Key features of the Mountain Buggy Duet
Age suitability: From birth (with addition of extra bassinet) to 4 years (up to 18kg)
Fold: one-handed, standing fold
Travel system compatible: Adaptors are available for models from Phil&Teds, Maxi-Cosi, Cybex and Nuna, as well as Mountain Buggy Protect infant carseats
Key features: adjustable handlebar, compact width, adaptable, adjustable leg rests, hand-operated control brake, 10” air-filled tyres
Total cost: £698 (plus £139 for carrycot)
The Mountain Buggy brand is the brainchild of a dad in New Zealand who wanted to be able to tackle the great outdoors and its various terrains with little people! The Mountain Buggy Duet was engineered and designed literally to take on mountains as well as making city living easier, as it’s designed to fit through the gaps just like a single buggy can, with a width of just 65cm. It is convertible from a single with a clip-on carry bag to a double for a growing family. Or can be used for twins from birth. Price-wise the Duet sits in the middle of the market. With an RRP of £698 (currently reduced to £599 the Mountain Buggy website), it’s less than the Bugaboo Donkey, which costs upward of £1000, depending on which configuration you choose, but more than budget options such as the Red Kite Push Me Twini (RRP £200). As we have a Bugaboo Buffalo already we are used to quality prams, and the Duet did not disappoint. For me, doubles like the Red Kite, are city strollers, lightweight and a little clunky/rickety in comparison to the smooth Duet.
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How we tested the Mountain Buggy Duet
Rebecca is a mum of two, with a 1-year and a 4-year-old. She put the buggy through its paces in the Yorkshire countryside, testing it on different terrains, hills walks, with both kids strapped in.
We were so excited to receive the huge box containing the Mountain Buggy Duet, our 3-year-old especially so! It came well packed and we used the YouTube video tutorial to show us how to put it together. It was a bit fiddly but we got there. There was a small piece of plastic which was broken. I emailed customer service in New Zealand and they promptly sent a replacement – super service!
How do you like the look of the Mountain Buggy Duet?
The Duet is a good-looking double pram. It’s sleek and the black and chrome features make it look upmarket. There are many cheap plasticy- looking prams on the market and this is not one.
Does the frame and fabric feel durable?
The frame is substantial and feels strong and durable. The seat fabric is completely removable and washable and really soft and comfortable for the kids.
How easy is the Duet to handle?
Our daughter couldn’t wait to climb in and we took her for a spin on the deck outside our house. We were both amazed how the Mountain Buggy handles, it really does glide and an absolute pleasure to push. This Duet is fantastic for wheeling two kids around and being able to get through all the doorways a single buggy can.
As the Duet is such a compact double, did the seats feel roomy enough?
We tested this with our 3-year-old (4 next month and tall for her age) daughter and 1-year-old son. It was a snug fit for our daughter, but she said she was very comfortable.
How many recline positions do the seats have?
The seats even at their most upright are quite reclined which she struggled with a little so we used a cushion to enable her to sit forward.
What age is the Duet suitable for?
The Duet is designed to be used from birth to 4 years and I think this is accurate, although we would always recommend buying the extra bassinet to use it from birth.
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How does the Mountain Buggy Duet fold, and does it fit into the boot of your car?
It folds down relatively easily. You have to engage the brake, make sure the handlebar is lowered and the front wheels are swung out. Then you twist the front bar under the footrest to fold it.
It does fit in our Honda Civic. Obviously a double pram no matter how narrow is going to be somewhat bulky. It isn’t lightweight but again you can’t get strong quality and be feather light, plus the large wheels are going to take up room.
It does stand when it’s folded, which is handy for storage.
The Mountain Buggy Duet makes much of its compact footprint – did you notice this?
When I compare the Duet with other side-by-side double buggies, the specifications speak for themselves. The Red Kite Twini measures 76cm wide and weighs 10kg, the Baby Jogger City also measures 76cm and weighs 11.8kg. In comparison, the Duet measures 63cm wide and 15.5kg. While the Duet is heavier I put this down to the substantial frame and huge tyres which really does set it apart from the “stroller type” lightweight varieties.
How well does the Mountain Buggy Duet handle different terrain?
The Mountain Buggy Duet is a fabulous all-terrain buggy and it literally glides over the ground no matter how uneven. Living in Yorkshire, we can now go “the scenic” route to preschool which is basically through some very bumpy fields and steep hills. The huge air filled tyres play a big part in this.
What did you think of the hoods?
I do think the hoods are not as quality as I am used to. The fabric never pulls taut and they’re rather shallow, not offering much protection from the elements. I wonder whether the inclusion of a waterproof cover would be helpful.
Does the shopping basket provide enough room?
The storage basket under the Mountain Buggy Duet is fabulous. There’s one huge area big enough for changing bags, shopping, teddies and so on with two netted areas at both sides. There are also two zipped pockets perfect for valuables, keys or emergency, easy-to-reach snacks!This is a really useful feature and very much appreciated as we leave the house with everything but the kitchen sink. There’s also a bottle holder attached to the handle bar which is useful.
Tell us about the brake.
There are two footbrake points which is handy as many prams just have one on a particular side. The brake is firm and I tested it on an extremely steep hill with both kids plus shopping in.
How are the wheels and tyres?
The wheels handle great and can be set to locked or swivel. They make light work of many terrains. With regard to the air filled tyres, however, I’m a bit scared what might happen if I was out on a long rough terrain walk and I got a puncture – whether I would get home safely. Let’s hope that never happens!
What’s in the box?
- Belly bar
What accessories are available?
- Duet double storm cover (£39)
- Duet single storm cover (£29)
- Duet double mesh cover (£49)
- Duet single mesh cover (£35)
- Sleeping bag (£75)
- Travel bag XL (£89)
- Duet carrycot plus (£139)
- Buggy Pouch (£25)
- Parasol (£25)
- Buggy cup holder (£10)
- Bottle holder (£10)
- Freerider stroller board (£99)
- Lambswool liner (£79)
- Double satchel (£69)
- Carseat Adaptor (£39)
All in all, the Mountain Buggy Duet offered us a smooth ride an easy and controlled “push”. It has a handy hand break useful for going down steep slopes – we have a lot of hills in Yorkshire.
We have a Bugaboo Buffalo which handles extremely well, so I did wonder how the Mountain Buggy Duet would compare. To our surprise it is very comparable and easily “turns on a six-pence”, no clunky movements. It effortlessly glides over any terrain which was very impressive – particularly with two children in.
It is a bit of a shame that the bassinet or rain cover don’t come as part of the package. Perhaps at its price point, Mountain Buggy should offer those.
Nonetheless, I would definitely recommend the Duet for ease its of movement – it really glides. It’s really well suited for twins and siblings from birth up to 4 years. It’s perfect for city slickers and country bumpkins due to the combination of compact design and robust wheels. It is well built and looks great too!
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