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Joovy Cocoon X2 Review

9 Jan

Groovy Joovy New Year!

My philosophy is that everyone should celebrate the New Year by having fun. Bubbly, happy, festive, strolling fun. And what’s more entertaining than a stroller/jogger/bike trailer at the beach? OK, I can think of a few things…

But anyway, the Joovy Cocoon X2 is something to toot your horn about. It is just a really enjoyable vehicle, whether you are in the sand, snow, playground, or in the ‘hood.

For starters, you can put two kids in the X2. Two very large kids, for a total weight of 100 pounds. Now you may think pushing 100 pounds of kids is difficult.

And in most strollers it is. But not in the Cocoon. I did it, one-handed, all over the boardwalk, and all over an amusement park. I am totally not kidding. The 20″ wheels and overall design of the Cocoon gives it a phenomenal push.

Kids really love the view, both front and sides. The visibility is amazing.

There is  huge rear compartment to store bags, party hats, and horns. I love the way it zips up to keep everything nice and safe, and protected from blowing sand and sea spray.

You can roll up the front covers, for an unfettered view. There is both a velcroed rain cover, and zippered bug net.

The rain cover is great for wind and chilly temperatures. It really keeps children toasty warm when it is closed.

I am a tire purist. And I really love that the Cocoon has air tires all the way around. That’s how it glides over soft sand.

Allows me to push it where no other stroller dare go. And THAT is a blast!

It is even easy enough for StrollerPrincess to drag through the soft sand, and up a hill. Look how cool all the reflectors are. Nice to know they work!

Granted, 20″ wheels are pretty big for the average car trunk. But you can easily detach them,and the front wheels.

Even the handlebar comes off, for more compact storage. It, and the wheels, remove with the old-fashioned “key” system. I wonder if this is what keeps the weight down?

I am showing the Cocoon X2 in stroller mode here. But, you can easily attach it to bike, or switch the small swivels to a big jogger wheel. You would insert the optional hitch or wheel right in the front center:

Inside, there is a little pouch on each side of the seat, for bottles, sippy cups, toys, etc. Of course there are two 5-point harnesses, which is especially important if you are using the Cocoon as a bike trailer or jogger. And the seat is very spacious. If you have a child who likes to hop in and out, you don’t have to feel weird that you’re pushing one child in a two-seater.

As my friend said, “There’s so much room to haul all our junk!”

I tell ya’, people love this thing! I had parents chasing me around both on the beach, and at the amusement park, to ask questions about it.

One thing they commented on was how short it is, length-wise. Which means you are less likely to run into people. Only 33″ (see measurements below.)

But they couldn’t know that it also weighs even less than that! 32 pounds is quite light in the world of  A/T doubles.

They did find out how easy to push, because they tried it out. Even with their own children in it! That’s how much excitement this Cocoon inspires.

I’m showing it in stroller mode here. But, you can easily attach it to bike, or switch the small swivels to a big jogger wheel. You would insert the optional hitch or wheel right in the front center:

But it wasn’t just other parents who were enthralled by the Cocoon X2. SP 2.0 loves it, too!

I mean really, kissing a stroller? Yes, a true Prince.

So don your hats, blow your horns, give a cheer, and welcome 2011 into the Kingdom of Strollerland!

Joovy Cocoon X2 Enclosed Double Stroller, Black

Weight:                                   32.5 lbs.

Seat Back:                               23″

Seat to canopy:                    23″

Seat Width:                             23″ (single  bench seat)

Seat Depth:                             10″

Drop to footrest:                  12″

Seat to ground:                      12″

Length:                                       33″

Width:                                         30.5″

Height:                                        40″

Folded:                                         50″L x 23″W x 20″H (with wheels and handlebar)

38″L x 23″W x 12″H (w/out wheels and handlebar)

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Britax B-Ready Stroller review

30 Jun

 B-Ready for Fireworks!!!!!!!

This is how it feels when you find the double you’ve been searching for, for your whole life, it seems. Pure fireworks. That’s the Britax B-Ready. 

It’s probably a good thing that it just came out now. Because if I had discovered it years ago, I may never have become Strollerqueen. It was, after all, my quest for the perfect double that led to the path of the Kingdom of Strollerland.


As a single, it’s wonderful. Had a nice one-handed bouncy push all over the Strollerqueen Obstacle Course.

But as a double, it’s better. (Cue explosions, sound up.)

 There are so many features, this may take a while.  So relax, get comfy, enjoy the show…

 Let’s start with the legrest. I just love how high up it sits, to eliminate little legs from the endless dangle.

 

 There is a napper bar, wheel covers 4-point suspension, and canopies for both seats.

Details are everywhere. Like this soft sueded head pad for each seat.


The harness and crotch strap also has the covers.

The second seat is pretty roomy, for an add-on seat. The seat back is 19″, and the headroom to canopy is 23″. It holds up to 35 pounds. I have more measurements and weights below.

The snack tray, btw, is an add-on to hold SP 2.0’s little cars. It was a long evening! 

 

 But, the B-Ready does come with this awesome console. I could have used that…

 Now, you are not supposed to put it on the handlebar. You are supposed to attach it with velcro, on the rim of the basket, like this.

 BUT, the reason I had it up on the handlebar, and this is way more important than you would think..is that you should NOT attach the second seat with the console on the basket. Don’t do it. Trust me, I tried. The second seat will be very unstable, and may slide right off. Something you certainly don’t want to happen.

 It is explained in the manual. But, judging on the number of people I see jogging with newborns in car seats, (Totally OT, I know!) many people aren’t reading manuals. Uh oh.

You may not need the console anyway, since the basket is huge. So huge, that it has a zipper on the side (oh, that is the official cupholder in the basket).

AND a zipper in front. With the footrest up, it is quite easy to access.

BOTH seats have very deep reclines. Look at the second seat:

And here are both seats straight up.

The second attaches really easily. You just slide these legs into brackets:

 

The legs have a little button you push in, and the seat will collapse all the way down. That is how you can fold it with both seats on. Then you just pull up on the triggers by then handles, and down she goes.

 The side lock is a really nice feature, to help keep the frame together.

 

 There are loads of configurations you can do with the Britax B-Ready, that include the use of bassinettes and car seats. (These are purchased separately, as is the second seat. The main stroller does come with a adapters, cupholder, raincover, and parent console. You can also buy a boot, child snack cup, travel bag, and mosquito net..) But the main configuration is with both seats facing out.

 Now, when you have a little baby, you can have the main seat facing you. There can be plenty of room. But it needs to be fully reclined, with the leg rest up.

Or this is what will result:

The handle is height adjustable.There is a whopping 11″ height difference between the lowest and highest position. I felt perfectly comfortable  pushing it at just the “regular” level.

 So as we celebrate the birth of our nation, let’s celebrate the ingenuity of companies who bring us not only car seats that save our children’s lives (as it did with my daughter in a head-on collision, which is a story for another day), but with strollers that can go from single to double and fold in one piece, easy as apple pie. And it’s clever inventions like this that may just have our economy seeing fireworks again for 2011. I’m sure it will mean “explosive” growth for Britax, anyway 😉 Happy 4th of July!



Britax B-Ready  

Weight:                       28 lbs. (with seat, harness, and crotch pad, cup holder, wheel covers, console)

Seat Back:                   21.5″

Seat to canopy:          26″

Seat Width:                 12″

Seat Depth:                  10-17″

Drop to footrest:         8″

Seat to ground:           27″

Length:                           36″

Width:                            25″

Height:                           33″-45″

Folded:                           34“L x 26″W x 13″H

Britax 2nd seat for B-Ready

Weight:                           7 lbs.


Seat height:                   19″


Seat width:                     13″


Seat to canopy:             23″


Seat depth:                     10″ 


Seat to ground:             12″



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

Baby Jogger City Select stroller review

19 May

A diamond for Mother’s Day

Ever since CEO Dave Boardman acquired Baby Jogger, he’s made it his mission to make life as fun and easy for parents as possible. Well that, and to sell as many strollers as possible, lol! But if you master the former, then you will accomplish the latter.  As proof, the City Select is back-ordered everywhere!

It’s the latest addition to Baby Jogger’s “fun and easy” line-up of strollers.

Fun, because you can use it as a single or double. And you can adjust the bassinet or seats in numerous different configurations.

Both seats facing each other:


Both seats facing you:




Both seats facing out:


One seat facing in, the other seat facing out. And so on.


It is also fun to have a tandem. Getting stuck in and aisle or doorway is no fun. Gliding through a crowded nursery without knocking over a potted plant is:

Also no fun is having the sun glare directly in your eyes. With the BJ trademark huge canopies, no worries there!

As on other BJ models, the fold is easy. If you forget how to do it, just read.

Popping off the seat to change directions is as simple as pushing this button:

Same with the tires. You can pop them off for a more compact fold by pushing in this lever:

The basket zippers open for easier access. And boy, is it big!

The peekaboo window on the top has a flap that closes with a magnet. This feature–magnetic instead of velcro or tie closure–is turning out to be surprisingly popular.

And I don’t think I have seen a harness this easy to adjust. Take a look:



And when it’s time for a snooze, just pull the recline lever in the back:

My “Diamond” is stunning, and practical. A rare gem in the double stroller world. Can’t think of anything I would rather have for Mother’s Day. Hope that everyone in Strollerland was richly rewarded, because you’re worth a million bucks. Happy Mother’s Day!


Baby Jogger City Select

Weight as single:     28 pounds

Weight as double:   36 pounds (with brackets)


Seat Back:                18.5″

Seat to canopy:         22.5″

Seat Width:               12.5″

Seat Depth:                8″

Drop to footrest:        9″

Seat to ground:          18-25″

Length:                       36″ wheel to wheel

Width:                         24.5″

Height:                        40″-43.5″


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

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