The Phil and Teds Verve (initial review) by Theresa
Being a massive P&T fan, talk of the new Verve intrigued me. I already own a Vibe 2 but with the news of a new Phil & Teds pushchair with 4 wheels and a 3 position doubles kit recline, along with all the other great features we’ve been treated to from P&T lately, I just couldn’t resist. I bought myself a Verve!
It arrived and I unboxed it and set it up within minutes. The first things out of the box were the two airless front wheels, followed by the two air filled rear wheels which I had to pump up (air pump not included). I wasn’t exactly sure how these would work with each other but when it was taken on it’s maiden voyage the same day, I could clearly see what a great combination they were.
The main chassis was unfolded, the hood and all wheels were attached and I was ready to unbox the doubles kit. Having toddler twins I will always be using the two toddler mode, ie, using the main seat with doubles kit on the rear. The doubles kit slid out of the box looking just as smart as the main unit with the gorgeous aluminum frame exposed as opposed to covered by fabric. It slotted neatly into the housing clips on either side of the frame and the lever on the top of the frame was lifted to slot it into the desired recline position. There are three choices for me here, in my opinion they’re upright, relaxed and sleep – perfect! With the doubles kit hood attached, it’s ready to go!
At this point the kids are just as excited as I am. After a quick battle for the popular rear seat position is sorted, the kids are in their seats with the easy adjust harnesses buckled. The multi position handlebar is adjusted to the correct height for me and we’re off for a walk!
We live at the beach so immediately have a couple of different terrains to deal with. The smooth pavements of the promenade, followed by the stoney, rough ground of the harbour. The Verve handled both beautifully, the four wheels enabled it to glide effortlessly over stones, while the suspension on the airless front wheels smoothed out the bumps, providing a very comfortable ride for my little ones. In fact, so much so, that my rear passenger promptly fell asleep, allowing me to try out the recline facility. A very straightforward pull on the top lever and he was reclined into the sleep position, very simple and very effective as he slept comfortably for the duration of our trip.
When I got home I had a go at folding it all up, bearing in mind I hadn’t even been near the instruction book, I managed to do it quite quickly. I do have the advantage of knowing the Vibe fold, which is similar, but this has the added bonus of an auto fold lock which helps you to keep everything in place as you reduce the size of the fold. The end result is a very neatly packaged double pushchair with a locked standing fold.
I am delighted to say that our first trip out for a walk was a great success, it performed as amazingly as it looked and we all loved it. I’m really looking forward to many more adventures with our Phil & Teds Verve and I will update my reviews for you as I go.
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