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12 Aug


Lately, we’ve had a thing for big wheels. We, meaning SP 2.0 and me. We decided to try out our latest toys on the beach. He, with his monster truck, and me, with my monster stroller.

If you are going to the beach, don’t bother with anything smaller than 16″ wheels. And this is what you will find on Baby Jogger’s new Summit XC.

Of course, if you are really hard core, you can go for their 20″ Performance jogger. The front wheel does not swivel, however, and it is harder to fold.

The Summit XC will be sufficient for most people.  The difference in going from 12″ air tires–one of the biggest categories in the market–to 16″, is like going from 8″ to 12″. Yes, the performance really is that much better.

Why 16″ aren’t more popular is a mystery. You can count on one hand the number of companies that offer 16″ rear with a front swivel. As of late, these true hybrids are being offered as the perfect offspring  between those who want the day to day versatility of the 12″ A/T’s, with the high-octane 20″ runners.

To whit, they are being offered with handbrakes.

And in the case of the BJ Summit XC, springy suspension, quick release wheels, and a foot brake as well.

This is a really important safety feature that prevents big air tires from rolling down hills, running away in a breeze, etc. The placement of the brake also allows you to easily attach a Glider board to the rear axle, so another child can ride along.

The Summit XC also has the trademark full canopy that people have come to love in the BJ Mini and Elite.

And a full recline, with a back strap pull.

A nice bonus is that even when you lie the seat flat, you still get plenty of coverage from the canopy.

The new Summit XC also has all those other special touches that makes BJ’s so popular, that they are sold out everywhere.

It has the back netting on the canopy, for air circulation on hot days. You can also get an additional bug net, or raincover.

And there’s side mesh vents, for even more air flow. On the frame, there are universal brackets. They allow you to attach a snack tray, belly bar, car seat adapters, carrycot for a newborn, or jump seat for a sibling. Wow!

The basket is small-ish, but I could fit my large purse in the back net pocket.

But the seat is huge. Look at all the growing room.   And with a 75 pound weight limit, my 9 year old StrollerPrince can still ride. Has to fight little SP 2.0 for the seat, though.

This is how you lock the front wheel, for rougher terrain, or curbs. Just switch it back again if you want the wheel to swivel.

I know some people advise not using a stroller on the beach. But then, look how much fun you will be missing! You can stroll down to the pier and see the Ferris wheel.

Or check out that cool lifeguard truck, and the lifeguard station.

And there are so many birds to stroll along and see.

Of course, if you are ambitious, you can also run after them!

And then, there are those beautiful sunsets. Sigh.

Strolling along the water’s edge with your baby, as you watch the sun sink below the horizon, is close to heaven. A reminder of the majestic beauty in all that matters. You will remember it for a lifetime.

Kodak moment aside, having a seat for a tired baby at the end of a long day at the beach is, well, priceless.

As is not having to fool with the fussy folds that are notorious on joggers. Just one quick step, and you’re in the car. Pull on the strap in the center of the seat (the same as is on the Mini and Elite), and it collapses in half. It even stands up  folded, into a surprisingly compact package.

Weight:                               26.5 lbs.

Seat Back:                          20.5″

Seat to canopy:                24″

Seat Width:                       14″

Seat Depth:                       10″

Drop to footrest:             10.5″

Seat to ground:                23″

Length:                               39″

Width:                                25.5″

Height:                               41″

Folded:                             25″L x 18 “W x 28″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