The duet is Mountain Buggy’s side-by-side twin stroller. It converts from a single to a double buggy with the addition of the joey shopping basket. The duet is suitable for urban and off-road use.
The Mountain Buggy duet features medium-sized air-filled tires, swivel & lockable front wheels, an adjustable handle bar, large hoods with flip out visors & peek-a-boo windows, a double bumper bar, fully reclining seats, an automatic fold action, reversible seat liners and a large under-seat basket.
The duet can be configured to accommodate 2 bassinets or 2 car seats or any combination of bassinet, car seat & seat unit. It’s suitable for your baby from birth and comes in red, black & granite colours.
Availability: Mountain Buggy stockists
We love …
- ability to convert from single to double pram
- great manoeuvrability
- lots of features
- top quality
In use …
I’m a regular user of the Mountain Bugger urban jungle so when I read that the duet was the same width as the urban jungle, I was curious. I was surprised when my first impression of duet was that it looked & felt huge. Standing behind it, I felt it had to be bigger than the urban jungle.
But looks can be deceiving, I loaded the duet up with baby & gear and we were out the door, out the gate and onto the bus with the same ease as if we’d gone out with the urban jungle.
Mountain Buggy have achieved this compact size by smart design. Where the urban jungle’s seat unit tapers in from the wheels, the duet’s seats taper out & over the wheels, giving it the seat extra width. So while the duet looks big, it will get you everywhere a large single stroller will.
Manoeuvrability is always a stand out feature of Mountain Buggy prams and the duet is no exception; the duet’s steering is excellent with one or two on board. The front swivel wheels make what is a large sized pram (although a compact twin) easy to get in & out of tight spaces and the air-filled rear tires are great for getting the duet up & down stairs and curbs.
The seat units are a reasonable size, you’ll comfortably fit your child up to 3 years, possibly longer depending on your child’s size. The duet’s seat recline mechanism is a simple strap & clip system which is fiddly but does the job.
The duet’s hoods are a great size and the flip-out visors provide extra sun protection. If you spend lot of time outdoors, it’s worthwhile investing in a sun shade. The underseat basket is pretty big, but it’s a bit difficult to access, especially when the seats are reclined.
Because Mountain Buggy seat units are so easy to remove, it always bugs me that they aren’t machine washable. But you can give them a good scrub and the seat liners are removable & machine washable.
Every component of the duet is great quality, as a general rule Mountain Buggy prams are made to last the rough & tumble of everyday family life as well as a reasonable amount of off-road activity.
For one …
Convert your Mountain Buggy duet into a single stroller by removing a seat unit &g the joey shopping basket ($80). Having one baby in the twin duet, surprisingly, doesn’t affect the steering at all and the duet operates quite well as a single. Plus, I really love the joey basket, not only does it hold more shopping than you could imagine, but it comes with two removable grocery bags so you can unload your shopping straight into your car, then fold your duet buggy with the joey still on it.
For Two …
As a twin, the Mountain Buggy duet really comes into it’s own. It’s ability to take on a heavier load while maintaining it’s excellent manoeuvrability and comfortable steering is impressive. Yet you can still fit your duet though standard sized doors, supermarket checkouts and it even fits in the accessibility bays on the bus (of course, with two, the duet is heavier).
While the Mountain Buggy duet is quite compact for a side-by-side stroller, it still weights in at a hefty 15.5 kgs. Plus the fold size is quite large. Make sure you take this into consideration if you need to get it in & out of your car boot regularly. Also, make sure you check the duet will fit in your boot, even if you have a large car.
The duet comes standard with air-filled tires which can deflate & puncture. I always suggest you invest in a pump & carry it in your basket. However, now there’s another alternative, Mountain Buggy have just released areotech, non-punture tire sets for the duet. They aren’t cheap though ($169), but you will get a half price offer when you purchase your new duet.
Every duet accessory, including rain & sun covers are optional extras. Make sure you factor them into your budget. The good news is that Mountain Buggy accessories are well designed & reasonably priced. Plus, you have plenty to choose from.
The verdict …
I’m used to finding compromises when I’m testing a double or twin pram, even ones that convert from one baby to two. With the Mountain Buggy duet, those compromises are kept to a minimum and, in many cases, aren’t even noticeable.
I’d be just as happy using the Mountain Buggy duet for 1 child as I would using a single pram. And the duet would have to be one of my top picks (if not the top pick) for 2 children.
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