Archive | December, 2010

Zooper Tango Review

23 Dec

Tango with the Jonas Brothers

Maybe it was the total lunar eclipse. Or the Ursid Meteor Shower. The Winter Solstice. Or the alignment of everything celestial. Because, as we were reviewing the Zooper Tango, some heavenly bodies appeared. Like shooting stars. Or more accurately, Disney movie and music stars.

Can you tell who they are?

How about now?

Yes, indeedy, it is none other than Joe and Nick Jonas! Joe is in the grey sweater and black shorts; Nick is in the green hat and yellow shoes.

For some perspective on where we are, in relation to where they are.

First, this glorious 2011 Zooper Tango, in Jungle Earth, with the matching boot.

Behind the Tango, my friend Shelly playing soccer. And behind her, Nick Jonas.

Tango with the new, awesome, water resistant canopy.

Which can be operated independently.

Shelly, and Joe operating independently.

This two-seater Tango is really handsome; quite the head turner.

And these two handsome Jonas brothers are certainly turning the heads of a lot of tweens and teens.

The seats can be reclined individually, with the use of this lever. What is unique, although it shouldn’t be, is that the seats go completely flat. Perfect for a younger child.

Younger brother Nick, with our youngest soccer player Peter.

The basket on the Tango is HUGE.

So are Joe’s biceps, yikes!

The upscale but cool Tango has a storage compartment on the back.

As does Joe’s upscale but cool Mercedes.

The Jungle Earth is a natural amongst the fall leaves.  Joe is a natural amongst the other players.

The Tango is very easy to open and close. In fact, a little too easy on the 2007/2008 models. They were recalled because several models collapsed in half, when children were in it. No serious injuries were reported, but there were reports of scrapes and bruises. I asked a Zooper spokesman  if this flaw had been corrected on current models. He assured me it had. This is what he had to say:

“After extensive study and examination of the 2007/2008 Tango, we identified that the defect is derived from the plastic front latch frame lock.  We replaced it  with an extra-strong die cast front latch frame lock, for all 2009/2010 and 2011 models. With this new die cast front latch frame lock, we have not received a single complaint, or service request since. We are confident that the defective design of the plastic front latch frame lock has been rectified.”

I did not, however, ask Nick and Joe to post for a picture. They were just out with the boys having fun, on a late fall afternoon. And I didn’t want to spoil it.

A helicopter did, though, at least temporarily. Our peace was shattered by the loud whirring of blades.

We all looked skyward, thinking they might be Paparazzi. But after circling for a bit, they took off. Maybe chasing bad guys.

Joe was chasing his bulldog, Winston.

When folded, the Tango stands upright.

The Jonas Brothers are known for being upright in their belief; real stand up guys.

Finally, there were some reports last year that Zooper had gone bankrupt. As Mark Twain once said, “Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.”

And, based on the success of the Jonas Brothers music, movies, TV, touring, and merchandising, don’t expect their demise anytime soon!

Zooper Tango

Weight:                                  32.5 lbs. (w/footmuff and cupholder)

Seat Back:                             18.5″

Seat to canopy:                  23″

Seat Width:                           12″

Seat Depth:                            9-13″

Drop to footrest:                   9″

Seat to ground:                     19″

Length:                                      25.5″

Width:                                        30.5″

Height:                                       43″

Folded:                                       41″L x 13.5″W x 43″H

If you want to see all the new stroller models coming out in 2011, go to Strollerqueen.net And if you want me to help you find the perfect stroller for you, go to Strollerqueen.com

Zooper Waltz Review

20 Dec

Waltz with Santa

Why would you need the Zooper Waltz’ new water resistant canopy in Southern California? The answer lies below. And it’s now  because of the torrential downpours we are having now. it’s because Santa Claus was coming to town. And it was a nice, bright sunny day. The crowd was becoming impatient, so a firefighter decided to entertain them.

With a very big hose. That shot water high into the sky. It was not something we expected.

But then I realized, this is a great opportunity to try out the new, improved Zooper Waltz!

So I let her stand alone out there, under the power of the fire hose.

And she took it all in stride,

little Trooper that she is!

 

There’s a lot of reasons to love the new Waltz. Aside from the canopy’s water resistant powers, it pulls all the way down, so your child is fully covered.  And when you add on the boot, you effectively have a little carriage.

There is a full net in the back, so you can get more airflow on hot days. And a huge pocket on the back of the canopy, that is divided in half.

The seat has a legrest.

and a full recline,

which is done by a lever in the back, not a drawstring, yay!

There’s a nice cupholder, placed down low. That means liquids can’t splash on your stroller, or your child.

But THE best feature, in my opinion, is the front snack tray!

It is huge, and actually functional! So even if you are not a fan of feeding your child in the stroller, which I am not, it works great as a play tray, for SP 2.0’s little cars.

Anything that will keep him happy while Christmas shopping is aces in my book!

The Waltz is fairly lightweight. Super easy to fold, and stands up when folded.

You can even roll it behind you, which turns out to be quite a useful feature.

And the maneuverability is very good.

I figured the Waltz would be an excellent mall stroller. But I was happy with it’s performance outdoors, too.

That cute bag on the back is a Banana fish, btw.  (I know I will get asked.) Provides a festive touch!

Amidst a fleet of Police cars,

firetrucks, and classic cars,

Santa finally arrives!

SP 2.0 was so excited to meet him, that he broke loose from the crowd and rushed towards him.

“Hi Santa! Hi Santa!” “Wait your turn, little boy.”

So he had to go to the back of the line.

 

And he waited,

and waited.

And waited.

FINALLY! Would you be surprised to know that he asked for a firetruck? 🙂

 

Zooper Waltz

Weight:                                 19 lbs. (w/footmuff and cupholder)

Seat Back:                            18.5″

Seat to canopy:                   23″

Seat Width:                           12″

Seat Depth:                            9-13″

Drop to footrest:                     9″

Seat to ground:                    18″

Length:                                  25.5″

Width:                                    21″

Height:                                   41″

Folded:                                   41″L x 21″W x 15″H

If you want to see all the new stroller models coming out in 2011, go to Strollerqueen.net And if you want me to help you find the perfect stroller for you, go to Strollerqueen.com

Mountain Buggy Terrain Review

10 Dec

Christmas Tree Terrain

It was a dark and stormy night. Yet, the husband insisted that this was the night we must get the quintessential Christmas Tree. I  was hesitant, but then what to my wondering eyes did appear, but the “can do” Mountain Buggy  Terrain! Sharp, yet rugged.

Now if any buggy can tackle that sloshy wet mulch and wood chips that our lot is known for, it would be the 16″ tires on the Terrain.

It’s the 4th in my MB line-up. I have the MBUD, Swift, MBUS, and now the Terrain. I was confident in the ability of any of them to handle those conditions. But the Terrain, with it’s big wheels, suspension, covered basket, and higher seat, would be especially well-suited. I had already been testing it on the Strollerqueen Obstacle Course, and was amazed at how it would glide over a bed of river rocks, one-handed, almost the same as if it were on the sidewalk.

And oh, the rain, it did come down. Coating the canopy, the handlebar, and the handbrake.  Which still worked soaking wet, btw.

This handbrake, combined with the big wheels, makes the Terrain the MB that is best suited for running. And based on this lousy weather, I would say the best for big snow drifts, too. It helps that you can also lock the front swivel wheel outward.

I added the MB red fleece seat pad, and voila! the Christmas feeling. And the pull-out sun visor, also comes in very handy in the rain.

I am happy to say that despite the storm, SP 2.0 picked a tree that was big and beautiful, the best yet!

The next day the weather was much better. One thing I always marveled about was how quickly my other Mountain Buggies would dry. (So easy to clean!) Fortunately, the Terrain followed suit. So now it was perfect to try the Terrain in more moderate conditions. I’ve had MB’s since 2001. As citizens of Strollerland know, I was their first US customer! So I’ve been singing MB’s praises for nearly a decade.

When the Urban came out, I often recommended it as the stroller to get if you only wanted one, that could do it all. I used to take mine to the Farmer’s Market, then to the beach, then to a restaurant, and never skipped a beat. I wanted to see if the Terrain was just as versatile.

The big wheels had earned their keep on the stormy Christmas Tree lot. But how would they handle searching for a pre-teen girls’ Christmas Irish Dancing dress? I mention the details so you can see that this would be no easy feat. It would require a lot of zipping in and out of small stores, and be comfortable enough to keep SP 2.0 reasonably happy.

And I am pleased to report that I was impressed beyond reason. Although the Terrain is certainly not what you would call a small stroller, it’s maneuverability is so fluid that I could navigate all the tightly packed Christmas racks one-handed, and not knock anyone over in the process. Halleluia! I don’t think I have ever pushed a stroller of this size that was so nimble. So I was happy.

The Terrain has a good sized basket for shopping, with a big rear zippered pocket.

 

The basket has a front pouch, and a net zippered top. There are net pockets on both sides of the canopy, and

dual built in cup holders!

There are even pockets on the inside of the seat.

And like the rest of the Mountain Buggy family, it stands alone folded. So it wasn’t too bad in the back of the car. I think this is another reason I keep accumulating so many. They stand up so flat and neat in my closet, unlike most A/T’s that are bulky and fall over. And how about SP 2.0?  He was happy, too. He loved the napper bar, and  fleece seat pad,  Check out the face of contentment.

The Terrain has a full recline, but we didn’t even need it, because it is so comfy as is.

And DD was happy, because she was able to find the perfect dress, thanks to the awesome performance of the Mt. Buggy Terrain. A true Christmas miracle!

Here’s hoping that you find a Terrain under  your Christmas Tree, or Menorah!

Mountain Buggy Terrain

Weight:                                  30 lbs.

Seat Back:                             20″

Seat to canopy:                 23″

Seat Width:                           14″

Seat Depth:                            8″

Drop to footrest:               9.5″

Seat to ground:                   22″

Length:                                     40″

Width:                                       24.5″

Height:                                    33.5-46″

Folded:                                  42.5″L x 24.5″W x 15.5″H

If you want to see all the new stroller models coming out in 2011, go to Strollerqueen.net  And if you want me to help you find the perfect stroller for you, go to Strollerqueen.com