Mountain Buggy Nano Duo
When I saw the Mountain Buggy Nano Duo on a twins club facebook site I knew two things:
- I needed that buggy more than I need pretty shoes and that is a lot
- I needed to get out more as it cannot be normal to be that excited about a new buggy!
Anyway, after a bit of searching to find a local stockist I went off to see it and made what will be my final ever-buggy purchase – honest husband of mine it will be the last buggy I buy! Before I start getting into the details I totally recommend the Mountain Buggy Nano Duo and it has made my life a lot easier with twins as it is just so light. I was not asked to write this nor sent any incentive to do so. This is just the latest buggy I chose to buy.
The design of this buggy is very simple and sleek. There is little to love or hate really. You can get some cool colours on the hood, but I stuck to black, as whilst I loved the yellow I just felt like it would get dirty so very quickly and I didn’t want to be spending time cleaning it all the time. I have discovered since having it that the fabric used on the hood is slightly textured so that stains don’t cling and it is very easy to clean so perhaps the coloured hoods wouldn’t be a pain.
Another slight peeve with the design is in the basket. It is a good size and will take 8kgs which is more than enough to be able to fit in all the baby essentials and some shopping, but the back of the basket has nothing to prevent things falling out. The basket is sunken so this does help, but I have had things fall out whilst walking along or when tipping the buggy to go up a kerb. This is annoying, but it does also mean it is easy to access the things under the buggy, which has been painful with some other buggies I have had so you can’t have it both ways!
A great design feature is that the underneath basket can also be accessed from the front easily which means you are able to use the full capacity of the basket.
Finally, another small design flaw is the carry strap, which is at the back of the basket and often falls out so it is dragging on the floor. This doesn’t affect usability, but after a while I am sure will damage that strap so I end up tucking it in a lot. I think a popper or Velcro to enable this to be secured when not in use as a carry strap would solve this
The weight and size
OMG!! This is amazing. We previously had the Joie Aire Twin, which is also a light buggy, but the Mountain Buggy Nano Duo is something else. It only weighs 9kgs (20lbs). This makes such a difference when pushing up hill! I have found since having twins that double buggies tend to get very heavy having two children of the same size in them. Before with my boys of different ages it was so much easier as the combined weight was much lower, but with toddler twins (who happen to be on the 91st centile for height) the weight of a buggy is really important. It is also very easy to lift in and out of the car if you need to and if I lived in a flat for example where I had to walk up stairs this would also be my top choice of buggy. I find that it is perfect for moving around London too as when we get to any stairs I just ask the girls to get out and walk down and I can lift it and be down the stairs just as quickly as them.
The width of the buggy is 73cm and I am yet to find somewhere that we can’t go unless they have doors so narrow that even a single buggy wouldn’t fit. This makes the buggy perfect for city living, but equally it is fine going over uneven ground and grass so has lots of flexiblility. I believe this is slightly wider than even some other mountain buggy models, but what I have found is that the whole buggy is that width so it is very easy to judge whether you can fit. I have really found that it has made life more accessible!
This bit I am not so keen on. Once it is folded – great and the idea of how it folds back on itself so it smaller is ingenious, but in practice it is not that easy to do. You have to hold in two buttons at the side to flip the back down – that is easy, but then the buggy folds forwards onto itself and this is tricky. I have had this buggy for months now and I still struggle sometimes. I am no buggy novice so I really think that this would be something for mountain buggy to work on. You have to squeeze the sides of the buggy together to release the fold mechanism and I just find this awkward. In their video they have a man doing this and he looked to me to be around 6ft tall so clearly has longer arms than me at 5’7. I am sure it would be easier to do if you had longer arms. The unfold is actually the same – just a little awkward. When the guy does it in their video it looks amazing and so easy, but in reality when you are average height creating the flick that is required to open it isn’t as graceful. Check out me trying to do it when we first got it on my you tube video. I have got better at it since then, but haven’t even attempted to show my parents how to do as I am fairly sure that would tip my mother over the edge. So in summary; once it is folded it is great. The dimensions are super small so perfect if you don’t have a big hallway or for putting in the car, but it isn’t as straight forward as a it looks .
Folded dimensions: H 51.5cm W 73cm and H 28cm
My twins are now 3 and big (91st centile for height) and they both still fit in the seats perfectly comfortably. The straps are easily extendable and have the benefit from being released by one button so its nice and quick to get kids out of.
The seats recline, but not enough for a new born. They do have cocoons that attach though if you wanted to put a newborn in the buggy and you can do different seat combination so have a toddler on one side and a baby on the other. We have only used the recline a couple of times with our girls being a bit older, but when we have they again have seemed very comfortable.
My girls often fall asleep in their buggy on the way to school to collect their brothers so they are certainly very relaxed and happy sitting in this double buggy. So much so I haven’t bought the optional seat liners. The seats are already nicely padded so I didn’t think we needed them, but again my girls were already two when we got this buggy. Perhaps for a smaller child you might want to especially if there was still a risk of them being sick etc…
The leg rests and hoods adjust separately as does the recline so you can manage the needs of two children separately which is great.
The sun hoods are good and Mountain Buggy say they are full coverage, but they don’t shade legs. You can buy a separate sun cover though and I have found it totally sufficient
Using it as an adult
I don’t mean getting in – that would be odd!! I mean pushing it. As I said before it is very light and easy to manoeuvre. You can use one hand to turn it even with my twins in it so that is a great feature. The only thing I don’t like is that the hoods sit right against the handle so I find that I have to keep moving them off my knuckles otherwise it actually rubs a bit as the material is texture.
All in all I would totally recommend this buggy and am happy with the value for money. I suspect that I will only use it until my girls go to nursery so probably I will only get a year or so usage in total, but if I had been able to get this when they were small I would have done so and it would certainly last from baby to big toddler. In that way £399 (plus rain cover) seems like a good price to me. There are cheaper lightweight double buggies, but they honestly don’t push as well or manoeuvre as easily and the fact that this folds so small and is so light means that now as the girls are getting bigger we often just think – let’s just pop it in the boot just in case…. We would not have done this with previous double buggies. So that is it; my last double buggy and no doubt my last buggy user review. It is the end of an era and now I am left wondering what will I do with my shopping? Oh and which shoes will I but instead of another new buggy?!