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#1 simon82

Posted 18 April 2012 - 12:27 PM

Hey All,

Ok I know there are a number of these topics but after reading over the threads I have managed to narrow it down somewhat but not enough.

So our main pram is one of the Emmaljunga Duo Combi so obviously not coming overseas and frankly I am looking to sell.

So we are going to: London, Paris, Florence and return to Perth.

The requirements for our 12 month old, healthy 13kg baby girl are:
  • reclines
  • sun cover
  • can handle cobblestones (is this really such an issue, Florence seems to be only concern)
  • is light
  • Can handle being out from 10am to 5pm


I am looking at 3 on Gumtree:

- Maclaren Quest new model
- Stokke Xplory
- Bugaboo Cameleon

The Stokke and Bugaboo both have travel bags so this isn't an issue. The Quest comes with rain cover and organizer (to negate lack of storage on Quest)

My wife loves the Stokke but doesn't look entirely practical, perhaps better buying something like the Quest our Trip and the Stokke as her main pram?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated

Thanks

#2 sueb31

Posted 18 April 2012 - 12:35 PM

QUOTE (simon82 @ 18/04/2012, 12:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My wife loves the Stokke but doesn't look entirely practical, perhaps better buying something like the Quest our Trip and the Stokke as her main pram?


I think this is a good idea.

I don't know the Stokke or Bugabbo in detail, but I wouldn't be taking an expensive pram on an overseas trip, it is asking for trouble. I have a Maclaren Vogue that has withstood many overseas trips to UK, Europe and Canada. Recommend it very highly.

Do look into getting a travel bag for the stroller to protect it. Even if you gate check they can get manhandled. I personally wouldn't get the Maclaren bag which has wheels, as the wheels are cumbersome and to be honest, we unfold it as soon as we get it.

On the cobblestone question, the Vogue has been good. I think it has bigger wheels than the Quest. We also have a Maclaren Daytripper that I bought for travel when the kids are a bit older and not needing the layback (it was really cheap). It has smaller wheels though and you really notice the difference on rough surfaces.

HTH

Sue

Edited by sueb31, 18 April 2012 - 12:36 PM.


#3 Bluenomi

Posted 18 April 2012 - 12:37 PM

After going OS a few times with DD, I'd get whichever is the lighest and easiest to carry. I'd also take something cheap, I once saw a lady crying in customs because the airline had broken her Bugaboo even though it was in a travel bag. My $80 cheapy from Target was fine.

In London I'd avoid a pram if you can. I found it so much easier taking DD around in the sling when using the Tube etc.

#4 IsolaBella

Posted 18 April 2012 - 12:43 PM

If you are using public transport in London avoid prams. Most tube stations have LOTS of stairs and no lifts. On buses if they are getting more packed they will kick you off the bus to allow more passengers on (yes happened numerous times to us - we were in London for 6wks).

Also don't go expensive. Like PP said SIL had her $800 new pram (picked up friday and flew friday night) broken on arrival.

ETA: We used a $15 Target cheapie stroller for our 20mo. It did London and Paris

Edited by lsolaBella, 18 April 2012 - 12:44 PM.


#5 simon82

Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:09 PM

Wow this place is super helpful original.gif

We have tried the cheaper strollers before, issue is bub is a big  bub, we need the recline so she can sleep comfortably (don't want to have to return to hotel every few hours just to nap) and I am quite tall at 6 ft 3 and the prams all seem rather short original.gif

#6 Bluenomi

Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:37 PM

QUOTE (simon82 @ 18/04/2012, 01:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wow this place is super helpful original.gif

We have tried the cheaper strollers before, issue is bub is a big bub, we need the recline so she can sleep comfortably (don't want to have to return to hotel every few hours just to nap) and I am quite tall at 6 ft 3 and the prams all seem rather short original.gif


My $80 from Target have full recline and was fine on unsealed roads and bumps around the South Pacific. And trust me, kids will sleep in the weirdest ways, in Scotland DD once well asleep upright with her feet propped up on the bar at the front of the pram happy.gif

If it is just for a hoilday I really wouldn't take a good pram. So not worth the hassle with the airlines

#7 Munchkin'smum

Posted 18 April 2012 - 06:09 PM

The bugaboo would be great for naps, having her rear facing, and cobblestones, but not on public transport or in cafes and restaurants, the maclaren (recommend the vogue for full recline and larger wheels) would be great for smaller spaces. I would choose the maclaren however. I have spent some time in Europe with both prams, the bugaboo was great in winter with a younger baby, the Mac great with older child (12 months). Hope that helps!

#8 munchmum

Posted 18 April 2012 - 06:19 PM

The quicksmart is great. We took it to the UK last year. It folds to briefcase size, had a bag, a small recline and was tall enough for my 6f1 dh to push. We took it on all surfaces.

#9 *Mumma-to-A*

Posted 18 April 2012 - 06:49 PM

Get a Maclaren. I would say a cheapie wouldn't last the trip.

I've got the Quest but would get the vogue for the slighty bigger wheels, large suncover and full recline. They are just so easy to fold too.

And pack it in a travel bag for the plane.

#10 luey08

Posted 20 April 2012 - 07:27 PM

I have the Vogue,  We have used it for travel lots. I like the bigger wheels and sunshade.  

A good carrier is handy too,  especially for the airport. I do like the city mini too but is a different fold and seems 'bigger' but is roughly the same weight as the vogue

Buy one over there,  you can get a wider variety,  saves on taking it one way too.  Arrange for it to be waiting at the hotel or visit a baby store when you get there.

#11 kittycat01

Posted 20 April 2012 - 07:49 PM

My bugaboo brake got broken in long haul transit in Travel bag. It was a real pain to travel with as it doesn't fit into cars well. nearly had to get 2 taxis for 3 of us! Since then, we have taken our cheapie with us which I wouldn't care about if it got broken. Was $100 in target. Got a universal rain cover for $20 I think.

Another thing to consider is bringing a carseat...scary business having to hold a 1-yr old in your lap. Happened us in Abu dhabi and none of the limo companies had one. An extra stress we didn't need

Kitty

#12 Escapin

Posted 20 April 2012 - 07:58 PM

We have a Stokke at home. Love it to bits - we live in Inner City Sydney and don't have a car so it's DD's primary mode of transport. Would NEVER travel with it - it's too big, doesn't really fold up and is very expensive to replace or even fix.

I recently bought a QuickSmart for traveling and it's perfect - folds up into a backpack that you can take on the plane, and it high enough at the back that it's comfortable to push around for hours.

I never thought we'd end up with 2 prams, but really, you use one every single day so you don't want to try to find a 'one size fits all situations' as you'll just be annoyed all the time.

#13 dae-gu

Posted 21 April 2012 - 10:28 PM

Baby Jogger City Mini.
Easier to fold than the Mac, huge hood, folds really flat for travel (wheels pop off easy - can't do that on Mac) and waaaaaaay more stable than the Mac. I hung a heavy nappy bag off mummy hooks on handle, son jumped out and BJCM still stayed upright.....no Mac offers that stability.

Oh and I've travelled with both a BJCM and a Mac Vogue too, so speaking from a direct comparison.
But do get a travel bag for whatever you decide on.

Agree forget the Xplory - they have a huge fold, def not for travelling sad.gif

#14 jcbenny

Posted 21 April 2012 - 10:37 PM

We have the quick smart. Doesn't recline completely but if the kid is tired he/she will sleep!

Otherwise I'd just buy when im there. I love my peg perego. And apparently much cheaper there!!!

#15 Ice Queen

Posted 27 April 2012 - 02:57 PM

We went to europe with a 16mth old and had a mclaren quest.  I cannot believe how well it lasted.  It got used and used on cobblestones, tubes, trains etc and it came home filthy but fine.  DD slept in it fine, i always took a navy pasmina which i would drape over as soon as she fell asleep.  Suncover isnt the best but i never found that an issue like in oz.  We had a travel bag for the plane so no damage.

In addition to the stroller, we had an ergo carrier, i would HIGHLY recommend this for train stations, tubes etc.  On the days we were 'travelling' we put the stroller in the bag which had wheels, i wheeled that and my wheelie suitcase, hubby had bubs in ergo and pulled his wheelie suitcase.  Much easier than pushing the stroller.  I love the ergo.  We used it a lot in europe.

#16 Mummy fab

Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:12 PM

I wouldnt be taking a bugaboo or a stokke overseas, definately not travelling prams.

I would recommend a baby jogger city mini, easy to fold, reclines, huge hood and light so would be easy for one of you to carry the baby and one carry the pram up stairs or something if you had to.

Good luck.

#17 damster

Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:30 PM

Another one who says definitely not the bugaboo. With stairs, we wanted to take our little one out of the pram and carry it separately. As it's in two pieces, this would be too cumbersome. The travel case is huge too. I bought a Silvercross light stroller on eBay for all our OS trips. Still using it and it's our spare always kept in the back of the car...

#18 lizb87

Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:18 PM

I have a stokke as my normal pram and also would never travel with it. Far too bulky, heavy snd I reckon it would be crap on the cobblestones. We did Europe with a 11 month old and bought a $150 espirit sun stroller which was perfect.  Full recline and comfy seat so he would fall asleep in it and we could go out ti dinner with him asleep (yay, he never fell asleep in our stokke!), light, easy fold, and being an umbrella stroller you could take it right up to the plane. The steering was its downfall, definitely a two handed job, but it git over the cobblestones fine and due to it being cheap we didnt care if it got trashed.  So a maclaren or the espirit one (I got from toys r us) would get my vote.
Good luck :-)




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