Portia Baker 'Living With' the phil&teds Verve
Hi, I'm Portia I'm almost 26. My life is a little insane with my 4 boys who are Ryan aged 8, Levi aged 5, Andre aged 3 and Austin who is now 7 months. I live with my husband Richard who is currently studying to be a construction tutor. Our lives are non-stop but I love it. I love to bake cakes and as a family we enjoy lots of days out but in the cold days lots of lovely snuggly duvet days. I am looking forward to testing the phil&teds verve and sharing with you my reviews.
Living With Review
I had a little play working things out before my boys got into it. The brake was amazing - being on the handle it is so much easier than trying to get under the bottom seat to put it on. However the only thing I was not keen on was that the hood sits higher than the seat leaving a gap, although once the mesh net was on the gap could not be seen which I was happier about.
March the 19th 2015
After using the raincover for the first time I looked at it and decided there was no way I had the patience to get it back in the little carry bag it came in. So with that in mind I gave the challenge to my husband Richard who can be a little OCD at times.
March the 29th 2015
Today me and my mum decided to take my youngest Austin and my Nephew Tyler to do a little retail therapy.
Tyler is 3 and a half years old and I was surprised at how well he was able to sit in the main seat. He had so much space and the straps were done up comfortably.
My mum decided she wanted to give the Verve a little go (after I had already pushed it uphill) she is only 5ft 2 and rather little compared to me.
She thought it was going to be some big heavy bulky thing as it can appear that way, but to her she said how easy it was to push and how light it was even with the 2 boys in.
With all the lovely sun we have had lately it has been lovely to use the verve. We decided to take a walk to feed the ducks. The pushchair was surprisingly easy to push over all the muddy parts and over the shingle. The sun shade was a fantastic add on too as it kept my bubba shaded when he fell asleep while the others played.
I am really enjoying the use of the verve.
Weather hasn't been all to nice lately. So my husband decided to take the boys to the library to pick some books and listen to their story time. He was rather excited about venturing out with the verve on his own.
He has given very high ratings. My husband suffers with fibromyalgia so can find it difficult to push a pushchair sometimes. He had no complaints, he said it was lovely to push and being able to change the handle height meant it worked in his favour if he was having any troubles pushing. All I could get out of my husband was that was one of the best doubles we have ever had. Having 4 boys we have had a fair few. He said it is a lovely size and easy to get around the aisles in the library. The boys were even happy to stay sat in it while listening to story time. Unfortunately my husband forgot to take pictures for you all to see but I'm sure he will go out with them again soon.
May the 28th 2015
Well I have had the pleasure of having my niece Poppy.
I have found the hood to be a fantastic size for shade from the sun, not like some hoods that can be a little small. The added bonus of the sun shade net keeps the sun and the flys etc away. Nice touch - more pushchairs need to have a proper fitting one like P&T do.
June the 10th 2015
With all the sun we have been having the sunshade is fantastic. The sides could do with being a little bigger though as, now and again, my son gets blinded by the sun - but minor really. Really handy to have.
June the 28th 2015
Took the boys to Banham Zoo for the day. With weather being at its best we thought we would take full advantage. It wasn't really buggy friendly though. The double was fab to use around the park but for a lot of places we had to keep taking the boys out and parking it up in the buggy parking areas. People were complaining that the verve took up too much space as they needed the space for their strollers. The verve is long which wasn't too helpful so I had to keep folding it. Good job it folds so compact really.
Had a bit of trouble pushing the verve over the last week. Felt really heavy and like it kept pulling. Silly me though because as soon as I asked hubby to put a little more air in the back tyres it was all back to normal again. I forget sometimes that they are air filled tyres.
July the 17th 2015
Things have not been too easy lately. I have not been able to get about as I have torn the cartilage in the back of my knee. However, my husband has enjoyed using the pushchair more. He looks very manly with my yummy mummy bag attached. The boys have loved it though as they have turned the verve into a sports car. My son has recently turned 1 and is becoming a chunky monkey but loves to sit in the 2nd seat still. He is so happy to sit in there and play with the toys I have attached. The main seat has been fantastic size wise. My lad seems to have had a bit of a growth spurt but still has so much room. We have had to put the straps to the maximum but we are still able to strap him in nicely. He is almost 4 now. He has behavioural problems so needs to stay in a pushchair for the long periods out. He does not complain at all about being in there. He enjoys the verve. He says it's nice and bouncy. I think he is referring to the great suspension so you barely feel any bumps you go over. It's fab. So far testing the verve has been a great experience.
July the 27th 2015
The main seat has one of the best lay flat functions I have used. If little one falls asleep you can just slowly unzip the zips on the inside of the seat. One either side and they will slowly ease back not just drop back like some. And if it's not layed back enough (which it is just right if you have the second seat on) you can just unclip each side to make it completely flat. You can't have it completely flat when you have little one underneath as there is no room. But tilting it back is certainly good enough.
My 5 year old Levi is within the weight limit for the main seat. He loved it and keeps asking to go in it more. He suffers with his knees so struggles to walk far. He wanted to put the straps on and they did up perfectly, I didn't have to extend them fully either. His legs are a little long. The foot rest could do with being just a little deeper. But was fab for what I needed.
August the 17th 2015
Took the kids to the beach today. Definitely hard work to push up hill but then so are most pushchairs, the verve being a double made it that bit harder. Not very sand friendly didn't want to push forwards through the sand at all but wasn't to bad being pulled backwards.
It's been a real pleasure testing the Phil & Teds Verve. I was so excited to have been asked in the first place. My boys have loved using it. Both myself, my husband and my mum have loved pushing it around.
The size of the seats are fantastic, love that they both lay down and love that the verve has adjustable handle height as I'm very tall. Pushes amazing on all different types of terrain. The rain cover is so easy to use and is fab how it fits back into the very small storage bag. It looks like such a big pushchair but surprisingly enough it's not, I was able to manoeuvre it down the smallest of shopping aisles etc. It folds easily with both seats on and folds lovely and compact.
A few downfalls to the Verve would have to be storage space, the basket is big but if the 2nd seat is in use then using the basket is pretty much impossible as you can't get things in or out without catching the little one. The gap between the hood and main seat I didn't like but that might be personal preference although a few people who saw it also didn't like the idea of it. Hanging a changing bag off the handle is not ideal if you have a child in the bottom seat as the child gets bopped on the head by it. The footwell for the main seat could do with being a little deeper as my son wanted to rest his feet on something but they just dangled.
The pros have definitely out weighed the cons. I would rate the phil&teds verve 8/10.
It is a very good double pushchair but to me it could use a few tweaks.