Product Type: Maclaren prams, pushchairs and strollers
Newest Review: ... to take children up to 15kg, I think this is a definite negative point. ===Cost=== A brand new Maclaren Techno XLR is around £300... more
The Rolls Royce of pushchairs
Maclaren Techno XLR
Author Name: Acidmouse.com
Maclaren Techno XLR
Advantages: Light, easy to use, lots of features and looks great!
Disadvantages: Can be a little difficult to clip baby in and is not cheap
Basic Weight 7.5kg/ 16.5lb
Carrying Capacity29.5kg/ 65lb
Appropriate From Birth Recline Four positions
Wheel Size16.5cm/ 6.5in
HoodUV protective viewing window, sun visor and extra panel for added sun protectionHood
Square with storage pocketsHoodReflective accents for safety at nightRelease Date
First seen5 January 2008
Cost currently ranges from 210-250 pounds. (As of July 2010)
We decided that once our little baby girl was ready to sit up when being pushed around we would get a pushchair that was of a very good quality and looked good! (almost as important for my wife I must say) so we plunged for the XLR Maclaren Brown and Pink colours.
We bought the product at Mothercare as we had a 10% voucher for purchases over £50 so we took the plunge. It was listed at £235 and payed after discounts around £200. Lets be honest this is a high price for a baby pushchair! If it was not for the fact we heard that Maclarens last ages we would have not bought it. As we browsed the other puschairs for me it was the one that certainly looked the best.
Look & feel
Me personally I love the chocholate and pink colour of the pushchair, it fits perfect for any little baby girl. The foot cover it really thick and keeps the baby warm, it is also in a chocholate colour. The frame is in a dark silver colour and the tyres the same colour. Pushing it feels really comfortable and effortless, I have used other pushchairs and it is by far the lightest to push and most flexible in terms of turning and lifting up curbs.
The buggy folds pretty easy. There is a clip it tags on to automatically and holds it position. To start the folding process you have to lift up a horizontal bar going across the buggy at the back, this can be done with you foot or hand and requires very little pressure to do so.
The sitting position for the child/baby is great. The back has 4 different positions, from sitting upright to the complete relaxing right down so the baby is virtually laying down. I tend to use the 2nd position where the baby is laying back but can still watch to world pass them by as they are pushed. All the different positions I have tested and my little baby has fallen asleep in them all!
The clip can be a little tricky to keep them in but once you get the gist of it you wont have any problems. There are two chocholate covers that go over the baby straps making it comfortable for them.
The seat cover is a very soft pink material that is very hand to slip up and down on. Once the baby is in a posotion unless they wriggle about to get out they will not be slipping about.
The foot cover is one of the thickest most luxurious I have ever seen, spoilt kids! It simply clips on both sides and zips up to keep the baby warm and snug. It can be folded up to cover most of the baby body if needed.
The hood cover is UV protected and has two different settings, one goes right down infront of the baby, the baby can still see out as the lower section is clear plastic but the top is chocholate colour. The first setting is a basic cover the baby and not right down over them. This is fine for blocking sun or low amount of rain/drizzle. You can keep a watch of your baby if the hood is up via a small plastic covered hole on the top.
There is a storage hole in the hood at the back and a good sized storage place under the pushchair. Enough for about a basket of shopping, not much more.
The handles to push the chair on has two different settings so you can have them higher up to you.
The breaks are very easy to use, a simple tap with the foot is suffice to bring the pushchair to a halt, even on the most steep hills I have walked around.
I think with this system you are paying for what you get. A very good quality pushchair that not only looks good, has many excellent features but will last a long time. We have used ours for a good 5 months now and there is no visable damage to it, the wheels are virtually spotless and the colours are still bright and clean. We hope to use if again once number two comes along.
Maclaren News scare
There was a number of months ago a huge story across the media regarding accidents with babys when folding the pushchair. I must say we have never had this problem but took the safe option of odering two covers for the hinges free from their website the week of purchase just in case! these were very easy to install and cover the problem area that was highlighted.
Summary: Look good, feels great and the babys love it.
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