The Unlimit buggy and Matrix Light car seat combine to make the adaptable Jané Unlimit Matrix Light Travel System, which really ticks all the boxes. It may not have the most cutting-edge looks, it certainly feels stable and robust.
Jané’s new Unlimit buggy is compatible with a number of Jané’s car seats to create four different travel system combos. Firstly, there’s the Unlimit Matrix Light, which I tested here; then there’s the Unlimit Strata, which is based on the Strata car seat; the Unlimit Transporter, which uses the lie-flat carrycot style Transporter restraint; and finally the Unlimit Formula, which sees the buggy paired with both the Transporter carrycot and the Strata car seat.
It’s clear that a lot of thought has been put into this buggy – after all, it is following in the footsteps of Jané’s previous solid performer, the Nomad. The Unlimit’s frame is lightweight aluminium, which is curved in a ‘c’ shape at the back so you don’t kick the bar. It also features four striking large diameter wheels that run smoothly over all terrains, making it great to push.
The Jané Unlimit can be used as either a forward or rear facing buggy, and has a multi-position seat that reclines flat, plus an adjustable footrest, a dual cable-activated STOP & GO parking brake, and a height adjustable “soft touch” (foam padded) ergonomic handlebar.
As well as the low-profile wheels with ball bearings (this is to maximise smoothness and manoeuvrability), the rear wheels have adjustable suspension, ensuring there’s still a smooth ride as your child gets older and heavier.
Other useful included extras are the shopping basket with reflective bands for night-time safety and a raincover (an essential in the UK).
The Jané Matrix Light car seat accounts for £250 of the cost. It’s a Group 0+ option that starts life as a lie-flat car seat, and then can be used as a standard rear facing infant car seat.
What we love
Setting up the buggy was pretty simple – the Unlimit comes mostly pre-assembled, and I only had the wheels, sun hood and bumper bar to attach. Once I’d mastered how to unfold the Unlimit buggy (it took a few goes to work out which clips I had to undo), the rest was easy.
The Jané Unlimit feels so stable, sturdy and solid. The oversized frame is light yet very strong, and no matter how much shopping I hung off the handle, the buggy didn’t topple. The easy running wheels make it a dream to push.
Freya enjoyed riding in the Unlimit. Since she’s mastered the skill of sitting up, she doesn’t like to be reclined, and the Unlimit let her have her preferred, completely upright position. The bumper bar gave her something to hang onto as we powered along.
For such a sturdy and versatile buggy, the Unlimit folds down to quite a compact size. If you need to be more space-conscious, the wheels are easily removed.
Jané buggies feature the patented Pro-Fix system, so you can lock and unlock the car seat onto the buggy frame with just one hand. This is great for ease of use, but also means there’s no need to buy extra, fiddly adaptors.
The Jané Matrix Light car seat is fantastic. Freya could lie flat on a long journey and sleep properly. The Matrix also turns the Unlimit into a pram or doubles as a Moses basket for overnight stays. It meant we had the traditional advantages of a carrycot, yet could convert it effortlessly into a car seat, and not have a bulky carrycot left over to store.
With the Matrix Light attached as a carrycot, I love the look of this system – really solid and functional but with a good deal of design about the hood and the oversized frame. Once you revert to the Unlimit’s own seat though most of the head-turning looks are gone.
What to watch out for
For me, the look of this buggy is most definitely a European style. The moonlight option had writing patterns all over it and the other colour options are styled in a similar way. The seat can look a little old fashioned, as it’s boxy and has armrests. That said, it is very well padded and big enough to accommodate a large 3 year old.
The rear wheels are quite wide for a buggy that in all other ways feels compact. My husband ran over a few people’s feet with the back wheels because they’re wider than you’d expect! However, this does account for its fantastic stability.
Whilst the car seat can attach to the buggy chassis with the fabulous one-handed Pro-Fix system, the buggy seat fastens on with a more complicated arrangement. Turning the Unlimit back into a buggy is a two-handed job that’s much fiddlier than using this as a travel system.
The buggy hood has lots positions, though I couldn’t quite find the right one. When fully up, Freya was shaded perfectly but I couldn’t see her properly because it came between us, which defeats the object of a parent facing buggy. If I moved the hood back, Freya was in too much sun.
Who is the Jané Unlimit Matrix Light Travel System best for?
Parents who take long car journeys and often hit the shops.
The Jané Unlimit is a sturdy buggy that offers options to suit nearly everyone’s lifestyle. By teaming it with the versatile Jané Matrix Light car seat, you get the best of both a carrycot and rear facing car seat, minus the bulk of a separate carrycot.