On arrival, I received a stylish aluminium chassis, three puncture-proof wheels, padded seat and sun visor as well as a matching change bag in one big box. Clicking everything together was extremely quick and simple. My first thought once assembled was ‘this buggy is a beast’!
Being an open height 83-108cm x 60cm x 108 cm and a hefty 10.6kg for the chassis alone (13.2kg with the seat attached) it is bigger and longer than anything I have ever used before. However, this is my first experience of a three-wheeler so I was ready to give it the benefit of the doubt and very keen to get out to get some exercise with my little one in tow.
We live in a semi-rural village and have found this buggy is fabulous for walking my elder, five-year-old son back and forth to school. The 30-minute journey takes us along hilly residential streets and a busy main road. We can also take a short cut alongside a bumpy farmer’s field so have been able to really put this vehicle through its paces.
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How is the Jané Trider to push and steer – is it easy to manoeuvre?
The Jané Trider is very easy to manoeuvre and feels smooth and light to push even when I need to hold my son’s hand along the road.
Despite its weight (10.6kg for the chassis and wheels alone), steering is effortless and as the Trider’s width is actually only 60cm, not far off a standard four-wheel buggy, fitting through awkward gaps from annoying pavement-parked cars is doable too.
The only set back on roads is bumping up and down curbs takes strength and can be awkward with the 3 wheels when it is so heavy.
What is it like when off-roading – is the suspension a useful feature?
Travelling across the farmer’s field is where the Trider comes into its own. An adjustable suspension and shock absorber on the rear C shape axle creates an almost bump free ride across the uneven ground for Jude.
You can adjust the suspension level but honestly, I can’t tell the difference between settings.
The large 26cm puncture proof – wheels also help the smooth run; they are strong and robust with a front 360-degree swivel, which can be locked at the front for the bumpy terrain if needed.
How is it when used out shopping, on public transport, in everyday activities?
My only issues with the Jané Trider are its length and weight. We took it out shopping and found it a hindrance getting around clothes and food aisles. The basket underneath is thin and narrow; it doesn’t allow for much storage and it is not easily accessible.
I have taken it on a train once but it was not easy and luckily the carriage was practically empty.
How comfortable is the pushchair seat for your little one?
The seat is higher than usual which I really like as it brings your child closer to you and takes them slightly above exhaust fumes. It is also handy to wheel up to a table for feeding when out.
Suitable from 6 months, it is beautifully padded creating much comfort for my 8-month-old son. There is plenty of room but the adjustable five-point, jigsaw harness keeps him well-buckled and snug without slumping sideways too much. He looks very cosy and always falls asleep easily. The removable cross bar is also padded.
The seat is both front and rear facing with two very functional pull and click levers for a quick change in direction.
How many recline positions are there?
There are three reclining seat positions, plus one for when folded, each being great for sleeping, riding and feeding which can be adjusted with a one-hand-mechanism on the back of the seat (a little stiff but very handy).
What do you think of how the other parts adjusted?
There is also an adjustable calf rest, which took me a while to work out and has a knack to it as the buttons are on the interior. You have to click both buttons on either side at once that means you don’t have any hands left for adjusting so I ended up using my chin – not ideal! But for my 8-month old I keep it up and flat to support little legs at this stage so didn’t change it.
How easy is folding and unfolding the Jané Trider?
Considering its weight, folding and releasing the Trider buggy is very easy and what sets this buggy apart from others.
The seat can be front or rear facing, however, the instruction manual states it is slightly more compact when folded seat forward.
Pull the triggers on either side of the chassis
The handle moves smoothly forwards to rest on the wheelbase
The buggy automatically locks shut thanks to a side latch
Buggy can be stored vertically.
The quick release wheels can be removed for an even more compact footprint to 65x48x30cm.
To open (which can be done with one hand) grab the handle, step on the lock and the buggy springs open with a satisfying click.
Despite having an attractive aluminum tubular chassis, with the attached seat it still weighs a mighty 13.2kg, making it difficult to lift.
It will also not fit in my small hatchback car boot even with the parcel shelf and buggy wheels removed.
Tell us about the sun canopy
The canopy is of good size and thickness there is an extra zip-out air-mesh section and pop-out sun visor if needed. Unfortunately, there is no peephole to check on baby, but you can use the side mesh sections to take a peek.
What do you think of the handlebar?
The handle spans a height of 83cms to 108cms, adjustable using buttons on the sides (again both at the same time). It can be angled to a height to suit the user, however, I have found it hard to find one to suit me. Being a small person, when laying flat I feel too far away from my child for general walking but angled up it is too high and I find it hard to find a comfortable place to put my hands.
Tell us about the brakes
Unusually the brake control is mounted on the right of the handle. Flick forward to apply the brake notified with a clear red ‘L’ and flick back to release. This is a practical addition but the wire leading down to the wheels are a flaw on the streamlined chassis.
An added bonus is the matching change bag. It is smart and stylish much like the buggy and I particularly liked the extra Velcro straps to attach the bag securely to the handle placing it at an easy to reach and neat position.
Who would the Jané Trider be best for?
For exercising, I give the Trider a big thumbs up. Suspension and manoeuvrability at speed are a pleasure. I must stress though my idea of jogging to some is merely a fast walk. This is where the long handle design comes into play as there is no risk of hitting knees or feet on the wheels or back axle as you are set away from the frame when running. At a buggy fit class, the weight was actually a plus as you could lean onto the Trider with no fear of it tipping.
The Jané Trider is an extremely streamlined and attractive three-wheel buggy with top end function and mechanism. It is worth it’s £500+ price tag due to its many features but would only appeal to parents based in rural locations, where good suspension is a necessity, and who own big cars or for those who want to keep seriously buggy fit. This is not a travel system for urban and city dwellers who need to hop on and off transport easily or people with fragile backs!
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Trider Matrix travel system
Child age (approx)
Birth to 3 years
Dimensions & Weight
13.2kg – with chassis, wheels and toddler seat
H:108cm W:60cm L:108cm
H:70cm W:60cm L:39cm
Travel system compatible
Compatible car seats
Jane Matrix Light 2 (lie-flat carrycot and Group 0+ rear facing car seat in one. Required to make the travel system reviewed here), or Jane Transporter 2 (Group 0 lie-flat carrycot style car seat)
Seat facing direction
Forward facing and parent facing
puncture-proof rubber tyres
Adjustable suspension and shock absorbers
Profix attachment so no separate adaptors needed to use car seat
High seat unit
5 Point safety harness
Matrix light: group 0/0+ car seat so can be used lie-flat then rear facing