Maclaren Quest Sport
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When it came to choosing a lightweight buggy, the Maclaren Quest Sport instantly sprang to mind. A popular choice amongst other mums, I’d heard only positive reviews, and after pushing round a heavy pram for six months I was looking forward to an effortless push.
Maclaren has been producing buggies since the 1960s when former test pilot and aeronautical designer Owen Maclaren created the iconic blue and white striped buggy. He decided it had to be durable, safe and lightweight, and this still rings true today for Maclaren buggies, but with bells on.
The Maclaren Quest Sport buggy has the sturdy but lightweight aluminium frame, which is almost synonymous with Maclaren. It’s available in an array of eye-catching colours, boasts a 5-point safety harness, a very handy 4-position recline, a carry strap for easy portability, and a water resistant hood. It also has an adequately sized shopping basket when you consider how small the Quest Sport is.
The Maclaren Quest Sport is extremely useful for parents who frequently use their car because it folds down within seconds, and the seat is completely removable and washable. Pretty much everything you need in a lightweight buggy.
What we love
Apart from the vibrant dual colours on offer, and the nostalgia associated with a Maclaren (I was pushed around in one myself), what I love most about the Maclaren Quest Sport is how light it is. So light that the first time I pushed it up a kerb I nearly pulled it right over. I was so used to forcing my pram handles down to lift the wheels I hadn’t considered just how light this buggy could be. My daughter Tippi enjoyed the ride!
And, because the Maclaren Quest Sport so light, it’s easy to manoeuvre, and great for whizzing in to town. I live in an area with many hills, and pushing a light buggy makes a lot of difference. In fact, easy is definitely a word I’d associate with the Maclaren Quest Sport. It’s easy to recline, easy to fold down (especially if you’re rushing to catch a plane!), has an easily removable cover and an easy-to use harness. It really is made for those mums with a demanding toddler and little time.
Owning quite a small car, this buggy has been great for folding down into the boot, and has a handy carry strap to transport it. It’s a buggy that travels well.
If you need any more confirmation on how super the Quest Sport is, it has a handy back pocket for keeping your mobile or shopping notes to hand and super-soft ergonomically designed foam insulated handles. And for those rainy days, there’s a great plastic cover that fits perfectly for full coverage. Phew!
The Maclaren Quest Sport was definitely one of the best purchases we made. For zooming round town, travelling light and comfort it really is an all-rounder.
What to watch out for
The brakes aren’t the best I’ve used. You do have to double check a couple of times to make sure they’re definitely on.
Being such a lightweight buggy the wheels are small. This isn’t great in snow (as I found out) or going cross-country, but it’s perfect for whizzing round on pavements in town and especially in shops.
Finally, Maclaren recently made the news after reports of some children getting their fingers caught in the hinges when collapsing the buggy. I haven’t found this to be a problem at all, but to err on the side of caution you can order free hinge covers from Maclaren, or simply keep your children at arm’s length when folding it down.
Who is the Maclaren Quest Sport lightweight buggy best for?
Urban mums after a light, comfy buggy that’s quick and easy to use.
The Maclaren Quest Sport is a fantastic lightweight buggy that does exactly what it should do to make your life easier. It travels well and folds down small, is comfortable and looks great. Pushing it is a pleasure. Just double check to make sure the brakes are on, and don’t try and tackle snow.