The Out ’n’ About Nipper 360 Double has been tweaked and a second version (v2) has been released. It is light, can tackle tough terrain and is even more of a dream to push than the original thanks to the height-adjustable handle. But like most twin buggies, it’s not slim.
The Out ’n’ About Nipper 360 Double v2 is an all-terrain 3-wheeler. It’s called a twin buggy because it puts your children side by side, as opposed to a tandem buggy where they sit one in front of the other.
At the end of 2011, both this double and the single Nipper 360 were tweaked and updated in 30 ways. The original Nipper 360 Double received a 4.5-star MadeForMums review.
The tweaks include a new handle bar shape that’s height adjustable with eight pivot positions, reflective piping on the hood, spring-loaded pedal brake, padded seat liners, bespoke new wheel design, a new inner tube with 90 degree valve and a new tyre design with deeper, harder-wearing tread.
The harness has been given improved comfort, softer tighter-woven webbing and the seat has a more upright position. Each seat can take 22kg (roughly around 4 years of age).
In addition to this, Out ‘n’ About has added a one-hand adjustable recline mechanism to the seat and a hinged bumper bar, which opens from left or right.
The wheels can be removed to get a more compact folded size – this takes it from 76.5cm x 42cm x 90cm down to 71cm x 36cm x 79cm.
What we love
The Out ’n’ About Nipper 360 Double v2 is a dream to push. You would never guess I had two toddlers in there, even when striding out up hills. The suspension is brilliant, providing a comfy ride for children and an easy stroll for you.
The newly adjustable handle really does improve this classic buggy, as it is now even easier to push no matter what height you are. Getting the positioning right on a truly all-terrain buggy is vital. As you push over rough ground, having the handle in the right position, along with the independent rear suspension, cushions the effect on your arms and reduces fatigue.
I love the look of this buggy. With matching footmuffs and the large sun hood, it is a striking yet stylish double to push around.
The Nipper 360 Double v2 is amazingly light yet tremendously robust. You get the feeling that this pushchair will outlast your children, which means that it’s reasonably good value for money when you look at the price.
What to watch out for
The Nipper 360 is a side-by-side double and no matter which way you look at it, it is a large pushchair. It doesn’t fit through the front doors of many friends I visit, so we have to navigate round to back doors or decant children to get inside, usually leaving the buggy outside. This isn’t so bad as I have two toddlers, but I imagine if you’d just had your baby drift off to sleep, the last thing you want to do is get them out of the buggy in order to get in the house. The advice here is just to measure up before you buy.
Freya, just 2, is not big for her age and reasonably skinny. However, the 5-point harness is too tight when strapped on put over a winter coat. Around the waist, the harness just doesn’t have enough slack for a toddler to wear a decent amount of layers. We may have been able to improve this by removing the cushioned inner seat but then I feel Freya wouldn’t have a very comfy ride.
The bumper bar is a fantastic addition yet also an annoying one. When you open one side to get one of the children out and lift up the bumper bar, it falls right back down again! Every time! In order to get it properly out of the way you have to remove it completely. This means every time I take it off, I’m in danger of not putting it back on or leaving it somewhere. The good people of Winchester are very honest and both times I forgot the bumper bar and had to go back and collect it, it was where I had left it!
Bearing in mind how many times I have to fold and unfold this buggy, the fact you need to completely empty all storage bags to fold is a bit of a pain. Because the Nipper 360 Double will only fold when empty, I’ve taken to not using the storage bags and carrying all my stuff slung off the handle.
For me personally, this buggy is missing a handbrake on the handlebar. An all-terrain buggy benefits from a hand brake to reduce the weight born by the parent when going down a steep hill.
Who is the Out ’n’ About Nipper 360 Double v2 best for?
Active, country parents-of-two after a dreamy push and robust all-terrain design.
This all-terrain pushchair is a dream to push uphill and over bumpy tracks due to its suspension, great wheels and lightweight frame. If you have the luxury and space to keep a buggy just for going out on lovely long walks, then this should definitely be on the list. If you’re not a town dweller at all, this may be the perfect answer. However, the Nipper 360 Double could benefit from a few further tweaks for total user-friendliness.