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We bought this for our twins and owned it for 2 years. We bought it for £320 and sold it on for £70. The advantages of this buggy are: It is very manoeurverable, the suspension is soft and makes for a comfortable ride over bumps, the handle is well cushioned, it is easy to fold up, the wheels detach easily for repairs, the seats recline to almost flat so you can start using this buggy from birth, it is easy to clean, you secure your child easily with a three way plastic clip system. The disadvantages of this buggy are the tyres get punctured easily (we had to repair punctures at least 6 times), you have to buy the under mounted storage basket separately and you cant store much in it anyway, it is quite big and a bit of a pain in busy supermarkets, my fingers got caught in the retaining clips a few times (really painful). Overall it did its job but we were glad to see the back of it when our kids outgrew it.
When purchased i was told it can take kids of 7 year olds, this i can believe. Easy. I currently have this and use it most days, purchased after much deliberation and not before making a couple of inpractical poor choices prior (eldest in a maclaren buggy with newborn in a carrier on me, then a pliko pramette with toddler on built in buggy board). It's got 1 or 2 drawbacks but all doubles have a drawback somethings gotta give on every model out there. For me it's that it doesn't fit through my front door. I knew this prior to purchase. I bought it anyway as felt that it merited that particular inconvenience. It is absolutely fantastic for everything other than fitting through my house door which I'll do forever and a day for how easy it makes life with a baby and almsot 4 year old.
I've owned it for roughly 3-4 months. I use it to walk 45 minutes to pre school and back. I use it fully loaded up for copious amounts of everyday essentials shopping when the need arises. I use it with just one child as it isn't too wide to make you think 'hmm i should probably have a single for when i've just got 1 little one with me'.
It can take my almost 4 year old, is safe and secure for my 6 month old baby in the other seat too, whilst it takes all the shopping and changing bags, drink bottles, keys, purse, phones, clothing for everyone etc that you can throw at it and effortlessly glide, and boy does it glide it is a dream, those large air filled tyres give everyone an easy experience. It's about the width of a wheelchair i think i read somewhere its the exact width though this i have not verified. I tend to just fit through everywhere out of the house. 99.99% of places easy peasy. It can be pushed with the tip of your little finger, it can pivot on a sixpence. It goes off road easily - verified. It goes quickly over rough terrain also. It can be used for running with the sprung chassis. It provides a large amount of sun protection with it's 2 section sun shade, and you can use additional shades to fully block out the little ones exposure. Seats are adjustable. The pushchair dips down so if tipping forwards the kids are so comfy and tucked in it's fab you really do feel your kids are cosy in the seats complete with liners if you need a bit of padding. the straps are removeable. The tyres are removeable. The liners are removeable. The basket is removeable. The basket itself is extra roomy and hard wearing. The hood has pockets (zipped) on the sides for phones/keys/toys/juice etc. The hood has a velcro window for viewing your little monkeys, you can also see them from behind with the mesh they have just above their heads great for ventilation purposes also. I have customised mine for the little one with sheepskin strap covers great for younger babies. I felt comfortable putting him in it at a very young age i think that's important to put across as i could see him even though he was facing away due to the hood window and mesh back tuck them up in a blanket and the deep seat adjusted to lay flat means you are fine. I can manouevre this in and around town, busy shops etc and fit on pavements with others relatively easily. It is a lifesaver, and i love it to pieces.
I bought this pram when my children were one and two years old. There is 16 months between them, and I don't drive. At the time we lived in Belgium, and were in a rural area with no buses. As it was over a mile and a half to the shop/toddler group I needed a good pushchair.
Before buying this I was using the Phil & Teds Sport, with doubles kit. I have large babies, and the little one was no longer comfortable. In a ddition to this, they were getting too heavy, and the Phil & Teds was becoming too unstable getting up and down the pavement.
A friend of mine with twins had the Out'n'About Nipper Double 360, and having pushed it I decided to buy it. My husband wasn't overly keen. We had already spent quite a bit on pushchairs, but we went ahead. We paid around £330 for it. When it arrived we put it together, and I was amazed at how light it is.
It came with the rain cover, but you have to buy the shopping basket. I ordered it, but got the wrong size, and as I was too lazy to send it back I have gone without. There are two small pouches at the bottom and two zip pockets either side for storage. I have managed fine with these.
The removable seat cushions are very comfortable, and are easily washed and dried. They make the pushchair more comfortable, and save the pushchair from getting too grubby and juice covered. The seats can be upright or lowered for babies, and I have used it both ways. I do find that the seats are quite far back when upright, and the children pull themselves forward to see. To remedy this, I put a blanket (or some shopping) behind the seat, and it is easier for them to see.
The rain cover gives good coverage, and is easy to use. I did have to replace mine, which was quite expensive, around £30 with postage). But I am quite careless with the pushchair, and it does get left outside quite a bit. I also use it a huge amount, in all weathers.
The pushchair is quite wide, as is expected from a double. I Manage to get it into all of the large shops, but find that the very small shop doorways are a problem. I put up with this, as inh all other ways it is great. I manage to get it on to buses with a disabled seated area (obviously folding it down when others need it). It is something which I do regularly, though it takes a bit of manouvering. I also take it on the train, in the disabled carriage.
When I am unable to wheel it onto the bus/train it is quite easy to collapse. It is light, the main difficulty with this is that it is an awkward size when you have two children to organise as well! This pushchair has had a few weekends away, and is more than able to cope with two children, the pouches filled, a backpack on top and even a child balanced on the footplate!
My eldest is 4 now, but as we walk for miles I still take this with me. She can get in and have a rest or I can put the shopping in the other side. I will be looking after my niece next year, and will probably be putting a buggy board on the back.
I would recommend this product, particularly for people who are going to do a lot of walking. It is so easy to push and steer, I am able to hold my eldest hand and push at the same time. This is something I am unable to do with the Phil & Teds, and the cheap folding one I bought.
I love this buggy!
I bought this 2nd hand from a friend as I needed a double and I was thoroughly impressed by it. My 2 children are 2 years apart and I now have a very active 3 year old. However, even 3 year olds need to rest sometimes!
The best thing about this buggy is how easy it is to steer. I had previously used a Mamas and Papas Aria Twin which, although lightweight, was very heavy to steer - my Mum had trouble pushing it at all. The Nipper can be pushed with one hand and is even easier to manoeuvre than some singles.
Secondly, it is deceptively narrow. It fits through most standard doorways with no trouble. Our front door is quite narrow and it squeezes through easily which is great. It is also easy to use around the shops - basically, if you could push a single buggy through a gap you can use this!
The seats look comfy and are certainly secure. My younger son is quite happy in there and often nods off. They are adjustable but the only slight flaw is that even when fully forward they still seem to lie back. As a consequence, he often seems to be leaning forward.
There is a great hood which is huge! Very good for keeping the rain (or sun) off little face. The buggy is easy to put up and down - there are clips on either side with a metal pin for greater security. This is a good feature but can be easy to forget if you are in a rush. A couple of times I have noticed halfway round that I haven't put the pins in properly. It all slots into place easily and is also quick to put down, although you do have to remember to ensure that the seats are pushed forwards.
There are 2 useful shopping baskets underneath - not huge but big enough. The footplate is also quite large which is good for tired legs.
The main flaw of the buggy is that it doesn't fold down particularly small and can seem bulky when flat. This is annoying when getting on/off a bus for example. However, it does still fit in the boot of my Toyota Yaris so it is not a huge problem.
In summary, I am impressed with how easy mine is to use and I would recommend this buggy. The build quality is very good and although it can seem bulky, this is the offset for a comfortable, solid and reliable double buggy.
We searched high and low for this pram - it must have been the hot product of 2007; wherever we tried to get one from had sold out - even the manufacturers were reportedly out of stock too. Of course it had to be the black one. Or at the very least charcoal. Well luckily stock came through literally a few days before D-day.
I spent a very long time researching this product. We needed a double seater for our twins, and preferred the side by side style (the 1 in front of another meant the littley behind couldn't see and we wanted them to bond side by side). So armed with a tape measure I soon learnt that the main limitation for us was the front door width (77.5cm). I presume this is reasonably standard - we do not live in an abnormal door width-ed area as far as I know. The Out n About nipper 360 double was the only side by side product that I found that the wheel base was narrow enough (77cm) to fit through. As you can tell by the maths, it only just fits through... and requires perfect lining up... and a 'creative' tilt... Internal doors? Forget it. So it stays in the hall or the garage. But this way at least the rest of house is not dirtied up. We have had a few problems trying to enter certain shops. Although in today's accommodating world, most will have wide access for wheelchairs.
The Out n About nipper 360 double (to save me repetitive typing ; I shall now refer to it as the OnAN3D) is very versatile. It is extremely easy to push & steer; having 3x 12 inch pneumatic tyres. Our 2 elder children aged 9 & 11 at the time had no problem pushing it around. Whilst it is not the most compact of prams when folded (folds to the size of a suitcase) I guess for a double pram it probably isn't that bad. I can lift it in and out of a boot with little problem, although my wife used to struggle a bit and it did become awkward if trying to lift it over a seat for example - car space had to be planned. If going on a long journey, then you can remove all 3 wheels which make folded up space a little bit less.
It folds down in 3 easy steps, You will need to be care extra care with the handle's foam cover as when it folds down, this will now be at ground level and will be susceptible to scuffs / tears. I recall there was a warning on the handle when I unpacked it, and that handle wasn't covered in any guarantee. Despite us being extra primo careful, the metal part of handle in between the foam got scratched within the first week. Albeit a small, not-that-noticeable scratch.
Our twins loved it in the OnAN3D - it guaranteed to make them fall asleep with the seats flattened. We also invested in the out n about muffs to make them snuug as a buug in a ruug.
Seats come up and clip into position form underneath - 1 at a time so you can have either combination of seating arrangement. There is a small amount of positioning of seat angle, but it is marginal. This is possibly the worst thing about the pram - even with straps at tightest, and seats at full upright they are still slanted and for us required a cushion behind their backs to get them upright.
There is a viewing window in the hood, and you can also see them through the netting at back of pram. The rain cover is essential and fits very snugly over the entire pram - no wet babies here! it also can roll up compact enough to fit in the under pram net. On this subject there is ample storage on the OnAN3D; 2 zips either side of hood, 2 under pram nets, + the front 'board'. It also accommodates a nappy bag over handle despite being double width. Although pneumatic tyres are susceptible to punctures... frequently, they are easily replaceable, and inner tube / replacement tyres are actually the same size as a child's small bike - available from all cycle shops.
I only have praise for this pram. It makes walking the babies a delight. I cannot find any problem with the OnAN3D. Highly recommended for twins or a combination of 2 young children. Ages - ours are now 2 ½ and want to walk everywhere so "No Pram Daddy!" But prior to that it was a perfect walking solution.
Note: originally written on Kiddicare.co.uk by myself. reworked & reworded for use here.
I bought this buggy for my twins after much research on the net and much walking round stores looking at buggies. In the end I stopped a woman pushing the nipper out and about double buggy and asked her opinion. She was so pleased with it that we went home and ordered one.
I find it easy to push, even with one hand! And even the grandparents push it around quite happily. The twins have been comfortable in it for their first year and I have no need to buy another or 2 singles (as I know some people do).
The only 3 things to watch out for are:
* Its width (if you like shopping in little village shops any double buggy would be difficult and this is no exception)
* Make sure you check it fits in the boot of your car (we have got in small car boots like a Honda jazz but it leaves no room for any other bags in the boot).
* The shopping basket is extra
Overall though a good buy!
I love this buggy - It is lightweight and is like a dream to push. I have three children (twins of 5 months and son aged 20 months) so i use it for a combition of either the twins or one twin and my toddler. when my toddler is in it you hardly feel the weight difference. This is the first push chair my toddler has enjoyed sitting in. He evens goes and sits in it when it is parked in the hallway - he loves it! The seats work independently which is great if just one child falls asleep they can still lay flat while the other one sits up. The large hood is fantastic, although it takes a bit of getting used to when you first use it as when the hood is up you cannot see the front wheel so you have to 'judge' where you are going. It has a five point harness. The seats have a great slant to them (not all buggies do which means the children slip down and look uncomfortable. I had a mothercare duolite and the seats do not slant. This was my main reason for buying a new pushchair) It comes with a rain cover but not a basket. Although you can buy the basket separately for around £18. It has a viewing window in the hood which is useful. It also comes with seat pads for extra comfort. The wheels do not arrive already pumped up so you need to also purchase a pump - otherwise the buggy is pretty useless without wheels! The brake is fantasic and seems really sturdy. I have been able to fit through all doors so far. Before purchasing this i would advise you check the size of your front door.
I have 2 kids, 13 months apart, so got the Phil and Teds Camo color. Really felt that I wanted a side by side as well. Don't really know why, jst did. I got it from Pram world and a really good price. I did have to get the shopping net thing seperatly at a cost of nearly £20, which is a real rip off as far as I am concerened. I chose the charlcoal color as fairly netral.
Came in an enormos box and was in bits. Also the wheels were flat!!! This was terrible as it didnl;t come with a p*mp. The angle of the nozzle on the wheels was sooo crooked that the compact bike p*mp I had simply didn;t fit.
Extremly annoyed, as really wanted to take my new pram for a stroll there and then....not possible.
After resolving this, we were off. Well, no........went throgh my front door, bt not the proch door. measres 77cm, bt I had to take both kids o*t, fold the pram, then re load them o*tside on the driveway. Then we really were off! It was a dream to stear, the handle was low, I'm 5'6, so not terriblt tall, b*t I think the foam grip handle shold be adjstable as I did think it a little *ncomfortable after a time. Also, cannot hang a bag from it, so pleased I got the additional shopping basket beneath, I have a long handled bag, still didn;t go anywhere near!
The break is fantastic, a long easy to apply bar along the entire length of the pram with a bit that stick o*t so very friendly for harrased mothers.
As I have 2 kids of differnt ages, was worried that it wold be heavier on one side, wasn;t, really well balanced as had the central front wheel. Was very easy to streer along the pavements and kerbs in town, not great on some of the narrower roads or ones with big trees etc. Off road, ie, the park or the local forest it really did come into its own. Bonced over anything with great ease.
Folding: Very easy, 2 red b*tton things that were very easy get to. Did come with a warning not to hold certain parts as very easy (INDEED) to trap fingers while folding. It is very light weight, and fairly rob*st to trow in the car. The seats have to be in a certain possition to fold efficiently, which is very annoying. And the gigantic, and I mean gigantic hood had to be right back, very easy to get it very wrong, and be fighting with the beast.
The rain cover was frightningly big. B*t wonderfl. Simple to work o*t and pop on even in a gail.
After a very short space of time the front wheel broke at the top where it meets the bracket. Was a slow p*nct*re, and was a real break from going over something in the park. Was not repairable and had to be replaced after a really long time trying to lay blame with me.
More negatives than possitive on this one I think. Love the Phil and teds and have really st*ck with that. I sold this on Ebay and haven't missed it in the slightest, I have to admot tho, having tested others like the Maclaren Techno doble, and the Mothercare doble and my friend Mo*ntain B8ggy, I really do think this is by far the best side by side on the market, not for me in town thogh.
This has got to be the best purchase i have made as a mummy!!! I recently had twins and after much deliberation and stress of choosing a pram i am pleased to say i made the right choice with the 360 Nipper and have never been disappointed!!
As newborns my twins were in it from birth, they were 5lb 3oz and 5lb 6oz and even though they were so little they fitted very comfortably and looked very snug!! The suspension is fabulous which meant the boys did not feel every lump and bump in the roads. This has got to be the easiest pram to push and i tried many!!! The 360 degree swivel front wheel enables you to push with one hand and manipulate tight corners with ease. Me and my husband do a lot of walking and this pram has been perfect and is definatley as it says "Out n About".
Another thing i love about this pram is the weight...at only 7kg its one of the lightest double prams on the market, i am only a small girl and i can fold it no probs and lift it in and out of the car boot. It folds fantastic, i have had it in the back of a peugout 206, a renault laguna and vauxhall zafira very easily. If you do need to squeeze it into a tight space it has quick release wheels u can pop off.
I have never had any problems with fitting through any doors or shops (other than my own porch door). You will find many shops have to accomodate for wheelchairs and the nipper is probably just that if not a little less so i have always been shopping with ease.
It has storage on the back of each seat and u can buy an extra shopping basket for the bottom which i have found handy.
I just cannot say enough good things about this pram and would urge you to try it as when i seen it in catalogues i wasnt impressed but when i give it a whirl in a shop i was sold! My boys weigh nearly 2 stone each now and the Nipper is still going strong and i expect it to last me until they are walking and no longer need one.
when i wass pregnant with my 3rd child i knew that i would have to get a better doble buggy-i did have the mothercare duolite as all my children are under three years old, but it was hard enough to use with just 2, and adding a buggyboard or pushing it with one hand when my next one arrived would have been a nightmare. i had saved some money for it and decided that i would get a good quality buggy.
i looked at every double buggy on the market several times-i spent hours trawling the internet, comparing statistics, reviews and prices and narrowed it down to a couple.
i really liked the first wheels city twin, as it had a seperate carrycot and the seats could face either way, but it was really heavy, and then the carrycot was another 3 kg on top-i thought that the weight would be too much if there was a buggy board on it too, and was put off by the fact that it had to be taken apart as 3 seperate pieces, so awkward.
After much deliberation and being unable to find and stockist that sold the nipper 360 i decided to take the plunge and order it online. i odered from kiddicare, who were great and delivered it a couple of days later. it cost £299 but came with a free travel cot, which is lovely.
The buggy itself comes pretty much set up-all i had to do was click the wheels into place and put the seat pads in. I was quite surprised how long the buggy was, as the duolight i had was really short, but it handles like a dream. It is so light-10kg, one of the lightest buggies on the market, and the swivel wheel makes it really easy to push. the air tyres make the ride smooth and really easily glides over rough terrain.
the only gripes i have are that its not a one handed set up-you have to slot a catch through a hole to secure it either side.
also, its slightly stiff when unfolding it to set it up. i dont know if this is something that will get easier as the buggy gets older.
As for a buggy board, i have attached the kiddiboard to it-its not the best fit, as the handle comes quite far back, but manageable for my daughter as she stands in front of the handle.
the buggy seat lays COMPLETELY flat, which was a major requirement for me, as the last buggy i had my daughter looked really hunched even on the lowest setting. my son sits in this one lovely, and the shade is so large it completely covers them-very handy for the sun!
The buggy comes with a raincover, which is extra with alot of buggies, and it has two drawstring pouches on the back of the chairs to store shopping. as this buggy is a jogger buggy there is a wrist strap, so you can secure it when going down steep slopes, as the bugy is so easy to manouvre that it would run away from you if you're not careful.
overall, i love my buggy-it has been my lifesaver with 3 young children, and was definately well worth the money.
Out'n'About Nipper Double 360 Pushchair
Smug. Now that's not a word I used to spend much time thinking about as a young man but as I grow older it is something that appears more and more. I blame Bridget Jones and its effect on my wife's generation. I think it was here that the term 'smug marrieds' first came to prominence and how the eponymous singleton would shrink under the pitying gaze of married friends. In fact 'smug married' is only one of several circles of smugness that appear on life's journey. It starts with 'smug couples' looking down on their single friends, moves on to 'smug couples living together' through 'smug married' and into 'smug parents'. Each looks down on the previous with a knowing gaze, nodding sagely and saying 'don't worry, your time will come'.
I have now travelled through several rungs of this smugness ladder and I find myself a 'smug parent plus'. That is I'm the proud owner of a fully populated double buggy. You know you've seen them, those smug parents pushing their double buggies around the streets and shopping malls ignoring all around them yet virtually challenging you to worship them at the altar of their fertility. Well that's me, at least until the novelty wears off anyway.
So how did I come to being the smug owner of a double buggy pushchair, let me take you through the process.
The buying decision ~
With the arrival of child number two looming we were presented with the question of whether we needed to buy a double buggy or stick with our single ones. As child # 1 is approaching three years old she is an infrequent user of her buggy. For short trips we rarely even take it out as she is not keen on using it, preferring to walk (or dawdle as is usually the case) but for longer trips we wouldn't be without it. This is partly because her little legs do get tired after a while but also because buggies are very useful for carrying bags, picnics, coats and so on. Another point is that no matter how unattached she is to the buggy and how easy going she (sometimes) is, sure as eggs is eggs if she sees anyone else sitting in HER buggy she'll want to sit in it as well. That was pretty much the clincher, we could spend the next year explaining to her that she is to old for her buggy and the baby needs it or go for an easier life and get the double buggy so that everyone gets a seat. Decision made - let's go buy a double buggy.
The choice ~
As with single buggies the choice for doubles is large with options for most budgets and circumstances. Doubles come in two basic configurations, each with their own pros and cons. Firstly there are side-by-sides. This is the traditional set-up with two buggies effectively stuck together where the two children sit next to each other. The second configuration is the tandem where one will sit behind the other. In fact, there is a third option; Phil 'n' Ted have a model called 'Explorer' where the children sit in tandem but the rearmost child sits virtually underneath the other. This is exacerbated if the second child is a newborn because then they are kept in a glorified parcel tray almost completely out of sight. This seems bizarre to me as one of the joys of having a newborn is being able to show them off and have all the little old ladies come up cooing. That model was never an option, although for some reason it is very popular. There are also decisions to be made about wheels - three or four, big or small and handles, do you want two handles or a bar across the width of the buggy? Each point raises different pros and cons so let's look at those.
Pros & Cons ~
The biggest issue with doubles is, not surprisingly, size. Whatever the style they tend to be bigger and heavier than singles and this causes problems with handling, storage, transportation and manoeuvrability.
Wheels: Three or four? I'm not entirely sure what the differences are between the two beyond styling. Three-wheelers are certainly more modern looking but I don't think they are always easier to handle. They do tend to have bigger, pneumatic wheels and this does make a difference. With the bigger wheels the ride is a lot smoother and many of the lumps and bumps are cushioned out providing a more comfortable journey for the child and an easier job for the pusher. The trade off is that bigger wheels make the buggy much more bulky and will not store anything like as compactly as those with smaller, caster-type wheels. One problem I've noticed with tandems, particularly three-wheeler ones, is that if the older child is in front, which bearing in mind that they will be jumping in and out is quite likely, in many models their legs will be in contact with the front wheel which could be uncomfortable and possibly dangerous.
Handle: Buggies with two handles can be folded a lot smaller as they can be concertinaed quite well. On the other hand buggies with a single bar are a lot easier to handle as they can be pushed and steered with one hand, an important factor when you have a toddler and a newborn.
Tandem: The advantage of tandem buggies is that they are as narrow as a single buggy so therefore easier to get through doorways and so on. They are, however, quite long and this presents its own handling problems as you need that much more room for turning corners. Another thing to think about is the social aspect, with one child behind the other there is no chance for them to interact. It might be that you want to keep the two of them separate but I think it is a shame that there is no chance of contact. There may also be arguments over who sits in front.
Side-by-side: The biggest problem with side-by-sides is obviously the width which can make negotiating doorways and narrow passages or footpaths a problem. To overcome this some manufacturers will make the individual seats narrower but this presents its own problems for older children. On the plus side there can be no arguments or decisions about seating, both will be able to see everything going on around and they can happily interact with each other and share toys etc.
The Decision ~
Despite being tempted by some tandem machines there always seemed to be a negative that put us off so we looked at the choice of side-by-sides. We narrowed it down to three choices: The Mamas and Papas Aria - weight 7kg, cost £200; the Maclaren Twin Techno - weight 15kg, cost £200 or the Nipper 360 - weight 9kg, cost £300.
The Aria is incredibly light for a double buggy, but this probably accounts for its quite flimsy feel. It just doesn't feel like it can take the wear and tear that buggies go through. It looks a little old fashioned and the caster wheels can give a bumpy ride.
The Maclaren is a good option, a reliable brand that offers good value for money. On the plus side it folds quite small making it easy to store and transport. The trade off is in weight, this buggy feels every one of its 15kg. Having separate handles also means it is hard to manoeuvre with one hand.
The Nipper 360 is light but sturdy, the big wheels make it very easy to move around and provide a comfortable ride. Narrow enough to fit through most single doorways with a bar handle to allow steering with one hand, it looks great as well. The trade off is that it doesn't fold very small and is in fact quite bulky, although the wheels can be removed (each requiring a one click operation) and this makes a significant difference. It is also the most expensive of the three, partly because this is a brand new model although it should be noted that it is selling at a 10% discount to summer prices and may get cheaper.
Although budget is important it shouldn't be the over-riding factor when buying a buggy. It is very important to get the right buggy for you because you'll be using it so much. Skimping here is a false economy and you don't want to be replacing an inappropriate model after only a couple of months.
Taking all the above into account we went for the Nipper 360, bought from our local baby goods supplier for £300 including parcel rack. They must do price checking because every seller I've seen sell at the same price.
What you get ~
The Out 'n' About Nipper 360 comes in a single box roughly three foot square by 6 inches deep. In the box is the body of the buggy, the three wheels, the parcel rack, rain cover and two seat cushions. There is some assembly to be done but this is limited to attaching the wheels and parcel rack. As the wheels are designed to be taken on and off easily assembly is very quick and can be completed in around ten minutes. The rain cover is slightly trickier to attach as it uses several Velcro straps rather than a zip and takes some interpretation first time round as the instructions are a bit vague. The instructions for the rest of the unit are clear and well laid out.
In use ~
The Nipper 360 is one of the easiest to use buggies I've ever come across, the ride and handling are incredibly smooth and this is thanks to the big wheels. The front wheel swivels full circle (hence being called the 360) which makes it very easy to manoeuvre and the pneumatic tyres smooth out most urban lumps and bumps. The rear wheels also have sprung suspension which probably helps but I'm not convinced how useful this really is.
At 76cm wide this will fit through most doorways but some care is needed. The two seats are of a good size; easily accessible for a newborn and providing plenty of room for an older toddler, each features a five point harness.
Seats can be reclined by adjusting a sliding strap that can be unclipped for a newborn to lie flat. Adjusting the seats is quite fiddly with the sliding strap; in theory there are an infinite number of settings as the strap is fed through but practically you have the selected upright position when clipped and flat when unclipped.
The parcel rack is full width and therefore quite big but it is shallow and when either seat is flat down access can be limited. It is also low to the ground with a low rear lip so bags have a tendency to slip out if not pushed in far enough. There are no clips for hanging bags onto which is a bit of a pain.
The sun canopy is a good size and offers good protection from the sun or showers and the rain cover can be quickly attached and will provide all round protection. The canopy has large pockets on either side which have proved very useful.
The buggy is held open by three clips. There are two plastic clips, one on either side, that need to be secured manually and a third metal safety catch that will fasten on opening. As the plastic clips can be reached by inquisitive little hands they can be secured with metal brackets if needed. To fold the buggy the two plastic clips are loosened and the safety catch held open so that it can be folded in half. When folded the buggy is quite bulky and will be a squeeze in most boots. To make things easier all wheels can be removed quickly, the rear wheels slide into the axle and are secured by a sprung clip. The front wheel is held in place like a racing bike's wheel and releasing a catch will free it. To fit in my boot (Toyota Rav4) I need to remove one rear wheel but this isn't as much trouble as it sounds and removing all three can be done in seconds.
The buggy is suitable from birth and there is plenty of room for our three year old so it should see her through until she doesn't need a buggy at all.
So far we are very happy with this buggy, it's been very comfortable both for us and the children and I haven't unearthed any shortcomings since buying. While not the cheapest it's certainly not the most expensive and I think the benefits justify the extra cost. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this and if you can cope with the bulkiness I don't think you'll be disappointed.