Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Review: Maclaren Techno XT

Maclaren is well known for being an English company that makes high quality strollers. Founded by Owen Finlay Maclaren in 1967, Maclaren has continued to base their designs on his original stroller and today their strollers are sold in over 50 countries worldwide.

Easy on public transport.
The Maclaren Techno XT is one of them which allows you to recline the seat fully down so the child can lay flat as well as include a handy pocket for the raincover and a UV protection shield that can be lifted out within the hood. It has smooth and comfortable handles and can easily be folded down in the umbrella fold which many strollers do. You are able to use this from birth all the way up until they are old enough to walk on their own and no longer wish to be in the buggy. The hood also zips out to cover the child further which is perfect for newborns that require extra shade from the sun. It’s a brilliant stroller with slightly larger plastic wheels that make it more stable then strollers with small plastic wheels.

Harness has 2 buttons
for extra safety!
Fitting this into a car boot was something we knew had to be done for our reviews and thankfully we have a mixture of cars with different size boots. We tried this out in a Ford Focus, Renault Megané, Mini Cooper and Volvo V70. Because it’s simple umbrella fold it would fit in three car boots but one of them failed for us. Had a little bit of trouble with the Focus as it only left us enough space for a small suitcase, the Megané was tricky mostly due to the fact the boot had a large sound system built into it but the stroller fitted nice and snug. As for the Volvo V70 the large boot could easily take on another two or three more of these strollers without much hassle at all. Sadly the Mini Cooper was not so great and in the end the only way to get it in was to put some of the back seats down.

Overall this is a great stroller, lightweight and easy a smooth ride for both parent and child. Downside to this stroller was not easy to find as it did a great job and having the pocket for the raincover meant the shopping basket was actually for shopping.

The UV flap helps protect your little one's eyes.

So what do our judges think of the Maclaren Techno XT? Here comes the scores...

Petit Boy's Rating: 10/10
Petit Mom's Rating: 10/10 

Wow, An amazing score from both judges! Well done to Maclaren, who once again have made a brilliant buggy for little ones and parents to enjoy.


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