pram. It took me a minute or two to work out which way round the cover should go when I first tried it but, having worked it out its easy. The cover is well ventilated and doesnt mist up which is a bonus.
The seat covers are removeable and washable (although I have not yet tried this) and the buggy comes in a number of colours and designs.
The buggy fits into the back of a Renault Clio with space to spare which, surprisingly, is unusual for an umbrella fold pushchair. One of the test panel took the test buggy to South Africa for three weeks and it survived the flights (4) and rougher terrain of the South African countryside. Its light weight, compact size and reliability make it ideal for travel.
The buggy is suitable for use from 3 months (it doesnt recline to completely flat making it unsuitable for newborns) but Id say that youd be better off waiting until the child is about 6 months before considering a stroller/lightweight unless you have no choice.
Id really recommend this buggy. Its often available from internet retailers at more competitive prices than the high street offers although major retailers such as Mothercare are stockists so you can try before you buy.
My choice by far. I found it so good on the test that I went out and bought one and use it daily.
5-point harness / Removable/washable seat / Coordinating footmuff available / Single-hand fold / Hood and rain cover included / Lockable swivel wheels / Ergonomic handles / Carry handle / Storage pocket on back of hood / Reflective accents / UV treated viewing window on hood / Extendable leg rest