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Valco Quad Review

20 Apr

THE PERFECT DISNEY STROLLER

The girls were standing in the long line for the Matterhorn, and SP 2.0 was taking a snooze. Disneyland can be tiring for little ones, so it is important to have a comfy sleeper stroller for them. Then my friend squealed, “It’s Donny Osmond!” And sure enough, his handsome self and beautiful family strolled by.

He glanced down at SP asleep in the Valco Quad, and flashed that dazzling smile.

Next up was the “Autotopia ride, and another long line. By now SP 2.0 was awake, and watching the cars.

He seemed a little restless, so I took him out of the Quad to stretch his legs.

Next thing you know, he takes off running. Run, run, run. Darting through the legs and by the feet of the passer bys.”Excuse me, can you stop that boy?” I asked as I chased him along. No one tried. And then, he crashed smack into someone’s legs, who then picked him up. I looked up to see that familiar dazzling smile. “That kid again”, Donny Osmond said. And continued strolling along. “How did he notice SP 2.0 before?” my friend said. “He was sleeping!” “Well”, I said, “It must have been the Valco Quad that caught his eye!”

And likely admiring all these great features!

To start with, it has the canopy that pulls all the way down to shade from those hot Disney rays.

Then you have that mega comfy footrest, for napping or just resting.

And the front napper bar, to rest your hat on.

Some little side saddlebags for extra storage.

It is small enough to zip in and out of the crowds.

And the bouncy air tires really make for a gliding ride.

You can dial the front wheels to the position you need, Fixed, swivel, or tilt, if you want to add on a toddler seat.

Yep, it does take that infamous Valco toddler seat, to add on a second child!

For even more versatility, you can add a snack tray, foot muff, husssh bassinet, full bassinet, or hitchhiker riding board. Think of the possibilities!

And I don’t think I ever used more than one hand to push it the entire day; the steering is so easy.

The handle is height adjustable, so it works for a tall or a short person.

The fold isn’t bad. You lift up a couple of side latches, and a red safety catch.

Then you step down on the basket. It kind of crumples itself into a compact little package. Ah joy! No seat removal, it’s a one piece fold!

Of course I did see smaller strollers there. But if you are planning on staying well into the night, as we did, then you really need something more full-featured. The Quad was just right.

Small enough to fit on the trams, nimble enough to avoid running over people’s feet, and big enough to load down with bags.

And nope, no tipping.

VALCO QUAD:

Weight:                     23 pounds
Seat Back:                20.5″
Seat to canopy:         23″
Seat Width:               14″
Seat Depth:               10″-17″
Drop to footrest:       8″
Seat to ground:         20″
Length:                      29″
Width:                        22.25″
Height:                       29″-44″
Folded:                       31.5″L x 22.25″ W x 15″H (11″ w/out wheels)



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

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Bumbleride Indie Review

10 Apr

Bumbleride Bunny

The Bumbleride Indie in Spice, with it’s gorgeous color combo of orange and blue, just screams Easter! My only trepidation about taking it out of town was the fact that it is a 3-wheeler.

Could it fit it in the car with all of our luggage and Easter baskets?

Oh yeah, no problem! This is the most compact folding true A/T stroller I have seen! (Check out all of my measurements below.) Which is a good thing to know, since summer vacation is right around the corner. And not all of our adventures take place on paved roads. When I am traveling, these are some features in a stroller that I wish for.

Another very good thing to have when traveling is a big basket and carry handle–check. And a huge canopy, to protect against sun rays, and summer showers. Could it get any bigger than this? A napper bar is great to hang toys on, or snack trays. Check. An adjustable leg rest? Check. SP 2.0  is much more comfy when he has his feet up. And when baby is rested and happy, we are all rested and happy. A mesh vent in the hood would be nice…check… And perhaps a zipper in the back of the canopy for more ventilation, and a zippered pocket… And of course, for great maneuverability over those cobblestones, rutted roads, and trails, air tires with suspension and a front swivel wheel are a must-have:

An extra bonus would be a recline and harness that are easy to use, check:

And a height adjustable handle, if one pusher is tall, and the other is short: Stylish fabrics that are easy to clean would be lovely. Finally, it would be nice if it came with a rain cover. And if you could get a matching foot muff, diaper bag, snack tray, bassinet, and travel  bag. I would like it to have a flat recline for napping or a newborn, a large seat for bigger children, and the choice of a single or double, in lots of bright colors.

This is the stuff stroller dreams are made of. And this dream has come true, in the Indie. Thank you, Bumbleride, for granting our wishes.

Weight:                     22 pounds

Seat Back:                19″

Seat to canopy:       23″

Seat Width:             13.5″

Seat Depth:            10″-21″

Drop to footrest:   10″

Seat to ground:      19″

Length:                     37″

Width:                      24.5″

Height:                     26″-44″

Folded:                     32″L x 24″W x 15″H


2010 Uppa Baby Vista with Rumble Seat

22 Mar

If you’ve been trying to get your hands on the 2010 UPPAbaby Vista with Rumble seat, you know it’s sold out most everywhere. And it’s not just because owners Bob and Lauren Monahan have the “Luck o’ the Irish” on their side. It’s because this is as near perfect of a double stroller as you can get.

Which is a good thing, because St. Patrick’s Day has always been as near perfect of a holiday for us as you can get. The only thing that would make it better would be if I had a baby born on that day. And I did. Last year, he modeled two strollers for this special day. This year, as he turns 2, it’s one stroller with two seats. But if he didn’t have his little friend Morgan with him, it could still be one stroller.

That is because, the Vista has the distinct advantage of being the rare breed that can go from single to double, and actually triple, if you get their “PiggyBACK” riding board. Maybe next year, when he turns 3, we can add another little friend to the mix–3 for 3, haha!

I last reviewed the Vista when it first came out. That was four years ago. So I can see how it has evolved since the beginning, and I find all these improvements and options to the 2010 rather extraordinary. I am going to get into them in more details, but here is a quick view of the new changes:

  • Four seat positions including the new “0” position which allows your child to sit more upright and creates additional space between the back of the toddler seat and the RumbleSeat.
  • Push-on, push-off easy to activate brake system
  • 1.5” taller seat height
  • Added seat cushioning
  • 5-spoke wheel assembly delivers a smoother ride
  • Push-in aluminum-alloy hub-caps for easier wheel removal
  • Removable, washable bumper bar cover
  • Bumpers to protect the stroller handlebar in the standing folded position
  • Bassinet features an extended, ventilated, SPF 50+ drop-down sunshade – an industry first

All these improvements means it’s more costly, but really, for once I think the price hike is worth it! I mean, how many strollers can be used for one, two, or three children? That makes it actually, a pretty good investment. Even though I currently have only one main stroller rider, my house is always full of children. And they always want to go somewhere. So it is nice to have the extra seat, or riding board, on hand.

The 2010 Vista has corrected nearly every little “bugaboo” that bothered parents. Credit Bob and Lauren for their excellent listening skills, and responsive abilities. Super Powers, mon! Shouldn’t be this rare, but it is. Let’s start by taking a look at the Rumble seat.

Unlike other models with add-on seats, you can actually get this one off in under 10 minutes. Under 10 seconds, actually. Can’t tell you how much that is appreciated, since I have spend more time than I can count standing by an open car with screwdrivers and butter knives and the kindness of strangers tugging and yanking on seats that won’t budge, and hence won’t fold.

Then there is the “feet in the basket” issue, which always bugged me about Brand X. There went all of my storage space. BUT, UPPA has had the foresight of including a clip on footrest, which means you can still stick stuff underneath, and little feet aren’t dangling. (The basket is gigantic anyway, so you still have loads of room.) Like the seat itself, it is feather light, and a snap to attach.

And look at the size of this Rumble seat. It is huge! (Check out the measurements below.) It is bigger than most regular stroller seats! Which means you will have a lot of growing room for your older child. AND, ta da! It has it’s own CANOPY! Yes indeed, no more sacrificing one child to sunburn! What a concept, whoo hoo! And look how much space there is between the two seats! Plenty of room for a view, if there are no balloons or hats, that is!

But how does it push with the second seat and second rider? Well, Morgan’s mom was shocked. I think “Wow” came out of her mouth a few times. And she is the original Bugaboo Bee queen, so she knows good maneuverability when she sees it, or steers it. I have to say, it *is* pretty great. The foam tires aren’t *quite* as A/T as air tires. But that also means less weight, and no flats. And they have suspension, so that helps. UPPA used to sell the fatter, more A/T tires separately; not sure if they still do.

The main seat can sit very upright, and it has a napper bar for your little one to hang on to. It also has the amazing sun canopy with pull down UV visor and zip-in bug net. Oh, and for you strollin’ die-hards, it comes with a raincover. But one feature that makes this an awesomely comfortable stroller is the way you can adjust the footrest up. Check this out:

Doesn’t that make YOU wish you had a seat like this? SP 2.0 was surrounded by little cub scouts bike-riding an obstacle course, and he snoozed while they cruised.

The harness is super easy to adjust, which I have also found to be a problem on other models. Love the recline, it’s a lever on the top of the seat! To change the direction of the seat, forward or reverse, just push in the two side buttons. No more reading a 10-page manual to figure out how to do it, yippee! And notice how high up it sits? Wonderful!

There are so many other nice little touches that makes the Vista an excellent choice for nearly everyone: Tall? It has a “no-kick” floating rear axle. Short? There’s a height adjustable handle. Green? The bassinet is fully lined with organic soybean fiber and cotton.

Low maintenance? The tires are foam, not air, so no worries about pumping or flats. Shopper? One of the biggest baskets EVER! Mechanically challenged? Everything on the Vista is user-friendly, from the fold to the recline to the brakes to the seat reversal. Fair skinned? Pop-out sun shades on the main seat, rumble seat, AND bassinet!

Big kids? Check out my measurements below. Messy? Fabric is removable and machine washable. Tropics? Zip-in bug cover. Snow and rainy climate? Weather shade included. Limited storage space? Fold is compact, and can be done in one piece, if the seat is forward facing. It is smaller, however, if you pop the seat off.

Which of course is a breeze. Newborn? Bassinet included. 2 kids? Get the rumble seat. 3 kids? Get the PiggyBack.

So NOW you see why I am not exaggerating when I say the 2010 Uppa Baby Vista is practically perfect, and utterly deserving of my “5 Crown Royal Rating.”

UPPAbaby Vista Stroller, Green Carlin

Weight:                     26 pounds

Seat Back:                21″

Seat to canopy:         23″

Seat Width:               12″

Seat Depth:               10″

Drop to footrest:        9″

Seat to ground:          24″

Length:                       31″

Width:                         25″

Height:                        40″-44″

Folded:                      33“L x 25″W x 19″H

UPPAbaby Rumble Seat

Weight:                     4 pounds

Seat height:              20″

Seat width:                12″

Seat to canopy:       24″

Seat depth:                 8″

Seat to ground:        14″

Bassinet:                    10 pounds

Chassis:                      19 pounds

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

Valco Matrix stroller review

16 Feb

Valentine Matrix

This stroller is red,
so don’t you be blue
the ride is so sweet
it’s perfect for you!

Bowing to the realities of our slow economy, Valco has introduced a lower priced version of their popular TriMode. It’s more than a hundred dollars less, but it is still pretty nice. Like it’s more expensive sister, it can take an add-on toddler seat. Which means you can make a single into a double. It is also compatible with the new Husssh (compact and portable bassinette) bassinette, hitchhiker, footmuff, cupholder, snack tray, sun shade, and travel bag.

It only comes in two colors in the US–black and red. They are both true and vibrant. The Matrix (isn’t that a cool name!) also has the infamous airgo fabric, and reflective harness.

There are two peekaboo windows, both on the back of the canopy, and the top.

The one on the back has a zippered pouch on top of it.

Even though the Matrix is “the bargain stroller”, it still doesn’t skimp on features. The handle is height adjustable, and the front wheel unlocks to swivel, or locks to stationary.

The tires are air, for smooth ride. I kinda’ like the “whitewall look.” Tire pump is included.

The recline is one-handed, easy and swift. Harness has the typical Valco buckle. LOVE the angle of the front napper bar. Perfect for a little cupid to hang on to. Hope I installed it right, lol!

The seat sits up pretty straight, too, so no straining forward.

My one complaint is the racheting sound the canopy makes when you retract it. I wish it was quieter. And I wish the canopy was more generous. I guess that’s two??? Oh well, the larger canopy can be found on the Tri-mode, for a hundred dollars more (and a raincover, headhugger, more colors, saddlebags on the basket, different tires, a different brake system, and a third “tilt” position on the front wheel.)

Fold is also fast and easy. Just pull up the two side handles, then lift the red safety release. The fold is a reasonable size, and feels easier to lift than it’s 26 pounds would suggest.

And the steering? I saved the best for last. It is AWESOME, wonderful! I pushed it one-handed along the entire SQ Obstacle Course, with no problems. Up and down grass banks, through mud, rocks, bricks, cobblestones, gravel, broken sidewalks…So no baby whiplash worries if you need to hold the hand of another little one, or the leash of a dog, or a latte’, or a cell phone, or….


Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s hoping cupid has a good aim, and hits the target of your affection! :

Valco Matrix
Weight:                    26 pounds

Seat Back:               19″

Seat to canopy:       26″

Seat Width:              12″

Seat Depth:               9″

Drop to footrest:       9″-15″

Seat to ground:        19″

Length:                       39″

Width:                         24″

Height:                       26″-44″

Folded:                      34″L x 25″W x 19″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

BEBECAR ip-op review

22 Dec

Christmas Tree “ip-op” It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go….and if I want it to look like Christmas in my home, then I better go down to the lot and grab a tree! Problem is, it has been raining, and raining, and raining. Which means the mud and wood chips are going to be like quick sand at the Christmas tree lot. So what stroller can handle that, yet still look beautiful and festive and Christmas-y? And of course, it has to sit up high, have a great canopy, and boot to shelter from the wind and cold. And the clear-cut choice—the BebeCar ip-op! BebeCar is one of the highest quality strollers made today. It’s not sold in the US, which is a shame. But you can easily get one by calling the congenial and engaging Jacques, in Canada.

http://www.buystrolleronline.com/detail.asp?s=10&id=67BebeCar is one of the last strollers made in Europe. Portugal, to be exact. And look at the stunning attention to detail. Check out the BebeCar plaques, in silver. Or the little “B”, hidden in the circles. This design is absolutely stunning. It reminds me of Christmas ornaments. Of course, there are many, many other color choices available, including a white leather seat that was a very close contender. I love this black frame. But there are several different chassis’ available, in different colors, and with different wheel sizes. All have height adjustable handles, with wide variances. And they sit up high, which makes the large basket easily accessible. They all fully recline, which means they are suitable from birth. And there is an extendable leg rest, and a front napper bar. You can also use a bassinette, instead of the seat, if you so choose. They have these wonderful, full canopies. You can open up the back flap on warmer days, and there is a net to keep your baby enclosed. There are little net pockets inside, which are perfect for sippy cups or bottles. I used an R-Versus when SP 2.0 was a newborn, and those pockets were so convenient. I kept it in the car, because it is one of the few reversible strollers out there that can fold easily, with the seat facing you. The ip-op does this, too. Folds all in one piece. And the seat and wheels easily pop off it you would like it more compact.Performance-wise, the ip-op sailed over the the muddy wood chips at the Christmas tree lot. Didn’t even pause. So amazing! And SP 2.0 was well-protected, comfortable in his throne, high above the muck. I would say the trip was a success. Here’s hoping that YOU find a BebeCar ip-op under YOUR Christmas tree (or menorah, or ???!!!) http://www.bebecar.com/#

Weight: 30 pds.
Width: 22.5″

Length: 29.5″
Height: 27″-42″
Seat Width: 12″
Legrest: 9″
Seat Back: 18″
Seat to Canopy: 22″

Seat Depth: 9″-18″

Drop to Footrest: 9″
Seat to Floor: 21″

Folded: 33″ x 18″ x 18″

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

Strollerqueen.com

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