Our family travels frequently, and when our daughter was born, we needed a lightweight travel stroller to navigate through busy airports. As much as we love our jogging stroller, it just doesn’t fold down small enough for air or car travel.
After some research, we opted for the Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller, and we’re so glad we did. Even though it’s an investment at $249, we’ve gotten every dollar out of what we paid for this. It’s great for travel, whether you’re going on a family Racecation™ or to see Grandma. It’s also better than a larger stroller when navigating crowds, such as marathon spectators, or going into crowded restaurants.
The Mountain Buggy Nano is suitable for children up to 4 years of age and has a 44 pound weight capacity.
The Pros: Lightweight, Easy-to-Fold and Fits in an Overhead Bin
What makes this travel stroller stand out from the others?
- You can use it with an infant carrier car seat without any additional equipment. You place the infant seat backward on the stroller seat and then secure it in place with a built-in belt. No special attachments needed! It’s so simple.
- It’s small enough when folded to fit into an overhead bin on an airplane. Although we haven’t actually done that (it’s so easy to gate check), the small size makes it easy to fit into the trunk of any car and is handy when you’re going into a restaurant. You can fold the stroller and tuck it away somewhere nearby.
- It’s easy to fold and lightweight (13 pounds). This is handy when you have to fold it in a hurry to get through the airport security line. Collapsing the stroller can take some getting used to at first, but once you know the trick, you can master it quickly.
- It’s taller than and rolls better than an umbrella stroller. Because we bought this when our daughter was an infant, an umbrella stroller wasn’t an option at the time. If you have an older child, you may opt for a very economical umbrella stroller. However, we had to use a “loaner” umbrella stroller recently when the airline lost our Nano stroller (temporarily), and we could not wait to get it back. The umbrella stroller was shorter, making it hard for me to push. I had to lean way over to reach the handles. It was also a lot harder to wheel around. The wheels didn’t turn or roll as easily as the Nano does.
- The back easily reclines, which is useful when your toddler is tired and needs a nap.
- It is durable and high quality. Although it can fit into the overhead bin on the plane, we have almost always checked the stroller and car seat. It’s been on many trips, and it has held up very well through the handling by the baggage loaders. We’ve had it for nearly 4 years, and it’s not showing its age at all.
- The space beneath the stroller can hold quite a few items. The storage area beneath the stroller is surprisingly spacious considering the size of the stroller. I think it may even more than our jogging stroller.
Where There’s Room for Improvement
As much as we like the Nano stroller, it isn’t perfect. Here are a few drawbacks we see with ours.
- The sunhood is small and does not create a lot of shade. This may be a trade-off for having a small, light-weight strollers, but there have been many times when our daughter has been out in full sun, except for maybe her face and her shoulders.
- The travel case/cover is difficult to put around the folded stroller. It doesn’t secure well and isn’t attached to the stroller itself. On a recent flight, the airline actually lost it.
- The latch to secure the folded stroller doesn’t secure the entire thing. There’s a single latch on the side that’s intended to hold the folded stroller together. However, it doesn’t secure the whole thing. Sometimes if you’re in a hurry and pick up the stroller in the wrong direction, the stroller comes half unfolded.
Keep in mind, that we’ve had our stroller for nearly 4 years. Some of these issues might have been improved with newer models.
Overall, we’ve have found this stroller very handy and well worth the money. Even though our toddler has outgrown the car seat carrier, we still use the stroller for travel and even on buses and the train to get around at home. Sometimes, you just need smaller. This fits the bill.
Chip is a half-marathoner, triathlete and co-founder of Racertrips LLC. He’s completed the Chicago Triathlon seven times, and he’s run several half marathons from coast to coast, including in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and St. Petersburg, FL. Chip is thrilled to be able to combine his enthusiasm for running, the outdoors and traveling to build Racertrips out as an information resource for other marathoners, half marathoners and triathletes.