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Great stroller upgrade!
on April 2, 2013
I had been searching for a compact stroller with all the features I wanted and this is it! I'm in Japan and my jogging stroller is way too big getting around in a country that specializes in miniaturizing everything. My son is 17 months, 32 lbs and 34 inches long. First of all this stroller was ready to roll right out the box! I only had to attach the belly bar, canopy and cup holder!!! This stroller fits my son perfectly and I should get great use out of it since the maximum weight capacity is 55lbs!. I love that it has a REMOVABLE and flexible belly bar which most umbrella strollers don't have in addition to the adjustable canopy with EXTRA coverage. And there is an adjustable leg rest which my son loves because his feet aren't touching the foot rest yet. Note: there are two levers hidden that you have to squeeze for it to go down. The seat also does a full recline! The wheels are great! They seem to be the hard rubber kind. I'm 5'7 and the handle bars are high enough for me to push comfortably and away from my body so I'm not kicking the back wheels and they are made with the soft grip material. The basket is big compared to other umbrella strollers, but small compared to my jogging stroller. I'm able to stuff my Columbia backpack diaper bag in it with a little room to spare for small items. If the seat back is fully reclined I won't be able to get the diaper bag out without lifting it up. There is a cup holder that securely fits a medium size fast food cup or bottle of water. I hated the cup holders on the jogging strollers because they bounced around on uneven ground. My son's sippy cup won't fit. This stroller also comes with a rain cover which is a plus. I love freebies. It only covers the front, but I read that the canopy is water-proof I have yet to test that. I'm contemplating buying the Jeep brand that goes all over though. The fold and open is also easy to do and it locks in place when closing and has a carry handle. It is a bit heavy (I think 15lbs), but it feels very sturdy and durable. I only pushed around the house on hardwood floors. I will update when we go out. For a video demonstration and review for the 2012 model, YouTube Baby Gizmo Inglesina Trip.
UPDATE: So after getting out, this stroller is everything I hoped for. It handled really well on uneven asphalt/sidewalk. It took me a moment to adjust my stride and arm positioning, my feet did scruff the back wheels a few times. My son took a brief nap and I was able to lay the seat back all the way down without disturbing him. It was pretty windy when we first got out, but the canopy was great at blocking the wind especially while he was napping. It rained a little later on and the canopy IS water-proof!!! Even in steady rain the water continued to bead up and roll off. I did have a little trouble steering one-handed while holding my umbrella. It was hard to make turns, but I found that switching handle bars and stepping opposite the side of stroller in the direction I wanted to turn helped the best (ex. step left to turn right). Oh and I forgot to mention that the stroller is slim enough to pass through the train station's ticket entrances/exits. No more having to use the wheelchair entrance. All in all, I'm VERY HAPPY with this stroller. :)