Product Type: Maclaren prams, pushchairs and strollers
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flight of the buggies!
Member Name: kat_weller
Date: 12/06/04, updated on 22/05/05 (4182 review reads)
Advantages: incredibly lightweight, looks great, very durable and sturdy
Disadvantages: have to buy accessories seperately, breaks aren't great
i really wanted to get the maclaren volo when choosing buggies for a holiday when my son was just a few months old but did not consider the volo because it said only suitable for babies 6 months and over. initially i purchased the maclaren daytripper (see seperate review). however last year, i had the opportunity to get a really good deal with boots online and decided to finally buy the volo and it was the best decision i made!
i bought the carbon (black) coloured one because i thought it looked really trendy and was suitable for either a boy or a girl. the other colours now available in the 2004 range are; silver, pale blue, oyster, tanstripe and bluestripe. i'll start with the best bit about this buggy - its just encredibly light! weighing in at a miniscule 3.8kg, this buggy is by far the lightest on the market. the frame is made from aluminium and the seat is made from a sturdy mesh type material (similar to the basket) which has an adjustable 5 point harness for added safety with clips that mean you can turn it into a 3 point harness if you choose. the seat itself is in one position and cannot be adjusted however i feel that the seat is in quite a laid back position anyway (similar to the lowest position on the daytripper) so your baby is not forced to sit up too upright. my son has no problems falling asleep in the buggy and still looks comfortable. apparantly the mesh seat is removable for easy cleaning but i have not attempted this myself.
the handles are great and look so funky and chic. they are tall and angled and make pushing really easy and effortless. the handles are covered with foam for grip. i think the foam has lasted really well and shows no signs of wear or tear. my husband at 6" 1 thinks that the handles are still too short for him and has to bend over to grip them properly, he prefers to push the buggy with the tips of his fingers because its so easy to push. the wheels seem small (4 and 1/2") but are very effic
ient. The front wheels are lockable but I have never used them as I prefer swivel wheels at the front and the rear wheels are fixed. This buggy is extremely agile and manouvres like a dream. In addition to the features mentioned, there is a rubber foot rest and of course a removable mesh basket. The basket is a good size although when full can sag down quite a lot. Also if you fill the basket up too much, it pushes into your baby's back so don't put any sharp objects in there. Points to note are that the seat itself is quite narrow and short so an older toddler or child with long legs will not have as much support under their thighs. I also think that this buggy does not have great suspension and I suspect that if my son could talk he would say that it gives a very bumpy ride! Still its perfect for short trips and makes a great travelling buggy.
The folding is quick and easy as we've come to expect from Maclaren. It uses the basic flick the plastic catch on the side and shake the buggy open and push your foot on the small bar at the back to lock it into position. Arguably my husband finds this quite difficult because he has big feet and I have found it difficult sometimes, especially if its raining and the push bar is slippery. The only downside I have found with this buggy (and all over Maclarens too) is the break system. Its really bad. You have to push the break from side to side on the back wheels but its really hard to do with your feet (its stiff) and doesn't really secure the buggy enough. I would certainly never rely on it and prefer to hold the buggy myself. However the buggy is really easy to fold (you can do it one handed) and clicks closed. I've discovered that if you turn it upside down onto its handles you can prop it up easily against a wall plus the wheels are off the floor. Its so compact when folded, it truly stands up t
o its name as an 'umbrella buggy'.
For those of you that like the stats the handle height is 41", open width 19", folded length 41" and folded width 10". The Volo is usually sold on its own (basket included) so if you want the extra bits you have to buy the 'Accessory Pack' which includes a sun canopy, quilted seat liner, rain cover and storage bag available in grey or black and denim.
As I said before the buggy is appropriate for babies aged over 6 months but I think this buggy is far more suited towards older toddlers who like to walk a bit but still need the benefit of being pushed in a buggy sometimes. Due to the removable shoulder carry strap and incredible light weight, it is really easy to just sling the buggy over your shoulder and still keep both hands free to chase after your toddler. Its great for travelling around the city on tubes and buses and for taking on holiday plus it makes a great fashion statement!
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