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Mountain Buggy Nano Duo Review

Editors' Choice Award
Price:   $500.00 List | $499.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Very small, well-made, adjustable leg rests
Cons:  Expensive, harder to fold, no peek-a-boo windows
Bottom line:  Somewhat pricey umbrella that is well made and fits in tight spaces
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Weight:  20.3 lbs
Folded Dimensions:  28.5"W x 13"H x 20.2"L
Capacity Limits:  Minimum: 6 months Maximum: 33 lbs
Manufacturer:   Mountain Buggy

The Skinny

The Mountain Buggy Nano Duo is a lightweight double stroller that is the smallest option when folded making it a prime candidate for parents with smaller vehicles. This stroller has a high storage weight limit, self-stands when folded, and has limited flex in the frame, a rare feat for an umbrella style stroller. The Nano Duo has small canopies with no peek-a-boo windows and it lacks additional features like cup holders or other storage pockets. It also sports a higher price than most of the competition, however, we think it is a quality stroller with stylish features many parents will love and a size and weight even more will appreciate.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz

Last Updated:
Monday
March 26, 2018

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The Nano Duo is a double lightweight stroller with heavy allowable storage and quality materials.
The Nano Duo is a double lightweight stroller with heavy allowable storage and quality materials.

In 1992, a dad was inspired to start Mountain Buggy when he couldn't find a great all-terrain option for exploring the backwoods of New Zealand. With a clear goal, he created the Moutain Buggy's all-terrain platform and launched his first stroller. The company continues to improve on their designs creating products for newborns to toddlers for city life and mountain trails.

Performance Comparison


The Nano (in blue) earned an impressive second place rank compared to the competition.


The metric details below include information on how the Nano performed during our testing.

The Duo folds smaller than any other option in the review making it a good choice for those with smaller vehicles.
The Duo folds smaller than any other option in the review making it a good choice for those with smaller vehicles.

Weight and Folded Size


The Nano is the smallest folded double stroller in the group at 7,484 cubic inches which helped it earn an 8 of 10 score for this metric. It weighs 20.3 lbs which is relatively light for the group with only two other strollers weighing less. These measurements make the Nano a good choice if your space is limited or you have difficulty lifting heavier things.

The Nano isn't the easiest to use with strange design features like a low bar that inhibits access to the storage bin.
The Nano isn't the easiest to use with strange design features like a low bar that inhibits access to the storage bin.

Ease of Use


The Nano isn't as easy to use as some of the competition with a score of 6 of 10. However, only three other strollers scored higher as much of the group lacks features parents will be looking for.

The Nano has an automatic lock that engages without additional pressure.
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The Nano has a carry strap for easier carrying of this relatively lightweight stroller.
 

Fold and Unfold


Folding the Nano is somewhat complicated to fold with an automatic lock (above left) and self-stand. It requires two hands to fold and unfold and you need to really compress the stroller to engage the lock and you need to secure the wrist strap to prevent the handlebar form unfolding on its own. It has a carry strap for easier carrying (above right).

The brake pedal on the Nano Duo is color-coded and is press to set and release making it sandal foot friendly.
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The Nano brake pedals are easy to set and release and the color-coded feature makes it user-friendly.
 

Brakes


The Nano has single action brakes with a color-coded pedal (above left) that is easy to operate. The brakes are press to set and release (above right) making them foot friendly no matter what your footwear.

The storage bin on the Nano has an impressive weight limit of 17.6 lbs  but the bars on the back make it difficult to get larger bags inside.
The storage bin on the Nano has an impressive weight limit of 17.6 lbs, but the bars on the back make it difficult to get larger bags inside.

Storage


The Nano storage bin is medium in size and holds our large diaper bag. It has a large maximum weight limit of over 17 lbs but the bars make it difficult to fit larger bags inside. There is no other storage on the stroller.

The Nano sunshades are medium in size and while they don't cover as much as some of the competition  they cover enough and more than some of the competition.
The Nano sunshades are medium in size and while they don't cover as much as some of the competition, they cover enough and more than some of the competition.

Sunshade


The sunshades on the Nano are not particularly large. While they offer more coverage than some umbrella strollers, they aren't as impressive as those found on the ZOE XL2 BEST v2.

The Nano canopies lack peek-a-boo windows and are only medium in size.
The Nano canopies lack peek-a-boo windows and are only medium in size.

However, it is easy to operate and has a flip out visor. It does not have a peek-a-boo window and it doesn't rotate forward to offer protection from wind or low setting sun.

The individual straps on the Duo need to be put in the buckle separately making it somewhat convoluted.
The individual straps on the Duo need to be put in the buckle separately making it somewhat convoluted.

Harness


The Nano harnesses are 5-point and have shoulder padding. The harness is easy to adjust and can be made small enough for petite passengers. The buckle works well but you have to put in each strap on its own so it is involved and takes extra time. The crotch strap is not adjustable.

The seat back recline toggle for the Nano Duo works with one hand to recline and two to raise.
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The leg rests on the duo are adjustable but the side bar could be uncomfortable during longer trips.
 

Seat


The Nano seat backs do not recline very far and heads will be lolling during nap time. The seat back adjustment toggle (above left) is easy to use and has infinite angles within the range. The adjustable leg rests (above right) are padded but they have a bar right at the bend in the edge of the seat that could cause some discomfort on longer rides.

Ease of Setup




The Nano Duo is easy enough to set up with a time of about 3 minutes and 30 seconds and no tools are required. The manual is average but at least it isn't confusing.

Despite having the single wheel per leg that we prefer  the Nano is not very easy to push and turn.
Despite having the single wheel per leg that we prefer, the Nano is not very easy to push and turn.

Maneuverability


The Nano earned only 4 of 10 for maneuverability despite having the higher performing single front wheeled design. This score is the second highest in the group that generally disappointed when it came to ease of pushing or turning.

The swivel front wheels on the Duo can be locked in place for easier pushing over uneven terrain.
The swivel front wheels on the Duo can be locked in place for easier pushing over uneven terrain.

The front swivel wheels can be locked into place for easier pushing over uneven terrain, however, it really only moves well over flat surfaces.

While the Nano has the single front wheel design we prefer it still isn't the easiest to push and turn if the surface is anything other than flat.
While the Nano has the single front wheel design we prefer it still isn't the easiest to push and turn if the surface is anything other than flat.

The front wheels are narrow set and we didn't have any difficulty getting them through our testing course or doorways. The wheels are foam filled plastic and smaller than we'd like for best maneuverability.

The Nano is a quality stroller with a sturdy frame and sleek design.
The Nano is a quality stroller with a sturdy frame and sleek design.

Quality


The nano Duo is a nicer quality stroller than most umbrella options earning a 7 of 10. The stroller frame has better than average flex and the fabric fits the frame nicely. The connection points are solid and the overall fit and finish are simple but well-executed. The fabric on the Duo is canvas and feels durable but not as comfortable as we'd like.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz