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Phil&Teds Navigator 2 Review
B Loves: A great All Terrain Pushchair that can be a single or a double
Seat: The seat unit is soft to the touch and it has really good ventilation so that it is comfortable for your child in hot weather. In colder climates, the seat unit is quite thick but you can also add a cosytoes to keep your baby even more snuggly. It is quite easy to recline if you want to just use it flat for a newborn and if you want a position in between sitting and lying, there are additional straps to help you choose one that baby likes. To adjust the harness as your baby grows is really simple, as the straps simply unclip at their top ends and you move the fitting that attaches to the seat into a different hole to suit. The harness is well padded and has a newborn fitting too which makes it easier to use in the lie-flat mode. It has a really generous hood with neat little pockets to store your phone and keys and there’s a flip-out sun visor so that even towards sunset your baby is shaded. The hood is large and there is an additional section that attaches when you want to use it in the lie flat mode. If you want to have your baby facing you, which many parents do, you can unclip the main seat and add the face-to-face seat, which simply clips to the chassis. It’s smaller than the main seat but is great when baby is wide awake and wants to play as you stroll. It’s great as an interim measure between the carrycot or car seat and the main seat, which only faces the front.
Chassis: With a large yet surprisingly light and strong tubular frame, this has big wheels that mean getting out and about is truly achievable. It’s really easy to push and folding is easy once you have found the clip but it’s in an unusual place, just beneath the fabric of the foot section. Press and slide and the whole pushchair folds in half – pull up on the bumper bar as it goes and it will swing together and lock itself closed. To unfold, release the lock and pull up on handle and bumper bar at the same time until it clicks. It has a good adjustable handle that can go through almost 180 degrees, so there will be a position to suit all. Its shape lends itself to one-handed pushing which is good if you want to get a really good walk or light jog in. There’s a great footrest for your baby that’s chunky and won’t be damaged by muddy boots. There’s a strong brake on the rear of the chassis which flips down for on and up for off. The shopping basket looks small at first but runs under the whole of the chassis so is surprisingly capacious.
Wheels: They’re big – 29 cms in fact. This means the ride will be ultra-comfy and it is really easy to push and steer. The front wheel can swivel which is great in shops and in town but if you’re going somewhere a bit wild, lock it to make a smooth ride that keeps heading forwards.
Extras: The Snug carrycot is a really nice addition and has the advantage of facing the parent when baby is tiny. It is a good size and looks really neat too and comes with its own raincover. If you have another child, you can buy a double kit to place above or below the main seat – take some advice from your retailer about what’s best for you, as you can suit the needs of both children. You can also add the face-to-face seat and a car seat.
The Navigator has a clever safety feature; release the handle and the brakes automatically engage thanks to the auto stop mechanism shown.
The Small Print
• Weight: 12.5 kg
• Suitable: Birth to five years
• Seat recline? Yes, multiple
• Folded size: : 76 x 59 x 30 cm
• Car seat: Phil and Teds Bebe, Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix and Pebble