A Sneak Peak: The New Mountain Buggy +one

I have been very fortunate to have been given an early test visit with the brand new, soon to be released +one from Mountain Buggy.  This is a stroller that I have been waiting for a very long time and it has not disappointed me. If I were going to design a stroller that suits my daily wants and needs in a stroller, first it would be a Mountain Buggy and second it would be the +one. As with every single Mountain Buggy that I have tested, I love it. The +one offers a fabulous single stroller that still feels like a fabulous single stroller even when it’s outfitted for two riders. And I’m going to say it again, I love it. This is the most all terrain, easy pushing, go anywhere yet still pretty lightweight single to double you will find. I can lift this one with one hand, put it in the back of my car, still have room for plenty of other gear or even another stroller (not that I need it), roll through any door, store, crowd, over any terrain from flat sidewalk to squishy mud pit with 1 or 2 riders on board. The stroller is great as a single and just as great as a double- one handed pushing over the worst terrain or through the tightest crowds is a piece of cake. I really love that if only 1 rider is on board, this stroller doesn’t feel like it’s a half-empty double plus you really do get a great added space for storage that is super convenient. It is the perfect stroller for us for school drop off, that back seat can hold a rider or all of our gear without having to reach down to the  basket. And it all folds up in 1 piece which is also really fabulous.

Features

The +one comes complete with the main single stroller configuration, an infant cocoon (to be used in single or double mode) and the second seat (see below for configuration options). Standard on this fabulous 3 wheeler are 12” air filled tires, rear suspension, a huge canopy that covers both riders, has zip open mesh panels and can ratchet forward to cover just the front rider or pop back enough to just cover the rear rider or be raised to offer more headroom, rear brake, adjustable handlebar, bumper bar, standing fold, lockable front wheel, wrist strap and a bottle holder (holds my huge water bottle perfectly). A new addition is the twist and slide harness which allows you to quickly adjust the height of the straps without re-threading, a super addition if you alternate between riders of different ages and sizes as I do. Optional accessories are a rain cover, zip in sunshade, carrycot, car seat adaptor, travel bag, the freerider (see our review here), and the many other mountain buggy universal accessories. The stroller weighs in at just under 30 pounds, is 25 inches wide and holds 44 pounds per seat.

In Use

First of all you have to put it together, which really doesn’t take that long even if you’re adding the second seat. The Mountain Buggy assembly video makes it all very easy to figure out. Set up as a single the +one really does feel much like an Urban Jungle. To convert to a double, you just unzip the seat extender and add the cocoon or the second seat. The seat extender does extend back quite a bit, so you won’t be able to use a ride on board, like the freerider, in doubles mode, but you can use one in single mode. If you’re adding the second seat, you also unzip the footwell for the back rider’s feet. At first glance it appears a bit small, but if you just slide the second seat back a bit, the space really opens up. The rear rider is a bit higher than the front rider, unless the rear rider is pretty young. I thought the view might be a bit restricted back there, but even my 22 month old could see her surroundings just fine. I was also concerned that the footwell might not go over very well with my two testers, but both had no problem with it at all. My 3 year old was very happy in the back and didn’t even notice that the footwell was something a bit different. My 22 month old alternated between feet in and feet up, but when she rode with her feet up, she dropped her iPod into the footwell for some hands free viewing which she really enjoyed. The seats are not huge, but even my 3 year old fits well in the front and back with room to spare. I did also test out both seats with my 4 year old and he was pretty close to the limits of the seat, but he is huge, really huge for a 4 year old and just about at the weight limit anyway. He fit pretty well in the front- plenty of headroom actually, but he felt a bit closed in in the back seat and didn’t have quite enough room for his legs to fit comfortably. Though to be fair, he is really not a stroller rider anyway and almost never rides at this point, but could ride in the front if needed without difficulty. If you have 2 really big riders, you’d be better served by a larger stroller like the Duo (which we love), but for any other combination, it’s a great option. I love knowing that I really can go anywhere with the +one and easily push 2, hold the hand of one more and keep track of number 4 plus lug their gear (in the basket that is not filled up by tiny feet) all without difficulty, struggling, tipping, getting stuck or enduring the nasty looks I get when I try to push through a crowd or down an aisle with a full sized double. When I’m out with just one or two of my little ones it still super fabulous in every way.

The +one really handles well under all circumstances. This stroller really can go anywhere you want to go. The width is the same as a single of course, so you just fit where ever you want to be. That in itself is a major plus. Another plus is the fabulous Mountain Buggy structure that cannot be beat. The ride is as smooth as it is easy to push and it is easy. We are getting to the point that any double stroller can be hard to push with 2 of my hefty riders on board, but this was not a problem with the +one. I can easily push it one handed even when loaded up with 50 plus pounds of riders and a full basket. The lightweight frame, fabulous air tires and the rear suspension help it to just glide and pop over anything in it’s path. I haven’t tried one finger yet, but I have pushed it with just a few fingers. With those great tires, it even pops up stairs easily. It’s just flat out fantastic. We have some pretty crazy stroller needs and the +one hits it on every mark. The only thing I don’t like is that it’s taken so long just to get to try it out and that it’s only here for a short visit. We will really miss it when it’s goes home and we’ll be counting the days until it’s actually released.

The Mountain Buggy +one is a superb option for those who want the versatility of a single to double and also want the very best possible ride, push and features that a Mountain Buggy offers. (Be warned: if you want one, get your order in quickly. Even though the +one hasn’t been released yet and will just begin shipping this week, it’s already backorderd in many places, for good reason. Price will be $649.) I really do measure all other strollers against Mountain Buggies because they always offer the best of what I want in a stroller. The +one offers all of that in a really unique package. If a side by side suits you better, be sure to check out the new super slim Mountain Buggy Duet, already available and another great option at 25” wide (full review to come soon here on BabyRazzi, but you can see my quick comparison between the two here now). Please visit the Mountain Buggy website for more details about the +one and all of the other super fine Mountain Buggy strollers.

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The mountain buggy freerider

Recently I have been trying out lots of ride on boards with my 3 sons. I’ve been trying to get us down to a single, which means that I need one of the boys to ride on the back of his sister’s stroller. So far, most of the various board and stroller combinations we’ve tried have been a big bust for various reasons. My oldest would never even consider riding on a board from as early as age 2  because riding in, on or anywhere near a stroller was for babies. One scared (and hurt) my current 2 year old so badly that he would not under any circumstances even consider getting back on another board. That is, until he saw the freerider from mountain buggy. In our case, big boys and small boys do ride if it’s on a freerider.

Even though our mountain buggy duo is the only stroller we’ve been happy to use with a ride-on board, mountain buggy has come up with a  way to make it even better by designing their very own, very unique board. The freerider is unique in that it’s shaped like a scooter, which appeals to a little one’s sense of adventure and makes them immediately feel far more grown up. The older ones just think it’s cool enough to make riding acceptable and even fun. The scooter design also offers a handle that is sized and placed perfectly for a child to grab onto while riding and makes smaller children feel very secure. The look of it literally will make any child want to hop right on, board phobic or not. All 3 boys fought over who would ride, including the 2 year old who has been adamantly opposed to even board-related discussions since a previous test ride on another new board. He jumped on our freerider and had to be pried off kicking and screaming for more. He loved it and wasn’t scared at all. He fit perfectly and adored the handle.

We tested the freerider with a mountain buggy urban jungle, which very nicely allows your child to stand on a board with the handle behind their head which is great, but having their very own scooter handle to grab makes it feel not just safer and far less scary, but super fun. All 3 of my boys tested the freerider, 2 (33 months), 4 and 6 (42 lbs) and it worked well with all 3, from the bottom of the age limit right up to the top of the weight limit of 44 pounds. The board does stick out further to the rear than some others. I have a very long stride, so I did have to walk a bit to the side if it’s in the center of the stroller. The nice thing about the freerider adapter is that you can position it anywhere on the rear tube, so you can push it more to one side if you want a bit more legroom in front of you or right in the middle if you want to balance out the weight depending on your combination of riders. With a very heavy rider on the board and a light rider in the seat (19 mo old girl) I felt a bit better with the board in the middle, otherwise to the side offers less chance of kicking. The included adapter will work with all current mountain buggy stroller models, including the duo and the soon to be released duet and +one. This is great because you can use it to transport 3 children. The freerider can also be used with certain older models, the swift urban, urban elite and double urban, but not the early terrain and breeze models. Additional adapters are currently in the works for other stroller brands, including phil&teds, bugaboo, baby jogger plus several others and are due for release soon. When you don’t want to use the board it can easily be folded up out of the way (there’s even a place to put the handle) or it pops off very easily, which is part of it’s very unique charm.

The freerider pops off and, with a flip of the wheel, becomes exactly what it looks like, a freewheeling scooter. And I can tell you that this is a very popular feature. Just knowing that it pops off and turns into a scooter, makes my 3 year old more willing to ride when I need him too, but actually using it as a scooter is his favorite thing right now. As soon as he sees it he asks for his helmet. And it’s so simple to go back and forth, you really just pop a button to remove it from the stroller (which also means it’s easy to remove whenever you want, not just for scooting) and flip the wheel down into swivel mode. That’s it. The board has a non-skid surface, so it’s secure for little feet both on and off the stroller and it offers a rear wheel brake for scooter mode. Another plus, when you don’t need the board on the back of your stroller, you still have a fabulous ride that your child will love instead of just a big hunk of plastic sitting in the garage or closet. Multiple lives are always so much more pleasant. And life with the freerider is so much more pleasant for us here. I now have 3 boys that will ride when needed, which makes my life easier and they all love, love love this board, both on and off the stroller. The very fabulous freerider is available in 4 colors, orange, blue, black and pink and retails for $99.99.

If you need to add a bit more flexibility and fun to your stroller, the freerider is the perfect choice. Please visit the mountian buggy site for more details on the freerider and it’s upcoming additional adapters. While there, do watch the video to see the very fun freerider in action.

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Mountain Buggy Swift

Known as “the sexy, wee beast”, the Mountain Buggy Swift is a smaller version of the very popular and agile Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle.  And it is a very attractive little stroller with true all-terrain capabilities to boot. Both city or suburb-friendly, the Swift is a great option when searching for the perfect smaller stroller.

Features:
The Mountain Buggy Swift comes complete with the standard Mountain Buggy full recline, standing fold, adjustable handlebar, super easy to adjust 5-point harness, lockable swivel front wheel, detachable bumper bar, great canopy with peekaboo window and pop out sun visor, bottle holder, easily flippable foot brake and is car seat or carrycot compatible. The Swift is available in 3 colors- Lime, Chili and Flint. I tested the Lime and it is very cute. One of my favorite things about the Swift is the shot of color in the seat area and inside the canopy. It has a nice, practical black with a great shot of lime green to give is a happy little pop for your child. The seat material is a hard wearing 600D polyester fabric, water repellent and durable, so it will hold up no matter where you push or or what your child drops in the seat. Available accessories include the carrycot, car seat adapter, travel bag, sun and rain covers. Also available are the Mountain Buggy universal accessories, such as the lovely seat liners and sleeping bag.

In Use:
This zippy little stroller really is quite swift. There’s not much that will slow it down, short of a red light. It will zip right over anything in it’s path- broken sidewalks, curbs, rocks, mud, mulch, tree roots, you name it. Just like it’s larger Mountain Buggy counterparts, the Swift can take any terrain- city or country, sidewalk or park- with complete ease.

The differences lie in the overall size. The frame is slightly narrower and weighs a bit less, about 4 or 5 pounds less than the Urban Jungle. It’s not a compact carry it on the subway every day while holding your baby sized stroller, but you really don’t need it to be. This is not your go on the bus stroller, this is the stroller you get to go everywhere else you want to be. The Swift can take you and your baby, toddler or even Kindergartener to the park, shopping, for long walks, city or suburbs. At just about 20 pounds, it’s light enough to easily tote up the stairs or take in and out of the car as often as you need.

It will go anywhere you want to roll, giving you a super easy push (no fighting over cobblestones or shoving stuck little tires through wet grass in the park) and a very smooth ride for your child. The wheels are slightly smaller and it lacks the rear suspension of the Urban Jungle or Duo, but still offer a great ride in all conditions. I tested the 10” Swift wheels over all of the terrain that I take my Duo a daily basis and really noticed no difference. Everywhere I went the Swift handled it with ease, even with my 45 pound 5 year old on board. My son, was not only as easy to push as a newborn in this stroller, he said he loved riding in the Swift. Though not an avid stroller rider, he asked to keep going for a very long ride and then asked for another ride as soon as we returned home. It was great that I could easily carry the stroller down our many front steps and still push a 45 child over even the roughest terrain. We went up very steep grassy hills, popped one-handed over tall curbs, trotted over very uneven sidewalks that stop many other strollers dead in their tracks.

Despite the smaller size, the Swift holds a whopping 77 pounds and has a seat that will hold your taller children easily. You can easily use the Swift from birth straight through to your post-stroller days. Unless you really need an extra tiny umbrella-sized stroller for public transport, this can easily be your only stroller. I love it- hard-wearing and hard-working- the Swift really can be your go to stroller no matter where you are. Please visit the Mountain Buggy site for more details.

Specifications:
Age: newborn – 5 years
Capacity: 35kg / 77lb
Weight: 9.5kg / 21lb
Width: 59cm / 23in
Handlebar height: 78-106cm / 31-42in
Folded: 96cm x 30cm / 36in x 12in

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