Jané Cross Reverse
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The Jané Cross Reverse is described as an all-terrain buggy that’s compact once folded. While this sounds promising – and it does fold down to a small size – the rough ride and fiddly changing of seat direction let it down.
The Cross Reverse is a new buggy for Jané in 2010. It’s touted as the most compact all-terrain pushchair on the market, as the back wheels don’t protrude from the chassis, and it’s meant to give a practical and comfy ride for your baby, with the option to reverse the seat direction.
Based on the Carrera Anniversario model, the Cross Reverse is fitted with the PRO-FIX system, so you can team it with any of the new range of Jané carrycots and car seats to create a travel system. These include the Jané Matrix Light car seat (which when paired with the buggy creates the Jané Cross Reverse Matrix Light Travel System, for example); the Jané Strata car seat; the Jané Transporter carrycot; or the Jané Micro carrycot.
When the Jané Cross Reverse buggy arrived, I thought the delivery guy had left behind part of the package – the box was tiny. But sure enough, folded up inside was the smallest buggy I’ve ever come across. I anticipated an excellent buggy, but after I took my 5-month-old baby Nathaniel out for his first ride in the Cross Reverse, I found it wasn’t Jané most outstanding model in terms of timesaving features.
What we love
When folded, the size of the Jané Cross Reverse is second to none. It will easily fit in the car boot or under the stairs. Also, to fold the Cross Reverse you don’t have to remove the buggy’s seat from the chassis.
What to watch out for
The Jané Cross Reverse has no support around the sides, so for use from birth I felt there wasn’t enough cocoon-style protection for Nathaniel against the elements, and most of his head was exposed.
In rear facing mode, there wasn’t anywhere to fit a bumper bar. Also, a footmuff is an optional extra, though I think this accessory is a real must for this type of buggy.
Changing the direction of the seat from forward facing (how it was delivered) to rear facing was incredibly fiddly. This was difficult partially due to poor instructions but mostly due to how tricky it was to hook the collapsing seat to the wheels. I also found that it’s difficult to unfold the buggy when the seat is rear facing. There’s definitely a knack to it, and I’ve not yet mastered it!
Generally, Nathaniel quickly nods off to sleep when I take him for a walk, but I found I was often walking for 25 minutes or so before he fell asleep. I think this is down to the bumpy ride. I felt nearly every bump in the ground vibrate through the handlebar.
As there’s no rear suspension bar, you can’t use your foot to help you leverage the buggy up kerbs.
I initially thought the LED sidelights on the buggy were a fab idea. However the battery tag broke when I tried to remove it and it was fiddly to get it out to start the lights. I also had to use a screwdriver to change the batteries, which isn’t quick or easy.
Who is the Jané Cross Reverse best for?
Parents with limited storage space after a buggy they’ll keep on the pavement.
The Jané Cross Reverse can be used as a rear or forward facing buggy, is travel system compatible and folds down to a very neat size. However, the bumpy ride and fiddly features detract a lot from its appeal.