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"Very versatile for towns…"
I've had a Promenade since March 2012 so have covered many miles with both single and double riders on board.
I chose the Promenade as I liked the Urban look and it looks good as a double, rather than as though the second seat has been attached as an after thought. The closest contender was the Britax B-dual but DH (6'3) couldn't push it with the bottom seat in lie-flat mode without kicking the back of the seat.
Things I like: both seats can convert into lie-flat mode (no need for storage of a lie-flat cot) and both seats fully recline so DS1 can still get a decent nap when we're out and about. It's very versatile and I like being able to convert the top seat into parent facing mode - last week DS1 and 2 were in the pushchair whilst we walked to the museum, then DS1 hopped out, 2 clips later and DS2 was installed in parent facing mode in the top seat - takes about 30s to do once you get the hang of the clips.
DS1 is now 3 and still fits in the top seat. He is tall for his age and his head just brushes the cover but he's still very comfortable. DS2 is equally happy in top or bottom seat and even in the bottom seat, still has a reasonable view out around the sides.
With no second seat, there is a huge basket underneath for things and even with the second seat fixed, there is still a reasonable amount of room to fit bags, coats and rain covers underneath.
Pushing-wise, it seems very easy and this is up a hill with a 3 year old and a rather solid 8 month old. It turns easily when out and about. It is quite big but didn't seem much bigger than other tandems and it fits through doorways quite easily. There are only 2 handle positions but this seems to suit everyone from my Mum (5'4) to DH.
Downsides: it is quite heavy to push but I"m not sure how this would compare against other fully loaded doubles and my single was a Bee so anything seems big compared to that! Main gripe is that the front wheels can get clogged with mud, or loose grass if you're pushing over grass that's just been cut. It's not marketed as being an off-roader though and through town it's been fine.
Folding is very easy but you do have to take the second seat off to fold. This is very easy to do though - you just push 2 clips to the side and the seat slides out. We can fit the pushchair with both seats into the boot of our Honda Civic and fit a few bags around the sides as well.
Overall I'm really pleased with the Promenade. Only improvement that I could see would be if the mud-guards could come off the front wheels to allow cleaning under them a bit more easily.Read moreLess
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