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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Maclaren Techno XLR 2013




The Maclaren XLR is very expensive for a stroller but it comes will all accessories. 
Feels heavy and awkward to lift as it's so long. Would only fit in the boot of our saloon BMW 5 series diagonally, meaning there was barely any room left.
Quite heavy to push with my 12,5 kg toddler in. Very heavy to push with any additional weight (shopping etc.).




The XLR has great suspension which surprised me on an umbrella stroller. Large wheels actually go over most obstacles and low kerbs without lifting the front. Very good quality fabrics, raincover, even the footmuff.




Worth noting is the improved access to the shopping basket but it's still tricky to put anything larger inside. Huge extending canopy with silver pull out sun visor (looks way better than the old clear plastic one). Pocket at the back of the hood for some mummy essentials. A nice feature is the magnetic opening on the peek-a-boo window. Handles are adjustable but I found them very high on the lower level. I'm 5'7. Easy to use brake.










The harness on the XLR is a pain in the neck to adjust and I found it impossible to correct the length even slightly with my son seated, had to take him out. A great point is the buckle as a child will not be able to get it open as you need to depress the button from underneath. The seat can be used with or without the extra padded liner.




The XLR has a very tall seat back but I found the seat to be quite shallow and had to use the leg rest in the upper position to keep my son from slipping down. I like the one hand recline but it's slightly awkward to reach the handle under the fabrics. The front wheels can be locked but it's tricky to access the buttons and I wouldn't want to do it in the rain/mud.




I found it inconvenient that the wheels on the Maclaren couldn't be removed for cleaning.

The XLR can be used from birth and there's even a soft carrycot available to buy for some parent facing time.






I wasn't paid for this review. All opinions are my own.

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