I've had this stroller for a little more than one month and bought it for a long-haul flight alone with my 13 month old and 3-year old from San Francisco to Seoul, Korea. It arrived on time around Thanksgiving via 2-day shipping. Our City Select Double Stroller that we normally use was too big and heavy for me to take, especially as folding it requires popping off a seat and is a rather unwieldy process- far from hands-free/one-handed. I've traveled extensively for business and when I travel with the children, I usually have either my husband or at least one other person to help me, so I was very worried and nervous about doing this one solo with two toddlers for such a long flight in the dead winter arriving into snow.
This is how I pimped it out to manage taking two little ones, a duffle bag, a backpack diaper bag, a kid's backpack, and two large strollers for this trip:
- one large Mommy Hook to hang large duffle bag - two small Baby Hooks to hang kid's back pack filled with activities, iPads, snacks - Spartan Five stroller organizer for phones, boarding passes, cups, snacks - Eddie Bauer First Adventure, Benson Back Pack with built in clips to attach to stroller bar
* removed all cups, and bars to avoid them getting lost, caught, or broken en route
This is a lot of gear, and heavy to boot! I'm 5' 2" so having this stroller really made it do-able. I even managed to also push a Smarte Carte (baggage cart) with two large roller bags and the strollers when I landed... I know, insane.
PROs: - Super Super Super light - Easily maneuvered with one hand - Can attach a lot of extra accessories - Can fit through most doors, customs line at airports, and through most lines through I did rearrange some of the stanchions (posts/dividers) in the security lines both at SFO and ICN to get the stroller through which no one made an issue about ;) - Having used many strollers, both single and double, this is definitely the best one so far despite the cons below. - Can easily accommodate children with size and age differences. - Awesome for urban and travel use, though do have to go backwards through doors but this is the same for all these types of strollers. - Stylish and easy to pop out wheel caps and straps to add accent colors. - Navigates through the city well. - Strolls through snow without a problem. - Good suspension.
CONs: - Did not fit through the security check scanner/belt at SFO so had to wait a lot of extra time to be able to get it through security using manual checks - Does not fit through grocery store check out aisle so have to park stroller with kids in front of check out then bring bags back out and exit store through side entrance/exit at end of stores. - Sometimes I engage the break bar when going over bumps on streets since I have to lift the stroller from the back up by stepping it to get onto some sidewalks and cross streets. - Cups don't securely attach to stroller so both my 13th month old and 3 year old easily spin them and pop them off while sitting in the stroller. - Would be great if there was a handle on the stroller bag since it can be awkward to move when inside it and requires me to use both hands to do it which is not ideal for gate checks when also trying to manage two young children. - Safety buckles can be hard to unlatch- one stroller buckle is really hard to unlatch and gets jammed a lot. - Strap adjustment was a bit of a frustrating experience and took more time than it should compared to other strollers and car seats.
Despite what might seem like a lot of cons, I honestly think this is a GREAT, affordable, and stylish stroller. I really could not have traveled back and forth across the world with a 1 and 3 year old myself with the gear needed without this stroller. So despite some of the inconveniences or things that aren't ideal about the stroller, the pros far outweigh the cons. I could load tons of things onto the stroller and because it is so lightweight, I just have to make sure to balance the weight so it doesn't tip over so when I take one or both kid(s) out then I counterbalance the weight by flipping over one of the bags from the back into the front seat. I've used it in cities, malls, grocery stores, subways, playgrounds, airports, through a lot of snow, and so far, the stroller has held up well and the little ones are happy in it.
Size: XL1 Single Stroller 2015|Color: Navy|Verified Purchase
This stroller IS the best lightweight stroller you will find on the market. I am well aware that is a BOLD statement, but I am thoroughly convinced!! Both of my girls fit in this stroller, from when my youngest was just a few months old (she's 9 months now!), up to my 3-1/2 year old who is nearly 40 pounds and wearing size 5/6 girls clothing (she's so tall). It's comfortable for her, and her head doesn't hit the visor and her feet don't dangle or have to sit bunched up. Believe it or not, this stroller pushes exactly the same regardless of which child is in it - it glides like an absolutely dream, and makes everything feel completely weightless! I was absolutely shocked to see that I could throw my (seemingly filled-with-bricks) diaper bag over the handle bar without the stroller tipping backwards, and that was with my older daughter in it. As she stepped up to get out, I nearly had a heart attack and lunged for the stroller (ready for it to tip backwards and go crashing to the ground like every other stroller I've ever used), but it did absolutely nothing - it held firm and stood in place, even without her weight countering the weight of my heavy diaper bag on the back. Now I know this is not recommended, but the fact that it is capable of that simply amazes me!!
The lightweight aspect of this stroller was the selling factor for me, as I'm planning an upcoming airplane trip from Alaska to the lower 48 and will have a few layovers - and I will be alone with two small children. I NEED something that is going to make my trip easier, not harder. The slim design and lightweight feature of this stroller just amazes me... And yet it is so sturdy and well made, you would think you were pushing one of those $400 heavy duty all terrain jogging strollers!
Let's talk about the little details, as well!! A snack tray AND a cup holder for the child, a cup holder for mom, a visor that fully shades the child and also retracts completely so you can see RIGHT in front of the front wheels and aren't wondering whose feet you will run over next. The kick space (where the person's (pushing the stroller) feet go as they walk) is far enough out that you aren't constantly tripping over the stroller as you walk, which is an issue I've had with spendy Maclaren brand strollers. The seat even reclines, which is great for sleepy children or babies who need to drink their bottles!! While nicer than most umbrella type strollers, if others even have it at all, I was very genuinely worried about the under-seat basket on this stroller, as I rely heavily on said basket to carry things for me while I'm out and about, since my hands are full with the stroller, child, and other things. This basket looked flimsy, like a lightweight mesh material that wasn't supported and wouldn't be able to hold much. While I can't say it holds the world with no issues, I can say that I was pleasantly surprised to see the durable strong quality of what I previously deemed the "flimsy mesh," and I was equally as excited to see that the corners of the basket are attached by little plastic clips that you can unsnap and re-snap, which makes putting bulkier items in the basket SO much easier than trying to shove them through a thin little slot (that "mailbox" type hole between the top of the basket and the bottom of the seat). It opens up so wide, you can slide your big ole bag under there and then clip it right up to close; trust me, your big ole bag will NOT be falling out on your walk. haha!
You will love this stroller. It has the lightweight and compactness you'd expect to find in an umbrella stroller, and all the features you'd expect to find in a full size jogging stroller. It glides and pushes like a dream, regardless of the weight of the child. It's durable and well made. The 5-point harness puts your child's safety as a priority, which is another feature most umbrella strollers do not have. I just cannot say enough good things about this stroller. Being a parent is hard - you have so many choices to make, and you inevitably make a LOT of regrets when it comes to wasting money on purchasing baby/child gear throughout the years... Be assured, this will not be one of those regrets. This will be one of those items you will put on your "top-10 must-haves for new parents" list!
Size: XL2 Double Stroller|Color: BEST - Black|Verified Purchase
We bought this ride for our trip to Europe and a few cross country east coast jaunts. I have a 36lb 3 year old and a 14lb 4 month old. We've had this bad boy for about a week and I'm in love. 1. It's super light weight and it fits my tiny four month old (seat recline and straps on smallest setting) 2. Love that I can choose between cup holders and belly bar (though needs a cover-we already have sunscreen stains. I bought City Grips) 3. Lots of storage, love the cell phone holder on back of hood. 4. Easy to steer with 40+lbs (Easier then the double Summer umbrella and the Maclaren Twin). And my eldest (the size of a four year old, fits just fine. She wears a 4/5 to give you an idea. see pic for sizing) 5. Easy to fold, fits in my Subaru Forrester with space for diaper bag and groceries. I'll update my review after all our trips but for now I'm in love. I believe the price should be $50 cheaper because it doesn't fully recline (don't understand why, seems like a cheap upgrade regarding supplies and labor) and it needs seat covers/handle covers/strap covers/mommy clip. However, since my options were this or the Uppa Baby G-link, I'm happy Zoe exists. I wasn't about to pay $500 for an umbrella stroller. Maclaren isn't what it used to be and the Chicco and Summer options were hard to push and heavy. I obsessively read all the reviews, most are spot on. I'm curious to see how the wheels hold up. They look cheap but I'm willing to give them a spin. Here's to our new ride! To be continued...