Archive | June, 2009

Joovy Kooper Review

22 Jun

4th of July Joovy Kooper!


For years, we have done holiday strollers. And of course, the 4th of July is easy. Only requirement is that it is red, white and blue, and really fun to push! And there you have the Joovy Kooper (with a Bugaboo Bee footmuff!) The Kooper has a good sized basket to store all of your fireworks, (haha just seeing if you are paying attention), and these wonderful cupholders that really work! Love the rear canopy pocket, too!
Inside of the stroller, there are two net pockets on the seat. This is a very unique feature. You can put a bottle here, a little snack, or your baby’s favorite toy. And when he gets older, he can put them in himself. The harness is very easy to do, and the reflective shoulder pads keep the straps from digging into your baby’s neck. Aside from all these well thougt out details, this is stroller is as easy to push as it looks. The ergo foam handles fit your hands perfectly. And I was surprised at how effortless it was to push on grass.

We went up the hill, and down the hill, using only one hand.
The Joovy is very easy to fold. The fold is small, but long. I have many more images, and measurements, in the post below. But for now, I would say to get out and celebrate, and have a bang-up Joovy 4th of July!
Joovy Kooper Umbrella Stroller

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Joovy Kooper and Valco Buggster Comparison

21 Jun

The new Joovy Kooper has been compared to the Valco Buggster. It’s fair; in fact, in Oz the Joovy Kooper is known as the Valco Prism! (And the Valco Buggster is now the TFK Buggster! Clear as a dark mesh canopy window? 😉

But how close are they, really? Let’s take a look:

The oval shape is certainly similar. And both have extremely wide seats. Although nothing can compare to the Buggster’s astonishing 18″; certainly big enough for me to ride around in! 😉 They are both umbrella strollers with fairly deep reclines, and huge canopies. And both have a very modern look. But the comparison ends here.
You can start to see how different they look from the back. The Kooper has ergo, foam covered handles that turn in, while the Buggster’s are straight up with hard plastic finger grips. The Kooper has two cupholders, and a zippered canopy pocket. It has a good sized basket, though not as big as the Buggster’s. The Kooper has the new red brakes. Some people don’t care for them aesthetically, but countries such as Australia now require them for safety. The fold on the Kooper is very straightforward, and on the Buggster it is much more fiddly. Although there are several versions of the fold on the Buggster, and some are easier than others.

The Buggster comes loaded with accessories, including a mesh seat pad, front napper bar, boot, sun cover, and rain cover. The Kooper has the aforementioned built-in canopy pockets, side net pockets in the seat, and glow in the dark shoulder harnesses and logo.
Here you can see the difference in the width. The Buggster is nearly 4″ wider. But the length is where they really differ, due to the 3 wheels of the Buggster vs. the 4 wheels of the Kooper. 3 wheelers always have to be longer for stability, and in the Buggster’s case, it is nearly 9″ longer!


Both have a roomy 24″ canopy clearance, although the Buggster’s seatback is 2″ taller. The Kooper folds much smaller than the Buggster, but longer. See the chart below for even more measurements.

Joovy Kooper Valco Buggster

Weight: 17. 5 pds. 18.5 pds.

Width: 21″ 23 1/4″

Length: 26.5″ 34″

Height: 40 1/4″ 40.5″

Seat Width: 15″ 18″

Seat Depth: 8″ 9″

Seat Height: 18″ 20″

Seat to Canopy: 24″ 24″

Drop to Footrest: 11″ 13″

Seat to Floor: 16″ 16″

Folded: 46″ x 13″ x 12″ 31″ x 22 x 25″

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Joovy Ergo Caboose Review

15 Jun

Joovy Ergo Caboose

Ergo, St. Patrick’s Day Boys
Long before Stroller Prince 2.0 made his way into this world, we felt like somebody was missing. My friend Catherine felt the same way. And so we were all overjoyed when her son made his grand entrance on March 17th. Now she was considering names. “Oh, that’s a no-brainer”, I said. “Call him Patrick.” “No”, she said. “But, he was born on St. Parick’s Day, you have to!” I implore. “No”, she says. “Well”, I grumble, “If *I* ever have a boy on St. Patrick’s Day, I shall name him Patrick. And I did, and I did, or a variation thereof, heehee. Hey bro, get in hereNow on this fine summer day, we had planned to take the St. Patricks’ Day boys for a spin in my new Joovy Ergo Caboose. It would be perfect. The weight limit is 45 pounds for each seat. Age minimums are 6 months for the front, and 2.5 years for the back. Height limits are 44″ front, and 40″ back. Although, I tried it out with bigger children, and it was fine. Still pushed really well, too. This is one of the prettiest tandems I have ever seen. And so well thought out. Unlike other Sit n Stand types that carry an infant seat in the front, the Ergo Caboose places the car seat holder in the back, so you can keep a close eye on your newborn! RearAnother thing that sets the Ergo apart from the rest are the rear air tires. They do add weight, and are no doubt a contributory factor to the Ergo’s 34 pounds. But, the air tires means you will have a much smoother ride outdoors over grass, gravel, sidewalk cracks and bumps, etc. As always, it’s a trade-off.
Car seat holder
The basket is the hugest I have ever seen on a tandem. The Ergo is 49″ long, and a whole lot of that is basket. And, check this out…
Seat flipped down over basket

You can flip the seat up, to get complete access!
Seat flipped up for better basket accessYet another unique feature is the HUGE canopy in both the front, and the back! Good looking
But, if it’s too much, you can easily push it back. 3/4 shot, huge canopies

There is a snack tray in the front, and a mesh seat. It does recline. But, if you have a “stroller napper”, you probably need to get one of the optional seat pads, to make it more comfy. They come in a variety of bright colors, like lime and yellow.
Mesh seat back, snack tray
Now as we are ready to take our stroll on this fine summer day, the sky turns dark. The heavens open, the rains pour down, the thunder and lightning begin. Ergo (pun intended), Derek has a change of heart. Derek rides away

But as usual, SP 2.0 takes it all in stride. We are so Lucky (pun intended.)Front viewAnd we are also lucky that the Ergo Caboose folds quickly and easily, as we are getting drenched. It’s 49″ by 24″, but it fits.
Folded in car

Joovy Ergo Caboose Stroller 

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14 Jun

I can help you find the perfect stroller for YOUR needs. Don’t let a salesperson sell you a stroller that won’t work for you! For more info on consultations, visit strollerqueen.com There are lots more reviews here, and info on how to get the 2009 BIG Stroller Roll-Out, an online magazine of all the new stroller models strollerqueen.com

Maclaren Quest Stroller Review

14 Jun

Maclaren Quest Review, Shanghai Tang

Chapter 11.Quest for Justice


The Shanhai Tang Quest is perfect for celebrating. Look at these festive colors! This is a beautiful pattern, very colorful, and very original.
At 13 pounds, with a decent recline and tiny fold, it is a great choice for quick trips or travel. The back pocket comes in handy, too.

And did I mention it comes with a matching boot? It was a good choice for our New Year’s fun.
http://www.maclarenbaby.com/us/content/view/434/88889568/lang,en/


Now, I grew up with a lot of Armenian friends. When I was at their house, at some point (usually after a few shots of Raki), their grandmother would want to read our fortunes. She would brew these little glasses of dark liquid with a mound of mud on the bottom (love it now, didn’t then), have us drink them, and turn them upside down on our plates. The first thing she would say to me is “I see a camel.”


What the…I’m a teen-ager in California, what do I want with a camel? It has since been explained to me that a camel means travel, or good luck, or good fortune. I guess if I was living in a desert, I would be fortunate if I had a camel to ride on outta’ there!
So for the New Year, my friend’s mother offered to read our fortune. I said yes, but mostly because I like the coffee now. I drank it, and tipped it. All the while SP 2.0 is snug and cozy in his Quest. Now I am prepared to hear “I see a camel.” And sure enough, she says, “I see…
HANDCUFFS!” Huh? She looked again. “Yes, handcuffs. Look, you can see it right here.” I squint, and see some sqiuggles in the grinds. Then she says she sees a rat. And it is following me around. Nibbling at my heels. OK, got it. It’s still that motorcycle cop from the Baby Jogger story. He’s been following me around the neighborhood, up and down the street. When I see him on my heels, I pull over, smile, and wave at him. He drives by verrrryyyy sloooowwwwly, staring over at me all the way.
Hopefully the next time I see him is in court. And the date is set, for Friday the 13th! Wish me luck. Happy New Year!

Maclaren Shanghai Tang Quest:
Weight: 13 pds.
Width: 17.5″
Length: 24″
Handle Height: 41″
Seat Back: 19″
Seat to Canopy: 27″
Seat Depth: 9″-14″ (footrest extended)
Seat Width: 12.5″
Drop to Footrest: 8″
Ground to Seat: 13″
Folded: 11 x 11 x 41

Teutonia Stroller Review

14 Jun

Teutonia Stroller Review

Back, by popular demand, 247 strollers later, the one that started it all…The all new, the latest, the greatest “Adventures in Strollerland!”

Chapter 12.
My Teutonia Valentine
He scrambled quickly into the stroller, crying. It was his first Valentine’s Dance. Well, it was actually his big sister’s dance, and he had tagged along. I expected a little shyness, a little nervousness. He was only two. But tears? “What’s the matter?” I asked. Between sobs, he said “I’m a-sceered a’ that Jungle girl!” “Amber?” I said, pointing. “Yes”, he sniffled, “That JUNGLE girl!”

It took all I had not to bust out laughing. What I saw was a cute little pig-tailed blond girl with her face painted. What Strollerprince saw was, well, a scary Jungle girl .I kept this story in mind as I took SP 2.0 to HIS first Valentine’s dance. Now he was tagging along with his big brother–the boy who once liked to hide in his stroller. Now the center of attention, as he is an excellent break-dancer. Not knowing how SP 2.0 would react, I wanted to bring a stroller that HE could hide in. One with a big full canopy, and padded sides. One that made him feel safe. To complicate matters, it was raining. So it must be one with adequate weather protection. And it must have a big basket to carry our jackets and umbrellas. And of course, it had to match the occasion. What could be better, than the Teutonia T-100, known as the “Fun System” in Europe?

And what a fun stroller it is! I chose the splashy pink flowers for my little cupid. But, there are loads of other fabrics you can choose to change the look, including these blue florals: And as you can see, there are lots of accessories to choose from. In the US, it comes with a raincover, but you can add on a footmuff, carrycot, changing bag, mosquito net, or hand muff. Yes, a muff that attaches to the stroller handle, to keep your hands warm in cold weather, lol! If you want to be more conservative, you could choose any coordinating solid color, and add a colorful seat pad:
You also choose one of two wheel styles, and one of three chassis’. The 100 chassis is the lightest and narrowest of the three. It weighs 19.5 pounds, (with a 10.5 pd. seat) which puts it in the mid-range category of others in it’s class. But at 21″, it is the narrowest in it’s class, so it was very easy to zip around the crowded dance floor.It is also packed, and I mean PACKED, with more features than any stroller of this type. It has a height adjustable handle,with a 16″ range! There’s a legrest that extends out 9″, and up and down, big basket, and napper bar.
Each of the wheels has suspension and sealed ball bearings for better maneuvarability, and “hollow air chamber” tires. These custom, made-to-order strollers also feature a 3-year warranty, one of the longest in the industry!

There is also a large peek-a-boo window covered by a flap,
and a large pocket on the back of the canopy. Best of all, the entire back of the canopy can unzip, to reveal a full netting for warm days. Gotta’ love how user friendly it is, too. SO easy to reverse the seat. And to fold it, you just lift up the side triggers, and it collapses. And, it folds in ONE PIECE, even if it’s facing you! How did SP 2.0 fare at the dance? Well, being his usual jovial self, he didn’t need to hide. And he enjoyed immensely “dancing” with lots of charming little girls. However, I can’t say he was as pleased with his role as cupid.
http://www.teutoniausa.com/

Teutonia T-100
Weight: 30 pds. (chassis 19.5, seat 10.5)
Width: 21.5″
Length: 28″
Handle Height: 28-44″
Seat Back: 17.5″
Seat to Canopy: 21″
Seat Depth: 9″-18″ (footrest extended)
Seat Width: 12.”
Drop to Footrest: 10″
Ground to Seat: 19″
Folded: 35 x 17x 21

Maxi Cosi Loola Review

7 Jun

The Loola on the Pier

Dave Price of the CBS Early Show wanted to see a jungle of strollers. And that’s what he got. The crew came and oohed and aahed my collection. But which was the one that really caught their eye? The Maxi Cosi Loola, formerly known as the BebeConfort Loola.

For years, we in Strollerland were forced to import this French beauty from Europe. And we paid a pretty penny to ship her over. But as you can see, she’s worth it. So, beautiful day on the beautiful Pacific, for my beautiful daughter’s birthday…yep, choose the most beautiful stroller. And it was only a coincidence that the vibrant aqua and turquoise of the “ChocoMint” matched the sea. The handles are not height adjustable, but you can rotate them in, for a more comfy push. The Loola is a rare beast; it’s a reversible umbrella stroller. The seat is very easy to reverse. It just pops on and pops off. One nice thing is that you can fold it in one piece, with the seat in either direction. And the fold is much more compact than on most reversibles. It stands alone when folded.

The wicked shocks made the Loola’s performance on the bumpy pier a lot better than the small wheels would have suggested. It’s small size allowed it to zip around the crowds, without running anyone down. The full canopy made it a pretty good choice for the sun. The plush fabrics and deep recline made a very cozy bed for SP 2.0. So all things considered, the Loola is not a bad choice for a full day outing.

But since it was a birthday party, with lots of pre-teen girls, SP 2.0 spent most of it being passed around.

So the Loola pulled a double duty carrying the birthday presents. You can load an awful lot onto this stroller, with no fear of it tipping. It is very solid. Another really nice feature is that you can lock the front swivel wheels into a fixed position, without bending down. The wheel locks are little switches up by the handles!

Oh, there’s SP 2.0, surveying the waves!

At the end of the day, he did take a nice long nap.
The seat pad is reversible and washable. And not that we needed it this day, but the Loola does come with a rain cover.  Maxi-Cosi Loola Stroller
Weight: 28 pounds
Seat Width: 12″
Seat Back: 20″
Seat to Canopy: 22″
Width: 24″
Length: 28″
Floor to Seat: 21″
Handle Height: 37.5″