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Britax B-DUAL 4 Wheeler Pushchair

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PRODUCT:  Britax B-DUAL 4 Wheeler Pushchair ( B-DUAL

DESCRIPTION:  A 4-wheel pushchair which, when used with the Britax B-DUAL Second Seat Unit (purchased separately), converts to an inline tandem stroller and travel system for transporting two children. Features of the Britax stroller include a lightweight aluminium chassis, compact fold with automatic fold lock, rearward and forward facing seat unit, adjustable height handle, 5-point safety harness, quick release wheels, lockable front swivel wheels, multi-position seat recline, detachable apron, showerproof hood, raincover, bumper bar, shopping basket, and CLICK & GOTM integrated adapters to fit BABY-SAFE, BABY-SAFE plus, BABY-SAFE plus SHR and BABY-SAFE Sleeper and Carrycot (sold separately). Available in Black Thunder, Neon Black, Blue Atoll, Purple Rain, Denim, Venetian Red and Aurora Green. Suitable for use from birth to 15kg (approx. 3 years).

Dimensions are as follows:
Unfolded: H119cm x W69cm x D110cm
Folded: 30cm x 84cm x 69cm (without seat units)
Folded: 53cm x 100cm x 69cm (with seat units)
Weight: 13kg

ASSEMBLY:  Upon unfolding the chassis, some simple assembly is required prior to use, however a detailed instruction manual with diagrams is included with the product. The rear wheel covers along with the front and rear wheels must be pushed into place onto the wheel mounts (the wheels are just as easy to remove via quick-release buttons). The shopping basket needs to be attached under the seat surface using the designated snaps and retaining straps. The pushchair seat is easy to fit by clicking the fixation prongs of the seat into the corresponding fixation slots on either side of the pushchair frame. The bumper bar can be easily attached and removed as required using the locking buttons provided, and the hood can be quickly inserted into the appropriate mounts and fastened to the pushchair seat via snaps and Velcro fastenings. For information on attaching the Britax B-DUAL Second Seat Unit for use as an inline tandem, click here.

Britax B-DUALGOOD POINTS:  The Britax B-DUAL is a wonderfully versatile and well-designed modular travel system which provides a fantastic range of inline travel options for transporting two children, from newborns through to toddlers. The pushchair seat is removable and CLICK & GOTM integrated adapters are included to enable other Britax travel products such as the BABY-SAFE Sleeper, BABY-SAFE Infant Carriers and carrycot (all sold separately) to be fitted directly to the 4-wheel chassis. In addition, the B-DUAL allows an additional removable second seat (also sold separately) to be fitted to transport a second child (for a review of the Britax B-DUAL Second Seat, click here). This makes the B-DUAL the ideal choice for new parents who already have a small child, for parents of twins, or for parents who are planning on expanding their family in the future.

The B-DUAL has a lightweight aluminium chassis and is simple to fold and unfold, thanks to an automatic fold lock and easy-to-release snap-fits on the handle. The pushchair folds down to a nice compact size, for easy stowing or transportation in the boot of a car, and can handily be folded with the second child seat still attached (although not with either an infant carrier or carrycot fitted).

The pushchair seat itself can be fitted in either a rearwards facing position so that you can observe your child as you travel (and vice versa!), or a forwards facing position to allow them to see the world around them. Regardless of the position the seat is facing, it can be reclined to a number of positions via a simple adjustment handle on the rear of the backrest, including a lay-flat position for very young babies. The seat cover is well padded for maximum comfort for your child during the journey, and an adjustable leg support (which is also padded) can be tilted up or down depending on the age of your child.

A fully adjustable 5-point harness (complete with chest pads) keeps your child securely in the seat, and a choice of shoulder strap heights caters for your child's age and size as well as ensuring a comfortable ride. A detachable bumper bar with zip cover gives added security, and also acts as a useful attachment for toys.

The B-DUAL comes with some great accessories to ensure your child is kept protected in all weathers: a substantial apron fits over the leg support and around the bumper bar to keep your child dry and warm, a large raincover with Velcro fastenings gives shelter in wet weather (and is big enough to encompass the second child seat also), and a concertina-style hood offers essential shade from the sun (and light showers). This hood is detachable, and has a very useful viewing window which is accessed via a zip around the centre of the hood. This 'window' is a large mesh panel which enables you to check on your child in the forward facing position without having to disturb them, and also extends the hood down further to provide some additional protection from the outside world.

The B-DUAL also has a number of features to keep parents happy too. Firstly, the handle of the pushchair is padded for an soft and comfortable grip, and can be adjusted dependent on parent height, by rotating the bar downwards for shorter individuals and upwards for taller ones. A large shopping basket is located underneath the chassis to provide plenty of space for essential goods, and can be accessed via handy zips on the front or either side.

The pushchair has good steering and can be manoeuvred easily through doorways and up and down curbs due to its in-built suspension. Swivel front wheels can be locked for easy transit over uneven surfaces, and large puncture resistant tyres ensure you will keep going whatever the terrain (the back wheels even come with mud guards!). All the wheels are quick release for easy removal to aid storage or packing. A simple but effective brake system on the rear wheels is very easy to operate, with a single pedal to both brake and release, complete with corresponding red and green colour coded indicator window.

In our opinion, the B-DUAL is one of the most versatile and well thought-out travel systems on the market. It is surprisingly compact, with a stylish but durable design, a good quality finish, and multiple transport options/combinations to support your growing family and make life that little bit easier!

BAD POINTS:  Folding down the pushchair is a two-handed operation, which is not always convenient if you have your hands already full! As with all travel systems, the chassis is fairly heavy to carry. The seat covers are not machine washable, although can be sponge cleaned. Quite expensive, and other travel products for use with the travel system, including the second seat and infant carrier, must be purchased separately.

PRICE:  Approx. £400 for pushchair; Approx. £89 for second seat unit.


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