When I found out I was pregnant with #2, I was adamant that I was NOT going to buy a double buggy. My 2-year-old could walk (or at the very least, ride on the buggy board)! I sooo did not need to spend £400 on another buggy when my Bugaboo was working just fine, thank you very much.
Well, thankfully Esther had her second baby 7 weeks before mine arrived. She convinced me that, yes, I was going to need a double buggy (that wasn’t double-wide), and I should really buy the Phil&Teds! (She did all the research, so that made it easy… and you all know how good she is at convincing…)
So, I bought one in the end. And nine months later, I have to say that I’m pretty darn happy I did.
It is great to be able to push both my boys (especially when I’m in a hurry). It’s also great if they both need to nap (which happens a lot if we are travelling and aren’t anywhere near a bed). And even when my 2-year-old is riding ahead on his Like-a-Bike and not sitting in his seat, I’m still happy to be pushing a double-buggy because of all the storage it has for my shopping!
So, while I have been generally pleased with my Phil&Teds “Sport”, I have had some complaints… Like the foot-break being really hard to press down and release, and the fact that it’s really difficult to fold up (because you have to take off the spare seat first)!
I must not have been the only one with complaints because Phil&Teds got the gist… They’ve just created a new version (called the Vibe) with a solution to these problems. The new version (which comes out in March) will have a smart-handle 1-touch break built in to the aluminum frame, comes with a cup-holder and food tray, will have fully adjustable seats, and will fold in-line WITH the doubles kit still on!
Sounds good, huh? I wish I could just buy a new one! (It costs a smashing £500)!
Or better yet– win a new one! Our friend, Mod*Mom is giving away a brand new Vibe (among many other things) in her Fabulous Valentine’s Giveaways! Visit her site, leave her a comment and enter to win!
Easy peasy (as they say here in England)!
Courtney, I totally agree with your two gripes about the P&T but do love it nonetheless! And I saw the Vibe somewhere online and had double buggy envy but oh well. A friend of mine with a very well used P&T, her break is sooooo much easier…so maybe we just haven’t used ours enough?!! When I do lug it on trips, I’m always glad I did for the napping aspect and also, given most european cities have cobblestones, it’s still a super smooth ride. Maybe we can win a new one and sell the old one!!!!!
thanks for the shout out on my valentine’s giveaway for the vibe + dozens of other prizes.
phil&ted made me remove that vibe image, because they want the vibe to be mysterious i guess.
As Court pointed out, we are the proud owner of a Phil&Teds, but we have the model before the Sport. It doesn’t have the break problem, but – like the Sport – you have to take the 2nd seat off to fold it (I don’t mind it that much though, I find it pretty easy to fold!).
I really, really, really LOVE our P&T, wouldn’t know what to do without it! I use it ALL the time.
The ‘Vibe’ does sound great – I’m going to enter the competition of mod*mom too!
I cannot believe we just bought a brand new P&T in New Zealand over Xmas and now they are bringing out a newer and better version! Such a shame. I love my new one, but the new functions sound great!
I cheaped out on the purchase. I blogged about it, too!
I have the model before the P+T sport came out as well. It was necessary for Boston (cobblestones and living the true city life- carless). I think it’s amazing (just replaced the tires.. I wore them out), but I do need to find a good light-weight option for traveling. Any favorites?
I brought a Phil and teds stroller back when my son was born in NZ Feb 2006. We have used it on the beaches of NZ, the mountain forest walks of California and now I use it everyday on the cobblestones of Bologna. I love love love it. I would not want to be without it. I do notice that I appear to be the only one with a three wheeled stroller around those parts. I didnt bring it with me on this trip back to California but BOY i wish I did. I am using an umbrella stroller currently and pine for my Phil&Ted’s
Just reviewed the new Phil & Ted’s Vibe – check it out at http://strollerinfo.typepad.com . Though Phil and Ted have added features that seem to be logical – not all is as easy as it seems.
We bought a Phil&Teds Vibe from a website in the US and had it shipped to a friend in Boston (We’re living in Ireland). It worked out a lot cheaper than buying it from the UK or Ireland. Its a great buggy and would recommend it highly. Folding is ok but trying to fit it into its travel bag is nearly impossible. So far our two babies (4 weeks and 20 months) really enjoy going for spins in their new super cool buggy.
You are so right it is always a big dilemma whether to go for the double buggie especially when your two year old can already walk. Glad to hear you decided to in the end, so did I and then I started raving about my mountain buggy on my kids site.
Great article Thanks for your time.