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When it came to the time to ditch the bulky (yet practical) travel system in favour for a lightweight option, I was perplexed by the amount of strollers in the market - all claiming to be the next best thing! I wasn't sure whether to go for 'cheap and cheerful' or to opt for something a bit more expensive.
Retailing at around the £235 mark, it isn't the cheapest stroller on the market. With strollers starting at as little as £30, I was initially put off by the price point.
After reading a few reviews, I came across a blog post which quoted "most mums eventually buy a Maclaren" which made me look in to the Maclaren XT a little more. My son was about 10 weeks at the time and the fact that the seat fully reclined appealed to me greatly which is what sold it to me. It would mean that I'd be able to get my money's worth out the stroller as it would last from newborn to 3 making the price more viable.
At the time, the Maclaren XT came with a foot muff, head hugger (for newborns) and strap pads. I believe the newest models come with a strap which secures your wrist to the stroller as an additional safety feature.
Perhaps the cleverest feature of the Maclaren XT is the hood which was a huge benefit to me. The hood has various positions. Half decline which can be extended by unzipping the zip to reveal a fuller hood. You can then push the hood down further and pull down a sun visor to give full UV protection to your child. For the older children, the sun visor is transparent so they can still see what is going on!
Putting the Maclaren XT up/down is easy and can be done one handed. You simply pull out the lock mechanism (a black lever) which folds the buggy out, then you push your foot on the red lever located in the middle bottom of the pushchair and it clicks in to place. To fold the buggy, you push up on the same lever then push down on the right hand lever which folds the buggy with ease. I've probably made it sound harder than it actually is!
The stroller features a 5 point safety harness which can only be undone by an adult (or very clever child!). You have to 'pinch' both sides of the button to detach the straps.
There are several disadvantages to the buggy which should be noted. Being a stroller, the Maclaren XT is lightweight. This means that it has the potential to tip over if overweighted with shopping bags on the back. The basket isn't big (and is completely restricted if in full seat recline). I overcame this issue by buying buggy weights which solved the problem. The second issue is with the recline. It seems quite tricky to do. You have to hold both handles located below the seating unit and click out of place. The seat then reclines. You do the same to move the seat back up, except for pushing the seat up as required.
Overall, I am very impressed with the stroller.
The maclaren techno is a great buggy high quality well made and lasts forever no matter how much of a battering it takes.
The wheels on the maclaren are larger than most umbrella stroller wheels they are strong double wheels can swivel or lock for uneven terrain and can manage most terrains with ease.The buggy is really easy to fold and folds umbrella style making it easy to take most places however it is a little longer than some umbrella strollers when folded because of its height so do check it will fit your car boot it fit easily in our volvo.
The stroller handles are higher than most buggys which is great and makes it fantastic to push no bending just a great easy and light to push buggy.
The hood is fantastic its large and has a zip which you can unzip and pull the whole hood forwards creating a sunshade for baby a fantastic idea and saves on the need for a parasol.The leg rest can also be altered raised up for smaller kids and babies to rest their legs on or dropped down so that older kids can put their feet on the rubber footrest.
The shopping basket is small and the access to it is awkward you access the basket by the back of the buggy however if your child is asleep or a smaller baby when the seat is laid down the seat covers the basket so if you need to get something in or out you have to disturb your baby or child or manage without until they wake.
a great buggy high handles and a smooth ride only let down by the basket problem
At a Glance The flagship Maclaren Techno XT is designed for comfort and performance. With an ergonomic design that both you and your little one will love, this sporty stroller comes with a whole range of features to help you on your travels whether you are shopping, visiting the park, going on holiday or simply just taking a stroll. Features and benefits for Maclaren Techno XT Stroller - Scarlet Suitable from birth up to a maximum weight of 15kg Sturdy aeronautical-quality aluminium frame 4-position seat with simple single hand recline Includes head hugger and chest pads for additional comfort Lockable front swivel wheels Ergonomically optimised extendable handles Extendable hood with sun visor, viewing window and reflective accents for safety at night Extendable calf rest All-round suspension and foot operated linked brakes Carry handle Shopping basket Raincover Eligible for the Maclaren Sovereign Lifetime Warranty Pushchair weight: 6.8kg Folded dimensions: 107 x 29 x 28cm Free Lifetime Guarantee year guarantee Mothercare Loves...This lightweight, top of the range stroller with a range of useful features that will ensure your little one is always comfortable when out and about.Want to Know More?With the Maclaren Techno XT your little one can be transported in the lap of luxury. This high-tech stroller has been developed with a strong, and lightweight aluminium frame, and features a four position seat recline which can easily be adjusted using just one hand. For baby's comfort, the Maclaren Techno XT stroller comes complete with a head hugger and chest pads and an adjustable calf rest. Also included is an extendable hood with a sun visor, plus a viewing window so you can keep an eye on your baby. To ensure you can be seen on darker evenings the hood also features reflective accents as a safety feature.Designed for easy manoueuvrability the Maclaren Techno XT features an all round suspension and front swivel wheels which can be locked into position when pushing over rougher ground. The rear wheels feature linked brakes which are simple to operate using your foot.Other useful features included for you are the ergonomically designed handles that can be extended to suit parents of different heights so they can always push in comfort, plus a handy shopping basket. The useful carry handle that is also included helps to lift and move the Maclaren Techno XT stroller with ease when it is folded.Don't Forget...A parasol for sunny days and a footmuff for when it's colder. Care Instructions: Wipe clean only Maximum child weight: 15 kg What's in the box: 1 x Buggy, 1 x Hood, 1 x Shopping basket, 1 x Raincover, 1 x Head hugger, 1 x Shoulder pads