Archive | January, 2010

Maclaren Techno XT Review

14 Jan

Happy Techno New Year!
There is just something so festive about Maclarens. Well some, anyway. For 2009, my New Year’s stroller was the Shanghai Tang Quest. And to usher in 2010, I chose an all-black Techno XT, with a gold liner. Doesn’t get much better than this.
I am just crazy about all the great liners you can get from Maclaren now, to compliment any season, or occasion. And since this is winter, I also went with the all black faux fur footmuff (say that six times, real fast!) Kept my Happy New Year baby cosy and warm!
I’m not sure if the mood was as festive over at the Maclaren HQ’s. 2009 saw them embroiled in one of the biggest baby product recalls of all time, affecting one million strollers. The recall was initiated by Maclaren, after a dozen children had their fingertips amputated by the hinges, when their stroller was being folded. But, to put it all in perspective, this is 12 out of one million, over the course of a decade. Naturally, I am terribly sorry for any child who is hurt. When I was six, I had the top third of my right middle finger amputated. It was dusk, and I was reaching into my Dad’s car trunk, for the last bag of groceries. My brother thought we had finished unloading, and slammed down the lid of the trunk. It shut and locked, trapping my finger. To this day, I can still see the horror on my Dad’s face, as he frantically fumbled for the keys, amidst my ear-piercing screams. It was traumatic and horrible, but we didn’t think about suing the car manufacturer. It was what it was, a tragically freak accident. I guess my point is that any stroller that folds has moving parts that can be dangerous. So always make sure children’s little hands are far away when you are closing, or opening any pram, buggy, or jogger, of any brand.
Back to the Techno…check out this canopy! It is HUGE! It unzips to pull down so far that you almost don’t need the included raincover.
It has two huge pockets in the back of the canopy to store that cover, just in case, or a mosquito net, or whatever detritus we parents seem to accumulate.
And wowee on these wheels! With these reflectors, they can see you coming a mile away. And both front and rear have suspension.
And these new WONDERFUL wheel covers keeps them fully encased, so no street dirt will soil your beautiful liner or fabric.Makes a tidy little package when you are carrying it, too.
You can get the “universal organizer” for cups, bottles, and more stuff.
And check out the new handles. So elegant! Still height adjustable, too.
Of course, the reflections don’t stop with just the wheels. There is so much of it, that it is hard to get a non-glowing picture, lol!
One thing to keep in mind about the Techno is that it has a flat recline and extendable legrest for a little baby. Yet it also has a huge amount of headroom for taller children. So it really can be your one and only stroller that will do-it-all, from birth until Kindergarten! It has a 55-pound weight limit, but more importantly, you can still steer it one-handed, even carrying heavier weights.
Maclaren Techno XT Stroller, Black

Maclaren Techno XT stats:
Weight: 17 pds.
Width: 18.5″

Length: 24.5″
Height: 40″-44″
Seat Width: 13″
Seat Back: 18″
Seat to Canopy: 27″
Seat Depth: 10-14.5″
Drop to Footrest: 9″
Seat to Floor: 15″

Folded: 12″ x 12.5″ x 42″

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