Maclaren – everybody has one.

Maclaren Quest and why it’s not a good deal.

I can count on fingers of one hand people around me who didn’t go for Maclaren as their second pram. Everybody has them here, and back home. So it never even crossed my mind that, when buying a Maclaren Quest stroller, I’m spending quite an amount of money on crap.
It may simply be that my love for our big pram cannot ever be replaced by any other wheeled-child-transporting-device. It’s pretty, light, comfortable, has a huge storage bag, effortless one handed manoeuvring, it strolls so smoothly I hardly feel it… Why did I ever think I need an umbrella type stroller?!

For the car you might say. And yes, I keep it in the trunk but whenever we go out for a long walk I’ll take the big one. We even took the big one for our holidays (with a car!). And I still can’t understand why people find it easier at the airports!? The only difference is I have less space and am unable to make it work with one hand. Seriously, turning either way with a 13 kg of child sitting inside is impossible with one hand only.

Waste of money.

My daughter has problems with sitting in it properly, she slides down. People first said she was still small and it would get more comfy later. She’s around 85th percentile for height and her uncomfortability hasn’t changed for a year. She’s quite big now… Should I still wait all loose my hopes altogether?

The canopy. What moron designed that, what purpose did he or she wanted to achieve?? There is no way it can protect from the sun unless it’s right above the pram… First time I strolled with it I had to pull it backwards to avoid my daughter screaming from too much sun in her eyes. Make it longer or allow it to bend down for crying out loud!

Then there’s manoeuvring. It’s shit, that what it is. It’s a light stroller that needs lots of energy to be pushed when loaded with a child. On the other hand it’s not very stable when empty. Turning it, no matter how many degrees, is sweat generating process. I can turn our big pram 360 degrees using one hand only in a narrow lift. Maclaren Quest needs to be kicked, lifted, moved forward, rear and then it fits. Damn.

The leg rest. Maybe good for a short legged, or dark haired or blue eyed children. Maybe different body shape, smaller or bigger feet? I have no idea but it’s definitely not for my daughter.

The only advantage I can find is that it really fits into every car, even to Mini’s kind-of trunk. But my trunk is a total opposite to the one of Mini, so I really don’t care.

Maybe other Maclarens are just fine but the Maclaren Quest simply isn’t worth the money.

Is there anyone out there happy with their quest?! Can you please please tell me why?

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