5 of the best pushchairs for festivals
If you're thinking of getting knee deep in mud and enjoying some festival vibes this season then you'll need a strong and sturdy wheeled companion to push through the crowds.
The logic of physics and years of parenting practice tells us that 3 large wheels drive through the thick brown gloop slightly easier than your average urban stroller can. Take a look at these best picks to keep your little ones safe whilst ploughing through the mud and bouncing crowds.
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This robust choice will definitely give your child a smooth ride over any ground, whatever the weather. It's large back wheels can handle anything you throw at them and the seat is large, easily able to accommodate a newborn all the way up to 4 years old (or 17kg in weight). There's even a double version if the whole family is going on an adventure.
The front wheel can be locked into place to give you that extra driving force on those wet and slushy days. Storage won't be an issue if you take the BOB Revolution PRO to your favourite festival as the basket is large enough to pile wellies, coats and snacks into AND there are several nifty storage pockets on the side and back of the seat. Its adjustable handlebar can give multiple height positions to suit whoever may be pushing and the hand operated brake means there will be no slipping when trying to find the footbrake with your wellies on - although the footbrake can be used for longer stops too!
Out'n'About have managed to produce the perfect festival friend in the form of the Nipper Single V4. Its super lightweight but sturdy frame makes it easy to push and the adjustable handlebar can be altered to a position to suit the driver. The wheels on the nipper are blessed with air filled 12" tyres, which will carry you over all manner of terrains. When the going gets tough and the wellies come out to play, just lock the front wheel into position and the Nipper will easily glide through the gloopiest of mud! The drawstring storage bag underneath the Nipper gives plenty of space to pop your belongings, not to mention the fantastic seat which is reclined using a strap recline system and is suitable from newborn all the way up to 22kg. It's also available as a double if you have two kids close in age.
Mountain Buggy have long been making the toughest of tough pushchairs and the Terrain is the mightiest yet. Designed to live the off road life, the Terrain is more than well-equipped to cope with the muddy gripes of festival life! This all new model boasts fantastic features such as a super comfy seat with an extra tall seat back, reversible padded seat liner and a safety plus one button release harness. The seat can be fully reclined and is suitable from birth to 25kg. The braking system is convenient and easy to reach wellies or no wellies, and the handbrake is useful for those quick stop start queues that you may get stuck in. Storage is a plenty with a large basket and two supplied bottle/drinks holders. The most stand out festival-ready feature of the Terrain has to be its super large rear wheels and the front lockable air filled wheel is able to drive you over any terrain no matter what the weather!
As well as being a fabulous jogging stroller the Solstice also has many features leading it to be a stand out festival-goer too! The large wheels can definitely cut the festival mustard whether it be hard or soft going and the sturdy foot operated parking brake will give you peace of mind that your pushchair will definitely stay put. The Solstice features the most comfiest of seat units with its unique S.I.T technology which provides a supportive and soft cradle for babies of all ages, with the harness holding itself open so there's no need to fiddle to find harness straps in the rush to view your favourite feature on stage! One handy feature of the Solstice is that all adjustment levers and buttons are coded in bright yellow so are easily found come rain, shine or under moonlight. The basket will leave you plenty of room to store your days belongings and all fabrics are easily wipeable in the event of a mud disaster!
For all those hard-core regular festival goers out there, the best way to transport your little ones in comfort may well be a child trailer. The Weeride Deluxe Trailer can easily convert from a trailer stroller to a bicycle tag along and when in all terrain trailer mode, can cut its way over or through any terrain.The 20" rear wheels and 16" front wheel give the trailer great ground clearance and provide the smoothest of rides for your children. The seat of the Weeride can accomodate 2 passengers with 2 fabulously padded 5 point safety harnesses. The Weeride Deluxe has all of the luxuries that a pushchair would in its adjustable handlebar, easy to operate foot brake and super light aluminum chassis. The Weeride Deluxe has the added luxury of a rugged exterior with PVC windows to give your little person a view of the action too. If it just so happens to be sunny, unzip the front and your children can catch the breeze. Not just a one trick pony, for drier, firmer ground, the Weeride Deluxe comes with a 7" quick release front stroller wheel so you can even use it on a day to day basis too.