If you anticipate spending lots of time using your stroller on public transport the Explorer is probably not for you.
If however, you live in the country and want a stroller that can cope with going offroad, the aptly named Explorer will excel.
Phil And Teds inline pushchairs have a very high profile. Mainly due to their ability to add a second seat and become a double pushchair. They are also suitable from birth.
This adaptability is attractive to lots of parents and in theory saves you buying a double or twin later on.
The Explorer is excellent off-road due to it's large air filled tyres. The smooth ride, combined with a swivel wheel at the front make the Explorer easy to push and manouevre.
However, going around corners this bulky Phil And Teds feels a tad unstable, this isn't uncommon in three wheel pushchairs. The design is slightly elongated for a single pushchair, this is necessary to allow for the addition of the second seat.
Lots of people have complained about punctures with the Phil And Teds, a risk you take with having inflatable tyres. The off-road design means you are more likely to take the Explorer... well, exploring. The practical solution is to buy some slightly thicker inner tubes, or fill them with widely available slime inner tube sealant. Squirt it in and you can forget about punctures.
Taking the Phil And Teds on Buses and public transport doesn't inspire confidence. When you tilt it up and balance on the front swivel wheel the pushchair is difficult to handle.
The folding mechanism for the Explorer is slightly complicated. One of the drawbacks is that the handle hits the floor when folding, which can lead to scuffs or getting wet. Altough on the plus side the fold is surprisingly compact.
The extra seat is a brilliant idea to give flexibility. However the reality is that siblings will generally bicker about who has to sit in the bottom seat. The view is restricted and there is no sun visor. Another problem is that children in the lower seat will be tempted to play with the wheels... This potentially dangerous situation can however be remedied by adding mudguards.
Adaptors can be bought separately to allow you to add the Maxi Cosi Cabriofix car seat. Alternatively you can attach the Peanut Carrycot to give an attractive three wheel pram.
The stylish Explorer is great off road and promises to adapt to two children. However with the double seat attached you may find your the child in the lower seat isn't too happy with the situation.
If you can keep them happy then the easy handling and small fold should keep you happy.
Unfolded Size = 105.5 x 62 x 86cm
Folded Size (Wheels Off) = 76.2 x 50.8 x 22.8cm
Weight = 12kg