Jané Slalom Pro
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With a deserved reputation as a great all-terrain buggy and a choice of car seats and carrycots to fit into it, the Jané Slalom Pro has much to offer outdoor lovers in need of a travel system.
In addition to its buggies, Jané produces a good range of car seats and carrycots, any of which will fit to the Slalom Pro. Choose from the Capazo Pro Auto Carrycot, which will convert your buggy to a lie-flat parent-facing pram, or the Strata and the Matrix Cup, which can also lie flat. The oversized tubular aluminium frame is what gives the Slalom Pro its strength and its modern look – and its relative lack of weight. Pneumatic tyres and rear-wheel suspension offer a smooth ride for your baby, while the padded handlebar absorbs bumps for you.
Available in a good selection of colours, this buggy is good-looking without being showy, and the seat fabric is washable, ideal for the inevitable spills. The seat recline offers a good range of positions and goes plenty flat enough for a newborn. It’s quite wide, and while a newborn may look a little lost, there’s plenty of room for a growing toddler, and the adjustable leg rest means either can sit in comfort.
What we love
The hand-operated disc brake is a great idea, as you can use it to slow yourself down when descending steep hills. This is a great buggy to push, as it feels light and manoeuvrable in spite of its size, and because the front wheel can be used swivel or fixed, it’s as at home in town as it is on rougher terrain.
It’s easy to fold, and is lockable and freestanding when folded – and remarkably compact thanks to the telescopic folding system. And at 8kg, it’s one of the lightest 3-wheelers available. As the wheels are quick-release, it’s possible to make this even more compact, ideal if your boot’s on the small side.
Using the Slalom Pro as a travel system is a breeze, as the car seat can be removed from the chassis one-handed – and because the Pro-fix system is built in, there’s no need to buy separate adapters. The capacious hood can also double as a canopy, and the basket has plenty of room, plus reflective strips for extra safety if you’re out after dark. It’s not cheap, but it is built to last.
What to watch out for
This is quite a wide buggy, so takes up more space than most, which may be a pain in smaller spaces such as shops and cafés.
Pneumatic tyres can get punctures, so be prepared and get a repair kit (at least they’ve included the pump).
Removing the wheels every time to make it small enough to fit your available space may be a bit of a pain, so do consider whether you can accommodate a buggy of this size.
Who is the Jané Slalom Pro best for?
Town and country mums, who love getting outdoors.
A great-looking buggy with lots of user-friendly features, the Slalom Pro is one of the best 3-wheelers around, if a little on the large side when open. Attaching the car seat is a simple, one-handed operation, so it’s great as a travel system too, though it won’t be the cheapest option.