23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Overall I think this is a great double stroller. I have a 6 month old and a 4 year old and this stroller works really well for us. First the things I like. The width is awesome. At 25 inches wide it is barely wider then our city mini single (1 inch) and almost the same as our single bob. I have yet to find a door I can't fit through. It handles very well and seems durable. On the complaints list is that it is heavy but not really any heavier then other double strollers, that is just a problem with all doubles in my opinion and it does take up a lot of space when folded. The folding itself is okay not great not terrible, it can be a little awkward but it's not complicated. As for size my 41 inch, 37 pound 4 year old still fits fine with the canopy up or down but she is getting close to the limit which is fine she will only be using it for another 6 months at most anyway. Both of my kids are very comfy in this stroller and the canopies provide very good but not amazing coverage (like say a city miini or cybex). I tested a lot of doubles before I got this one and you can't beat the convenience of this width.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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I have 4mth old boy/girl twins and I'm really loving this stroller. We had the baby jogger city select, and while we loved it with the car seats, it was really hard to push/turn as the kids got heavier.
Now that the kids able to sit on their own, we decided to look at other options. We were always a big fan of the side by sides but couldn't get over the size of them. The Duo was just too heavy for my wife, and the BOB Duallie was just too big. This is where the city select did great because it was light, small, BUT dealing with the car seat adaptors and seats was a pain.
When I heard about the DUET, we had to go see it. We loved the look of mountain buggy and we instantly knew that this stroller would work for us. Please note that my review is based on how well the stroller performs as advertised, and not what I think an ideal stroller should be.
Size - perfect for our little ones. There's lots of room to grow, but the seats are definitely smaller than other side by side strollers out there. But I would rather deal with that later, and be able to fit through doorways and take the kids grocery shopping.
Mobility - smooth! No rattling as reported from a previous reviewer. I could turn the buggy with one hand easily where as the baby jogger required 2 hands on at all times.
Quality - Right up there with most quality strollers. A reviewer noted that there was a huge hole, but I don't see that. The sun shades are massive! I'm sorry, but if you're out in the rain and you're worried about the little hole in the right, I'm wondering what you're thinking about the giant hole where your kids are sitting...that's what rain shields are for...
Weight - it's a bit heavy, but you're also not removing any pieces off in order to fold it. We have a Honda Odyssey and my wife 5'2" has no problem getting it in and out.
Overall we love it, and really have no complaints!
***update after 14 months***
Well my twins are now 19months and they are on the larger side. They are about 32" tall and weight 25 & 28 lbs. They still fit in the stroller but it is getting tight.
With the side by side they tend to fight, this might not affect you as much, but my kids really have a love hate relationship. I'm still glad that we got rid of the babyjogger city select because my friend has it and it's very heavy to steer and is someone unstable coming off curbs (ramped).
I've only pumped the tires twice and it was easy to do. This stroller still rolls as smooth as day one. The only issue we had was that the brake got stuck. We called MB and they sent us a tube of grease to use on the brake and now it's smooth again. You can use any lube if you don't want to wait. I had a can of silicon spray and that worked.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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We've had our Mountain Buggy Duo for three years. Aside from fading because we leave it out sometimes, it has held up very well, and performs like new. Here are some of the things my wife and I love about it:
1. I LOVE it because the handlebar can go super-tall. I'm 6'2" with long torso and short arms (a comic image, I know), and I can raise the handle high enough such that I can keep a very good posture. My neighbor who's three inches taller borrows it when he's sitting his granddaughter for this exact reason.
2. Stability & Width- I'm sure there are more stable options out there, but a double that fits through every door we've ever met? It's amazing, a three-year-old, and a newborn, through the doors, over curbs, in between clothes racks in the Macy's, at the rodeo fairgrounds, the park, the street, we have yet to upend it, even with older siblings driving.
3. Built in pump- I threw in a $2 patch kit, and the pump that fits inside the cargo holder makes it a complete kit. Saved our day at the amusement park last year.
4. Stroller & Jogger- Lock the front wheels straight and run as fast as you can. Did I mention it's stable?
5. Indestructible- I know I mentioned that it has held up well, but now that I think about it, our kids are really "active". And as parents, we tend to neglect protecting our stuff against them (except for my surfboard). The Mountain Buggy has been used to haul pets, rocks, potted plants, and probably a million other things I don't want to think about. As I said, aside from the fading, it's as new.
6. It looks cool. We're kinda vain, and like to be perceived as hip and stylish with a splash of functional. Done.
7. It folds up super tight. You don't have to take anything off or apart. Although, if you're super-short on space, you can remove the wheels without tools.
8. Great accessories- Storm covers, carry cots, shade covers, drink holders, cozy little sleeper bags, etc. There is no shortage of cool things to buy for it. We've only added the storm cover, but we flirted shamelessly with the idea of buying a carry cot.
What's not so great:
-The release latch to fold up the stroller wasn't quite right. At first you had to get a large flat-blade screwdriver to get the tab to clear the foot dasher board. I'm sure it was an assembly defect. I fixed it myself, but I was bugged about it.
-I mentioned that the fabric faded. Of course that's because we left it out a lot, but we leave out a lot of stuff, and this seemed to fade faster and harder. I'm guessing the fabric is not UV resistant. Maybe they've changed that in the last three years.
-Tires, we put a lot miles on the tires. I didn't think they were super high quality anyway. I had to put new tires on after two years.
-Parking brake- It works very well, but it's painful to my toes to take the parking brake off when I'm barefooted (you're probably wondering why we're parents by now ;) ).
33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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I ordered the Mountain Buggy Duet because I was looking for a narrow, all-terrain double for my 22 month old twins. I LOVE my Babyjogger City Mini double, but have found that as my boys get bigger, it's getting heavier to push and not the best in all-terrain situations. It's also a bit wide for many stores as all doubles are. I also have a Schwinn Freewheeler double which is light and glides effortlessly with both heavy boys, but it's wide, doesn't have a belly bar, and pitches the kids too far back to see anything at zoos, etc. So, the Duet seemed like the perfect match of both strollers and it would fit in department stores! I was so excited to find it.
First, I returned this stroller so my review is based on testing it around my home. Unfortunately, the problems with the stroller were pretty obvious right out of the box.
Both of my boys are under 20% for height and the sunshades with visors rested right at eye level. With the visors tucked in, they were not adequately covered from the sun. The seat back is high enough for now, but doesn't have much room to grow.
The biggest issue is the seat width and depth. AMAZON HAS THE SEAT WIDTH LISTED AS 12" BUT IT IS 11". My 22 month old is stocky at 32 lbs., but remember he is on the short side, so I figured he'd be fine in the narrow seat. What the description doesn't tell you is that though the seat is only 1 inch narrower than the BJCM, it has NO GIVE on the sides. My poor little guy was so jammed in at the shoulders in just a tank top so there was no way he was fitting with a sweatshirt and forget a winter coat! Also, the seat depth is only 7 inches which is way shorter than the BJCM and my jogging stroller (and most every stroller on the market). I'm not sure why they felt the need to make this seat so shallow as a couple more inches depth wouldn't interfere with the frame. My son likes to pull up on the belly bar and he was hanging out of the stroller completely exposed. This concerned me for sun exposure but also for crashing into store aisles and other shoppers. I like that the BJCM contains kids in a way that even if they are pulled up on the bar, they are still mostly covered, especially on the sides.
The other part about this stroller that I was very disappointed in was the ride. I know everyone said it was so great to handle, but my boys are a combined weight of 56 lbs. This is well below the 79 lb. weight limit and it was slow and hard to turn. Again, this was in my house on carpet, tile, and hardwood, but I'm thinking it would be worse outdoors on rough terrain! I found turning it slightly more difficult than the BJCM and that's NOT an all-terrain stroller.
The fold isn't great. Mine was very sticky and I needed force I didn't have in my fingers to undo the latches. Then it has a manual strap and click lock which is a pain when you have two screaming toddlers in the car. It is heavy and hard to lift into the back of my car. Granted, I am 5'1" and I am used to my other strollers which are both under 27 lbs, but I also am used to hefting a 32 lb. squirming toddler so I didn't think it would feel so heavy but it did.
Another issue that some might overlook but I anticipated being an issue in the hot summer sun is the fact that it's made from heavy black canvas and the kick plate is metal. I imagined my guys' chubby little feet burning on that hot metal plate. It also seemed very easy to scratch up.
The storage underneath is not very large or contained and difficult to get to.
To be fair, it is extremely narrow and very sleek. I wish it fit my bigger child and handled better because I would overlook the other smaller issues if it did. The adjustable handle is nice and it seems pretty well made. This is the first MB I've ever seen so I can't comment on the quality since Phil and Ted's purchased the company, but I thought the fabric seemed sturdy and the frame was well-built.
The length and height of the stroller was fabulous for a short mom like me, but was still comfortable for my husband to push with adjustable handle.
The recline is nice but my boys don't sleep in the stroller so this wasn't an issue for me.
The belly bar is included and is nice, but is not adjustable as noted. It doesn't bend up or down like other strollers.
This is a beautiful, narrow stroller for twins in their first 2 years. If they made it in 2010 when my boys were born I would have bought it in a second. This is not the stroller for older kids or for the growing family unless you can guarantee your kids will stay short and skinny. I am now ordering the BJCM GT for my boys, hoping it will be the (almost) perfect mix of shopping and outdoor stroller. I'll review that one when I receive it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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We purchased this stroller because we were having twins and live in NYC and wanted something very narrow but did not want a double-decker stroller. It does that. It is narrow and it is not a double-decker stroller. It fits through every doorway I have tried, which is saying a lot, because some of these old buildings have really really narrow doors. I like that it is compatible with our infant car seats, so we didn't have to buy a double snap-n-go when the twins were born. I like that it is rugged and navigates terrible sidewalks and rough terrain. It is an every-day stroller and I use it every day.
- I keep losing things out of the stroller bag on the bottom and wish I had known this about the stroller before I bought it. I have lost one of my nice hats, a picnic blanket, a moby wrap, and a "chilly pad" towel. Other things keep falling out but I manage to find them before they get lost. I don't know how I keep losing things because I don't notice them falling out but when I get home they are gone. I really don't understand it. I have a stroller bag that I attach to the handlebar but for bigger, bulkier things I stuff them under the stroller. Except I keep losing them. This stroller is getting more and more expensive because I have to keep replacing the things I am losing. I'm not sure how to fix this. Maybe I should staple/sew some webbing onto it. It's just so so frustrating and irritating. (Because I don't own a car, I "live" in my stroller, and can't just simply not stow anything underneath)
- This stroller is HEAVY. The frame alone is 42lb. When I was using the car seats, the car seats + adaptors + babies + diaper bag + frame = 100+lb. This is a LOT of weight. And although it is a smooth ride, you really feel that weight on any sort of hill or incline. Even now that we don't use the car seats, the stroller is too heavy for me to bounce down the stairs backwards with the babies in it. I have 3 steps in front of my house and I have to load the stroller on the sidewalk. This is not an easy process. I have to wear one baby on the front and one baby on the back so that I can have two hands free to bounce this heavy stroller down 3 steps and then load the babies in on the sidewalk. I can't leave the babies unattended in the building. So yes, it fits through our narrow doorway of the building, but I can't roll out the door.
- The brakes are iffy. They work a little too well. I can't get them to unlock half the time and end up having to literally get down on my knees on the sidewalk or grass and use both hands to yank the brakes up so that I can get rolling. This is hard to do when I am wearing two babies at once in the previously described loading process, so I end up backing the stroller against a wall instead of using the brakes. Not so safe but I can't use both hands to unlock the brakes while holding babies.
- The tires aren't the best quality. One tire completely fell apart. Fell. Apart. It opened at the seams and became totally unusable. And buying replacement tires is not possible directly from Mountain Buggy (they have them on their site but seem to be perpetually out of stock). We had to order a bunch of tires from a bicycle repair website, plus inner tubes and whatever, and kind of force these new tires to fit onto the stroller. We also had to replace all four tires because the ones we were able to get online are slightly larger than the original tires.
- It folds and unfolds easily but it takes up an enormous amount of space. It just kind of folds up like the landing gear of a plane. It doesn't stand on its own but it can be leaned against a wall. But it takes up a LOT of space while folded.
Bottom line: would I buy this stroller again? Probably, because it is so narrow and I can push it with one hand as long as there's no incline. I don't recommend this stroller to people who own a car, as I don't think I could lift this out of a trunk by myself. For an every-day city stroller, if you have a building with no stoop, it is fine. Buy back-up tires in advance. And somehow tether all your valuables to the stroller, even the things that you think are so bulky there's no way you wouldn't notice if they fell out.