| Can I buy a Land Rover ATP with a swivel wheel ? |
No, the Land Rover ATPs (Manufactured by Pegasus Pushchairs Ltd under licence by Land Rover until September 2002, but no longer available and having no association with the current owner of the Land Rover Trademark) have a fixed front wheel, they are designed as proper All Terrain Pushchairs. They are lightweight and easy to manoeuver one handed, even the double !
Some pushchairs have a swivel front wheel and are supremely manoeuverable ...on smooth flat surfaces, e.g. a nursery shop showroom floor.
They can be good if you walk almost exclusively in town on paved surfaces and frequent shops with narrow isles with lots of 90 degree turns (e.g. boutiques). But like a supermarket shopping trolley they won't work well on rough ground and can buckle beneath you when going up or down kerbs.
The difference between a pushchair with a fixed wheel and a swivel wheel is normally more than just the wheel itself.
A good fixed wheel pushchair is designed to bear most of the weight over the rear wheels with minimal weight over the front wheel - so that it's easy to steer. The first pushchair to have a swivel wheel weighed almost twice that of a Land Rover ATP (Manufactured by Pegasus Pushchairs Ltd under licence by Land Rover until September 2002, but no longer available and having no association with the current owner of the Land Rover Trademark) and needed the swivel wheel to be able to steer it at all !
Swivel wheel pushchairs are generally slightly shorter than fixed wheel models because the swivel wheel enables more of the pushchair's weight to be distributed on the front wheel. They are normally heavier also because weight is no longer a design issue.
Some pushchairs boast the ability to lock the swivel wheel for use off road - but then you get the worst of both worlds - a heavily loaded fixed wheel which is difficult to steer ! Also unless the wheel can be locked in a perfect forwards position then the pushchair will veer and require constant steering adjustment.
If you walk almost exclusively in town on paved surfaces and rarely have to lift the pushchair into a car then a swivel wheel pushchair may be the best option for you.