Maclaren Techno XLR Review by Milena
The Maclaren Techno XLR is expensive for a stroller but it comes will all accessories. Heavy and awkward to lift as it’s so long. Would only fit in the boot of our saloon BMW 5 series diagonally, meaning there was barely any room left.
Quite heavy to push with my 12,5 kg toddler in. Very heavy to push with any additional weight (shopping etc.).
The Maclaren Techno XLR has great suspension which surprised me on an umbrella stroller. Large wheels actually go over most obstacles and low kerbs without lifting the front.
Very good quality fabrics, raincover, even the footmuff. Improved access to the shopping basket but it’s still tricky to put anything larger inside.
The Maclaren Techno XLR has a huge extending canopy with silver pull out sun visor (looks way better than the old clear plastic one). There is a pocket at the back of the hood for some mummy essentials. A nice feature is the magnetic opening on the peek-a-boo window. The handles are adjustable but I found them very high on the lower level. I’m 5’7. Easy to use brake.
Harness is a pain in the neck to adjust and I found it impossible to correct the length even slightly with my son seated, had to take him out. A great point is the buckle as a child will not be able to get it open as you need to depress the button from underneath.
The Maclaren Techno XLR seat can be used with our without the extra padded liner. It has a very tall seat back but I found the seat to be really shallow and had to use the leg rest in the upper position to keep my son from slipping down.
The XLR front wheels can be locked but it’s tricky to access the buttons and I wouldn’t want to do it in the rain/mud.
Unfortunately I had to return my Maclaren as it was making a lot of odd noises from the start. The suspension wouldn’t stop squeaking even with lots of silicone spray applied on the wheels. It was embarrassing to push to be honest. I also found it inconvenient that the wheels couldn’t be removed for cleaning.
The Maclaren Techno XLR can be used from birth and there’s even a soft carrycot available to buy for some parent facing time.
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