Tag Archives: travel stroller

Halloween Quest

14 Nov

Maclaren Quest Stroller, Beatles Yellow Submarine

Look, it’s John Lennon! When he was a baby. Riding in his Yellow Submarine Mac Quest.

Nah, it’s really SP 2.0. I have reviewed the Quest previously, but they keep putting out models that are so stinkin’ cute! Too hard to resist. Especially with the matching reversible liner with the embroidered mod sub.What’s not to love in a 12 pound, reclining with leg rest and carry strap,one-handed push, teeny tiny umbrella stroller? And all you need is love, right? ūüėČ

Maclaren Quest Yellow Submarine

Weight: 12 pds.
Width: 17.5″
Length: 24″
Handle Height: 41″
Seat Back: 19″
Seat to Canopy: 27″
Seat Depth: 9″-14″ (footrest extended)
Seat Width: 12.5″
Drop to Footrest: 8″
Ground to Seat: 13″
Folded: 11 x 11 x 41

 

To see all the new stroller models for 2011, go to Strollerqueen.net And if you need me to help you find the perfect stroller, go to Strollerqueen.com

Advertisements

Aprica Presto Review

13 Sep

Presto, Chango! Summer turns to Fall…

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy, fish are jumpin’, and the cotton is high…

And sadly, it is drawing to a close. So to ease the pain, the Labor Day Block Party was born.

A final time to play carefree, before the rigors of school begins.

To ride…

To laugh,

to bounce,

to climb,

To stroll…

The Aprica Presto mourns the passage.

It’s the little brother to the previously released Cadence. It is smaller and lighter, but still has the much in demand high-up seat.

Weighing in at just 13. 5 pounds, it can hold 70 pounds of child! Pretty good weight to limit ratio.

The thickly padded seat cushions are removable and washable.

And have that awesome breathable fabric.

A wonderful feature is that it slides up when folded, then stands alone.

Just unlatch the back hook, and pull up on the handle. No more wheels dirtying the canopy!

It has a mesh peekaboo window,

carry strap and back vent for better air flow,

and four wheel suspension.

The handles are foam, and are nearly 44″high! Fabulous for a tall person.

All in a beautiful shimmery silver, on a black frame. Tough to decide between this color, the orange, and the brown. Fall colors, ya’ know. But this is probably a better transitional color.

The party lasts well into the night. No one wants to say good by, to our glorious summer.

So they leave it to the Square Dance caller.

As they dance,

And dance,

Until they can dance no more.

APRICA PRESTO

Weight:                      13.5 pounds
Seat Back:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 18″
Seat to canopy:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 24″
Seat Width:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 13″
Seat Depth:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 10″
Drop to footrest:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 11″
Seat to ground:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 18″
Length:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 28″
Width:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 19.5″
Height:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† 43.5″
Folded:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 43.5 ” L x 13.5″ W x9″ 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

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

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

Aprica Cadence Stroller Review

20 Jun

The Cadence of Soccer Fever

Brazil vs. Ivory Coast, United States vs. Algeria, Mexico vs. Uruguay, GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL…and the blare of the vuvuzela¬† horns…All across the country, you can hear it, The cadence of Soccer fever! Of course the World Cup has helped soccer to gain popularity in the US. And those who aren’t watching, are out playing.

Now I get asked a lot, what stroller (s) are suitable for soccer fields? A lot of parents are taking little ones out to watch their siblings play, and a comfy stroller is a must. Usually I recommend, and take myself, an air tire stroller. But what if you are a minimalist, and don’t want a whole fleet? What if you rarely use strollers, except for week-end shopping, parks, and soccer? What if you have an older child who doesn’t use a stroller on a regular basis, but can use a ride when tired?

I decided to see how the new Aprica Cadence would work on a soccer field. It wasn’t totally crazy. This little buggy has a two-fingered push on smooth surfaces. And it has shocks on all four wheels. So it was reasonable to assume that it was at least doable. And it wasn’t bad at all!


The only thing is, that our particular field is Astro-Turf. Weird stuff, that is. (“No coffee on the field! Sir, bring that back!” the Coach hollered as he chased down the old man. “I’m 80 years old! How’m I gonna’ stay awake for 3 hours!” the old man hollered back. The wife apologized as he shuffled away, uttering expletives deleted. ) But look how it clings to the wheels, ugh.

The Aprica Cadence is the first umbrella stroller to hit the market that says it can hold 70, yes, a whopping 70 pounds! That is the weight of my 9 year old soccer player! (Who would sooner get Astro Turf under his finger nails than to have his friends see him riding!) But once you are an adult, who cares…

Gotta’ love the fact that the Cadence can double as a game chair, even if it displaces the toddler!

And speaking of a game chair, check out the fold:

It’s about the size of a Pack n Play, which has a certain symbiosis, since Graco has taken over Aprica. I like the fact that it stands alone, and you can roll it behind you.

You can pull it by it’s carry strap, or just sling it over your shoulder.The fold is quick and easy, too. You just push in the side buttons, then yank on the carry strap.


I love the fabric of the Cadence. It reminds me of, well, a soccer jersey.¬† It’s very breathable for hot days, or sweaty little soccer watchers, or players. And it has a “heat reflecting panel” to help keep babies cool out on the field.

Comes with a rain cover, too, for when the weather changes. The seat sits up higher than most umbrella strollers, which means you can fit a few soccer balls in the basket.


The handles aren’t adjustable, but they are pretty high, so suitable for a taller parent. But for a shorter one, like me, they were still comfortable.

I think the black frame is stunning, and the design quite striking.

One thing interesting about the design is how angled back the seat is. Makes for a roomy seat and easy pushing. But maybe not the best choice for a younger child who likes to sit up straight.

Also, there is no front napper bar, and the recline is minimal. There is an extended leg rest, though. And don’t forget, it holds up to 70 pounds–and more!

Weight:                      14.5 pounds
Seat Back:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 21″
Seat to canopy:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 27″
Seat Width:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 13″
Seat Depth:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 10″-14″
Drop to footrest:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 9″
Seat to ground:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 19″
Length:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 28″
Width:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 21.5″
Height:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† 41″
Folded:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 17″L x 14″ W x 37″ H

Bumbleride Flite Stroller Review

6 Jun

Summer Flite of Fancy

“Then followed that beautiful season… Summer….
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.”

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Summer is the time of great beginnings…when everything is fresh and new. The warm sun and gentle breezes summon us to outdoor adventures and travel. And when you gaze at the cool blue and green tones of the “Seagrass” Bumbleride Flite, you may be inspired to take flight, to a place where lush meadows meet sparkling seas.

OK, sometimes the days will be grey and the grass will be brown. But at least the Flite colors remain true!

And you can use the included rain cover so the fog won’t interfere with your fun!

The front and rear wheel suspension makes the Flite is a great little choice for zipping around. Has super one-handed steering.


I like how deep the recline is. It’s done with a one-handed pull of the back strap.

I don’t know why I have read that the Flite has a skimpy canopy. Because check this out:

The Flite is small, but the extended legrest helps provide a comfy seat for viewing the sea:

The fold is done quickly and easily, by pulling the triggers up by the handles.

It folds compactly, umbrella style.

And has a side carrying handle.

I was a little concerned that the light colored interior would get dirty fast. But it is the type of material that cleans up really easily.

The new Flite is the latest offering from Bumbleride. It comes with a matching headhugger, strap covers, the afore mentioned raincover, and universal adapter bar.

There are some really fantastic accessories available, too. You can get a matching snack tray for the universal front bar, matching diaper bag and footmuff, and even a carrycot! Wowee! Don’t know another umbrella stroller this small (sold in the US, that is), that can take a bassinette. How perfect for your summer flight of fancy!

Weight:                     15.5 pounds
Seat Back:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 20″
Seat to canopy:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 26″
Seat Width:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 13″
Seat Depth:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 8″-13″
Drop to footrest:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 10″
Seat to ground:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 18″
Length:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 24″
Width:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 17.5″
Height:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† 41″
Folded:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 44″L x 12″ W x 10″ 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