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easy to use but...2004 vs 2005 vs 2005 1/2 models
on July 1, 2005
Updated review after several months of use.
Initially, I received the 2004 model at 2005 prices. I sent this back because a) 2004 models were on sale for less, and b) according to several websites, the 2005 model is supposed to be good up to 45# as opposed to 33#, the Graco Snugride is supposed to snap into the 2005, plus some other features.
Be aware that there is a 2005 model and a 2005 1/2. I have the 2005 1/2 which comes with the cupholder. I'm not aware of the other differences. No cupholder = older model, and apparently you can't buy the cup holder seperately.
So I ordered a 2005 1/2 Zippy in Red/Navy/Light Gray. I really liked the idea of the Snugride snapping in place and that the stroller would have a longer usable life.
The Graco does not seem to snap into place and there are no directions that indicate that it does. Maybe the back hook clicks onto the safety rail(lap bar), but this would still allow for the seat to tip backwards, pivoting at this point. Nothing secures to the hooks on the bottom of the seat and there aren't any other points for it to "click" into that I can find.
A point of confusion for me was that I think it came with the old 2004 instruction booklet, because the booklet states that the weight limit is 33#. Also, the 2005 instruction booklet was not available at the time on the Inglessina website. The Inglessina website did confirm that the 2005 has a 45# weight limit.
-EASIEST STROLLER TO OPEN & CLOSE by far!!! I tested the Graco's and Perg Preggo's at the store. I had all but settled on the Graco Metrolite for the price, and the fact that my Graco car seat would easily and safely snap into place. Although, both of these other manufacturers claim to make strollers that can be opened/closed with one hand, I think I need three and a foot. They were not easy. The Zippy was the only one that was truly easy to open. Love that.
I have now used this stroller for several months. I have no problems holding baby in one arm while taking out the stroller and setting it up with the other arm, or the reverse of folding it up and placing it back in the trunk. It is light and easy to use.
-Also, the way it closes does not drag the seat or other parts on the ground.
-It collapses in two directions, taking up less space than others.
-It can stand on it's wheels when closed.
-Easy to recline the seat.
-5 point harness
-Nice big sunshade
-short or tall, everyone ends up kicking the wheels when they stroll.
(I find I kick the wheels less now, but typically this means I am either slouching, which holds the stroller further from my feet, or walking deliberatly with feet midline between the wheels)
-infant car seats have to be strapped into place
-cup holder doesn't stay in place. Gets knocked out of place easily inspite of being fully latched on. Not a big deal. Works fine with my 24 oz water bottle.
-sun shade, albeit large, is near useless if the sun is not behind you. A bit confused by other reviewers who state the canopy goes to the bar? It doesn't on mine, at least not in the fully reclined position. I typically bring a receiving blanket with us, drapping it over the front and tucking it in to the edge of the shade if the sun is in baby's face.
Overall, very happy with this stroller.
If you want to save $, consider getting an older model. If you're paying top dollar, might as well make sure you're getting the latest and greatest.