Product Type: Marco prams, pushchairs and strollers
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MARCO SKY MAKES ME CRY.....YET GET RID OF IT I WILL NOT!
Marco Sky Twin Buggy
Member Name: Daisfunky
Marco Sky Twin Buggy
Advantages: Protective against poor weather, Fits in doorways
Disadvantages: Small basket, Poor Movability, Cheap Materials, Heavy, Not for newborn twins
I have learnt the true meaning of what it is to be in a Love/Hate relationship since I bought the Marco Sky Double Buggy. This was purchased from kiddicare.com whilst it was on a special offer and I was expecting my second baby. My oldest two boys are 17 months apart so it was imperative that I had a double buggy.
FINDING THE RIGHT DOUBLE BUGGY
This is the $1,000,000 question; Which double buggy is right for me? It is true when they say "One man's meat is another man's poison", some love side by side strollers; others prefer tandem. Three wheels or four wheels, big and bulky or sleek and flimsy...the selection out there is quite vast and shopping for a double buggy can be quite a nail-biting and confusing experience! Hopefully I can instill some of my experience into this review and help other consumers out there who are struggling to choose a stroller that is good quality and excellent value for money.
There's a few things to think about when considering this particular stroller. For one thing, it is not suitable for newborn twins. Whils the seat in the back does recline into the newborn position, the front seat is fixed in the upright position. This means the front seat is only suitable for babies who can sit unaided which would be at least 6 months. So, not a stroller for new twins. Got it?
Next; What will the stroller be used for? School run? Shopping trips? Long country walks? Is bus or train travel involved in your day to day activities? Will this be kept in the back of the car? Where will this be stored? Garage, House or Cupboard?
HOW DOES THE MARCO SKY MEASURE UP?
The Marco Sky has narrow, plastic swivel wheels which have flimsy plastic brakes. The individual brakes for the wheels are simple yet effective and provide extra piece of mind when travelling on a rickety bus. When the brakes are on, the stroller stays in position no problem.
Unfortunately the small wheels make walking on grass or uneaven surfaces difficult and tiring. Manauvering is laborsome as the handles are long, thin and do not feel sturdy. The handles are height adjustable which is helpful but a negative point is that you need both hands on the handles to walk in a straight line, and when the pavement slopes, the whole stroller pulls to the side.
The stroller alone is fairly light at just 17kg and has an umbrella fold action, which is desirable. However, the umbrella fold action is not as "easy" as advertised. The function is tricky to work out and the mechanism is stiff and requires the user to have octopus arms to get the stroller to fold down! Once folded, the stroller is extremely compact and narrow but very long. This makes fitting the pram in the back of a car almost impossible. The stroller will not fit into the back of my hatchback Golf and just barely fits in the back of the Audi Estate.
The seats are in tandem position, this makes it easy to fit the stroller through narrow doorways (good for highstreet shopping) However, as the back seat is the only suitable for newborns, the heavier child needs to be seated in the front. This makes the stroller very heavy to manauver extremely difficult to bump up curbs. The seats are wide and comfortable, with a nice soft yet hard wearing material. The straps are basic and the straps easily fall out of the clasps. My 23 month old can not be contained in this stroller as he has worked out how to pull on the straps and climb out.
The access to the back seat is limited without taking the whole hood off the stroller. This makes placing a baby in and out very challenging and often baby's head gets bumped on the hood! However, the benefit is that the back is cocooned and baby is heavily shielded from the weather elements or nosy old ladies who want to touch the baby. The front seat is covered by the hood but the sides are open which allow the older toddler to look around. The free raincover included covers the entire stroller and keep both children dry.
The basket is disappointingly small and has poor access. Although one thing I like is the fact that it is right underneath the stroller and out of sight. I also feel confident that no one will take my hand bag because the access is so poor, it would take a thief all day tugging at the basket to pry my hand bag out! Every cloud has a silver lining eh!
I find this stroller is good for city dwellers who walk to school or the shops. It is narrow for doorways and fits reasonably well on the bus. I love the fact that my baby is tucked up safe in the back and the stroller is protective of the elements.
It is heavy at the front and difficult to push. Walking uphill, off road and on any uneaven surfaces are very tricky and the wheels tend to struggle with the lip at my front door which is a pain. The basket is smaller than average and when folded it is too long to fit in the back of smaller cars.
The stroller is advertised as this easy to use, lightweight double stroller which ticks all the boxes at a reasonable price. (I purchased it for ~£90) It's a con. Once the children are in the stroller it's much heavier and more sluggish than my Phil and Teds, the material is of basic and cheap manufacturing and the list of negatives for this stroller is ever-growing with each day I use it!
BUT WHY I WONT GET RID OF IT
As a double buggy, I prefer the Phil and Teds Sport. The wheels clip on and off and it folds down so neatly that it will easily slot into the back of a very small car. It can be steered with just one hand, there's tonnes of basket space and the overall look of the buggy is smarter and more sleek. However, the Marco Sky is used 90% of the time for the school run because it keeps my newborn safe, warm and out of sight. So after all the negatives, I still use it.
Summary: Like a bad relationship.....I hate it, but can't leave it!