Excepting some minor quibbles, most experts and owners have high praise for the all-terrain Mountain Buggy Urban Double. Reviewers acknowledge that this side-by-side double stroller is expensive and heavy at 35 pounds, but they also say that it's easy to steer and maneuver. Most parents echo this opinion, lauding the Mountain Buggy Urban Double stroller for its maneuverability and comfort. However, parents note that it is bulky. Fellow New Zealand stroller maker phil&teds bought Mountain Buggy in 2009, moved production to China and replaced the Urban Double with the nearly identical Mountain Buggy Duo, but you can still find New Zealand-made Urban Doubles for sale at major online retailers. Another all-terrain option is the versatile phil&teds Explorer (*Est. $480 plus $90 doubles kit), which adds an optional second seat behind and partly below the main seat; the three-wheeled Explorer gets good reviews. The Combi Twin Sport (*Est. $240) is the top-rated side-by side stroller, but it is not designed for rough terrain.
We found the best review of the Mountain Buggy Urban Double at Baby-Gaga.com, which examines this side-by-side stroller with its usual attention to detail. Canadian Family magazine uses parent testers in its double-stroller roundup, which includes the Urban Double as a top pick. The Mountain Buggy Urban Double receives a fair amount of comments from owners posting to BabyBargains.com (the online companion to the popular book of the same name), and the experts and parents at the retail site JoggingStroller.com review the new Mountain Buggy Duo model.
In this thorough review, Baby-Gaga.com comes to the conclusion that the Mountain Buggy Urban Double lives up to the hype. Aside from the fact that it's fairly heavy and bulky, the writer says, the Mountain Buggy Urban Double is a "piece of stroller genius" that's exceptionally easy to steer.
Review: Mountain Buggy Urban Double, Editors of Baby-Gaga.com, Jan. 18, 2006
2. Canadian Family
Canadian Family magazine incorporates feedback from parent testers in this five-model double stroller roundup. Comments are nicely balanced between pros and cons. Tester Colleen Thorpe praises the Mountain Buggy's smooth ride and its ability to fit through doors, but she's not thrilled with the heavy weight and lack of storage space.
Review: Mountain Buggy Urban Double, Robyn Naster, May 2008
In a brief editorial review, the writer praises the Mountain Buggy Duo as "the perfect mountain buggy for parents of two." Parents posting follow-up comments here are all positive, although one finds some drawbacks with the new 2010 Duo.
Review: Mountain Buggy Duo Stroller, Editors of and contributors to JoggingStroller.com
4. Baby Bargains
On this site (the companion to the popular book of the same name), eight parents register their opinions of the Mountain Buggy Urban Double. Most of them give it the highest possible rating (largely for its maneuverability), but there are some negative comments about its weight and bulk.
Review: Mountain Buggy Urban Double Regular/Elite/Designer, Contributors to BabyBargains.com