Product Type: Phil & Teds prams, pushchairs and strollers
Newest Review: ... position. Seats can be added, removed or switched with very little effort. Even as a double, this buggy is very manoeuvrable and is ... more
A great buy
Phil & Teds Sport
Member Name: okocha
Phil & Teds Sport
Advantages: Easily fits in two children in a light and compact way
Disadvantages: A very stiff brake
I bought this pushchair shortly before the arrival of my second son, and then made my Mum store it for me until my son arrived. I'd researched this thoroughly. My eldest son was due to be two the day before my second son was born so I needed a double pushchair. The problem was that I was driving a Nissan Micra at the time and couldn't fit most double pushchairs in, in fact I'd had a lot of problems finding a nice single three wheeler that would fit in my car when I'd had my first son. Anyway so I'd checked all the reviews, measured the boot, been down to our local Mothercare and tried it in the boot, and all this by the time I was six months pregnant. Now all I had to do was wait for a sale, I rarely pay full price for anything.
In the December I ordered it from Mothercare as they had money off. I also ordered the second seat, the rain cover and the carry cocoon, or carry cot as most normal people would call it. The whole thing amounted to about £400 with the pushchair coming in at about £250. The day it arrived I wanted to get it all out so I asked the delivery man to put it in my car and, being superstitious, I drove it straight round to my Mum's house. When I got it out I was very surprised. It was barely bigger than my other pushchair. It was easy to put up and down and it wasn't that heavy. In all it was very neat and compact. The only downside was that the brake was stiff and very hard to take off, I thought it might mellow with age but no, having checked the manufacturers handbook I find out that this is a design feature to stop that child in the second seat, when it is underneath, taking the brake off.
So my second son was born the day after my first son's birthday and five, yes five, days later we were allowed home. I couldn't wait to get out and about after being stuck in a VERY hot hospital for five days. My Dad had dropped it off a couple of days before I came home so I set to getting it assembled and getting the kids in it.
When you have a new born the main seat of the original pushchair lies flat, with the "cocoon" on if you've chosen to buy it, the second seat is attached to the frame above the original seat. The second seat is attached where the bar is on the above picture so the bottom of the seat is level with where the bar would be, it is incredibly easy to attach ( I will go into this further in the review on the second seat ).
So I get it all set up with my eldest son in the top, or second, seat and my new baby in the cocoon, which then slides easily in between the top seat and the original, lower seat this is great as it means that your child is protected from the element and nestled with their face directly below the handle so you can glance and check on them as often as you like. Off I go on a walk. I was surprised at how easy it was to push the pushchair around, the children didn't add too much weight wise and it was still quite light, as I said earlier the brake was hard to take off, I ended up using my hand most of the time. I walked to my local co-op and shopped for the essentials. Getting the goods in the shopping basket is quite hard when the original seat is lying flat, thinner items can be slid in from the side, with bigger items you have to lift the lower seat up, disturbing your baby. I was very happy with the pushchair apart from that though.
When my younger son was four months old and wanting to sit up and look around I started using the pushchair with the chairs in the other positions. The original seat was sat up and used normally for the heaviest child. The second seat was attached at the rear of the pushchair so the child's feet were in the shopping basket beneath the main body of the pushchair. I had a few concerns about the rear seat things like that child being splashed by passing cars when it was rainy, the lack of a view and the fumes from cars at the same level. My child has never been splashed while in the pushchair, they have a fairly good view, I can't really comment on whether they are exposed to more pollutions but I try and avoid walking along busy roads if I can anyway because it's nicer to take the back roads.
I've now been using this pushchair for sixteen months, I'm back to the first positions because my youngest is now six weeks old and my second son is sixteen months old. I'm still very happy with it and would recommend it to anyone. One of the best things is that, even though it seems to be slightly wider than normal pushchairs, it still fits through single doorways, fits round the local shops with the narrower aisles. You can buy loads of accessories that will help you in various ways, although you don't need to buy these things but they are nice. It is quite funny if the baby is crying, people look and see my toddler, who isn't crying, but can't see the baby and look really confused. Another good thing is that my older children still get a lot of attention from people passing by, when people can see the baby, like in shopping trolleys, my elder children are ignore and my three year old really notices this, whereas when he's in the pushchair my elder children still get the attention as people can't see the baby until his big brothers point him out, once they've had their fill of attention. All in all a great purchase, not the cheapest double buggy on the market but the most convenient and one of the lightest.
This pushchair is great for people with twins over four months or two children of different ages including new born. This is no good for new born twins as only one child can lie flat.
Summary: If you have two babies or young children buy it