Great full-size stroller with some draw back
Dec 18, 2008 (Updated Dec 25, 2008)
Review by wc201
Rated a Very Helpful Review
User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:High & versatile seating position, used on stairs, handling, big storage, accessories, style
Cons:Price, weight, size, portability, learning curve, possible tipping issue, no cup holder
The Bottom Line: Highly recommend to someone who can take advantage of the features available.
I purchased this stroller for my son early this year. I paid last year's price fortunately, but the price is now over $1,100 for a complete Stokke complete set. To most people, this is a hardest thing to swallow when they are considering this particular stroller. It's one of the most expensive stroller out there. After 8 months of usage, I must say I don't regret spending that much money because my wife and I got so much out of this stroller. In my opinion, this stroller is for someone who either wants a stroller that stands out or wants a stroller that fit their needs due to a particular circumstances. In other words, it's not for majority of stroller buyers out there.
Recommend this product?
I was sold on its high seating position. I am about an average height. 6 feet. Not bending down to pick up my ever growing son is a great feature. Of course, my son can enjoy the views as well. I also don't worry about someone else's shopping bag hitting my son on the face because he is sitting too low, but that's not the reason why I would buy this. Oh, and I can also change the seating height even when my son is still in his seat. Stokke doesn't recommend you doing this, but it's perfectly okay. It's useful when you just sit down, your baby is still high up because you put your baby seat at its highest position. With a release a knob, you can lower the seat position to your comfortable level.
I also loved its versatile seating position. Like many high end strollers, you can switch seating position from front to back. I seriously considered a bugaboo chameleon because of this functionality, but I changed my mind for other reason. However, if changing seat position is high priority for you, then this stroller may not be it. It does change seating position, but when you change the position to the rear facing, then you have to either pull down the foot rest or remove it completely to do this. Once that's done, it's fantastic, but it's cumbersome.
As I mentioned previously, I bought this mainly for this particular feature which is its ability to be used on stairs. I live near New York city. My wife and I must use stairs to get on subways and at home. Most full size strollers can go up, but you are basically pulling the stroller as is with the front wheels dangling. This stroller has a wheel folding feature. They advertise this feature on their website as well. Even though Stokke doesn't recommend doing this with your baby inside, I have been doing this fine with my baby inside over 8 months now. I can pull him up and down the stairs. It's still hard especially when your baby and stroller weighs over 50 pounds, but it's useful especially when you are alone and has no one to hold your baby when you are trying to carry up or down your stroller.
Xplory has an amazing set of wheels. It's not air filled tires. It has air bubbles inside a solid rubber I think. Basically you don't have to worry about having flat tires. These wheels make ride very smooth. You can also easily push this stroller with one finger if you must. Handling is also excellent.
This stroller has a huge storage. Comparing to Bugaboo, it's, at least, 2-3 times bigger and it's much easier to access. Because it's like a bag, you can collapse it when you are not using, and open it up when you need it. I think you can easily fit 4 paper towels in that bag if you are wondering about the size.
This stroller has many accessories. They are very expensive, but they are very useful when you have them. During the cold season, Stokke's footmuff is fantastic. It's big enough so that you won't have to worry about your child out growing in 2-3 years and it covers not only the front but all the way to his head area. Around the area where you child head will rest, there is a zipper. Using that zipper, you can make a small hood to cover your child head in cold weather. The footmuff is also become a part of the seat so you can strap your child down when your child is still in the footmuff. Parasol is also a great accessories. Even though Xplory's canopy is pretty big, it still won't cover all the way. So during warm month or on a sunny day, it's a must. And when not in use, I usually hang a toy on the pole that holds the parasol. Oh, I almost forgot to mention the bassinet. It comes with a big tub and cushion. Many Xplory buyers may opt out this accessory, but if you are buying this stroller for a new born, this is a wonderful accessory. Many people opt out because you can only use this for a couple of months. But it's like buying a car seat for your new born. Your child is much more comfortable in a device that's especially design around their sizes. When I first got this, I thought I might have wasted my money on something I would hardly use, but I end up using the stroller at home. I have a Stokke sleepi (crib) at home, but during the day, my wife and I both wanted our son to be where we were, so we put him in the bassinet and carried him all over the house. He took nap in the bassinet until he outgrew in 3 to 4 months. My son is pretty big. (90 percentile) I must admit wiping wheels every time I used the stroller outside was a pain in my neck, but it was worth it.
I love its style. Some people think this stroller looks like an office chair, but i disagree. I think it looks modern and somewhat futuristic. Color is another thing I liked about this stroller. I like simple design. I chose cream. It doesn't get dirty as you might think. People seem to love it, too. They won't understand the money you spent on this stroller, but they will love the design and style.
I will also list some of the things I did not like about the stroller.
Price. It's extremely difficult to justify the price. If you can afford it and fits your lifestyle, then it's great, but when you can buy several strollers for the same amount, it's tough. My wife and I are thinking about having a second child in several years, so we looked at it in that way when we made up our mind.
Weight, size, and portability. It's very heavy. I think 25 to 30 lbs. without your baby. I would recommend this stroller for men. Size is pretty big, too. This is a full-size stroller. It's at least twice the size of an umbrella stroller. It's sometimes difficult to see the front wheels, so you might bump into somebody's foot. You also need at least midsize car to fit this into your car. I have a 3 series BMW. It's compact. When I put this in without the bassinet, it fills up more than half the trunk space. When I had the bassinet, forget about putting anything else. Riding on a taxi is also difficult. Because the unit must be separated into two pieces to put into a car, you have to have someone looking after your child while you unfolding it. We don't use taxi, so this wasn't an issue for us.
This stroller requires users to study a manual. After about a month, you are going to be able to use it like any other stroller, but when you have nanny or baby sitter, it's tough to tell them how to use this in a few minutes. It requires some training to take advantage of all the features this stroller has to offer.
Like many strollers, this stroller is no exception to its vulnerability to tipping over. Because the seat is so high, you think it's tippy, but that's not true. When your child is in the seat, it's very stable. However, a problem occurs when your child is no longer in the seat. Like many parents, I hang a diaper bag around the handle bar. It weighs at least 6 to 15 pounds depending on a day. So, what I do is, either having something in the storage bag or put the bag where the seat is. Then, there is no issue.
Not long ago, I praised Stokee Xplory for having wonderful accessories. There is one accessory that's missing. A cup holder. I end up getting a universal cup holder, but because the handle bar is thick, you have to make sure the cup holder you are buying fit this stroller.
Ultimately, I highly recommend this stroller especially who can take advantage of the features that are offered by this model. However, if you need to take this out of the car a lot or lifting heavy weight is an issue, then it's not the best choice. Even though I love this, some point in time, I am thinking about getting a cheaper umbrella stroller type in future in addition to this Xplory.
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Amount Paid (US$): 900
Age Range of Child: 0 to 12 Months
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