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#26 ~Supernova~

Posted 07 May 2012 - 04:34 PM

I used to hate 3 wheelers with a passion. With DD I had a reverse handle Bertini 4 wheeler, and while I really liked it, it just didn't tick all my boxes. DH really wanted a 3 wheeler so we got a Bumbleride Indie. Best. Pram. Ever. I seriously couldn't rave enough about this pram, and it is fantastic off road. We've yet to have any tipping issues, it is very stable. I've used my sisters P&T and was really not very impressed (hence my dislike of 3 wheelers). The only complaint I have is that I miss having a reverse handle, but it's really not a big deal for very long.

It is also light (I have a bad back), easy to fold, SUPER easy to manoeuvre (I often push it while carrying DS), and not overly wide like most 3 wheelers. And the handle adjusts to suit from the very short, to very tall.

Edited by Mareek, 07 May 2012 - 04:44 PM.

#27 Sentient Puddle

Posted 07 May 2012 - 04:48 PM

I had a MBU 3 wheeler - never had it tip - in the 7 years I had it!!  Not all 3 wheelers are created equal as is the same as 4 wheelers.  Also there is recommendations as to how to safely enter and exit trains with prams that make perfect sense. You just have to use some common sense with any make of pram.  I also hated the handling of most of the 4 wheelers I tried and you couldn't take most of them on anything bumpier than a tiled surface!

#28 Isolabella

Posted 07 May 2012 - 04:50 PM

I LOVE my 3w Quinny Zapp (Xtra so can face forward or backward plus is travel system with Maxi Cosi Capsule) for travel and going to the shops.

Walking from home I love my big Mura 4 (not sold in Aust). It is the 4WD of prams - 4 x air filled tyres.

I also have had a Quinny Buzz (3w) and P&T Vibe (3w). They were not my favourite.

When my little sister was looking for a pram I suggested the BJ City Select. As it has 4w and believe that would be more stable in case of emergency. My sister has epilepsy so the potential for her to fall over while pushing a pram is not out of the realms of probability.

Oh yeah, I am 5ft and my sister is 5ft 3.

#29 Isolabella

Posted 07 May 2012 - 04:52 PM

I LOVE my 3w Quinny Zapp (Xtra so can face forward or backward plus is travel system with Maxi Cosi Capsule) for travel and going to the shops.

Walking from home I love my big Mura 4 (not sold in Aust). It is the 4WD of prams - 4 x air filled tyres.

I also have had a Quinny Buzz (3w) and P&T Vibe (3w). They were not my favourite.

When my little sister was looking for a pram I suggested the BJ City Select. As it has 4w and believe that would be more stable in case of emergency. My sister has epilepsy so the potential for her to fall over while pushing a pram is not out of the realms of probability.

Oh yeah, I am 5ft and my sister is 5ft 3.

ETA: all the prams above fit in the boot of a Honda Jazz.

#30 Cat Burglar

Posted 07 May 2012 - 05:17 PM

I have a Beema Q - I walked sooooo much with DD on all sorts of terrain, mainly bike paths, but also trails, beach etc. Never have I felt like it was going to tip, and I used to load it up with shopping, changes of clothes, go to the library and borrow 17 books, etc wink.gif
So I would say that model is very safe. My DH thinks that the baby jogger mini (I think it is- the ones that fold up one handed) are really unsafe. But I have a couple of friends with them who think they are fine.

Madnesscraves : may I ask which model? I personally think its the pram itself not number of wheels.

Edited by Soccer Mum, 07 May 2012 - 05:19 PM.

#31 *lightning

Posted 07 May 2012 - 05:28 PM

I've had both and I got rid of the 3 wheeler. I have a BJCS and it is a bit heavy but very sturdy and my favourite pram.

#32 heffalumpsnwoozles

Posted 07 May 2012 - 05:36 PM

I have a 3 wheeler and a 4 wheeler. I prefer the 4 wheeler by a long way, but they're very different prams so it's really comparing apples with oranges. However, I agree with the PP who said that the 4 wheeler is much easier when using public transport.

QUOTE (dae-gu @ 06/05/2012, 09:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You can Lock-off a 3 wheelers front wheel before getting on a train - easy to do original.gif then it will be more stable.

You can do that, but then it makes it hard to maneuver around the platform to get to the train, or around the ignorant passengers on the train so that you can get off it (backwards). And even with the wheel locked, it's nowhere near as stable as the 4 wheeler where I always have at least 2 wheels on the ground.

It probably doesn't help that my 3 wheeler (P&T) is twice the weight of my 4 wheeler (Maclaren Vogue). I live at the bottom of a hill so I have the choice of pulling the pram up a flight of stairs or pushing it up a huge hill to get to the shops. Neither of these is a pleasant experience with a heavy pram, especially when you are 5'2" and a P&T in double mode with two 10+kg kids in it weighs almost the same as you. I can carry the Maclaren, kid and all, up the stairs. It's the lesser of the two evils. original.gif

I'm not sure what options are out there now, my initial pram shopping was done 5 years ago and I couldn't get everything I wanted without taking out a loan. The prams in my price range that could face rearwards didn't steer very well in that mode, were heavy and hard to fold and didn't fold very small, so I ended up throwing in the towel on that requirement. My eldest was a ridiculously early talker so I don't think it afflicted her too badly. original.gif  Everyone in my neighbourhood probably thinks I'm a nutjob though because I did talk to my kids even when they weren't facing me. I've also been known to talk to them when they're not there. Uh huh. Nuts. biggrin.gif

Best of luck OP, hope you find what you're looking for out there.

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