Product Type: OBaby prams, pushchairs and strollers
Newest Review: ... this I found the buggy 'ok' to push and easier to manouver, but no where near as easy as my Luna, which was a dream to push even single han... more
Just as good as Phil and Ted but half the price!
OBaby XI Tandem Sport
Author Name: Sarah
OBaby XI Tandem Sport
Advantages: Small, lightweight and easy to push. Folds relatively small for a tandem,with removable wheels etc
Disadvantages: Seats dont recline, Only suitable for baby and older sibling not twins
Having owned a Phil and Ted and an OBaby XI as a second pram I can honestly say they are just as good as eachother. They both have the same faults and disadvantages but these are relatively minimal compared to the positives.
Firstly, you are getting a double buggy for the size of one. It would be unrealistic and plainly ridiculous to expect 2 spacious seats, fully reclinable whith all the positives of a longer twin type buggy. Yes when the baby is underneath you cant recline the upper seat. But Phil and Teds is the same. When the toddler seat is in the lower position, the top seat cannot recline, or basically it would land on your babys head. But yet again the same goes for phil and ted. The rear seat does not recline in the obaby but does in the models other than the classic phil and ted. But it reclines by approx 2inches, by means of a zipper. Not really worth the hassle to be honest. I found the main seat to be most suitable for the younger child as its a bucket type seat and the little one snuggled in nicely. The toddler hops out and in the lower seat without any problems and as they are older they happily move their heads around to get a better look at whats going on. But yes, as pointed out in another review its like posting a letter. There is only a small area to slide them in, hence making it more suitable for the older child. My 2 climb out and in happily. And with a 4 year old who has problems with his legs, sitting underneath the buggy is no heavier than with my 2 1/2 year old underneath. They happily swap places to give eachother a rest while my 6m old sits upfront. This is the same for the phil and ted and the Obaby.
There is next to no space for shopping. The foot space for the lower seat is the shopping basket. But this is the same in the phil and ted. Although I think the basket is stronger in the Obaby, considering the kids are pushing themselves up on it, it needs to be quiet strong. Phil and teds make side bags for the buggy which gives you extra bag space. But you can buy bag clips which go on the handles to hold your shopping bags. Very handy, I have one which fits both. I use a changing bag with the strap adjusted longer so it hangs behind the lower seat. Works perfectly.
Its easy to push and steer. But admittedly easier when the lowe seat is fitted compaired to the baby mode. This is purely due to the balance being off when the baby is underneath. But again this is the same with phil and teds. It is slightly heavier than phil and teds but even with a 4 year old underneath its still not the struggle you have with a side by side twin buggy.
I have 4 children and over the last 4 and half years I have had 4 double buggys. It by far beats the side by side for space and ease in shops etc. Its much lighter than a front heavy, one in front tandem types, where only the older child can go infront making it almost imposible to lift up kerbs etc.
It is just as good as the Phil and teds and less than half the price. I have the phil and teds sport to compare with and given the choice I'd choose the Obaby. I like it. Yes there are disadvantages but they are the same as the phil and teds.
Summary: Ideal buggy with great features. Faults are same as phil and teds and is a much cheaper alternative!