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Peg Perego Aria OH Moka Standard Single Seat Stroller
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ARIA OH: A single-handed lightweight
Jul 27, 2007 (Updated Aug 2, 2007)
Review by theuerkorn
Rated a Very Helpful Review
User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:Low weight, easy handling, stylish, fits standard car seats (with strap),
Cons:Somewhat pricey, compartments a bit small
The Bottom Line: If compactness and easy handling are important, the Aria OH is a solid design.
Baby rules and demands style. A car seat is for safety, but a stroller is for fun (as the name implies) and is far longer in use than an infant seat too. With that in mind, we picked our infant seat to be safe and cheap, while the stroller can be a bit more for the eye (and reach deeper in your pockets). With that it should be no surprise that functionality and design had to be just right.
Recommend this product?
Initially we were set on a Graco Quattro, but size and weight were impractical. Of course, storage capacity and large wheels were nice features, but overall this tank of a stroller was overkill for the job. Besides, the folding action wasn't as smooth either.
The Peg Perego Aria normally gets mixed reviews. One side bashes the high price and low storage while the other side loves styling and materials. For us the deciding factor was the ultra easy one-handed (OH) folding and the light weight. Though my wife initially had trouble with the flick of the wrist that transforms the folding from "easy enough" to "amazingly easy", the low weight was a no-brainer with baby in one arm and possibly only one parent available.
Looks is another plus for the Aria OH, and not only does the overall style have sleek modern appearance, it also resists the urge to make the details too childish. Further, the fabric feels both clean and durable with enough padding in just the right places. The only exception from this picture is the plastic food tray which doesn't inspire much confidence and looks cheap as well. However, so far it seems to hold up well.
The compartments are not huge but sufficient unless you're planning to haul the kitchen sink around. The single drink holder is for small to medium sized cups only and supersized beverages may not apply. The storage compartment holds easily one normal diaper bag, and very little else. hence it's not the only cart you're pushing around when shopping. The only thing amiss is a compartment of sorts to store your keys or similar items for easy access since the diaper bag is stored away from direct reach.
Folding the Aria is very easy (after removing the diaper bag). Simply unlock the grip and press the trigger to disengage the locking mechanism. By providing a stop with your foot (to roll against) and a slight flick forward and simultaneous push down (on the handle), the Aria quickly folds up into a small package and with honestly only one hand. The only "problem" can be the locks for the sun shade which need to be loosened before attempting to fold the ARIA OH up. Once folded, it's a compact and lightweight package with even a handle to carry it sideways. As I mentioned before, this was certainly one of the easiest stroller to fold up with one hand, and unfolding is even easier by simply unlocking the clamp (in the grip) and do the motion in reverse (back and up).
Handling is very easy with the lockable front wheels for straight steering and free rotation for navigating tight corners. Of course, the typical wheel breaks are not missing either and mechanical interlocks make sure that the breaks don't slip. The handle height is not adjustable and on the lower end for us. Admittedly, we're 6'1" and 5'11" respectively and for the majority the handle might be in perfect place. But even at our elevation, we still don't have to excessively hunch over.
An infant car seat (like our Graco Snugride), fits easily on top of the arm rest of the Aria OH even if it's not from the same manufacturer. A provided strap is meant to secure the seat to the stroller, but isn't always necessary unless your child is extremely active or your exploring some rough terrain.
© 2007, theuerkorn
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Amount Paid (US$): 199
Age Range of Child: Other
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