User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:Convenience of an umbrella stroller with the features of a standard stroller.
The Bottom Line: You're not breaking the bank with this functional, lightweight stroller for under $100. It is stylish and energetic, with great fabrics.
In general, I absolutely love Combi for their affordable, lightweight, stylish strollers that come in a rainbow of colors. I purchased my Combi Cosmo DX Chocolate Pink Standard Stroller while pregnant with my second daughter, and with so many Combis to choose from, it took weeks of stalking all of the baby gear websites to finally arrive at my decision.
Recommend this product?
Sixteen months later, I am still pleased with my purchase. My second daughter has used this stroller from infancy to toddlerhood, and my three year old will ride in it on occasion.
The stroller weighs slightly under 13 lbs, is rated for children up to 45 lbs, measures 37.5" x 17" x 15" folded, and 38" x 19.5" x 32" when in use. It is also compatible with the Combi Centre DX car seat for use as a travel system, which I did buy in matching chocolate and pink and also adored. Folded up, the stroller fits easily in the trunk of my station wagon.
Cup Holder, Five Point Harness, Storage Basket
The stroller features a removable cup holder that mounts on the side of the stroller near your child. I never use it because my daughter immediately takes whatever is in the holder and throws it to the ground. The five point harness has a very nice locking mechanism in the center that is easy for a parent to clip and release with the push of a button. The shoulder straps can be adjusted between two different heights, and thread through two shoulder comfort pads that tend to wander since they are not attached (mine are currently in the trunk of my car). The under-seat storage basket is very small. You can cram two puffy winter jackets size 2T and 5T into the basket, and that's about it.
The Combi has four independent sets of wheels for a total of eight wheels. It's a tri-fold stroller, so there is no axle between the wheels, a design that I like. The back two wheel sets are fixed in position. Each wheel has a brake that you activate by pushing down on the lever with your foot, and release by pulling the lever up with your toe. I've never had an issue with these brakes. You have the option of letting the front wheels swivel or locking them in the forward position with a lever on each wheel set. The fixed position is great for going over gravel paths which tend to tug the wheels in different directions. When you're on a smoother surfaces (asphalt, black top, tile whatever), the swiveling allows freer steering and movement.
The canopy has a sleek, European design when locked and extended, and a viewing window for the parent (the baby too, I guess). If the seat is fully upright, the canopy can be pulled all the way down to the front bar to shield your child's upper body from the sun. There is also a small pocket sewn into the canopy for lightweight items.
Seat and Front Bar
The seat does NOT have a full 180 degree recline, but adjusts from almost completely upright at about 100 degrees to the deepest recline at about 150-160 degrees. The mechanism for adjusting the seat recline is very funky, for lack of a better term. There is a tension clip that you squeeze in and move along two tethers in the back of the seat. Unless you read the manual, it might take a few minutes to figure out. With this recline design, you're not locked into just three different recline positions like other strollers. The seat itself is cushioned and seems comfy, although narrow. It comes with a removable infant cushion insert, but the main seat pad is also removable for cleaning. Just a few velcro strips and a zipper are all that separate the seat cushion from the washing machine! Just machine wash and air dry, no fading or shrinking noted.
There is a small safety "boot" that you can easily pull out from under the seat and wrap over the front safety bar, securing it with a zipper. It is designed to prevent an infant from sliding under the bar and out the front of the stroller. The front bar is covered with easily removable fabric, and the entire bar can be removed entirely by squeezing two buttons on each end of the bar. Removing the bar is a necessity for an older or taller child because the foot rest is positioned so high that knees get crammed into the bar.
This is a lighter, smaller stroller so it is on the short side when compared to other standard strollers. Being 5'10" myself, I have to hunch slightly to reach and push. The push bar is very simple (no parent tray) and has a hard rubber cover for grip. The stroller also has a carrying strap that runs the length of the stroller and allows you to throw it over your shoulder when tri-folded.
The stroller is easily set up by unhooking a single latch and pulling up a little on the push bar. Presto! Your stroller falls into place with a satisfying click. To collapse, make sure that the seat is up and you have locked the front wheels in place. Then with both hands, pull up on levers located on both sides of the push bar and push down to collapse the stroller. You can either lay the stroller flat in your trunk or tri-fold it by pushing both sides in and securing with a simple hook.
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Amount Paid (US$): 90
Age Range of Child: 0 to 12 Months