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I have learnt the true meaning of what it is to be in a Love/Hate relationship since I bought the Marco Sky Double Buggy. This was purchased from kiddicare.com whilst it was on a special offer and I was expecting my second baby. My oldest two boys are 17 months apart so it was imperative that I had a double buggy.
FINDING THE RIGHT DOUBLE BUGGY
This is the $1,000,000 question; Which double buggy is right for me? It is true when they say "One man's meat is another man's poison", some love side by side strollers; others prefer tandem. Three wheels or four wheels, big and bulky or sleek and flimsy...the selection out there is quite vast and shopping for a double buggy can be quite a nail-biting and confusing experience! Hopefully I can instill some of my experience into this review and help other consumers out there who are struggling to choose a stroller that is good quality and excellent value for money.
There's a few things to think about when considering this particular stroller. For one thing, it is not suitable for newborn twins. Whils the seat in the back does recline into the newborn position, the front seat is fixed in the upright position. This means the front seat is only suitable for babies who can sit unaided which would be at least 6 months. So, not a stroller for new twins. Got it?
Next; What will the stroller be used for? School run? Shopping trips? Long country walks? Is bus or train travel involved in your day to day activities? Will this be kept in the back of the car? Where will this be stored? Garage, House or Cupboard?
HOW DOES THE MARCO SKY MEASURE UP?
The Marco Sky has narrow, plastic swivel wheels which have flimsy plastic brakes. The individual brakes for the wheels are simple yet effective and provide extra piece of mind when travelling on a rickety bus. When the brakes are on, the stroller stays in position no problem.
Unfortunately the small wheels make walking on grass or uneaven surfaces difficult and tiring. Manauvering is laborsome as the handles are long, thin and do not feel sturdy. The handles are height adjustable which is helpful but a negative point is that you need both hands on the handles to walk in a straight line, and when the pavement slopes, the whole stroller pulls to the side.
The stroller alone is fairly light at just 17kg and has an umbrella fold action, which is desirable. However, the umbrella fold action is not as "easy" as advertised. The function is tricky to work out and the mechanism is stiff and requires the user to have octopus arms to get the stroller to fold down! Once folded, the stroller is extremely compact and narrow but very long. This makes fitting the pram in the back of a car almost impossible. The stroller will not fit into the back of my hatchback Golf and just barely fits in the back of the Audi Estate.
The seats are in tandem position, this makes it easy to fit the stroller through narrow doorways (good for highstreet shopping) However, as the back seat is the only suitable for newborns, the heavier child needs to be seated in the front. This makes the stroller very heavy to manauver extremely difficult to bump up curbs. The seats are wide and comfortable, with a nice soft yet hard wearing material. The straps are basic and the straps easily fall out of the clasps. My 23 month old can not be contained in this stroller as he has worked out how to pull on the straps and climb out.
The access to the back seat is limited without taking the whole hood off the stroller. This makes placing a baby in and out very challenging and often baby's head gets bumped on the hood! However, the benefit is that the back is cocooned and baby is heavily shielded from the weather elements or nosy old ladies who want to touch the baby. The front seat is covered by the hood but the sides are open which allow the older toddler to look around. The free raincover included covers the entire stroller and keep both children dry.
The basket is disappointingly small and has poor access. Although one thing I like is the fact that it is right underneath the stroller and out of sight. I also feel confident that no one will take my hand bag because the access is so poor, it would take a thief all day tugging at the basket to pry my hand bag out! Every cloud has a silver lining eh!
I find this stroller is good for city dwellers who walk to school or the shops. It is narrow for doorways and fits reasonably well on the bus. I love the fact that my baby is tucked up safe in the back and the stroller is protective of the elements.
It is heavy at the front and difficult to push. Walking uphill, off road and on any uneaven surfaces are very tricky and the wheels tend to struggle with the lip at my front door which is a pain. The basket is smaller than average and when folded it is too long to fit in the back of smaller cars.
The stroller is advertised as this easy to use, lightweight double stroller which ticks all the boxes at a reasonable price. (I purchased it for ~£90) It's a con. Once the children are in the stroller it's much heavier and more sluggish than my Phil and Teds, the material is of basic and cheap manufacturing and the list of negatives for this stroller is ever-growing with each day I use it!
BUT WHY I WONT GET RID OF IT
As a double buggy, I prefer the Phil and Teds Sport. The wheels clip on and off and it folds down so neatly that it will easily slot into the back of a very small car. It can be steered with just one hand, there's tonnes of basket space and the overall look of the buggy is smarter and more sleek. However, the Marco Sky is used 90% of the time for the school run because it keeps my newborn safe, warm and out of sight. So after all the negatives, I still use it.
I've had my second hand Marco Sky from Ebay for exactly 12 months and have been pleasantly surprised by its ability for a double buggy. It's a 2 tier design on a very compact wheel base with umbrella fold. We used it from birth with a head hugger, although the rear seat does not lie flat and as such is really only suitable from 2 months. However, no worse than a car seat IMO. There are 3 positions and it's quick to adjust. My toddler was 16 months and sat in front.
We chose the Marco as it was the only buggy which would fit into our tiny A2, forget using your boot and plonk it on the front passenger seat and footwell, plus it was cheap at around £70. Nothing else would remotely go near the boot and we were loathe to change the car just for a buggy. I use the buggy when out alone and we use 2 compact singles at other times.
This buggy has well and truly been hammered, used for daily dog walks, off road and around town and is starting to look a bit mucky, although still solid and reliable. The covers don't seem to be easily removable, therefore a bucket and scrubbing brush seems to be the only option. The hood is easily removable which is good as I try to not use it due to its bulk; you can't see much of the children with it up, plus it only protects the rear passenger; you really need the raincover for poor weather. Unfortunately this is quite bulky and only just fits into the tiny net basket underneath so I try to get away with cagoules, a wing and a prayer!
The rear seat legroom is cramped, although my 2 1/2 year old son enjoys sitting up there. I would imagine he could still fit next year. He can hook his feet under the frame though when he doesn't want to get out which can create a "scene" if you don't notice and try to yank him out. The front seat is comfortable for babies who can sit unsupported, around 6 months, however not ideal for napping comfortably, although both have done it without ill-effect.
As the boys have got heavier the buggy is becoming more difficult to steer and manoevure. It is easier to have the heavy one in the back and use a foot on the crossbar to get up kerbs. The swivel wheels can swizz the wrong way and it's difficult to correct, although anyone pushing two children will eventually struggle with their combined weight. It's best to avoid off-road although it will manage decent forest tracks and we have managed to somehow heave it up a couple of hills (not pleasant).
The handles aren't the best, very hard plastic and only 2 quite high height levels so if you are short I would imagine this would cause quite a problem. The lower height is about right for me at 5ft 6. There is no way I can steer 1 handed due to the design of the handles, although very handy for hanging bags off and the most stable buggy I've used.
The seatbelts are very strange, a bit like a racing car design so I didn't bother until I found out that they can stand up very easily! Close seat proximity means that any fisticuffs can end up with the front seat passenger being bashed on the head or having their hair pulled, however the 2 tiered design means that both children can see comfortably rather than being slung underneath like some.
You get loads of compliments with 2 little heads poking out and they do look cute. It really is fantastic for shopping, taking up a fraction more space in length than a single and definitely as narrow. Ideal for pokey aisles and buses. I can overlook the niggly drawbacks for the advantages of price, avoidance of new car and ease of shopping and so would certainly recommend it, particularly for anyone on a budget. No double buggy is going to match a single because of the children's combined weight and it is only a short term requirement.
I originally bought this buggy after so much hype about it on the twinsclub website. Everybody was raving about it so I purchased one to see for myself. It cost me about £80 new. At the time, my twins were 6 months old and the buggy seemed nice and light to handle but just 6 months later, it was a different story!
The Marco Sky is a neat little buggy but I found it not as good as people made out. it folds up umbrella style but was quite bulky in the boot of my car, and only just fit - a 5-door renault scenic! I certainly didnt have room for much shopping in the back. The very small basket underneath was tiny and you cant really put much in it other than a beaker or two. Getting around is easier than a side by side and the width is not much bigger than a single buggy so that is a plus but as the kids get older, the buggy becomes extremely heavy. I found getting up and down pavements was a real problem, and literally had to pull the buggy right back with my foot on the brake to lift it up a step. The canvas hood is removeable and also has a small window which is quite good so you can see the child in the back seat. Also, its not possible to steer with one hand which is essential at times when you need a hand free.
Overall, id say there was far too much hype about this buggy and really only best with children aged about 6 months - 2 years as after that, its far to heavy to lug around.
Hope this review helps!
This clever two seated buggy is the same size as many standard buggies, yet it designed to carry two children of up to three years. This is the new generation of the Marco Sky buggy for two, with improved rear leg room and packed with features. The Marco Sky redefines the double buggy by being not only super compact and super practical, but also very stylish. It's the buggy for two that takes the space of single buggy, and doesn't take any extra space when folded either. Features include: Rear seat lie-back position. Each seat has a 5-point harness complete with padding. Revolving handles - adjusts to your most comfortable position. Removable sun canopy with window and window-flap. One-touch double brakes. The large profiled wheels handle most terrain. The front wheels can either swivel or be fixed. Front and rear suspension - gives a comfortable ride for your little ones! Shopping basket. BS7409 and EN1888 certified. Rain cover included. Light (weighs 12.3kg) and compact when folded (L 120cm W 30cm H 32cm). All covers and textiles are removable and washable. Suitable for children from 3 months to 3 years each. Unisex.