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#1 javic

Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:49 AM

I'm thinking of getting a new stroller to walk my 2 year old for long walks so I can get some exercise. I have an expensive pram already (peg perego) but the pavements where I live slope badly toward the road and I have to work really hard to stop the wheels turning into the slope. It's so hard to keep it straight. And if I lock the wheels forward it just creates other problems and doesn't stop the issue 100% anyway.

So, I am looking for a good long distance stroller, good for power walking, comfy for baby, not too expensive (under $500).

Have been looking at combi, well jogger, mountain buggy, maclaren online - just need help deciding!

#2 Liz75

Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:54 AM

Buy a second hand Mountain Buggy online. I have had P&T, Maclaren, combi and I have found the MB by far the best for walking, it is easy to push, smooth and handles off road too.

#3 noonehere

Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:58 AM

Baby jogger city mini GT?

#4 SierraX

Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:06 AM

I bought my Mountain Buggy on eBay for $150. It was in decent condition (slightly faded but in great working condition) and I love it. I too have unsealed, sloping, bumpy footpaths in my suburb which is why I bought it to complement my "indoor" pram.

I love my MB - it goes everywhere and is adjustable for tall/short people. You can get accessories for it like shades and clip-on bars but the MB brand is quite expensive. I've bought generic universal size ones and they work just fine.

#5 MrsLexiK

Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:19 AM

With the MB I would look at the urban with the bigger wheels, I know people who have the swift and love it but they find it hard to walk walk with it now because the wheels are smaller in size and they can feel the weight of their child.  The wheels when I looked where about the same size on the BJ mini gt and this was one of the reasons I went the urban for.  The bigger the wheels the easier the pram is to push original.gif

#6 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:37 AM

Get a secondhand Mountain Buggy or Baby Jogger.

#7 javic

Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:42 PM

QUOTE (MrsLexiK @ 05/02/2013, 10:19 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
With the MB I would look at the urban with the bigger wheels, I know people who have the swift and love it but they find it hard to walk walk with it now because the wheels are smaller in size and they can feel the weight of their child.  The wheels when I looked where about the same size on the BJ mini gt and this was one of the reasons I went the urban for.  The bigger the wheels the easier the pram is to push original.gif



Thanks so much for that tip! I hadnt thought of that - will make sure i get one with bigger wheels!

Thanks to everyone else for the tips too - am looking for a MB or BJ on ebay. Hadn't thought of getting it second hand. Great idea!

#8 dae-gu

Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:47 PM

Another one who recommends getting a 2nd hand MB Urban off ebay....should get one for about $100.....they are fab for walking!

#9 caitiri

Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:58 PM

Another who recommends the MB I have an urban elite(NZ manufacture) and its great over most surfaces.  It also works really well with heavy weight.  I can put my 4yo and my 2yo in (yes completely irresponsible) and still have no issue over loose deep gravel, together they are just over the 35kg weight limit.  



#10 Lokum

Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:44 PM

MB Urban, second hand.   MBs last forever!!!

My sister just bought one which must be about 8 years old, and it's excellent (though she has to replace one tyre.)

My Urban is China-made 2010 model, and perfect after 2.5 years use, with some hard driving. I wouldn't worry too much about the NZ/China made business at all.

I'm so into 2nd hand prams now, I would never buy a new one again. (Have bought a small light Bugaboo bee for use overseas, and a MB Duet 2nd hand.)


#11 Jersey Caramel

Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:06 PM

I agree with buying a good quality pram 2nd hand.

I love our Emmaljunga duo for walking - it is so sturdy and easy to push and virtually impossible to tip (unlike 3 wheelers). You have to get used to steering (ie you have to lift the front wheels slightly by pushing down on the handle) but it's great for walking because it doesn't go off track.

#12 premmie

Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:11 PM

Mountain buggy second hand though maybe go with an urban if you have a two year old as the swift is very narrow.

#13 Justaduck

Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:12 PM

Valco Matrix - I picked ours up with a bassinet for $329 just before Christmas - we just don't have the money for the Baby Joggers that are raved about

#14 Lokum

Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:19 PM

QUOTE (Jersey Caramel @ 07/02/2013, 02:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I love our Emmaljunga duo for walking - it is so sturdy and easy to push and virtually impossible to tip (unlike 3 wheelers).


I've managed to almost tip my 4-wheeler Bugaboo Bee by over-steering on a rough surface. Have never come close to tipping my MB Urban.

(Someone grabbed it and tried to 'help' us out of a cafe and nearly tipped it by going UP a stair with the front wheel first.  I guess they're not total-moron-proof, but very safe with a modicum of common sense.)

#15 eM_Mille

Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:15 PM

Baby Jogger city elite or summit - the sun shade is huge (much bigger than a MB), and it's got a breathable mesh bit at the back near the child's head to keep them cooler.

I use my baby joggers for jogging (I have the FIT version from the USA) as well as the summit xc double. They're brilliant for walking too because they're designed for jogging so the suspension, wheels, and brakes are fantastic.




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