Product Type: Maclaren prams, pushchairs and strollers
Newest Review: ... your bags (like my beloved XPlory), you really need a durable stroller like the Maclaren Volo that can withstand the potential abuse. The ... more
Member Name: SugarSpun
Advantages: Lightweight, easy to push, compact
Disadvantages: Doesn't recline
Our pushchair experimentation continues as we await the safe replacement of our old, sadly damaged Stokke XPlory, this time with the MacLaren Volo.
The Maclaren Volo Stroller was designed for travel and for use in urban areas. It's extremely lightweight at only 8 pounds in weight, rides smoothly, folds easily and includes a carrying strap that lets you throw it over your shoulder, although you still end up with marks on your trousers from the dirt on the wheels. It also has an easy to clean, removable mesh seat that babies seem to find pretty comfortable and that also makes it a great option for the beach if you're off on your holidays, as most sand will simply fall through and your baby is less likely to sweat in the hot weather.
With the way that airlines throw around your bags (like my beloved XPlory), you really need a durable stroller like the Maclaren Volo that can withstand the potential abuse. The Volo has a really nice locking system so is virtually immune to air travel damage and as mentioned is very light. Also nice is that it takes one unclick and a bit of a shake to open it up and one gentle tap with a toe and a click to fold it up again - excellent for when you're wrangling a toddler at a bus stop or in the airport.
Mine came in a nice unisex red with light grey trim and included a sunshade and raincover (it seems that not all bundles come with these bits, but MacLaren do sell an accessory pack with the bits in). The raincover is very easy to put on and lives happily in the shopping basket underneath when it isn't in use. The basket isn't the biggest, but it's easily big enough for a toy, changing bag, sippy cup and related baby paraphernalia.
It's lightweight and comfortable to push and very manoeuvrable, perfect for busy city streets - but the tiny wheels make it hard going over cobblestones and in the snow (we had to carry Wee Beastie in her chariot over a few drifts a few times this winter and we're not even halfway through yet!). The other downside is that it doesn't recline, so if your baby is a fussy sleeper it might be better to invest the extra in one that has the reclining option. It isn't height-adjustable, but I (5'2) and my husband (5'11) are both able to push it without any trouble, presumably because it's so lightweight.
It's suitable for babies from six months up to 55lbs or 15kg, so can easily be the only one you need, but only if you have a good sleeper. Wee Beastie tends to find a way to sleep so her head isn't lolling around, but if your baby's not like that then reclining might be a better idea, like I said.
The best offer currently is £72 at kiddicare.com which I think is money well spent for city types, frequent public transport users or frequent travellers. We highly recommend it.
Summary: Lightweight basic pushchair, recommended with some cautions.