Where do I start! Well I have what my family say is a pram obsession because my daughter is 1 and I am on my 7th pram. I have had the Jane rider, the quinny zapp, mamas and papas sola, cosatto yo, Jane trider, bugaboo bee plus and now finally I have found a pram worth reviewing, the mutsy 4 rider light in team purple.
I love it. My specification was a pram that would fit in my Citroen c5 hatchback with the weekly shop, be easy to push round town as well as great if over rough ground, be able to be parent facing and comfy for baby as well as being able to lie flat for naps and be versatile if I decide to have a second baby soon. What I've got with the 4 rider light is all of this and so so much more!
The 4 rider light looks gorgeous, in the team purple the fabric looks luminous and really stands out, its a wipe clean type of material so it will stay nice and clean and it feels hard wearing. The chassis is very modern looking and I have the next version with the leather handle which feels and looks great.
It handles great round the shops, a perfect width to fit through aisles and shop doors and it can turn on a pin. We have also been out with the two dogs in the countryside park, over rough ground and muddy grass and it pushed like a dream. We have took it to the local car boot which has large stone gravel and it really shone here because it was still like pushing it on a cloud!
There are some well though out features like the large viewing window in the hood to keep an eye on the baby, the pocket in the back of the hood which is perfect for keeping your purse and phone within reach. I love that the hood stays where it is and doesn't recline with the seat when you recline the baby to lie flat so they stay protected from the sun. The baby bumper bar is in my opinion the perfect height for the baby to lean on and to put the footmuff up and over because its high enough to keep the baby warm rather than just their calves due to its higher height. It also leaves plenty of room in front of baby so it is easy to get them in and out without having to take it off every time. I love the handle bar because it can be extended out for the tallest of people in fact on full height it is too tall for my 6 ft 2 dad! But it will still click all the way down to restaurant mode so that you can put it at the table and the handle doesn't stick out at all which I also find handy for lifts so that I can reduce the size of the pram so we fit in without being squashed up by the handle. The wheels click off easy for compactness or cleaning. The material around the harness straps that go by the babys head/neck do not slip down all the time and stay in the correct place due to some very well placed velcro! The other thing that I find useful is that you can just push the seat up from recline to sitting and it just clicks in and the same for the footrest if its down you just push it up.
We use the car every day and with the hubbys family in the next city we do end up doing day trips there frequently, it fits in our car boot with ease, with room for shopping and the fun seat (which I will come to in a bit) and although its not as light as the bugaboo bee it felt no heavier than the mamas and papas sola and was considerably lighter than the janes I've had.
The accesories I have are the fun seat which is a bike for your child with a huge basket underneath which is perfect for keeping your toddler amused, in fact its now a must have when I'm out shopping to keep her amused but stop her from sleeping so she sleeps at the right times! I've got the dinner tray which is the largest dinner tray I've ever seen on a pram and is well made and strong. I've also got the shopping basket which I could not live without now, it holds absolutely loads while still being able to fit my baby bag on the original storage basket underneath. Then when I get home or in the car I just unhook it and it has a handle to carry it in. I am planning on buying the duoseat also as we are trying for another baby so although I haven't got one yet I just wanted to clarify some things I have found out on my research. The original duoseat was to be used only with the urban rider as it would tip the 4 rider forward however they have since brought out a new duoseat to be used with the urban rider and the 4 rider and the weight is distributed differently to stop the problem of tippig over. I also know you can get a toddler board, and maxi cosi car seat adapters.
To sum up this pram is an all rounder, its not the lightest but if it was as light as the bugaboo bee it wouldn't do everything it does like go well over rough ground, put the duoseat on it etc, however its also not the heaviest, it's very good quality, practical and I can tell it will last and last, I plan on keeping it for all of my children and with all the accessories its very versatile. The only downside for me is that you push a button on one side of the pram and use your other hand to pull the seat down to recline it which is difficult because the flap down the back from the hood gets in the way and also with the button being only on one side you sometimes struggle to reach it if your next to something and can't get acces to that side. Other than this very minor point which doesn't really bother me too much I love it!