Product Type: Maclaren prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Maclaren Quest - what a workhorse!
Member Name: azana
Date: 09/01/09, updated on 09/01/09 (158 review reads)
Advantages: Robust and one of the cheaper buggies
Disadvantages: The brake is tricky
Through my years of using this buggy it has variously had a buggy board attached to it, been on at least 3 holidays, been pushed over muddy bumpy terrain (the school run) and survived 2 children. It is still going strong!
This buggy comes in various colour combinations, Maclaren also manufacture a cheaper version (the Triumph) and a more expensive version (the Techno). This mid range buggy does not have as much upholstery as the Techno but has the ability to recline for those on-the-go naps, with 4 different positions.
There is a raincover which is fairly easy to attach and compact to stow.
It retails at the £120 mark, however if you shop around and buy last year's colour as I did you can pay less. I paid £64.99 for mine - a check on www.kiddicare.com showed that there were several available for £89.99 and there are probably other deals to be had.
The buggy in use is easy to push, the handles are not height alterable so give one a try before buying. The upholstery (though not the hood) does remove for cleaning - essential when you have a baby. There is a generous shopping basket and pocket on the back of the sunshade, though no viewing window as on the Techno.
My children have always seemed comfortable in this buggy; when they are smaller the seat extends for little legs, and as toddlers they have a foot rest. The buggy should really only be used when your baby is able to support their head.
My only slight criticism is that the brake is tricky, perhaps near impossible to use - I am not sure I have worked it out still! However as I have said it is very robust as a buggy - I wrote a review elsewhere of my other buggy (jane carrera) which has not lasted a tenth of the time.
Should your buggy not bear up to heavy use your independant baby goods retailer may be able to point you in the direction of a buggy repair man, I was told it would be £30 or so to replace the wheels which would seem to be good value to me.
This is a very popular buggy for a reason, you will see a lot of them out and about. I have seen friends go through a multitude of buggies whilst I have stayed loyal to mine - I hope it will keep going for a while yet until my buggy days are over.
I would definately recommend one of these, I have rated it at 4 and not 5 stars only as the brake issue may annoy some people.
Summary: I've used one of these for 5 years and still like it