phil & teds Navigator v2 - a great off roader

Navigating smoothly over bumpy terrain with the phil & teds Navigator v2


As an owner of two dogs and a baby we needed a mode of transport that allows us to get off the beaten track to allow the dogs to have a bit of a run. For this reason we bought the phil & teds Navigator v2 as we had heard good things about the brand and, to be honest, I loved the idea of the auto-stop braking system.

We bought the pram months ago so have had lots of time to try it out. It has gone camping with us, trips to local forest, on a trip on the train to Glasgow and along our local nature trails.

phil & teds Navigator v2

As I have already said I liked the idea of the pram being auto stop on the phil & teds Navigator v2, especially as many of the trails we take the dogs to have hills. This means if we were to fall the pram would not go whizzing down the hill. I was dubious about this but I can honestly say the brakes work. The pram comes to an instant stop, quite abrupt, a complete standstill. I would definitely trust this to work on a hill. If you are on flat ground and don't want to use the auto-stop function then you can turn a clip on the handle and the brakes will be turned off. On this clip there is a wrist strap for added security.

phil & teds Navigator v2

Another reason we chose to buy phil & teds Navigator v2 was the fact that you can covert it into a double, so if we have a second child and Molly is not walking far we can accommodate both. There are 26 different seating options so there should be a solution for all. This means you can transport two newborns, a new born and toddler or two toddlers at the same time. Great. Obviously I can't comment on how it works in reality but I don't think it would be an issue.

phil & teds Navigator v2

 

I love having Molly face me so we bought the phil & teds Navigator v2 rear facing adapter seat which we also use as standalone seat which is great. It angles to 45 degrees, the same as a car seat, and allowed us to transport Molly facing us without buying adapters and using the car seat. At first Molly was a little unsure, but I think that was because she was too small for it, but now she sings away in it.


phil & teds Navigator v2

On first handling we thought the phil & teds Navigator v2 felt quite heavy but we are used to pushing a much lighter pram but when actually putting it to the test I would say it feels lighter than both the Mothercare Xpedior and Cosatto Giggle. It breezes over lumps, potholes, mud, grass and up kerbs. You can of course lock the front swivel wheel to help over bumpier terrain.

The air filled wheels also help make it a smooth ride and they cope well over even the most demanding of trails.phil & teds Navigator v2

The main seat reclines right back which means that you little one can have a good snooze in comfort. Molly has used this since she was a couple of months old and has always slept soundly.

phil & teds Navigator v2

 

The pram does not come with any added extras such as a rain cover or cup holder but we have a rain cover already so for us this wasn't a problem. It would, however, have been nice to have these included

For storing the pram fold down quite small which is great for us as we have very little storage space. It also fits in the boot of a Mini Countryman. We do find that the folding mechanism does stick from time to time which can be a bit of a pain but we have always managed to get there in the end.

The basket is not the largest but as this not the pram we use for everyday activities it is not an issue but it is big enough to do a small shop so it wouldn't be a problem to us.

 
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13 comments :

  1. great review. I've always been a fan of this brand and it seems they are still working to improve the range.

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  2. Love the auto stop brake and the seat that can be used as a stand alone chair too - very clever features. We live in rural Devon and so always choose off road options - this looks like a great one! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

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  3. It looks like the perfect run around and ideal for a bit of off-roading, they really have thought of everything too :) #TriedTested

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  4. It is great and I do feel that they have thought of everything, can't think of a thing I would change

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  5. The auto stop brake is great - if you remember about it lol It is defo worth looking at if you ever want to go off roading.

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  6. This sounds fab, we have an all terrain too and its heavier than our other pushchair too. This looks like it handles well tho! #TriedTested

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  7. I like the fact that you can convert it into a double as I had my children 14 month apart and ended up having to buy a double buggy as well as keeping my original pram for baby and a stroller for my toddler incase we take them out on there own so it ended costing us a fortune x #TriedTested

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  8. I am hoping that this solves the need to get another pram as we add to our family. How it will work, only time will tell.

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  9. I'm becoming more convinced that we need an 'off-road' buggy (I've yet to convince my husband though!) and I'm very tempted by Phil & Teds. There's also a good chance we'll have another baby while Toby still needs a buggy so the fact they can be converted to tandems really appeals too.

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  10. Keep badgering him lol he may end up letting you get one just so he can have some peace and quiet!

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  11. This is the first and only Phil and Teds we have used but we do really love it. Would buy another.

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  12. It handles really well and Molly seems comfy in it.

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  13. It looks really at home out in the open!
    Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested this week x

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