I was so excited when the mountain buggy +one arrived […]
I was so excited when the mountain buggy +one arrived at our door. The instruction manual was very clear and easy to follow. There were no additional tools required, and I was pleasantly surprised at how little was needed for assembly before the stroller popped to life. (Literally, it popped right up!) One key instruction that I did not see listed was the need to pump the tires prior to using. We found this out the hard way when our tires were flat upon arriving to the airport. Eek! Note to future buyers: Pump your tires upon assembling!
The front seat is the best seat in the house because the child can easily see surroundings and has a comfy footrest that is easily adjustable per the child’s height. This is a nice feature. The backseat offers limitations depending on the age/size of the child. The backseat was a bit cramped for our 2-year-old. Even with the added “footwell,” we found our 2-year-old did not have much room for his little legs. It seems as though the back is more geared towards an infant, possibly even a newborn.
The stroller does come with the cocoon extra feature, which I imagine would be great for families in cold climates. The cocoon can be laid in the backseat, so perhaps it is more intended for an itty-bitty baby. Our 7-month-old infant is not quite big enough to see over the front seat, but she is too old for the cocoon. She definitely wanted to be able to look around, but her view from the back seat was very obstructed. When she’s a little older, I think she’ll be able to sit up better and enjoy the ride.
Our first use of the stroller was on a trip. The +one survived the airport and being tossed around in baggage claim. I count that as a major plus in terms of quality. We were pleasantly surprised to see the stroller showed no damage. The stroller also collapses very easily and locks into a closed position, which is nice for travel, although it is a bit heavy and bulky.
Navigating the stroller throughout the trip was quite easy. The wheels swivel and lock into place, which is always helpful when navigating uneven terrain. The +one is very easy to push and does not feel nearly as heavy pushing as it does when lifting to put the stroller away. We walked and ran with this stroller with ease. And the fact that it is narrower than most double strollers (thanks, inline design!) allows for increased usability.
As far as comfort goes, the straps are soft, highly padded and easy to secure in place. I felt like my children were both quite secure once in the stroller, so no complaints there. The fabric also wipes easily clean, and that’s a major plus because we know how messy our little people can be!
The handle adjusts up and down, which we found to be a terrific and unique feature compared to other strollers we have owned. The mobile handle is nice because mom, dad and older siblings, who occasionally want to help push, are inevitably different heights and being able to change the wrist position was great. A feature I never even thought about became a major plus.
The sun canopy is HUGE! On a sunny day, this coverage is great. On days when the canopy is not needed, it makes for a pretty dark backseat. The shade does fold into a smaller canopy, but it is not quite compact enough. The canopy does come off completely, but it can be a bit tricky to put back on.
Although it’s not perfect (and really, I’m not sure any piece of gear is), the +one has many unique features that make it a good combo stroller for multi-child transport.
To Buy: Mountainbuggy.com