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Maclaren Twin Triumph
Member Name: Lools_24
Maclaren Twin Triumph
Date: 17/01/11, updated on 15/11/11 (441 review reads)
Advantages: Lightweight, easy to fold, easy to store, excellent value for money
Disadvantages: Not as solid as other twin pushchairs, brakes can be an issue.
***Maclaren Twin Triumph***
The Maclaren Twin Triumph is a side by side double pushchair. The pushchair is only 10.6kgs which is one of the lightest doubles around. It is also a slim line side by side double (73.5cm) this means it can fit through standard doorframes. It is one of the slimmest side by side double pushchairs too.
The pushchair is available in three different colours, coffee brown, scarlet red and charcoal grey. We purchased the Twin Triumph in charcoal as I always opt for a plainer coloured pushchair. There are matching accessories available from the Maclaren Triumph range which can be used on the Twin Triumph, these include footmuffs, parasols and seat liners. I did not purchase any of these accessories with my Twin Triumph.
The pushchair is a standard side by side pushchair with the seats facing outwards, which is the only position the seats can be positioned in although they can be independently reclined. This is a simple stroller type pushchair therefore you can't attach car seats or carrycots.
The Maclaren Twin Triumph has a carrying capacity of 30kg meaning it can be used for 2 children up to the age of around 3 years old.
I purchased my Maclaren Twin Triumph from Kiddicare. A number of other big name retailers offer this pushchair such as Boots, Mothercare and John Lewis. This is both in-store and online. All of these retailers offer the pushchair in the three different colours.
I purchased my Maclaren Twin Triumph from Kiddicare for £139.99 (plus free delivery). The recommended retail price of this product is £165.00. The cost online currently varies from £139.99 to £165.00. The Maclaren Twin Triumph is one of the cheaper double pushchairs on the market and from a reputable pushchair manufacturer like Maclaren I feel that the pushchair is very good value for money.
***Using the pushchair***
The reason we bought this pushchair was primarily for my mum to use so it had to be easy to assemble and fold which is the biggest advantage of this product. It is a simple umbrella folding stroller and can be assembled in 10 seconds. To disassemble a pull of a lever and pushing down with your foot on another lever is all it takes to fold the pushchair.
When folded the Maclaren Twin Triumph is very compact and easy to store. Its dimensions when folded are 109cm x 56cm x 40cm which fits into my mums Ford Fiesta lying down flat and with space for other items around it. Lifting it in and out of the car boot is also very easy as the pushchair is light, even my mum who is very small agrees.
The handles of the pushchair can't be adjusted. I find that they are a perfect position for my height (I'm 5ft 5) my mum who is 5ft also agrees. Mr Lools who is around 5ft 10 has commented that he would be more comfortable if the handles were slightly higher however does not find this a massive problem. The design of the handles (2 upright handles as opposed to a long handle bar) means that the pushchair can be pushed with one hand however with some difficulty especially if you are trying to steer it around corners.
Manoeuvring and steering the Maclaren Twin Triumph is very easy when using on pavements and around the shops. It is very lightweight even with your children in so easy to push. The front wheels can be locked to make it easier to push if you are travelling straight and can be unlocked so it is easy to push around corners and change direction quickly.
Over more bumpy rough terrain and grass I would not recommend this pushchair as it has a flimsy less sturdy feel to it and is very difficult to manoeuvre and steer as the wheels are small and do not handle bumps well. The suspension of the pushchair or lack of it will mean it is not the most comfy of rides for your children over these types of terrain and they will be shaken around quite a bit.
The position of each seat can be adjusted independently using a strap on the back of each seat. The pushchair is suitable from birth and each seat reclines "flat". Although personally I do not feel each seat does actually lie fully flat therefore would be apprehensive about using this for newborn babies for a long period of time.
Each seat is padded for comfort for your child; however in comparison to other pushchairs this is much less padded and supportive. Because the Maclaren Twin Triumph has been designed to be lightweight, the seats do have a more flimsy feel to them than other pushchairs although this is a well-made good quality product. If I was using this regularly for a younger baby or babies I would definitely purchase some head huggers (sold in Mothercare for around £7.99) to give my child more comfort and support.
Each seat has a hood which can be put over it. A positive of this pushchair is that these hoods are independent from each other, so one child can have their hood up and the other one pulled over them. The hoods however do not shade your children entirely therefore with younger babies you definitely will need to purchase parasols to ensure that they are covered from the sun. Moving the hoods up and down is also slightly awkward as there is a cheap feel to the hoods because of the flimsy plastic brackets which hold them in place, therefore if you pull too hard you could snap these. I do like that each hood has a viewing window therefore you can see your child when the hood is down. You can't see their faces if they are sitting upright but it is a nice reassurance that you can see what they are doing easily, rather than having to try and peer around the hoods.
Each seat has a 5 point harness and the straps are very easy to adjust as these are made from a flexible material. I started using this pushchair when the boys were 6 months old and albeit they were small I did find the positioning of the straps on the seats were more suitable for older children. Unlike other pushchairs (my Baby Jogger for example), you can change the positioning of the straps on the actual seats. For small newborn babies I think this could be a problem as the straps sit quite high up on the seats.
Double pushchairs in my experience have temperamental brakes and I would say this is the case for the Twin Triumph. The brakes can be put on by pushing down with your foot on a lever in the middle of the buggy and taken off by pushing down on two levers by the wheels. It is relatively easy to put the brakes on especially if you are on flat ground, but you need to ensure that you push down very hard to make sure the brakes stay on if you are on a hill.
The pushchair also comes with a raincover. This fits on the pushchair very easily and has four points where it can be attached to the pushchair. I do find that in strong winds the raincover blows about quite a bit and although it has never become unattached it is quite annoying when you are pushing the pushchair. The raincover does fold up easily and as it is quite compact it can be stored in the shopping basket.
The shopping basket is a good size and is reasonably deep. It is positioned slightly higher up than some other double pushchairs so you can put reasonably heavy items of shopping into the basket without the basket dragging on the ground.
***As a pushchair for twins***
Personally I prefer my twins in a side by side style double pushchair rather than a tandem so the Maclaren Twin Triumph ticks this box.
As an option from birth I would be less comfortable putting my newborn babies into this pushchair as it is more of a stroller than a pushchair and doesn't offer the comfort that many other double pushchairs do for newborn babies. The seats are less padded and supportive than my Baby Jogger for example and the position of the straps cannot be adjusted which I feel are at a position more suitable for children over 6 months rather than newborn babies. I would definitely recommend this pushchair to parents of twins over 6 months especially if they are looking for a second pushchair, as it is lightweight, low priced and easy to store. Great if you want to get in and out of the shops quickly and easily.
This is not my favourite double pushchair on the market; it has a slightly flimsy and more basic feel to it, even though it is a good quality pushchair especially as it is a relatively cheap option compared to other doubles. However I do think that it is a brilliant option for those that are looking for a double pushchair to use for shopping trips as it is light, easy to store, easy to fold and narrow enough to get around the shops without too many problems. This is a great investment for those not wanting for spend a fortune on a double pushchair from a reputable brand.
Summary: An excellent value compact and light double pushchair