I've tested a few doubles recently so this is good to compare, especially as I haven't used an Out 'n' About before.
First up, the Nipper is a three-wheeled side-by-side pushchair, although a narrow one at that at just 72cm so my first thumbs up for this formation. While it is one pushchair and looks to be pretty uniform in its options and flexibility, it does work well as double with individual functions to tailor to each child. The seats look like one piece but are actually two that can be set at different positions and the hoods fold out separately and so on.
Back to the seats and they are very comfortable and roomy and have a nice range of positions right through to lie back. My only issue is that they are slightly tilted back in their resting position and very deep so while they tick the safety box, children that like to sit upright may find the angle too relaxed for their preferred posture. I liked that the seat liners easily remove and can be washed in the machine for easy clean options.
For usability the Nipper provides a very smooth ride and is easy to steer. I've always felt that based on the look of the Out 'n' About pushchairs they're more of a rough and ready 'throw-whatever-terrain-you-can' and true to form it has to be one of the best pushchairs, single or double, for rougher terrain. Not to say it doesn't push well on your everyday street as it is very nimble, but
it really excels off-road thanks to the excellent suspension, 360 degree rotating front wheel and hard wearing chunky pneumatic tyres.
Also worth noting that as a side by side holding two children of different weights, and often in different positions, the balance remained even with no pulling to a particular side.
The current Nipper on the market is the fourth version of this pushchair so where previous models may have fallen down on particular elements, at the current stage it has ironed out these issues by taking into account some of the feedback from earlier versions so I felt as if it was quite the finished product in terms of parental requirements. If you are a new user like myself you will find it a very pleasing pushchair and won't pick up on previous niggles necessarily, however whether you are a new or previous user a nod has to go to improved features that make using it more practical and easier to use such as the locking system - a very strong hold Â– and option to add two carrycots Â– great for twins.
Little extras I personally appreciate are the viewing pane on the hood for sneaking a peak while out walking; the flip flop friendly brake (genius - although winter hasn't allowed me to test this too much!) the bumper bar Â– a rarity on doubles, and the handy storage options - side pockets as well as two underneath storage spaces. On the downside it's a fairly heavy piece of kit and will bulk up your muscles when putting it in and out the car. This shouldn't deter too much as the push itself is light enough, it's just the initial
lugging about. It folds very compactly and the front wheel can be popped off to make it even more slimline for storage. The steering handle doesn't flex so if you are particularly tall or short this may be an issue but at 5,4 I found it to be suitable for me.
What I do really get from this pushchair is longevity. It is a really durable pushchair, can easily tackle any terrain and I would go as far as even saying it would make a good running pushchair.
There are plenty of extras you can purchase although this pushchair is fine out the box for newborns up to the recommended age of four. Similarly to other pushchairs, there are the newborn support, Â£24.95 and carrycot, Â£130, for additional baby comfort and security or for even more accessorising the hand muffs, Â£24.95 Â– personally I'd buy a pair of gloves!
It is available in a range of vibrant fun colours including Purple Punch and Mojito Green (see a theme here!) so if you want to break away from some of the darker tones you can do so. The Out 'n' About Nipper Double V4 is available from Mothercare priced Â£429.95. For more information and details visit www.outnabout.com.
by Laura Mason
Mum to 2 Under 3 and just finished maternity leave, Laura is a journalist and Mum. She enjoys reviewing products with her children, exploring new trends and more importantly, life as a mummy. 'Continuously trying to get a 'grip' of motherhood and back to a size 10!'