Jump to content

Pram/stroller suitable for long walks - not too expensive?


  • Please log in to reply
14 replies to this topic

#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_29weeks

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 elle-M

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.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

WIN an exclusive performance from Sam Moran!

To celebrate the release of children?s musical series Play Along with Sam, out now on DVD, we?re giving one lucky parent the chance to have Sam perform at their child?s pre-school or day care!

Toddler freed after getting trapped in escalator

A shopping centre escalator needed to be pulled apart to free a toddler's trapped hand.

Why I'm kind of excited about my daughter's nits

Is it weird to say that I am secretly thrilled to find that my daughter Edie has nits?

Baby born at 10:11 on 12-13-14

Well, it's actually 13-12-14 to us over here. But still, Clare Elizabeth Keane's consecutive numerical birth time is pretty special.

On holding tightly and loving fiercely

We can't live in fear. This post is about Christmas and how at this time we should be celebrating life and grateful for what we have: our loved ones who we cherish fiercely.

Babies, relatives and coping with Christmas day

Everyone will love your baby but your baby may not be so happy to be passed around a lot of new people - nor may you want to feed with an audience.

Why I won't be posting pictures of my baby on Facebook

There are pros and cons to this policy.

The myths and truths of gender swaying

Here are a few popular methods hopeful parents-to-be use to try to get a baby of their preferred gender – and what an expert says about whether they really work.

10 easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas

It's officially time to get into the Christmas spirit. Why not branch out when you put up your tree this year and add a personal touch with a few DIY decorations? We've found the perfect easy-to-make ways to put more festive fever into your home.

The dangerous new trend of glucose challenge test refusal

A dangerous trend is seeing more mothers-to-be declining a relatively simple and painless test to check for gestational diabetes.

Office of Fair Trading reveals naughty toys ahead of Christmas

The Office of Fair Trading has pulled seven toys from shelves ahead of Christmas after they fail safety tests.

Video: Baby boy's trouble with twins

These twin girls will no doubt have fun fooling people in years to come, but nobody will be as confused as baby Landon.

Long-term reversible male contraceptive on its way

Men could soon have access to an injectable long-term contraceptive which works in a similar way to a vasectomy but promises to be easily reversed.

'I tried to kill my baby': one mum's story

After bathing and dressing her three-month-old son, Amanda had a rare moment alone with her baby.

Attack of the 'mummy brain'

I feel that almost every day, someone in my life - be they a friend, family member or complete stranger - feels the need to excuse my behaviour as I have other things on my mind.

Mum of baby who fell ill after drinking raw milk speaks out

A Melbourne mother has described how her son turned grey when he became seriously ill after drinking raw milk.

Australian divorce rate lowest since 1976

Modern newlyweds are now well into their 30s and marriage still offers something powerful a new book argues.

The aftermath of a traumatic birth experience

In Australia, 30 per cent of women find their birth experience traumatic, with 6 per cent going on to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Young mum burns 'from inside-out'

A young mum is in intensive care after she took a friend's antibiotic and wound up with an ailment that is burning her body 'from the inside-out'.

The disagreement that can break a relationship

If he doesn't change his mind, all I can hope is that I will. It would be a waste to spend the rest of my marriage mourning a baby that never was.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Co-sleeping or no-sleeping? Mum videos worst nap ever

One mother's futile attempt to sleep in caught on camera in a hilarious - and very cute - video.

Why children misbehave during the festive season

While we all like to imagine the holiday season as being a fun, loving and bonding experience; often our reality is quiet different.

I was fat-shamed by my doctor

The fear of being weighed is the most significant factor in women cancelling medical appointments - and now weight-shaming has happened to me.

End of an era: no more childcare

As we reach the end of 2014, we're closing the book on many things for another year, most notably childcare. Our last child has attended childcare for the very last time.

WIN an exclusive performance from Sam Moran!

To celebrate the release of children?s musical series Play Along with Sam, out now on DVD, we?re giving one lucky parent the chance to have Sam perform at their child?s pre-school or day care!

The 7-year itch is more like the 10-year itch: study

Contrary to popular belief, making it past the seven-year mark doesn't mean your marriage will be smooth sailing from there on.

Should children be forced to sit on Santa's lap?

We teach kids it’s okay to say no if they don’t feel safe, so why do some parents force their children to climb in to Santa's lap?

Stop telling us that parenting gets harder

I’m sure that parenting will get harder. But life isn’t exactly smooth sailing for many of us right now, either.

Baby born weighing almost 14 pounds

Yes, the bouncing baby girl was born by caesarean section. And mum says no more kids.

The dummy debate

I'm the first to admit that when I used to see tiny babies with dummies in their mouths, I thought "Hmm, lazy parenting." And now I apologise.

'I thought I was an only child'

Imagine meeting your double at a school sports event, or regularly being mistaken for someone you haven't met. Separated twins Margaret and Joy tell their story.

Carers admit to force-feeding children

As Sydney grieves the loss of Sydney siege victims Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, reports have suggested that both died as heroes.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.