Mountain Buggy Nano review – for parents who want to live life with no limits

Mountain Buggy is a brand with a reputation – wanting to create a buggy suitable for all terrain, they have been developing and innovating for over 20 years a range of products that match the needs of active parents.

Reviewers: Alex, Fay and Leo

We were asked to try out the Mountain Buggy Nano – their travellers buggy of choice – see how Alex, Fay and Leo fared on their recent holiday to Portugal.

Over the course of a week we really tested the buggy’s build quality on different terrains. I honestly expected the wheels to give way at some point as we took many off-road walks over hard bumpy surfaces. To my surprise the buggy excelled on all conditions with no signs of damage.

We had a day of rain while we were away and the rain cover worked well to protect Leo. We actually doubled up and used the rain cover on the beach to shield from the blowing sand as it was quite windy which worked pretty well.

 

Initially it did take some time for us to work out how to assemble the buggy and use the folding mechanism.  But after a few attempts it became second nature.

There is an option to attach a car seat to the buggy which makes life a lot easier when you have a sleeping baby that you don’t want to disturb. Again, it took some time to work out how to properly attach the car seat and it did prove to be a bit fiddly as you have to manually loop two long elastic straps around a toggle.

 

Our day to day buggy is not travel friendly at all, so I was keen to try something that was easy to use and comfortable for my baby. The Nano certainly delivered on that, Leo never seemed unhappy in the Nano and would often sleep in it too.

 

We stayed in a hotel that unfortunately had lots of stairs and a lack of lifts – to reach the hotel restaurant we had to tackle 2 sets of 30-plus stairs.  Fortunately for us the Nano was lightweight and made the stairs a small inconvenience instead of a big problem.  I even managed to navigate easily down some steep stairs that led down from a cliff to the beach.

Whilst it I wouldn’t say the buggy is the most aesthetically pleasing on the market, it’s design is still rather pleasant. For a premium priced product though I would hope for a little more on that front.


I am really impressed with how much the product is suited to travelling with a baby. When you’re not using it, it folds away into a small light space much like a camping chair. It’s a clever design and saves a lot of space. The fact you can also use your car seat on the buggy was a huge plus when transferring from taxi to airport etc.

The storage space underneath the seat was a welcome bonus as it is large enough to store our large changing bag and towels and this proved invaluable for long walks to the beach.

Pros:

  • Folding mechanism
  • Robustness
  • Adaptability
  • Lightweight
  • Storage space

Cons:

  • Car seat attachment is a little fiddly

 

Rating

Functionality / usability – 9

Aesthetics and design – 8

Value for money –  7

Quality – 9

Innovativeness – 7

 

 The mountain buggy Nano retails at £249.00

Along with their other brands Phil & Ted’s and Mokopuna Merino, Mountain Buggy really focus on allowing parents to live life with no limits. Specialists in travelling with kids in tow, they have been innovators of design since 1992 – all stemming from a father and his dream to tackle the terrains of New Zealand with his baby

 

You can have a look on their website here: The mountain buggy Nano

A brief family guide to the Portuguese coast of the Algarve

If you are looking for a sunny, sandy, family holiday, look no further than the southern Portuguese coast of the Algarve.

coast algarve

With beaches a plenty carved out from limestone rocks, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing somewhere to stay. With small villages such as Alvor and Boliqueime to the larger, built up towns such as Albufeira and Villamoura, all with beautiful beaches, there really is no end to the kinds of holiday you could have on this 200 kilometre stretch of coastline. One child-friendly beach is Gale, which isn’t as rocky as some of the others and is a very long stretch of sand. Fishing boats come in every day and it is a perfect beach for relaxing, building sand castles and paddling in the sea. But there really is no end to the choice of beaches in this pretty part of the world.

portugal beach

Something that is consistent in this area is the food; for adults it really is some of the best, with fresh fish being easily sought out along the harbours of the towns, the aroma of the just-caught seafood enticing you in. Or the authentic piri-piri chicken in small local restaurants. There are children’s menus in all restaurants so rest assured there will still be food for the young ones too if sea food or piri-piri is a bit exotic for their pallets.

Activites are also abundant. The Algarve is a popular destination for golfers, so there are opportunities for Dad or Mum and even the kids to hit the courses. Laguna stands out as a golfers paradise, with beautiful courses to indulge in. For those looking for something a bit more luxurious there are exquisite hotels and complexes with tennis courts, squash courts, football pitches and golf clubs on the doorstep.

golf

The beaches host the usual array of water sports you’d expect; pedalos and banana boats along with kiteboarding, surfing, wakeboarding for the slightly more adventurous. Some towns offer canoeing trips and many have caves which you are able to visit. To create a magical visit for your children, wild sealife watching trips are available from Mar Ilimitado at Sagres. There is a chance on this trip to see dolphins leaping out of the sea.

There are four water parks all located on the west side of the Algarve which make for a great family day out; with both larger slides for older children and adults, as well as smaller pools and slides for younger children. You have the option to take a packed lunch with you, or to buy from the array of restaurants there. Aqualand is a personal favourite, however Aquashow is arguably better suited to younger children.

water park ortugal

For those who want to soak up some culture as well as the sunshine, there are two places that stand out; Silves, with it’s famed castle and the historic 13th century centre of Loule. Silves, which lies inland and is surrounded by orange and lemon trees and sits on the Arade River.

Mouth of Arade River

As you come into Silves, the first sight you see is the Castelo de Silves by the Se de Silves Cathedral, as they are situated on a hilltop above the riverside town, which is quite a stunning sight. It is a lovely place to visit, with a picturesque central square and a number of nice restaurants and bars.

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Loule is a larger area and is home to the ‘golden triangle’; Vilamoura, Quinta do Logo and Vale do Lobo, but the centre of Loule is a historic 13th century town which also plays host to the remains of a castle, a 13th century church, museum and a whole host of restaurants.

So, whether you want sport, relaxation, decent food, history, book a flight to Faro and discover for yourself the beautiful Algarve.

Author: Hayley Clark

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