Archive | July, 2010

Micralite FastFold Superlite Review

28 Jul

Superlite at the Pool, Parade, and Pier

Here’s one of the most common questions I get… “Strollerqueen, I love my Volo, but I wish it had big air tires. Is there such a thing?” And the answer is yes, but a qualified yes. Because it isn’t actually a Volo. It is the new, and improved “Micralite Fastfold Superlite!”


Check out these 12″ beefy air tires. They can really handle the rough stuff. And the brake is flip-flop friendly, lol!

Though the front wheels are spaced widely apart, the rear is extremely narrow. At 15″, that is the narrowest you will find on a stroller. In cramped spaces, I tilt it back and roll it on the rear wheels.

The Superlite belies the idea that air tire strollers have to be heavy. It weighs in at an astonishing, Mac-like, 14 pounds! So the “Superlite” part is really true.

One of the places the stroller saves weight is in the seat. It is all mesh, just like the old Volo.


The mesh seat is ideal for the pool, and very breathable on these hot summer days.

The “Fastfold” part is true, too! And it’s easy. Just follow the instructions to “Press and Lift”.

Slide up the handle…


And it stands alone folded! You can grab the handlebar in the center and roll it behind you for easy transport. The fold is really compact. And you can pop off the rear  wheels if you need it smaller.

The handlebar is height adjustable. It goes up or down by unlocking these clamps–from 37″ to 45″! On the old version, you had to use an Allen wrench to adjust it. So this is a great improvement.

Another improvement on the “Superlite” is that the frame is feels much more solid. It’s not rattly outdoors at all. The one handed steering is still superb. Really as good as it gets.

You might think the design would make it back tippy. But look at how I have it loaded down!


Of course, you can’t hang quite as many bags on the back if the seat is empty. But you can recline the seat by sliding down the top two levers on the back of the frame,

and then you have a lot of space between the seat and frame to for your pool bag!

Here are a couple of shots without the bag, so you can see how much the seat reclines. The hammock-y sling seems quite comfortable.


The handlebar is in the tall position, by the way.


The Micralite Superlite isn’t just for the pool, though.

We’ve had fun with it at a parade.

And the pier. For a smoother ride on the bumpy wooden planks, I popped  it back and rolled it on the big rear air tires.

You can see here that the basket holds quite a bit, too. Another reason it lives in my car. It takes up little space, yet it is versatile enough to handle whatever summer adventures come our way.

Weight:                               14 lbs.


Seat Back:                          21″

Seat to canopy:                 23″

Seat Width:                       14″ bottom, 8″ top

Seat Depth:                       10″

Drop to footrest:              10″

Seat to ground:                18″

Length:                              27″

Width:                               15″ rear, 24″ front,

Height:                              37″-45″

Folded:                             15“L x15 “W x 43”

Micralite FastFold SuperLite

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Teutonia T-Linx Review

22 Jul

T-Linx and Legos and Library

One of my goals for the summer is to walk (with a stroller of course!) everywhere. Or to as many places as possible. Another is to have the kids read more books. Guess I’m not alone in that.

It’s been fun combining the two, with frequent strolls to the library.

And our first candidate for library stroller is–the new Teutonia T-Linx!

It’s a fun stroller to push. Nimble and narrow. Quite important on trash pick-up day.

Can we make it? It’s gonna’ be tight.

Uh-oh.

Sorry flowers! But, the 23″ width squeaked us through!

And here we are! My, oh my, there are a LOT of books to choose from!

What to choose, what to choose….

Maybe I will get down and check it out.

But wait, books aren’t the only thing in a library. There’s Legos, whoo hoo! Lots and lots of Legos!

And it’s a good thing my T-Linx has such a small footprint, because  it is crowded in here!

The springy suspension on the wheels helps maneuver around blocks.

There’s a T-logo on the canopy, and a zippered pouch behind the seat.

The seat has a deep recline, napper bar, and is quite comfortable for SP 2.0.

The design is quite stylish, although the basket is kinda’ small.

But with so many fun things to do at the library, we will be back soon.

So we’ll only check out a few books at a time.

There are some familiar Teutonia touches, like the net back on the canopy.

But in other ways, this Rubbermaid Teut has been clearly designed for the American market. There are numbered levers and instructions drawn right on the chassis, to remind you how to do everything.

Here is how you fold it:

Easy as 1-2-3.

But it will only fold in two pieces.

And here is how you reverse the handle:

But, you now have the larger, fixed wheels in front. Which means you are steering in rear wheel drive.

I wish the library instructions were as clear. Because tonight it is closed. The T-Linx, with it’s reflective piping, is a good choice for twilight walks.

At least, we have the return bin outside.

Now stretch….


Almost…..

Rats!

Try again…



Alright!!

Well done!



Weight:                            25 lbs. (16.5 lbs. Chassis, 8. 5 lbs, Seat)


Seat Back:                       21.5″

Seat to canopy:                22.5″

Seat Width:                      10″

Seat Depth:                      9″

Drop to footrest:             10″

Seat to ground:               19″

Length:                           27″

Width:                             23″

Height:                           39″

Folded:                           32“L x12 “W x 15″H, Chassis

36″ x 16″ x 21″, Seat


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PEG PEREGO VELA REVIEW

12 Jul

FIESTA VELA!

I’ve never been a big fan of feeding my children in strollers. I don’t like to mess up the fabrics. The exception I will make is at a carnival, or festival. That is when  snack tray comes in handy. Hence, I always keep a “snack tray” stroller in my line-up.

I also like them to have huge canopies.

And big baskets, to stuff with Jonas Brothers pinatas, or goodies won in cake walks.

And I am pleased to introduce you to my latest festival stroller, the Peg Perego Vela.


Wow, the steering on this is great! So easy! This would be one to get if you need to always hold the hand of another child, because you can easily push it one-handed, or two-fingered!

Despite the nice big canopy and 3-wheels, though, the Vela, like it’s predecessor the Aria, is better suited to indoors, than to out.

But there is plenty to do at an indoor artand music festival.

And snack trays can be used for things besides food.

The Vela has a good recline for napping, and an easy, quick fold. It stands up folded, too. You can see pictures of it in my post comparing it to the Aria.


Weight:                        15.5 pounds
Seat Back:                   18.5″
Seat to canopy:         24″
Seat Width:                13.5″
Seat Depth:                 10″
Drop to footrest:       9.5″
Seat to ground:          15″
Length:                         30″
Width:                          23″
Height:                         39.5″
Folded:                         39.5.”L x 23″ W x13″ H

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 2010 BIG Stroller Roll-Out, an online video magazine of all the new stroller models. strollerqueen.com

Peg Perego Vela and Aria comparison

12 Jul

Before there was the Pliko Lite or Si’, the Aria was Peg Perego’s lightweight answer. It’s performed well for many years, but has now had a face-lift, the Vela.

In this front-facing picture, you can see how similar they both look. Roomy seats, snack trays, pretty fabrics.

You can start to see some differences in the back, with the larger wheels of the Vela, and wider wheel base. The brakes are different. It’s linked on the Aria, but there are two separate ones on the Vela. The canopy on the Vela, while excellent, is a little shorter than on the Aria. They both still have the same handlebars (without my embellishments), drawstring recline, freedom of movement harness, and big baskets.

Turn them sideways, however, and the difference becomes apparent. See how much farther the front wheels stick out now, with the new design.

Turning the Aria into a 3-wheeler makes for incredible maneuverability. Literally a two-fingered push. And the change from the center button on the Aria handle to the folding bar on the Vela means it’s easier to push one-handed. But the trade-off is the longer front, wider base, and an extra two pounds.

Which means the fold is now bigger, too. Longer, and wider. The Vela is also more back tippy than the Aria. Generally, a 4-wheeler is going to be more stable than a 3-wheeler. It’s inherent in the design.

Which do I prefer? Well, I’m hopeless. I really like both. As always, it depends on what your individual needs and preferences are. If you want a stroller with the lightest weight, hugest canopy, snack tray, very stable, and compact fold stroller on the market, choose the Aria. If you want all this, but don’t mind going slightly bigger, wider, heavier and tippier in exchange for two-fingered steering, choose the Vela.

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 2010 BIG Stroller Roll-Out, an online video magazine of all the new stroller models. strollerqueen.com