Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Umbrella Stroller -- The search, the find, the review...

So, I love my full size stroller, but I really wanted something lightweight that wouldn't take up my entire trunk.


I looked at umbrella strollers for months before I chose the Guzzie + Guss 104. I took a gamble on it since I really couldn't find any reviews of it at the time, and I had to drive over an hour to even have a look at it since it isn't sold in my town, but it had so many features that I love I just needed to see it.  It really is a full-featured stroller in a compact size.


Features:  5 point harness, great weight range for the child (max weight 53 lbs.), very lightweight (13.5 lbs), handle height is comfortable for my 6'2" husband, AMAZING canopy with a peak-a-boo window (the picture above is only the first extension, it opens further), rain cover, decent size basket for an umbrella stroller, folds up pretty small for a full featured stroller (there it is in my front hall closet), it has both a shoulder strap and a carry handle, and it reclines flat with many possible positions in between. 
It drives like a dream on hard surfaces, but is pretty bumpy on grass. Definitely not an off-roading stroller.

The only things I don't love about it, the recline takes two hands and you need to bend right over to do it (I'm used to my fully size stroller's easy one-handed recline), and the brake pedal is made of a plastic that feels a little lightweight, and while it hasn't been a problem, I still worry about it breaking.

It's quite costly for a second stroller at $200 +, but so long as it survives to give my next kid a ride, it will be completely worth the price.

Bonus: It's Canadian!



New Mama Thinks...

3 comments:

  1. I love the cup holders on our Graco stroller, but am about to start using the umbrella stroller for the same reason. It's SOOOOOO much lighter and less bulky!!

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  2. Seriously thinking about buying this stroller, down to this or Uppababy G-luxe, but i wanted to know, is it easy to close and open? Do you need to use 2 hands?

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  3. Considering buying this stroller... Would you still recommend it? How has it held up?

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