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The Pear can be used as a single. My cousin had one for her dt's. She liked it a lot when they were smaller. Was great that it took the maxi-cosi seats, but they looked a bit too big for the seats at around 20 months. Also it is pretty heavy, so ok if you have it just for walking, but a real pain if you need to put it in and out of the car regularly. Also to collapse it both the seats need to come off and the double adaptor. She has since bought a double nipper 360.
If you do decide to buy one 2nd hand. Check that all the zips on the seat units are working (these have a tendency to break). Also make sure the adjustable handle works and isn't locked in one position. Again this seems to be another common problem. It happened to my cousin's, her's was repaired free under warranty.
I use a i-candy pear, brought off ebay 2nd hand in v good condition, its a super pram esp if you do a lot of walking about. Have a 2.4 and 9 month old in and is much better now youngest can sit up, larger seat not too small for oldest, on the down side;
- newborn lie flat attachment didnt last long.
- rain covers are a bugger to get on
- when in double mode can be hard to get stuff under pram
- need a big car boot
I was pretty clueless about them but went into lewis pretending to be intersted in a new one and got assistant to talk me through it