Jané Unlimit buggy
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The Jané Unlimit buggy can be used rear or forward facing, and offers a good ride over a variety of terrain. It’s certainly built to last, though the European styling won’t appeal to everyone.
The Jané Unlimit is massively versatile – not only can it be used as a forward or rear facing buggy, but it can be teamed with Jané’s carrycots and car seats to create four different travel systems. There’s the Strata car seat; the Matrix Light car seat; the Transporter (a lie-flat carrycot-style restraint); and then the Formula (a package that pairs up the Strata car seat and Transporter carrycot).
The Unlimit boasts large diameter low-profile wheels with ball bearings and adjustable rear-wheel suspension. Basically, this means the Unlimit is great to push – you get manoeuvrability and a smoother ride over all terrains and as your child grows heavier. The wheels are quick-release, too. There’s also the lightweight (8kg) aluminium frame, which is a “c” shape at the back, so there’s no crossbar to kick as you walk. The foot-operate parking brake uses a cable so no axle is needed.
The reversible seat has a 3-position recline, including a fully reclined position. The footrest is adjustable, as is the foam-padded handlebar (from 80cm to 106cm). A shopping basket with reflective bands for night-time trips and a raincover are also included.
What we love
Assembly wasn’t hard – the Unlimit buggy is nearly pre-assembled when you get it, with just wheels, sunhood and bumper bar to pop on. Once I’d mastered how to unfold the Unlimit (it took a couple of attempts to figure out which clips to undo) the rest was straightforward.
I love how robust the Unlimit feels. It’s such a stable buggy, and no matter how much shopping I hung off that handle, it didn’t tip. I can shop (trust me!), and I think this stability makes it an ideal choice of shopping around town.
The frame is very strong yet light and the wheels make it a joy to push.
Baby Freya enjoyed riding in the Jané Unlimit. Having mastered sitting, Freya just refuses to recline, and we could position the seat perfectly for her – that is, completely upright! The bumper bar gave her something to hang onto as we charged along. The seat is very well padded and large enough for a big 3 year old, too.
For such a sturdy, versatile buggy, the Unlimit can fold to a pretty compact size, and the removable wheels do make it even smaller if you need it to be.
What to watch out for
The Jané Unlimit has European styling. We tried the Moonlight colourway, which had writing patterns all over it and the other colourways are similarly styled. The seat has armrests and looks very boxy, which some may find a touch old fashioned.
The rear wheels are wider than you’d expect, especially as the Unlimit feels compact in all other ways. On a trip to the shops my husband ran over a few people’s feet with the back wheels! However, this width is probably what gives the Unlimit its amazing stability.
The hood has lots of positions, but I couldn’t get the perfect one. When fully up, the hood shaded Freya perfectly, but it came between us so I couldn’t see her properly – this meant we didn’t get the full benefit of the parent facing mode. If I moved the hood back, Freya was in the sun too much.
Who is the Jané Unlimit buggy best for?
Parents seeking a smooth ride that can handle all those shopping bags.
The Jané Unlimit is strong, sturdy and build to last. It’s a dream to push, can stand up to all those shopping bags, and smoothes out the bumps when you venture off-pavement. However, its looks won’t attract all eyes.