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The Maclaren Techno XT is very good. I've purchased the 2010 model secondhand (this is the one with the greyed out lower portion on the raincover). Re escaping toddlers my 17 month old did so, until I began adding the chest section only from some reins over his secured Maclaren harness - he now doesn't even attempt to escape as it is impossible. Back to pram review.. It folds down easily and fits into the boot of a Ford Focus it uses pretty much the full width - note: I find it best to shorten the handlebars before collapsing it.
Cool features of this stroller are a zip along the rim of the hood, to allow you fold down the canopy in wind/sun/a light shower etc. I have found myself using this feature a lot because it works wonders if I'm wanting him to nap, it's ventilated, darkens the pushchair for them & shields them from distractions. It teaches my toddlers lap, with an additional waterproof pull out pvc lip for some extra coverage.
Every grey area of the stroller is reflective, I will say though beware that if you machine wash the seat fabrics, as the reflective piping can wash off in places as mine has done. The reflective strip to the hood, wheels & branded areas all stay put. These are excellent safety features, and it definitely makes the Maclaren stand out from other strollers, it is always receiving admiring glances.
The handle telescopes outwards high, medium or low, excellent for adding more bags to handles, if you are tall or if you plan on using a buggy board with it to free up some extra space between you and the stroller.
The not so cool feature of this stroller are the (older version) raincover is naff, the lower grey section is barely water resistant let alone waterproof, though I expect this would not be an issue on the newer -all pvc - model. Another irritant is how easily 17 month old manages to pull the raincover from its (un)secure 4 point fastening, hopefully this got rectified for the newer version.
The recline method is a bit faffy, you need to get down low and place a hand either side, lift a little piece each side supporting your child and gently slide them back.
Neither good nor back features to cover for the pram are the basket, it loses its support over time both mid left and right sides are slack on mine now, I couldn't put anything there or it would roll out ruling out using the middle part of the pushchair, though this is possibly my own fault for overloading. I can load a full carrier bags worth behind the seat back in the basket stood upright. I then lift the front leg rest momentarily and slide in 1-2 shopping items. Then I can hang shopping bags from the handles and if I wish also hang my (empty) handbag from the handles and fill this too! A real workhorse, it doesn't buckle or struggle to steer when overloaded.
My now 4.5 year old will every now and again hitch a lift in this. So for longevity & flexibility the Maclaren techno XT gets five very deserving stars. I am not one to hold on to items, but unavoidably need a double pram again, would ordinarily sell or give this away, but am instead keeping this for us as I love it so much!!
This is a fantastic buggy! We purchased it when my eldest was about 1 year old and had lots of use out of it with absolutely no problems whatsoever. He sat in it contentedly when we put him in it except for when we tried to put him in the plastic raincover. He didnt like being enclosed completely! When my youngest arrived 5 years ago we bought it back out of storage and began using it again. Oh what a difference! Our second child is a very different character. He disliked being in this, or any buggy immensely and as a result would pull and scream and wriggle until you let him out. Unfortunately this is when we discovered most of the Maclaren Techno's faults. Most importantly the straps are too easy for a determined child to escape from. Our youngest soon worked it out making trips to town a bit of a nightmare. Secondly the hood of the buggy is easy to reach and pull on. Our youngest would reach up and pull on the hood for all he was worth until the hinges and the hood were pulled out of shape. From this point of view I would not recommend this buggy to parents of a lively boisterous child who already dislikes being strapped in.
On the other hand the buggy always looked comfortable and it certainly lasted a long while (roughly 8 years). I personally loved the fact that the buggy was light weight and easy to manoevre. The wheels can be changed from fixed to freewheeling.
I did wish for more space in the basket underneath as there wasnt a lot of room in there and lets face it there are enough things you have to bring with you with a young toddler in tow!
I do consider this buggy to be great value for money considering how long it lasted and it has lots of good points in its favour. Ultimately though safety for me outweighs some of these good points.
I have a confession to make. I have a pushchair addiction. My first born daughter is only 11 months old, yet I have been through more pushchairs than a Mother of 5 would have gone through! When I was pregnant, I put a lot of thought into what I thought I wanted from a pushchair/pram. However, as a first time Mum to be, I clearly had no clue what I was buying and ended up buying one that looked nice but was absolutely useless, badly made and completely impractical for our needs. Thus began the search for the ultimate perfect pushchair....
I'll start by telling you what attracted me to impulse buy this pushchair. The one we used prior to this was the 'Silver Cross pop sport' and although I loved the look of it, but I felt to be stooped when pushing it along (I am 5'10'' so quite tall) and I kept kicking the bottom of the pushchair when walking. This led me to looking for a pushchair with either longer handles or extendible handles like the Techno XT has.
Weight and Dimensions.
When looking at the advertising for the pushchair it claims to be 'lightweight' and at a mere 6.8kg I would agree. When putting it into the car boot I can do it without much effort and I am definitely not very strong. When folded down it is 107cm x 29cm x 28cm. This easily fits in my car boot (A Mk6 Ford Fiesta) and in my Mother's boot (a 2009 Toyota Yaris).
The back rest of the seat is able to fully recline. Because it lays completely flat it is suitable for newborns yet I probably wouldn't put a newborn baby in it. It does not feel snug enough to keep them in place. The straps that keep the baby held tight are fully adjustable. The calf rest is also adjustable. I still have it in the horizontal position as it makes me happy knowing the baby isn't going to slide out if the straps somehow come undone (paranoid Mummy syndrome!).
If you buy it new then you get a 'head hugger' and chest pads included. However, I bought mine second hand so did not get these. The hood that fits it is a great size. It covers baby well when it is raining and shades her well when it is sunny. It has a plastic viewing panel in it so you can keep an eye on baby whilst you're pushing. It also has some reflective stripes on the edges as an extra safety feature in case you are pushing baby at night time.
The shopping basket is perhaps the only let down with this pushchair. Compared to other pushchairs I have had, it is a pain to get into it and you can't fit a lot into it either. If I have the rain cover rolled up in it then I can't get anything else in there and it doesn't fit my changing bag in it.
The rain cover is easy to clip onto the pushchair. It has 4 'eyelets' which pop over 4 metals nubbins around the pushchair, 2 on the edge of the hood and 2 down near the front wheels. It takes less than 10 seconds to pop on.
Is it sturdy?
It is made of a lightweight aluminium yet it feels incredibly strong and like it is going to last. Compared to my previous Silver Cross stroller I can feel the difference in quality between the two. It does not feel like it is going to topple over even if you bump it down a kerb a little faster than you mean to!
What is it like to push?
It is so lovely to push! The extendable handles are great for short or tall people. It is easy to push and steer with one hand which is something I have previously struggled with. The suspension on it is so much better than I thought was possible. I know I keep comparing it to my Silver Cross Pop, but when I saw the difference between the two I don't know how I coped without my Techno XT! When pushing the pushchair down off a kerb it barely bumps and likewise for going up kerbs. It would be great for pushing over bumps roads and cobbled streets.
Price and availability.
As I previously mentioned, I bought mine second hand off Ebay for a bargain price of £33. They are available new in Mothercare, John Lewis, Kiddicare and similar shops. Prices start from around £190. This is a huge amount of money for a pushchair but I would not hesitate to buy a new one if something happened to my current one.
In case you haven't realised, I love this pushchair! I would recommend it to absolutely everybody.
I purchased this buggy in 2009 and it is still going strong 4 years later and has seen use from 2 children. The feature that first drew me to this stroller was how small it was when it was folded and how easily it is folded. As a single parent who uses public transport on a daily basis this was a deciding factor along with durability and practicality. The seat lies back flat which is a must for any parent and although the basket is quite small it does extend all along the bottom of the seat. The seat covers are very easy to remove for cleaning, which as a parent to children who suffer from travel sickness is a must in a stroller. The built in reflectors on the wheels and hood make it very easy for you to be seen by traffic while walking around at night. The harness is almost 100% child proof and can sometimes be awkward for even me to undo.
One of those items that you will proudly review as it has stood the test of time with your child!
Bought from toys r us, in their babies range, It came complete in a long box with basket net and raincover. The brand is renowned and respected and so you can not expect many issues.
We travel frequently on planes and something as light and compact as this is perfect a to b transport for any child. I would say that we first used this at around 8 months and used it up until 2 and a half years old.
It's very hard wearing. Three years on and apart from one of the back wheels beginning to look slightly askew, we have had no problems with this. Even with a wonky when it does not affect use or performance.
Its folding is faultless, and like many mums require, is able to be done with just one hand while holding baby in the other. When it hits the floor, the safety catch locks it together. I would advise before folding down that you apply the brake lock, just to prevent it rolling around your car boot.
Its light, comes with the accessories mentioned above and there is a rain hood already attached which you do not need to keep taking up and down at every put up or down. I have never tried taking the seat of to wash, but have always been able to wipe down any marks using just warm soapy water. I have adopted the same method for the foot muff aswell.
Negatives are that it has no real differentiation between sitting up and lying down, and so as a lone pushchair I would not recommend. As a complimentary one to a preceeding pushchair I would. What I would describe as light, others may describe as flimsy which is another point to note. I only use this as a quick run about pushchair and not one to keep baby in for long periods of time or aid them to sleep in. For a start my child only ever slept lying flat, and as mentioned above this chairs positioning restricts that.
I bought this buggy when my son was 6 months old as the Britax B-Smart we had for him from birth was just too big and bulky and I was completely fed up of lugging it in and out of the back of the car! Since buying this buggy I haven't looked back and wished I had bought it sooner or even used it for him from birth. The buggy is lightweight yet robust enough to withstand a good 'mummy bashing' around the shops and home! I also love the fact that there are reflective strips on the wheels and the hood of the buggy which are really useful now that the winter nights are coming in. I also bought the footmuff for the buggy and that is also fantastic. I have lost count of the amount of times I have thrown it in the wash and it still looks brilliant. The seat on the buggy lies completely flat which is great for when the little one falls asleep when out shopping. The harness is easy to adjust and removes completely for easy cleaning and the shopping basket underneath is a decent size.
I would highly recommend this buggy, it's lightweight, practical and a breeze to collapse and throw in the back of the car!
I bought this buggy when my son was 3 months old. In that 3 months I had had 1 pram, 1 travel system, 1 buggy and a pushchair all of which got returned! My son is now 4 years old and this buggy is still going strong. It has been in constant use as my 4 year old is the eldest of 3 and I am also a childminder. This buggy is expensive for an umbrella fold buggy but definatly worth the investment. My friends have all had to buy new buggies every year to 18 months and this is still going strong even after daily use. The use is over long distance as I don't drive. This is quite large for an umbrella fold buggy but has 2 pockets on the back of the hood and extending handles, can also cope with a good size change bag on it without tipping. My main issue with other buggies is the wheels, they either tend to stick a bit or you sound as if you are pushing a train! This buggy glides along nicely, doesn't like to bigger dropped curbs but is easily tilted to mount pavements. So easy in fact I can push it one handed with a 2 year old in whilst carrying my other son. Only risk is because it glides so easily you must ensure the breaks are on when its stationary on even the slightest slope as it will roll away!
I cannot praise this buggy enough, and even better I now think it comes with a life time guarantee from Maclaren.
Let me just state for the record - I LOVE my Bugaboo Cameleon (see my review) but when it came to going on holiday we needed just that little bit more space in the boot of the car and so looked for a smaller lightweight umbrella fold buggy to take with us. Without a doubt the best we found was the Maclaren Techno XT.
This buggy has all the great features of a much bigger travel system whilst still incorporating them all into a small, lightweight buggy. It can be used from birth as the seat can be laid completely flat and you can buy the extra footmuff for the winter, which would keep even the smallest baby nice and cosy.
The handles can be adjusted in height for taller people (my husband really likes this function) and the harness is particularly child proof (and even adult-proof too if you're not used to undoing these types of clips!).
The hood can be extended by undoing a zip which allows it cover most of your toddler (I've used it as a sunscreen in the summer and also as a "cocoon-like windbreak in the winter!).
It's a narrow buggy that makes shopping an absolute doddle as it can easily get through the narrowest of clothes rails! It's so manoeuverable and light to push and folds up really small so you don't have to worry about taking up loads of boot space (we can fit ours on the floor behind the front seats of the car, so if necessary it allows us to free up ALL of the boot space which can be really handy).
We've always used our Maclaren as a "keep in the boot and use when out and about" type of pushchair and it's been well worth spending the extra money on (it's not exactly a 'cheap' buggy) as we've had loads of use out of it and will be using it again once our second son is bit bigger.
I have this pushchair in black, I bought it as my 18 month old son is quite tall for his age and looked out of place in other puschairs, but this Maclaren is a taller pushchaor and he sits in it just right. Has many features including extendable height handles, child proof harness (even my 13 year old sister can't get it open), lie back to almost flat, pockets on the back for mums things, swivel wheels, reflective wheel, extendable hood with uv sun shade on.
The storage basket isn't very big but is adequate as you can use the handles to carry bags of shopping.
When the foot muff is on it looks so cosy I want to get in it.
My son loves this pushchair so much that if I don't get it out of the car he cries.
I put this pushchair in my ford KA behind the front seats so does get squashed in quite a bit and has never broken or bowed. Also the wheels do not squeak after excessive use. I used to use this pushchair daily to walk to shopping center and back when i didn't have a car for 9 months and never had a problem with it.
Don't get me wrong, this is a fantastic buggy, but beware of the straps.
We bought this before our daughter was born and we are still using it - 2 years later. Before we made the choice to buy, we used to stop people in the street to ask them what they thought of their respective buggies. The Techno XT was a firm favourite.
We've taken the buggy everywhere, from off-road tracks to bumpy old pavements and it is still in excellent condition.
However, and this is a big however, the straps do not keep our daughter in the seat. Admittedly, she is slightly rebellious and does not like sitting in the buggy and not all children are like her. However, if your child is, this is a dangerous buggy as our daughter regularly climbs out of the straps and jumps out of the buggy.
I've tried tightening the straps as much as I can, but she still manages to wriggle free.
This is extremely dangerous, especially when we are waiting to cross roads as I have to guard her to make sure she does not suddenly jump out.
After buying a all singing all dancing Jeep travel system for our son, which we used for 6 months because it was just to big to fit in the boot and try to get anything else in, we opted for the Maclaren Techno XT. As we had already spent quite allot on the jeep buggy i brought my XT 2nd hand on Ebay for half the price as a new one.
Although it was good as new and it really is a fab buggy, it's been great on day to day use and even more so on holidays, easy untill you board the plane and because it lays flat baby can go in, in a gobag and go out in the evening and still be fast asleep.
we have still got our jeep buggy and use it for walks at home, but the Techno XT is in the car and our in town buggy. I think when we have baby number 2 i would just use the XT from birth.
I would recommend it to any mum, i'm sure were not the first to spend allot on a bigger pram then by a stroller!
When I was looking for a light weight umbrella fold buggy five years ago it soon became clear that Maclaren was a very popular choice. I bought one and found out why as Maclaren for me are the name in buggies - it turns out that the idea of the buggy was invented by one Owen Finlay Maclaren, a British ex test pilot and an aircraft part designer. Maclaren actual invented the buggy though their buggies (or buggys as their website annoyingly spells it) are much copied.
On to this actual buggy - now when I bought my buggy I did actually buy the quest, at the time I was torn between the Quest and Techno and I am sure that this would be the case for many a buggy purchaser. I inherited a Techno however a few months ago so am now able to talk about the Techno, which I shall do and then draw some conclusions about the difference between the Techno and Quest which may be of help; if you are looking to buy a Maclaren there is currently about a £50 difference betweeen the two. The best price I could find for the XT was £165 from www.kiddicare.com, they are more widely available from other retailers for the £200 mark.
The Techno itself:
The Techno is an umbrella fold buggy which is easily collapsible. It can be used from birth, unlike the cheaper models, as it reclines fully. The handles are height adjustable, the shopping basket is a useful size. It is easy to push due to the swivel (and fully lockable) wheels with supspension. For baby and toddler comfort the upholstery is nicely padded and their is a footrest for toddlers, the seat extends for baby feet. The harness is a five point one, which unclips nicely. There is a viewing window in the hood of the buggy and also the capacity to extend the hood for sunshade, and some useful pockets. The buggy upholstery is fully washable - I put the seat cover through the washing machine and it cleaned nicely with no damage to the reflective strips.
In actual use I find the buggy is easy to push and manoeuvre, and collapses nicely. The brakes work well and are fairly easy to use. The suspension seems to make a real difference to the comfort of my child, particularly when being pushed down a bumpy track as she is every morning! As mentioned earlier the buggy is second hand to me, passed on by a kind friend - it has had about 3 years use prior to my ownership and in all honesty it is as good as new. I am really pleased with it and would say that an XT is a much better choice than a "travel system" - if that is is your thing you can buy the XLR model which does allow for car seat attachment. For the price it is an excellent buggy.
Techno or Quest?
Now to come to the issue of quest versus techno - I love my quest, the only reason for me trying the techno being that it has taken a lot of abuse in five years. I am more used to pushing the quest, but have now used the xt a fair bit so here are my conculsions of what you get for the extra £50 or so, which could help a buying choice
- the techno is that bit more comfortable; the brakes actually work, which they don't really on the quest. Touches like the suspension are nice, bigger wheels mean it does glide along
- the techno is higher to push - by about 4cm, 108 as opposed to 104 cm handles. If you have a small car this may be an issue (a quest fits in a ka boot, a techno may not), or if you are me this may make the buggy less easy to push. I am not very tall, about 5 foot 5 and a half, and I actually prefer the height of the quest, even on the lower setting the xt is a bit tall. You should try both in a shop before purchase
- the techno is easier to push, slightly
- the techno weighs 6.5 kilos to the Quest's 5.5 kilos and does feel that bit heavier do depending on the intended use of the buggy you should consider this point; the quest is less bulky overall so may be a better choice for taking on a 'plane for example.
- the techno's extra features like extra pockets and a zip off hood are a nice touch
My conclusion is that I like the Techno but actually I am quite loyal to the Quest - I can see where they spent that extra £50 and am enjoying using the Techno, but as a second buggy I marginally prefer the Quest. I am not a buggy addict at all (you may laugh but I have friends who have been through about 6 buggies in the time I have had one (rubbish) Carrera and a Quest), and I won't be buying another buggy - I shall continue using the techno probably in combination with my Quest which is a bit long in the tooth now.
Overall I would say that the XT is an excellent buy - there are more expensive buggies out there, but I don't think you necessarily need to spend more to have a durable and very useable buggy. On all the evidence I have the techno is a good and durable buggy and worth considering as a main buggy.
I bought this buggy when I was pregnant with my little girl. Although we had a pram with a car seat I needed something smaller which was suitable from birth which would fit in my car. At the time I only had a Fiesta and my main pram wouldn't fit in my boot.
I chose the Mclaren XT because at the time it was one of the only umbrella style buggies where the seat would lay completely flat and therefore, making it suitable for a newborn.
I also liked the colour of the buggy. I chose the Charcoal colourway and it was very modern and clean looking.
The buggy itself was very sturdy and didn't have that cheap wobbly feeling that a lot of umbrella style buggies have.
The XT weighs 6.5 kilos. Making it very light and easy to get in and out of your house or your car. It comes with a 5 point harness so you can ensure your little one is strapped in safely at all times. The straps have small pads on them as well to ensure the comfort of your child.
The buggy has hood which when fully extended provides full sun coverage and it also has a small plastic flap to the front to shield the child from rain. The roof also has a meshed window area so even when extended you can keep an eye on your little one. The hood is 99% UV protective.
Accessories are available for the XT including a footmuff, which attaches to the buggy using the harness, a raincover and a parasol.
Underneath the buggy is a small shopping basket. Although it doesn't hold a huge amount it is handy for a few small purchases.
The handles are adjustable so it suitable for most peoples height. They are also padded so very comfortable to push.
The XT has two wheels at each corner. They are nice chunky ridged wheels and make it a suitable buggy for many terrains. This was another selling point to me as some of the wheels are smooth and small so look very flimsy.
Another plus point to this buggy is the seat can be taken off via some poppers and is machine washable which with a toddler was invaluable. I have washed mine on numerous occassions, it has never lost shape or faded and pops back on very easily.
The only down side to this buggy is the price. I have seen it priced from £130 to £180.
I've tested lots of prams and buggies in my time (some were for a magazine feature) and I thought I had clear views on what was the best out there. I was wrong as i've just ditched my old stroller for the XT.
The XT is a lightweight, compact umbrella fold stroller that will stand the test of time. A good friend of mine has had hers for years and she takes it abroad regulary and it's still in good working order.
It has a multi recline seat; the covers are removable; the hood extends with a sun visor so you can shade the child in the sun or protect more from light rain without putting the rain cover on. The rain cover is basically a sheet that fixes in four points onto the buggy so it doesn't cover the buggy complete like some others and it stores away to nothing!
It has lockable front swivel wheels; an extendable foot rest for little ones; padded straps; 5 point adjustable harness and the buckle is really good as you have to push the front and back of it at the same time to un do it making it that bit safer from toddler fingers getting themselves out! Good sized shopping basket but if the child was laid flat it would be practically impossible to access it. Pockets on the back of the buggy for small items which is a godsend.
It's reasonably priced in my opinion as I really do think that it will last my first child, a second and a third (if i get my way). Very sturdy and copes well with day to day use.
Look out for offers though. I managed to get mine new for £125 from Mothercare.
I love my Maclaren Techno XT!
We didn't want to waste money on a bulky travel system so we bought this for use from birth (in addition to a £10 pram from ebay!).
My son was tiny and I think we put him in it from about three/four months. He always enjoys being in it - he always wants to be fairly upright (unless he is asleep) probably because he is a Nosey Parker and likes to see what is going on.
My personal requirements were:
Easy to fit in the boot of a Citroen Saxo
Good reputation - I'm hoping it will last a long time.
I tested it in the shop and compared to other buggies I was impressed with:
How easy it was to fold
Easy to use brakes
Easy it to carry (it also has a carry handle and lock)
The extendable leg rests
The four recline positions, including the layflat position. The full recline has been great and my son has napped in it many times.
How cosy it looked with the cosy toes (I had a winter baby)
The extendable hood/sun visor. I can't emphasise enough how fantastic this is and how i would buy it again for this alone. The visor can extend virtually all the way down. No squirming baby in the sunshine!
Other features include: rain cover included, swivel wheels, comfy handles, extendable handles, re-positionable handles.
The things I am least impressed with are:
Small basket/quite difficult to get at.
I recommend you buy a cheap net bag to pop on the handles.
My recline is super fast so I have to be a bit careful!
I don't recommend trying to save money and buying the generic Maclaren cosy toes in a sale (the plush black one as opposed to the more expensive XT one) if it is for a small baby as the straps on the buggy would have to be on the highest level and might 'drown' the baby slightly.
I also found the XT hard to shut (but possible!) with the cosy toes still attached.
To sum up - I love it.
I bought this for use from birth (albeit with a cheap £10 ebay pram as I said) and I am the only mummy I know to get through the best part of the first year with no intentions of getting a smaller stroller/buggy in the near future. It is still a pleasure to use.
If you really want a travel system why not consider the XLR? It is very very similar to the XT but only very slightly bigger to accommodate an infant carrier. (There aren't many Techno XLRs to look at in the shops though.)
Hope this review was useful.
Techno XT fan.
4 position reclining seat. Designed for town and outdoors, the rubber treaded 6 inch spoke wheels, hi-tech anodized finish, thick tubing, and foam-grip sports handles set the style for buggy. / Features include a shoulder padded safety harness and new fabric hood with reflective and fluorescent binding, a rain cover with storage pocket, a rear window in the hood, and a panel at the back that conveniently unzips, to keep baby cool in hot weather. / Baby's comfort is well considered, with a 4-position recline super deluxe padded seat, which is removable and washable. Suitable from birth /