As creators of the very first umbrella stroller in 1965 and world's first car seat adaptable stroller in 1991, Maclaren is at the forefront of stroller design and innovation. Designed with comfort and durability in mind, the Maclaren® Techno® XT stroller is definitely one to check out!
Practical design with time-tested durability. In our testing, this stroller earned the silver medal in popularity amongst children (Stokke® Xplory® ranked #1), likely due to Maclaren's exceptional comfort through design and high-quality materials. With four recline options, including nearly flat, this lightweight stroller takes you from newborn to kindergarten (and beyond) with the promise of safety and famaliarity of an old friend. The dual lock brake system activates both brakes simultaneously for safety with an effortless, single toe tap. The canopy provides adequate sun protection; a clear visor extension pops out from under the canopy for increased coverage. Both the sun visor and rear window are protective against UVA and UVB rays. The wheels feature reflectors for evening strolls. The handles are rubber rather than foam coated which makes for quick cleaning and longer wear.
The seat fabric consists of 100% polyester, which is soft to the touch but also durable. Out of the box there was a fair amount of offgassing odor with this stroller, which seemed to stem mostly from the clear window and sun visor as well as from the seat (possibly from the padding within as the canopy did not have this issue). The lightweight aluminum frame is sturdy. The storage basket is made of a heavier mesh material that feels quite durable despite being mesh. The tires appear to be made of rubber coated foam.
Ease of Use
Dual front and rear suspension make for a smooth ride. Very comfortable to push on smooth surfaces, such as sidewalks. Offroading through park grass proves to be bumpy, though not altogether difficult. Steering one-handed on smooth surfaces is accomplished without much effort. The seat, when reclined, blocks off rear access to the storage basket, however small articles can be accessed through the side or simply stored in the canopy's rear parental organizer pockets. A benefit to the low seat height is that a crawling toddler is able to climb into the seat on their own thanks to the balanced center of gravity, preventing it from tipping over easily (read: less backaches for mommy). The legrest and handles are both adjustable, accomodating the smallest of babies to the tallest of parents!
Maclaren's mission: To provide safe, innovative transport to the planet’s youngest citizens based upon a foundation of socially and environmentally responsible practices so the children of today can thrive in the world of tomorrow.
Recycled Packaging: "Through Maclaren sponsored recycling centers for used buggies, a mandate that all packaging contain 70% recycled fiber content with a goal of 100% within 3 years. We believe we can reuse, recycle or rethink the end-of-life use for many of our materials that would have previously be sent to a landfill."
Responsible Manufacturing: Phthalate-free. Lead-free. PVC-free. BFR-free. "A core tenet of our movement is environmentally responsible manufacturing through the use of recyclable materials and the restriction of chemical compounds or materials that harm the environment. All phthalates and lead have been eliminated as well as PVC and brominated flame retardants (BFRs)."
Reduced Carbon Footprint: Our goal is to become “carbon-neutral’ and we have taken the first steps towards achieving this by identifying our primary footprint in indirect emissions and are establishing plans to work globally with a preferred development partner to offset these emissions.
Seat cover is machine washable. Spot clean canopy only. 1 year warranty provided.
The stroller folds with the front tires touching the front canopy rim, however the 2011 model features easy-to-clean, smooth piping material (which is also reflective) along the canopy virtually eliminating stain concerns. While it can be folded and opened with a single hand, it is much easier to do so with two hands as it takes some time before the stroller is "broken in" enough to do this fluidly without resistance. It does not stand alone when folded; the best way to keep it upright is to hook the handlebars against a ledge or other object. The automatic latch keeps the stroller locked in the folded position for easy pickup and storage. We recommend the Techno® XT for those who are looking for an all-purpose stroller for everyday use while taking up minimal storage space.
Made in Guangdong China
Folded size (w/canopy): 15" x 12" x 44" LWH
Ready-to-go size (w/canopy, widest configuration): 33" x 18.5" x 44" LWH
Weight (w/ canopy and mesh storage): 16 lbs 11 oz
Max. child weight: 55 lbs
Max. chid height (per manufacturer): 44"
Max. child CRL height (seated bottom to top of head): 25"
Seatback height: 18"
Seat width: 12.5"
Seat depth: 8"
Seat height (ground to seat): 15"
Handlebar height (from ground to center palm grip, adjustable): 40-42"
Wheel diameter: 6.5"
Recline options: 4 (incl. full recline/flat)
Matching infant head support, PVC-free raincover, and travel/luggage tag included.
Recommended for: Classy mommies who appreciate European flare; Caretakers desiring a lightweight stroller; Public transportation users; Sidewalk strolling in the big city
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