good integrated stroller + starter car seat set!
Jul 12, 2008
Review by twyatt2
Rated a Very Helpful Review
User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:gives you what you need - car seat + stroller, light weight and compact
Cons:could use a larger storage area.
The Bottom Line: nicely designed, well-made car seat stroller combo. Will serve us for years to come!
This is a great stroller - car seat system. We did a lot of research before registering for this at our baby shower, and this had positive reviews almost exclusively. In our 7 months of use, we have been very happy with our choice. I actually have a different color, but everything else is the same.
Recommend this product?
Let's first talk about the carseat itself:
The carseat can be attached to a car one of two ways: either using the base and the LATCH connections (I highly recommend this for the vehicle normally used) or by using the seatbelt attachment in the carseat itself. The base makes getting in & out much easier - you just snap it in! Plus, it is more secure that way. The padding is sufficiently thick, but still supportive enough to not cause any problems. The material is sturdy, and will not wear easily, but is still fairly easy to clean. (plus, it can be removed and washed in the washing machine). The seatbelts inside the seat are nice and thick, and we have not had any problems with them twisting and getting stuck. They adjust easily, and stay nice and tight. Our 7 month old seems to like the seat, and think it is comfortable, she even made a 8-hour car trip once! The carseat is good for up to 29" or 20 lbs. Once they are beyond that, it's time to get a bigger, convertible car seat.
The stroller is also well designed and made, and has performed admirably for duty while walking around stores, sidewalks and even running paths. This is definitely not a running stroller, but can do well with a brisk walk. The stroller can be used with the carseat (it snaps in, and the baby then is rolling backwards, looking at you!) or it can be used as a typical stroller. If used as a typical stroller, baby has a nice place to put his feet and even a small cupholder. Again, the straps are more than sufficient.
The stroller has a pseudo-suspension. It is enough to dampen some small bumps (think small sidewalk seams) but certainly not really for off-road use. If you plan to go hiking, get a stroller made for it, or plan to use a sling-type baby carrier. The tires are solid rubber, good for longevity, but not good at bump-damping.
The stroller folds down extremely well (and easily - 1 handed!), and can be comfortably stowed in the back of our small SUV for everyday use. Then, when needed, it pops up (again, 1-handed!) and is ready to haul baby.
There is a single storage available in this stroller - one large space (ideally suited to a mid-sized diaper bag) on the bottom. If you have a FULL diaper bag, it may be a challenge to get it in and out of the storage area, but you'll learn the right amount of stuff...
There are also two cupholders on the handle, for the driver.
As I mentioned, it has survived the first 7 months wonderfully, and I am sure has a lot of service ahead of it.
Amount Paid (US$): 199
Age Range of Child: 0 to 12 Months
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