Spotlight Product Review: Mountain Buggy Duo

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Duo_PicMountain buggy strollers are one of the most rugged and durable strollers perfect for all-terrain that you will find.  Started in 1992 by a dad who wanted to run the mountain trails of New Zealand with his little one – mountain buggy was “designed to be a buggy for all terrain, for a life without limit”!  Their strollers are designed in New Zealand to be extra tough to handle whatever may come your way!

The duo is mountain buggy’s full-size, all-terrain, rugged, side-by-side, double stroller.  This all-terrain stroller has some outstanding features including an amazingly easy push that could possibly make it the double stroller for you.

First, when we are talking about a full-size, side-by-side stroller, we want to know how wide it is.  Is it going to fit through doorways?  You betcha!  The duo is a slim (in the world of doubles!) 29 inches wide, making it glide easily through standard doorways.

Does this narrow side-by-side skimp on the roominess of the seats?  Nope!  You get 2 roomy seats that hold up to 110 lbs total AND the narrow frame!  YEAH!!!  Each seat is wide and tall enough for our 3 and 5 year old testers to fit with no problem.  The seats are 12 inches wide, with a 20 inch seat back and measures 24 inches from seat back to top of canopy.  Each seat is complete with a padded, 5-point harness for safety.  The harnesses are not only adjustable to grow with your child but we love the great buckle with safety buttons that makes it nearly impossible for your child to undo.  We have Houdini toddlers that love to escape their 5-point harness and stand up in strollers in less than 5 seconds flat!  Not in the mountain buggy!  Our testers tried and tried but couldn’t figure out how to get the buckle undone so they had no choice but to stay in their seat.  YEAH!!!

Each seat reclines with a double strap system that allows you to place the seat in any position including nearly flat for newborns. With a flat recline you can use this stroller from the time you take your bundle of joy home from the hospital through preschool years and beyond.  The strap system reclines with two hands and isn’t very hard to do but we would like to see a one-handed bar recline to make it easier.  Our only complaint about the seat recline is that when you go from all the way reclined to upright with a child in the seat it can be tricky. The thick, canvas fabric of the seat gets caught up in front of the seat and can get in the child’s way.  You have to stuff the fabric behind the seat to keep the seat roomy for your older toddlers.

The duo has individual, adjustable, large canopies each sporting a large peek-a-boo window (with cover) to shade your child. Since the actual canopies aren’t gigantic, we love that they have a “flick out” sun visor that provides 8 additional inches of sun protection.

The stroller sports an adjustable handle bar that is great for taller and shorter parents. It doesn’t telescope out but it does adjust up and down in eight positions (from 30”- 42”) and prevents taller parents from kicking the frame of the stroller with a long stride. It’s easy to operate with two push buttons on the sides.

There is a very large basket underneath the seats that can easily fit an extra large diaper bag along with other baby essentials.  There are also two side mesh pockets in the basket to keep loose items in place and a pocket for a stroller air pump.  Plus, on the back of the basket there is a zipper pocket for parent or baby essentials and two more mesh pockets. The duo has a non-adjustable foot rest and a removable baby bumper bar but doesn’t come with a baby tray or parent tray (but remember parents can put their keys, wallet and cell in the lower zipper pocket!).  It does sport a water bottle holder for parents though!

The stroller is sturdy and very well made!  We have come to expect great quality and construction with mountain buggy and they haven’t disappointed with the duo.  It’s a rugged stroller that can tackle the roughest of terrain.  We were able to easily navigate grass, rocks, playground mulch, dirt and even snow.

The tires on the mountain buggy duo are ultra rugged, rubber, air filled tires that allow parents to go off-roading with the kids onboard!  The stroller boasts two 12” rear tires and two 12” front tires. The front wheels swivels for easy agility as well as has the ability to lock for added safety and control while jogging or rougher terrain. The rear wheel suspension is not only great for a smooth ride but for taking the stroller out on the trails without your little riders bouncing all over the place!  Plus, there is also a rear footbrake that locks both wheels at the same time.

Now, it’s a large stroller but how does is maneuver, you ask?  The maneuverability is amazing!!  It was one of the easiest side-by-side strollers to push full loaded even one-handed that we have tried!  It literally glides along!  We are talking load it up with 100 lbs of kids and push it with your pinky easy! With such a large, rugged stroller, we were so pleasantly surprised by the maneuverability we can’t say enough good things about it!  Plus, with 12 inch air-filled tires, the duo can be used as a jogger with the front wheels locked.

One very minor complaint about the stroller is that it does not come with a tire pump. Four tires that need air and even a pocket to store that pump and you don’t include it?  Come on, mountain buggy!  Not too big of a deal though because you can purchase one for under $10 but an included tire pump would be greatly appreciated!

The duo folds with two little levers on either side of the footrest into a flat fold.  While it collapses easily, since it is a heavy-duty stroller built for two weighing it at 36 lbs, it can be very bulky, awkward and heavy to put in and take out of your vehicle trunk.  Moms have to give it the old heave-ho to get it lifted in the trunk!  Like most all-terrain doubles, the folded stroller is rather large (we would not classify it as a “compact fold”) so you might want to check the dimensions if you plan to put it in a small trunk as it may not fit.  All the wheels can be removed easily for a more compact, folded unit though.  There is a manual locking strap to lock the stroller closed. We would love to see an automatic lock added for more convenience for parents.

Like the idea of an all-terrain stroller mixed with the bassinet of a pram?  Mountain buggy gives you that option.  The duo is carrycot compatible and can be used with 2 single carrycots, a twin carrycot, or one single carrycot and one seat.  The carrycots attach to the frame of the stroller when the seat fabric is removed.

The duo is also an amazing stroller for twins because it does accepts two carrycots at the same time or you can even use the duo twin carrycot which is one large carrycot that accommodates two babies in the same space.

The duo will also act as a travel system with one infant car seat when the car seat adapters are available later this year.  It is important to note that the stroller will only accept one infant car seat.

There are some great accessories that are sold separately for the duo including a storm cover, sun cover and travel bag, as well as sleeping bag, lambswool liner and colorful reversible liners.

The duo is available in 6 colors:  Black, Chilli (red), Navy, Flint (Grey), Moss (green), and Chocolate (brown).  It has some great features and with its slim 29 inch frame, 12 inch air-filled tires for a smooth ride, full reclining seats (great for newborns), a large basket, fabulous maneuverability and the fact that it is carrycot compatible, we think it is a fabulous (yet a bit heavy!), double, all-terrain stroller!

To watch our full video review of the Mountain Buggy Duo, click on the video below:

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Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in North Carolina where she is having a blast designing and decorating her new home.

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Alexandre
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Ok sorry, I found your Duet review. Thanks!!

Alexandre
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What about the (even more) compact Duet?

Rebecca
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Just wondering if anyone knows whether the Mountain Buggy Duo is getting any updates soon. I notice it is quite discounted on Amazon, and I saw a 2010 model on Craigslist. Should I act now? Or wait a few months for improvements?

Vanessa Crain
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I have owned a 2010 Mountain Buggy Duo for a year, and I have to complain about how the stroller has been squeaking for about the last two weeks and I can’t seem to fix the problem. A $700 stroller should not squeak! I also own a 2006 Mountain Buggy Urban Single, and have never had a problem.

Gina
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This looks like a good sturdy stroller. One that may even be up to the challenges of terrain and climate where I live (think Wuthering Heights). Wind and snow are the major elements for me. I have two kids – a baby and a toddler, and it would be a plus if both the seats were reversible. I get the impression that only the hard bag can be facing the parent. Also the cover seems a bit short. I like the coverage one gets from the Baby Jogger Summit, but they do not have duo strollers last I checked. Perhaps… Read more »
Suzannah
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I’ve been looking for a side by side stroller that works well with twins (rather than multi-age) children. There are not many out there! This looks like it could be perfect. Thanks for the detailed review.

Christina Leadlay
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Wow! Thanks so much for this informative video review of the Mountain Buggy Duo. I am starting to look for a double stroller for my 2-year-old and 4-month-old (who currently travel in a Bugaboo Cameleon and Baby Bjorn, respectively), and your review was very thorough. I appreciated the outdoor shots of it being used in snow. While I will still go and “test drive” this in person, your review has convinced me that this could be the stroller I need… now to convince my husband!

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