Pushchairs: Compare features & prices Jane Trider review http://www.which.co.uk/baby-and-child/baby-transport/reviews/pushchairs/jane-trider/review/
The Jane Trider pushchair is a three-wheel off-roader travel system that can be used with a car seat or carrycot - although you'll have to pay extra for these. Its unusual styling means it'll stand out at the Mum and Baby coffee morning, but is it any good? We gave it to parents and lab experts to put this pushchair to the test.
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Excellent newborn pushchair
Hope this helps!We bought the Jane Trider Matrix Light system in Aug 2012 for our newborn, with the reasons similar to yourselves. Having now bought and tried it, I can say it is an excellent newborn pushchair (haven't had the opportunity to try out the 6month+ pushchair as my son is only 4.5months old). It moves through rough terrain excellently (a major reason why i bought this). I walk my dog regularly in the woods, through mud, puddles and up uneasy steep ground. The pushchair is very sturdy and does not make any clattering noises. Folds up and down with ease! Brake is strong and holds on steep hills. Easy to manoeuvre. Cons: 1. The basket is a little on the small side, which you can only fit about 1 bag of shopping into it. If its raining and you need to carry the raincover in the basket then this really does leave you with little space to play around with. However, because the pushchair is sturdy, I have hung heavy bags of shopping on the side and still the pushchair drives well. It does not feel unbalanced or likely to topple to one side. 2. It can be a struggle to push the chair up or down a couple of stairs/stone steps. Also the third wheel can make this difficult too (although you can lock the front wheel to make it more accessible)3. Light Matrix car seat: When it is placed on the pushchair it tends to tilt slightly forward,this is just enough to let the baby gradually slide down the seat. I've often had to readjust my son's position up the seat. You can use the straps to keep them securely in place, but I found it can restrict their arm movements, such as, hand-eye coordination and putting teethers or a pacifier into their own mouth. The seat is heavy! My son is nearly 5 months and I struggle to carry the car seat from my front door to the car. For example, it is impossible for me to carry him in it from my car into the doctors surgery. It does take up a lot of room when lying in the back seats of the car. We have a medium/large size car and we can fit one person sat next to it in the back. If the seat is tilted in an upright position then two people can fit at the back with a squeeze.4. The third wheel can sometimes get stuck in a position that stops it from going forwards, you have to reverse the pushchair a little to change the direction of the front wheel in order to get it going again. (sounds more hassle than what it actually is)- minor. Perhaps this is something that happens with all 3 wheel pushchairs? I love my pushchair, and wouldn't change it. The few negative aspects I mentioned are minor ones. The pushchair feels of good sturdy quality. However, my son is nearly 5 months has more-a-less out grown the seat when its in a lying down position. I took out the cushioning inside to give him more room at round 3-4months old. This did seem to help (my son is big for his age!).
We're looking at purchasing this....
Our baby is due at the beginning of August and we have decided to look at pushchairs first whilst I can still get 'hands on' with trying them all out before bump gets too big and have problems bending down, etc. We have looked at other all-terrain pushchairs such as Phil & Teds and Mountain Buggy (which is also a serious contender), however we have been really impressed by the Jane Trider. The wheels appear to be good, solid foam filled tyres and turns on a sixpence, and look as if they will be able to tackle rough terrain (I think they're 10" from memory). We especially liked the fact that the seat is reversible and oh-so-easy to recline, something which is not all user friendly on the other all-terrain pushchairs we've looked at. The seat is really high up and like the fact that baby will be that much 'closer' to me than the ground. The transporter carrycot is brilliant and fitted into our car using seatbelts (no Isofix) easily and felt very safe and secure. It can be used overnight with the addition of a fitted mattress for about £15 and there is a dial to raise the upper part of the base for babies who like to sit up a little more later on. The Strata infant carrier fits easily into an Isofix base or by using seatbelts, and again this seemed hassle free. The Transporter and Strata click easily into the Trider frame and click out again - so simple. We really liked the brake on the handle bar and felt this is much easier to use than the traditional foot brake. The best bit about the Trider was how easy it was to fold down in a neat compact package and clicks into a lock. It involved pulling up a fixing on both the sides of the handle bar simultaneously with each hand and walking forward with it and the whole lot collapses down and the wheels tuck under, which come off easily in a instant and make this much more smaller. Even with the wheels on it fits easily in the boot of a Mazda 3 (I personally did not find it too heavy). You have a small area to flip the frame back up towards you (bit like a skateboard!) and there was minimal bending required. There was another area to push down with your foot to release the lock and hey presto the whole thing expanded and popped up before your eyes. All of the covers seem easily removable and fully washable. The only negatives were that the shopping basket seemed quite small and the Transporter does not have an Isofix base (and neither does the Matrix Light infant carrier).
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