After much research of the P&T options I purchased the Nav 2 over the Dot - the issues with previous versions seem to have been addressed (top seat crushing babies legs etc) with both, and there is very little difference between the two other than a few cms in length and size of tyres. However the Dot with the main seat in newborn position means you cannot get to the foot brake easily - you have to angle your leg around the hanging baby and look for the red pedal, whereas the navigator has the automatic hand brake which is amazing to use. With an unpredictable 2 year old walking alongside at times this seems a much better design for busy London.
Baby in the newborn (main seat reclined flat) position is really happy - not too near the frozen ground, protected on the sides, I'm 6 foot and don't come anywhere near kicking the cot, and although he seemed to be jostled pretty badly he actually falls asleep straight away in it. The balance without toddler on front is a bit iffy, but you just need to be aware of this, and will be more of an issue once baby is a bit bigger (prob. have to unload him first, but yet to see). You have a wrist strap on which connects to the brake, so won't flip back anyway.
Both Dot and Navigator now have the rear facing seat (single mode) which is important for me when out with the little one, and decent space for both as toddlers facing forwards - the older versions looked like the toddler on back had a rough deal. It's easy to change the configuration, so I can newborn with toddler on top to daycare, then whiz around for face to face when it's just me and the little guy.
I was struggling with the weight of the 2yo in our Maclaren Techno XT (and terrible one handed, making supermarket trips horrendous), but with both onboard the Navigator is a breeze to push, it glides and is very manoeuvrable. I feel like I still have the footprint of the stroller, so even in peak shopping time I feel confident with the new pram. It turns super quick within its own length, one handed with no effort.
- pathetic that you have to buy the rain cover separately given the high cost of the pram. Also the second seat comes without a hood (but with the sunshade)
- the basket is large (obv. without the second toddler seat) but the back is open, you will need things that can velcro onto the frame underneath or you will loose them.
- I didn't waste money on the newborn cocoon, just pad the seat with a blanket and keep little one in a snowsuit. Sounds like most grow out of it before 2-3 months.
- from what I've read you can get the little one in the second seat (under) with it on recline before 6 months, seems similar to angle on car seats. Yet to try this myself, but helpful to know as a lot of reviews say you have a gap from 3-6months with this range.
- P&T haven't added any reflective tape to the pram, so will need to add yourself for night use