Last month, Berit and I took a weekend trip to Portland, Oregon to visit my family. Like any savvy traveler, I did my best to keep our packing list as short as possible. Also, because I was traveling with Berit alone, I wanted to minimize any excessive baggage or gear so that we could get checked in quickly and get on the plane without loads of extra stuff. While I love our daily stroller (Britax B-Agile) for leisurely walks and shopping trips, I was a little concerned that it would be too heavy and bulky to travel with on an airplane. My quest for a compact, easy-to-manuever and travel-friendly stroller began and I was thrilled to find the Mountain Buggy Nano.
Age range: newborn – max load (with carseat), 6 months to max load (44lbs) without carseat
Product weight: 13lbs
Stand fold: 20″ tall, 12″ deep, 22″ wide
Features We Love
Lightweight + Compact: When the box arrived in the mail, I couldn’t believe how tiny it was. I was certain I would have to do some sort of assembly! But, I was pleasantly surprised to see the stroller was folded up and clicked open with a flick of the safety lock. When folded, the stroller measures 22 x 12.2 x 20″ and weighs only 13lbs, making it the perfect size to fit in most airplanes’ overhead storage bins. I chose to gate check my Nano, which was just easy, since the stroller folds up into it’s own travel bag that you can carry via the exposed handle, or attach a shoulder strap to keep it hands-free.
Easy to use: As I mentioned above, I traveled with Berit alone, so I didn’t have an extra set of hands to hold the baby while I unpacked and set up the stroller. I was so relieved that the Nano pops open with one hand, so that I could hold Berit with the other. This feature was a lifesaver when we were trying to get through TSA as quickly as possible, without holding up the line behind us. The Nano also features built-in carseat adapters so it can double as a travel-system if you have a Peg Perego, Maxi-Cosi or Chicco infant carrier.
Breathable + Comfortable: Baby Berit is princess of rosy cheeks and often gets hot when strapped into her carseat or regular stroller. However, she stays cool and comfortable in the Nano, thanks to the breathable mesh ventilation panel. Also, many travel strollers do not recline, but the this one does! I took Berit to Portland’s Saturday Market with the sunshade down and fully reclined and she napped peacefully while I did my shopping.
Easy to Maneuver: The Nano is one smooth ride, thanks to its rear-wheel suspension. Even our nanny commented on how nicely it handles! The 6″ EVA wheels are extremely quiet and the front pair can be locked or unlocked, depending on your preference. The option to allow the wheels to fully swivel makes pushing the Nano through busy places, like an airport or grocery store, hassle-free. Also, the weight is evenly distributed, so you can pop the wheels over curbs, no problem!
Longevity: The Nano is by no means a cheap stroller, but the investment will last you many years of travel and fun. Because the seat is full-sized, this stroller can accommodate a child from six months up to 4 years, or 44lbs. I can’t wait to take Berit on lots of adventures in her Nano!
While the Nano is perfectly suited for travel and compact-carrying, there is definitely a learning curve to folding it down. Unlike many strollers, which fold flat and in half with one hand (like our Britax), the Nano requires you to push a button on each side in order to collapse the stroller into its compact size. This requires both hands. I made the mistake of not practicing how to do this before I left for the airport and found myself in a stressful situation, trying to hold the baby and fold up the stroller to send through the x-ray. Obviously, this wouldn’t be an issue if you have a partner with you to help, but it’s worth mentioning.