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2008 Mountain Buggy Urban Double: Love at first push

04/25/2008 at 08:14 AM ET

41vsgtuail__sl500_aa280_Mountain Buggy recently sent me their 2008 Urban Double Stroller ($899)(dubbed the MBUD by parents in the know) to test out. Mountain Buggy, made in New Zealand, is a wonderful, strong stroller brand that will handle anything in its path. The company says, "We were built to last, to handle the roughest of terrains or the most extreme of conditions. Our products have been designed to be durable and immensely practical, living and breathing the values of strength and safety".

Celebrities who love their Mountain Buggies are Russell Crowe, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Molly Shannon.

Click Continue Reading for the rest of the review & for a free gifts with purchase.

The Seat
The side by side seats were surprisingly roomy. The strong canvas was comfortable and very airy. I moved the 5-point harness up to accommodate my older child on one side and tightened the other 5 point harness for the baby. Ben is a taller 2 1/2 year old, and the seat will hold him perfectly for the next two years at least. For the first few times we used it, I just strapped the baby in the regular seat. Even though she is still pretty small, I felt very secure with her in it.  I also had the option to put the baby in her Graco SnugRide Infant Car Seat using Mountain Buggy’s optional adapter (very easy to install and use) or I could have gotten the optional carrycot.  NOTE: When I was walking home, the baby was fussy, so I put her in the carrier and strapped her to me.  I did not feel a difference with only one child in the stroller. It did not tip or favor one side. There also was no difference pushing two children as opposed to just one, due to the superior shocks and suspension.

Frame
The MBUD’s frame is made of a lightweight high tensile aluminum and I found it to be very sturdy. I liked the size of the basket — I was able to fit snacks, blankets, my Lascal M1 Carrier and toys. I loved the cup holders and little zippered pouch on the back of the basket. The zipper pouch was perfect for tucking my keys and some money (and discreet enough that I could walk away from my braked stroller at the park without worrying that someone would go looking into it). The hood’s sun coverage is okay (but being with fair skinned children, I would have loved a little more coverage).

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The fold was simple. First, fold the adjustable handle down. Then, turn the front wheels to the side.  Next, stand on one side of the stroller, push the two levers near the foot plate up simultaneously and it folds back.  Push down to complete the fold.

Img_2012You can lock it by fastening the straps around the axle ( and it will make for a flatter fold).Img_2013 The stroller will stand by itself (another plus). It easily fit into my closet (standing up) and didn’t take up much room.

Unfortunately, it didn’t fit as well in my trunk. I took it to the local mall also to test it out.  While it was wonderful to have a side by side stroller when we were there, getting it in and out of the car was tough. I had to take everything out (we have a mid size ’95 Camry) and wrestle it in. I could have taken the wheels off, which would have helped. I just didn’t have enough depth — though the width of the trunk was fine. For a long car trip, it would be worth it to take the wheels off — but not for quick runs to the store. If you have a minivan, SUV or just a deep trunk, the MBUD will fit perfectly.

Unfolding is easier. Just set the MBUD with the wheel side down. Unlock the strap and pull up on the parent bar. Stroller will snap open. Just push down to lock all the bits into place.

The Ride
I knew I would love it Img_1969when it took about 5 minutes to put it together — just add the air filled tires — No tools needed and the air pump is included. I immediately loaded both kids in, grabbed some snack and blankets and my Fleurville Lexie Tote and headed out to the park.  My adoration increased when I felt the super smooth suspension as I pushed it down our apartment hallway and it serenely glided over the cracked streets of my town.  My toddler, Ben, liked the MBUD‘s reclined seat (up on its most upright setting) and baby Allegra was very comfortable in the almost flat recline. Ben loved being able to see his little sister next to him, though she slept most of the way to the park.

At 29 inches wide, the MBUD easily fit through our apartment doorway. It was a little tougher to navigate it into, and out of, our elevator and into our garage (we cut through it to get to the park), but it became easier through practice. I had only used a Maclaren side by side one time before this, so double-wide strollers are new to me. I needlessly worried that the the steel footplate would damage my elevator, but it was padded on the edge and didn’t leave any marks.  It was such a joy to take this to our local park — pushing it was a breeze and so wonderful. I used the parent strap (just in case, this is one powerful stroller) and was easily able to push it one handed. It really was love at first push!

Img_1973 Final Thoughts:
This is an excellent all terrain double stroller. If you have an active lifestyle or briskly walk/jog your kids around the neighborhood or to the park, this is for you. It’s comfortable to use (and for your children to sit in). Even though it’s expensive, you can use this stroller for a long time (holds children up to 55 pounds) and really get your money’s worth.

Pros
Excellent suspension
Roomy for two kids
Loved the cup holders and little pouch on the back of the basket

Cons
Hood could block out sun better
Barely fit in my trunk
Due to size it’s quite heavy

Tip Test (Empty stroller with weighted diaper bag hanging from handlebar)
5lbs: No change — it didn’t tip any easier backwards
10lbs: This baby’s NOT tipping

Buy Yours
You can get your Mountain Buggy Urban Double at Letsgostrolling.com

CBB Deal: Mention “CBBGIFT” in the ordering instructions to get a free diapees and wipes and stroller swivellers for your new 2008 Mountain Buggy. Please let us know girl, boy or gender neutral.

What’s New for 2008

-Urbans only, Terrain double has been discontinued
-Newborn harness
-Protective covers on brake wire
-Comes with cup holder
-New Colors
(Sand and Charcoal i
n Urbans, Navy in Elites)

-Recline is now 4 degrees off horizontal
-3 year global warranty

Mountain Buggy Specifications

 

Stroller   Name

 

 

Urban Double

 

 

Manufacturer

 

 

Mountain Buggy

 

 

Price

 

 

$899

 

 

Weight

 

 

36 lbs

 

 

Folded   Dimensions

 

 

29"W x 41"L

 

 

Stroller   Width

 

 

29"

 

 

Stroller   Length

 

 

35"

 

 

Seat   Back Length

 

  19"

 

Seat   Width

 

  11"

 


Seat   Depth

 

Unknown

 

Max.   Weight Limit

 

 

100 lbs

 

 

Max.   Height Limit

 

 

N/A

 

 

Min.   Age

 

 

Birth

 

 

Frame

 

 

Aluminum

 

 

Type   of Tires

 

  Air filled

 

Seat   Features

 

 

Multi-position recline

 

Car seat   Compatibility

 

 

Graco, Peg Perego with optional adapters

 

 

Standard   Accessories

 

Air pump (that fits in loop in basket), peekaboo window on hood

 

Optional   Accessories

 

 

Carrycot, twin carrycot, rain/sun covers, and a double bumper bar   

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Stroller Info on

The BOB Revolution Duallie stands out as the best side-by-side double stroller on the market, even more so than the MBUD.

With so many strollers to choose from, it is hard to try and figure out how and why certain strollers are better than others. After considering many, the BOB Revolution Duallie is setting the standard for durable, dependable double strollers that don’t cost a fortune.

We have reviewed the BOB Revolution Duallie, and offer specific comparisons between it and the MBUD. Double stroller manufacturers have to begin re-designing their strollers to keep up with current trends: savvy parents want more year-to-year innovation than a change in color swatches.

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some of us really dislike double all terrain strollers with only one front wheel. I would never buy a BOB Duallie- no matter how well it is made. I also believe that the newborn recline is not as deep as in the MBUD. The BOB company still has some work to do before many of us would consider it next to a Mountain Buggy.

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I have the MBUD single and I love it. It’s easy to use and easy to fold and store.

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