Thursday, 21 July 2016

Maclaren Spitfire

50 years ago, a British test pilot and aeronautical engineer named Owen Maclaren changed the world when he applied his experience designing the complex landing gear of the Spitfire aeroplane to invent the first umbrella-fold baby buggy. Now, after half a century of meticulous refinement, we pay tribute to our aerospace roots with the 50th anniversary Spitfire buggy.

Maclaren Spitfire is basically the Maclaren Techno XT with special edition details. It looks absolutely beautiful and works fantastic too.
Suitable from 6 months seat is very comfortable for the little ones and the slightly older toddlers as well. My daughter loved taking her naps in the Spitfire and it was easier for her to fall asleep as she could stare at the clouds and planes on the lining of the canopy.

The Maclaren Spitfire comes with accessories that make it even more special. The sheepskin looks like an aviator jacket and the fake wool lining is actually very nice to touch. We didn't use the head hugger but the shoulder pads were super thick and comfortable. 

The Spitfire rolls on 4 double stroller wheels. They can tackle most terrains although it's obviously most at home in the city.

The Spitfire has a very decent shopping basket with easy access by undoing the zip and velcro. It can hold a fair amount of shopping. There's also 2 pockets on the back of the canopy for some parent essentials.

The brakes are easy to locate and you can use the pedal on either side to lock both wheels, simple and works as it should.

The Spitfire plane details make the stroller stand out from the crowd.

The leg rest of the seat can be adjusted upwards to support little legs and feet.

The Spitfire is very easy to fold and it has the very compact folded size of a standard umbrella stroller. It's a little shorter in length than the bigger XLR and so it's easier to fit it in the boot of our saloon car.

There is an automatic lock to keep it folded.

The super stylish and warm footmuff comes as standard and is my favourite thing about the Spitfire. It has velcro openings for the harness so no need to unthread it every time you need to wash the footmuff or seat.

The 5 point harness is a great fit for my daughter. It's a little difficult to tighten or loosen the straps with a child in the seat but it's a minor issue. The buckle is one of my favourites on a pushchair and parents of little escape artist will love it. Maclaren have had these buckles for a while and they do require an adult to open them up! Love that!

Super cosy!

The raincover is easy to fit and gives great protection.

Viewing window in the back of the canopy, perfect to check on little one.

Overall I couldn't really fault the Spitfire. It looks amazing, it's easy to use, very comfortable for the child and practical in every way. I'm not a huge fan of separate handles and I do wish they could be adjusted in height like the standard Techno XT. I love the accessories that come included in the price but even with the gorgeous footmuff it is a very expensive stroller and there's no way of getting around that. However, if you can spare the money, it is well worth it and you'll love it!


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