So after my disappointing time with the Out’n’About Nipper double pushchair, my search for the holy grail continued.
Before I found the Phil and Teds Navigator V2, I’d been using my Tula and an iCandy Peach. I could pop Florence in the iCandy if Elliot was walking, and then put her in the Tula if he needed to go in the pushchair. It worked quite well but it did mean that I couldn’t have my hands free and both children contained so it wasn’t a long term solution.
By this time my pushchair needs had changed so the search was slightly easier. F was bigger so she didn’t need a carrycot/flat seat any more, and I wasn’t as hung up on her being parent facing. I spent way too much time on Google manically searching for reviews and recommendations and I eventually came across the Phil and Teds Navigator V2 (Which is an old model and has been replaced by the Phil and Teds Sport). It fit the bill perfectly and I managed to get one on Ebay. As a sidenote, I used to hate these pushchairs and feel sorry for the precious babies that were so close to the floor and breathing in all the nasty fumes from the cars driving past… what a twat I was.
Firstly let’s talk about width. The Navigator V2 is only 59cm wide. This means it can fit through doorways with ease. The addition of the doubles kit doesn’t change anything about the size as it slots underneath the main seat. Size was very important to me because I hate carting hefty pushchairs around.
Secondly, the doubles kit itself is very good! The rear seat has a one handed recline so your baby can nap in comfort. The rear seat can also attach in to the bumper bar slots of the main seat which transforms the pushchair from forward facing to parent facing. This is great for young babies (though it’s not something I’ve used yet as Florence is quite happy looking out). You can buy a Snug if you’re going to be using the Navigator for a newborn, and you can use a few different types of car seat on it too. The Navigator V2 has loads of different options for seating your children which is brilliant for such a slim and light pushchair.
The main seat is very tall which makes it perfect for older children and it means your child is unlikely to outgrow it at a young age. It can also hold up to 20kg in weight. The rear seat can hold up to 15kg so my 2 year old can still use it if he wants to. If you decide to use the rear seat unit as a parent facing seat on the top then it will hold 20kg. These weight limits mean this pushchair should last until we no longer need one.
It has 12″ air filled tyres which I love as they make going over rough terrain a bit smoother for the children and it’s way easier to push. We’ve filled our tyres with slime so we don’t have to worry about getting punctures. It also folds easily and is fairly small when folded.
But the pièce de résistance for me is the auto stop break. Back in the iCandy days Elliot took to bolting away from me. He was only 18 months or so and had no concept of road safety so I’d just have to abandon the pushchair and grab him. There wasn’t always time with faffing to find a foot brake so when I found this pushchair with this feature I was sold. I love the brake and I get irrationally cross when I use my Out’n’About Nipper 360 with it’s horrid old fashioned stiff foot brake. If I was going to have any more babies then I’d possibly start a campaign to get these installed on all pushchairs. But I’m not, so I won’t, luckily.
It’s not all flowers though. There are a few things I’m not so keen on. The main seat is a PITA to recline. You have to faff around undoing clips and straps, and when you do finally get it down there’s a great gaping hole at the back of the pushchair. This would really bug me if Elliot or Florence were pushchair nappers, but they’re not so I’ve let it go.
Storage wise, the basket is small and the feet of whichever child is in the lower seat dangle in to it which reduces the basket space even further. You can’t really hang a bag over the handlebars when you’ve got a child in the lower seat unit because you’ll bash them on the head, so I end up using a backpack. This bugs me because I love nothing more than being free of bags and extra weight (That’s probably an exaggeration, but it is annoying).
Also it’s a bit of a faff to get a child in and out of the rear seat and I often end up with one knee on the floor and a tiny foot stuck in a strap. It’s messy. But it’s not messy enough to make me buy anything else.
But when all is said and done I would really recommend this as a double pushchair. I love that I’ll be able to use it as a single when Elliot is older, but having the rear seat fitted makes no difference to the size of the pushchair, so it can be kept in situ just in case (plus it makes a brilliant dumping ground for bags and balls and scooters and all the other child related paraphernalia you end up lugging around, older siblings included).
I hope you’ve found this review helpful. What’s your favourite pushchair & what do you think is most important when choosing a pushchair for your child/children?