Jané Slalom Matrix Light review

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4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
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£614.00 RRP
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In a nutshell

This 3-wheeler travel system offers versatile features, such as the reversible seat unit or lie-flat and rear-facing car seat in one, and smooth handling.
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Worth the money
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Pros: Slalom R buggy is a strong base, forward or rear facing buggy, Matrix Light car seat can recline to 180 degrees which is incredibly useful for newborns
Cons: Car seat is very heavy
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Jané’s latest offering, the Slalom Matrix Light Travel System combines the new Slalom R buggy (or Slalom Reverse) with the new Matrix Light car seat. This 3-wheeler travel system has features that give you flexibility, and it’s certainly worth a look if you’re investing in solution to use from birth.

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If you think the Jané Slalom R buggy and Jané Matrix Light car seat sound familiar, well you’re not too far off the mark. While both are new for 2010, they’ve both evolved from successful predecessors.

The Slalom R buggy is continuing on from the successful Slalom Pro buggy. The most obvious difference between these 3-wheelers is that the Slalom R has a reversible seat, hence the name. As you’d expect as standard, it has a reclining seat, height adjustable handlebar, footrest, rain cover and pump. It also has a front brake controlled from the handlebar, something Jané seems particularly pleased with. I being a city mum had no use for, though my more adventurous friends have assured me this is a useful addition when descending steep hills.

The Matrix Light car seat is the next step along from Jané’s original Matrix car seat. Suitable from birth, the Matrix Light is 20% lighter than its older sibling. It can be used as a lie-flat car seat until your baby’s 10kg or as a rear-facing car seat until your baby is 13kg. The Matrix Light car seat is fitted with Jané’s patented Pro-Fix system. This means it can be easily attached to any of Jané’s buggies to create a travel system. Just as the Matrix Light works with other buggies, other Jané car seats are compatible with the Slalom R – you can choose the Slalom Formula Travel System, which teams the Slalom R buggy with Jané’s Transporter carrycot and Jané’s Strata car seat, with the slightly more expensive price tag £734.

What we love

The 3-wheeler Slalom R is light, incredibly easy to manoeuvre, and simple to fold with a bit of practice. In my opinion the best bit about this buggy is the handling – it is so smooth. I don’t run but I imagine if you did your baby would remain completely undisturbed, whatever the conditions.

The Matrix Light is lighter than its predecessor with a more spacious interior. It’s well padded and the upholstery can be removed and washed. My son Cameron is 9 months old, weighs 9kgs, and sits comfortably in the seat with room for growth.

The car seat has four reclining positions, two of which are suitable for the car, the upright and flat position. The 180° lie-flat position is a fantastic feature, particularly for newborn babies. Jané claims that by enabling your baby to lie flat whilst travelling you’re “helping his lungs to develop correctly and preventing any respiratory problems” so it’d be ideal for families that intend to frequently travel in the car with their newborn. In this lie-flat position, the Matrix Light lies crossways on the back seat, taking up two seats. It’s great for long car journeys and can be used like a Moses basket (with a mattress) outside the car. The car seat’s upright position must always be positioned rearward facing. It has six different heights for the shoulder straps, which are simple to adjust.

The Matrix Light car seat is easy to attach to the Slalom R buggy.

What to watch out for

Overall it is a strong travel system, and the only significant drawback is the weight of the Matrix Light car seat. Although it is 20% lighter than its predecessor, at 6.8kg it is still very heavy. Maxi-Cosi’s CabrioFix for example weighs just 3.25kg.  

If you’re a complete novice to travel system, my advice would be to take your time getting to grips with everything. The instructions are brilliant; clear, concise and easy to follow.

Who is the Jané Slalom Matrix Light Travel System best for?

Families venturing off the beaten track and frequent car users.

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MadeForMums verdict

If you’re looking for something sturdy, safe and robust with the ability to handle all conditions and cram easily into your boot, the Slalom R buggy is worth considering. Combined with the Matrix Light car seat it’s a worthy travel system, particularly for the more adventurous families. However, that car seat, while versatile, certainly isn’t featherweight.

Product Specifications

Product

Brand Jané
Model Slalom Matrix Light
Price £614.00

Suitable for

Child age (approx) Birth to 3 years

Dimensions & Weight

Weight 13kg
Dimensions H:104cm W:60cm L:115cm
Dimensions (folded) H:90cm W:62cm L:48cm

Features

Travel system compatible Yes
Compatible car seats Jané Matrix Light (required to create this model), Jané Strata car seat, Jané Transporter carrycot
Seat facing direction Forward facing and parent facing
Front wheels Lockable swivel
Recline positions 3
Features
  • Reversible seat unit
  • Seat can recline fully
  • Adjustable footrest
  • Front disc brake on handlebar
  • New dual cable activated stop & go parking brake
  • 360-Degree lockable swivel front wheel
  • Anodized aluminium chassis
  • Shock absorbing pneumatic tyres
  • Adjustable spring suspension on rear wheels
  • Low-profile wheels with ball bearings (for a smoother ride and manoeuvrability)
  • Height adjustable handlebar from 82cm104cm
  • Compact when folded
  • Profix system to lock and unlock car seat one-handed
  • Car seat: 20% lighter than original matrix car seat
  • Can be used as a lie-flat group 0 car seat or rear-facing group 0+ car seat
  • Spacious interior
  • Can be used for overnight sleeping
  • 4 position recline (two approved for in-car use)
  • 5 point harness
  • Automatic harness height adjustment system
  • one pull safety harness
  • Ventilation holes
  • Antirotation device
  • Easy to attach to buggy chassis with profix system

Accessories

Accessories included Co-ordinating changing bag with nappy pockets and changing mattress, shopping basket with reflective bands for greater safety during night, raincover, pump
Optional extras
  • Anti-UV sun parasol
  • Footmuff
  • Bottle holder
  • Jané micro folding carrycot