Strollerqueen Obstacle Course!  

 Quinny Moodd, Mutsy Easy Rider, Baby Jogger Summit, Britax B-Ready, Bumbleride Flite, Pliko Mini, Britax B-Scene, Zooper Tango, TFK Joggster Twist, Aprica Presto, Britax Chaperone, Aprica Cadence, Britax Blink,  Joovy Kooper, Valco Buggster and Kooper comparison, Joovy Zooms, Easy Walker QTRO

Mamas and Papas Sport 03 Review

Hey there, sporty Mamas and Papas! It's your time of year. Time to get out and enjoy the sunshine, with the new Mamas and Papas Sport.

 What a perfect summer buggy. You can have a ball with it at the beach, or on whatever adventures you prefer.


 It has a robust front wheel, that can be locked into a fixed position, or unlocked to swivel.

And there's suspension all around! See the springs?

And look at those beefy rear tires. You can easily pop them off, so you can clean the sand and salt off them.

 The Sport has a front sun visor. It also comes with a separate rain cover, for those unexpected summer showers. And see how it does in the sea. It can really take you anywhere!


  There's a nice big pocket on the back of the canopy. And yay! The top flap closes with a silent magnet, rather than a riiiip sounding velcro.


 The handle is height adjustable, and starts with a low low 26"...


 Then extends to a high of 45"! WOW. That's nearly 20" height difference!

  Super easy to fold. Just one of these "pull up the triggers on the handle" deals.

And you can latch it on the side to keep it closed, on all of your travels.

 The basket is really easy to get into. And the width is a surprisingly narrow 23"! Which means you won't get stuck trying to maneuver through those amusement park crowds!

Look how large the footplate is. No worries about little feet hanging down on the sides.

 And no need to fear air tires! The Sport comes with it's own tire pump; concealed in this little pouch.


  The Sport is one of the few 3-wheelers with an adjustable legrest.


 And the nice deep recline means you can use it with a newborn.

 But the seat is also HUGE. Like big enough for an adult to sit in huge. And the seat has a breathable mesh padding, so it helps to keep you cool. It's the ideal beach chair on wheels, ahhhh...


Weight:   28.5 pound 

Seat Back:   17"
Seat to canopy:   23"

Seat Width:   15"

Seat Depth:   1 9"-16"

Drop to footrest:   9.5"

Seat to ground:    18"

Length:   40"

Width:    23"

Height:   26"-45"

Folded:   40
"L x 23"W x 12"H

 If you want to see all the new stroller models coming out in 2012, go to ""  And if you want me to help you find the perfect stroller for you, click on "Consultations", on the left   

  Quinny Moodd Review


  Have you ever seen a stroller that made you feel "green with envy"? That's how I felt, when I first laid eyes on the "Green Courage" Quinny Moodd. 


 And I knew, instantly, that it was "the one". The one I wanted for that very specials of all days, St. Patrick's Day.

Which also happens to be SP 2.0's birthday. A very lucky day, indeed.

No surprise then, that we go all out. Hence the over the top decorations.


 Of course, this sleek, shiny black frame needs no embellishment.

These large, tough air tires were great on the StrollerQueen Obstacle Course; just superb. So while you couldn't call this a true A/T, it gives a nice ride over your average urban terrain.

The handlebar extends out like magic. Just push in that center button.  


And the canopy pops out for good sun protection.

Might not even need these!


 Top o' the morning to you, too!  


 Now this front T-shaped handle is brilliant. Provides just that extra measure of security. And SP 2.0 loves it. In his mind, it is a steering wheel. Which means the Moodd is his car. Which means he is very happy to ride.


  And as we all know, when our Prince, (or Princess) is happy, we are all happy! 


 What also makes me happy is the design of the stroller handle. The foam is just the right texture, and it is a dream to push.


I also like the fact that I can cram a lot of St. Patrick's Day dance stuff into the triangular shaped basket.


  Long before competitors thought of it, Quinny developed the automatic unfolding on the Buzz, and now the Moodd. It is really cool. You just unlatch the side catch, and it slowly rises up.

 The Quinny Moodd is a great stroller for all ages. For a young child, it reclines easily, by pulling up the lever in the back of the seat. And it has an extended legrest.


And the pod-shaped seat is unbelievably plush. No bars poking through thin fabric here!


Of course the seat is reversible, which is good for chatting up all ages.

And the seat is very generous for an older child, as we have seen. A large seat in a reversible is as rare as a leprechaun's pot of gold. So the Quinny Moodd is something to keep in mind, if you are looking for a hot new reversible.


  Quinny Mood

Weight: 12 pounds seat; 20 pounds chassis

Width: 25.25"

Length: 32.5"

Handle height: 39"-41.5"

Seat Width: 13"

Seat Depth: 10"-15.5" (footrest extended)

Seat to Canopy: 24"

Seat back: 20.5"

Drop to Footrest: 8"

Seat to Floor: 23"

Folded: 14.5" x 15.5" x 31", seat; 25.25" x 32.5" x 12", chassis

  Mutsy Easy Rider

Purple Power! 


I know I've been reviewing purple strollers all year, but check out the glorious shade of this one! 


Royal comes to mind. Regal.

 A rolling throne fit for a king, or queen!


 It's the Mutsy EasyRider, and it happens to match my DD's Irish dance dress perfectly!


What sets this one apart from most other umbrella strollers are the single front wheels. Makes it imminently maneuverable. 


Love the chrome accents!


 I also love the squishy foam handles, which makes it very comfortable to push.


I have tested it out on the StrollerQueen Obstacle Course, and have been very pleased with it's performance outdoors, on less than smooth surfaces. 


It isn't even the least bit wobbly or rattly, two things that can really set my teeth on edge. 


With a nod to our still slowly recovering economy, it is well priced, for all of it's features.  Definitely looks more expensive than it is.

Has a peek a boo window with velcro closures. 

A pretty deep recline, with an extendable legrest.


Oh, the black cloth zipper thingies are hinge covers. Not crucial, in my opinion, as long as you make sure little fingers are out of the way when you are folding it. But it is there is you want it.

  The  canopy clearance is exceptionally high--a very tall 28". That's about as tall as it gets. And the EasyRider is also about as narrow as it gets, at 18".


You recline it by squeezing both sides of this black widget thingie, and sliding it down. Reverse the process to make the seat go up again.


And the seat is pretty upright. That makes babies who like to look around and see everything very happy. And when baby's happy, Mama's happy (or Dad, or Grandparents, or babysitters.)

You fold it by unlatching this black clamp thingie and pulling it up, then kicking down on the side lever that sticks out. OK, my words are really off today.


It stays closed, thanks to this automatic lock. 


 That means it is a good choice for travel, because you don't want your stroller opening up in the belly of the plane, train, or bus. 

 It also makes it easy to carry on subways, or to lift in and out of the car.  


Then it folds typical umbrella style, into a very compact package.   


 Which means that cramming it in the back of your car, with all the rest of your gear, isn't a hair-raising experience!

 Weight: 15 pounds

 Width: 18"

 Length: 23"

 Height: 41"

 Seat Width: 14"

 Seat Depth: 10"-15.5"

 Seat Back: 19.25"

 Seat to Canopy: 28"

 Drop to Footrest: 10"

 Seat to Floor: 17"(front)-13"(rear)

Folded: 41" x 11" x 4"-14" (rear to front)


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 and quick release wheels.

 There is also a foot brake. It's a really important safety feature that prevents big wheels 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.

Baby Jogger Summit XC 

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

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 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"

BumbleRide Flite
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!

 Bumbleride Flite

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

Peg Perego Pliko Mini

"Many Mini Errands"

Errands and quick trips. Doctor's and drug stores. May not be glamorous, but it's something we all must do. And we've had our fair share of the latter this winter! Of course, babies and toddlers complicate the process. But a good stroller makes it sooo much easier, and faster.

  Ergo, the Pliko Mini was born. If last year's Si' was the equivalent in size and weight to the original Pliko, of about a dozen years ago; this year's Mini hearkens back to an even earlier era, that of the Sprint. It was one of Perego's earliest umbrella strollers. Pretty bare bones, but small and light. It was ideal for public transportation, or for carrying up and down stairs.

Since then, strollers in general have become bigger and heavier over the years. Much of this has to due with additional features--bigger canopies, bigger wheels, bigger baskets, snack trays, more seat padding, height adjustable handles, deeper reclines, legrests, etc. But some of it also has to due with moving manufacturing to China, and the more widespread use of cheaper, heavier grade alloys in the frames.


 But, Perego has been the first manufacturer to announce their departure from China back to their Italian homeland. So it makes sense for them to return to their retro, lightweight roots, too.

Which is not to say that the Mini is bare-boned, because it really isn't. Especially compared to umbrella strollers of yore. It has a nice sized basket.

Pretty good recline.


Which is done by side levers. Much easier than a drawstring.

Good sized wheels with suspension.

Beautiful, Italian tailored fabric. 

Decent sun canopy,

Peekaboo mesh window, for air circulation, or checking on baby.

Long legrest, which is great for napping, or smaller children.


Height adjustable handles, for taller parents or caregivers.



5 point harness.

And that wonderful, quick fold that made the Pliko so indispensable to a generation of parents and children.

And it stands folded. Extremely convenient, and easy to store.

A right hand side carry handle makes it great for travel.

Best of all, it's the lightest stroller that Peg has offered in years.

Because let's face it, who wants to lug a heavy stroller around to the doctor's office,

or bank,





 or Irish dance competition.


And the seat is even big enough to hold all StrollerPrincess' trophies!

 Peg Perego Pliko Mini

Weight:                               13.5 lbs. 

 Seat to canopy:                 24"

Seat back:                          18.5"

Seat width:                        12"

Seat depth:                        10-15"

 Drop to footrest:             11"

Seat to ground:                 15.5"

Width                                 19"

Length:                              27"                                          

Height:                               39-41"

Folded:                               12"L x 12"W x 38"H

B-Scene Ice-Skating!


 What is rarer than ice-skating outdoors in 85 degrees?


 A large seat, reversible 3-wheeler! And last week-end, we had the pleasure of experiencing both.


    The B-Scene is the latest stroller offering from Britax. It has the exact same comfy seat as the B-Ready. SP 2.0 loves the napper bar, and the extended legrest.


 But it sits on a 3-wheeler chassis, in case you prefer that look. The single front wheel is also larger than the two swivel wheels on the B-Ready. And you can lock it, for going down curbs, or for going through a rough spot.


 That means you will be able to better navigate rougher terrain, snow, or, er, ice.


  The B-Scene has a huge, very easy to access basket. Plenty of room for shoes, and unneeded in the heat jackets, hats, scarves, and gloves. There are two pockets at the front of the basket, for still needed bottles of water, or hot chocolate, if we weren't all sweating to death.

I love the brakes. You just step down lightly on the green button on the right, for "go", get it? Then the button turns red, for "Stop", and the brake is engaged.

  The canopy has a sun visor in front, and the popular netting in the rear, for air flow. The flap has magnetic closures, which is another practical feature. So easy to use.

And there are bottle pockets on both sides of the canopy. The handle is height adjustable, with a variance of 13"!


 Everything about the B-Scene is easy. You can adjust the harness by unzipping the back pocket, and squeezing a round button. This allows the straps in front to slide up, or down. Ingenious! It must be patented, or everyone would be using this system. 


There are also two pockets on the seat back, by the way. Nice for a phone, glasses, wallet, or keys.

The seat sits up nice and high, for a better view of all the action. Don't try this at home! For demo purposes only.


  Another rarity on the B-Scene is that you can fold it with seat facing in either direction. And all you do is pull up the side levers, and it collapses right down. Here, from the "2011 BIG Stroller Roll-Out", is Jon McGuire demonstrating. Notice how easy the seat pops off, too.

And see how he spins it around and round. Reminds me of a figure 8, haha.



The B-Scene can't take an add-on seat like the B-Ready. But it is smaller, too. Here is a SBS comparison of the two, again, from the "2011 BIG Stroller Roll-Out!"

Since they are similar, the two models share the same accessories--bassinet, foot muff, mosquito net, cupholders, and car seat adapter. The B-Scene comes in red, or black.

Britax B-Scene

Weight:                       28 lbs. 

Seat Back:                   21.5"

Seat to canopy:           26"

Seat Width:                 12"

Seat Depth:                 10-17"

Drop to footrest:          8"

Seat to ground:           23"

Length:                       36"

Width:                         26"

Height:                       32.5"-43.5"

Folded:                       32"L x 26"W x 15"H

Tango with the Jonas Brothers

Maybe it was the total lunar eclipse. Or the Ursid Meteor Shower. The Winter Solstice. Or the alignment of everything celestial. Because, as we were reviewing the Zooper Tango, some heavenly bodies appeared. Like shooting stars. Or more accurately, Disney movie and music stars. 


Can you tell who they are?                                                                                  


 How about now?

  Yes, indeedy, it is none other than Joe and Nick Jonas! Joe is in the grey sweater and black shorts; Nick is in the green hat and yellow shoes.  

 For some perspective on where we are, in relation to where they are.

First, this glorious 2011 Zooper Tango, in Jungle Earth, with the matching boot.

Behind the Tango, my friend Shelly playing soccer. And behind her, Nick Jonas.

Tango with the new, awesome, water resistant canopy. 

Which can be operated independently.

Shelly, and Joe operating independently.

This two-seater Tango is really handsome; quite the head turner. 



And these two handsome Jonas brothers are certainly turning the heads of a lot of tweens and teens.

The seats can be reclined individually, with the use of this lever. What is unique, although it shouldn't be, is that the seats go completely flat. Perfect for a younger child.

Younger brother Nick, with our youngest soccer player Peter.

The basket on the Tango is HUGE.

So are Joe's biceps, yikes!  

The upscale but cool Tango has a storage compartment on the back.


 As does Joe's upscale but cool Mercedes.

The Jungle Earth is a natural amongst the fall leaves.  Joe is a natural amongst the other players.

The Tango is very easy to open and close. In fact, a little too easy on the 2007/2008 models. They were recalled because several models collapsed in half, when children were in it. No serious injuries were reported, but there were reports of scrapes and bruises. I asked a Zooper spokesman if this flaw had been corrected on current models. He assured me it had. This is what he had to say:

"After extensive study and examination of the 2007/2008 Tango, we identified that the defect is derived from the plastic front latch frame lock.  We replaced it  with an extra-strong die cast front latch frame lock, for all 2009/2010 and 2011 models. With this new die cast front latch frame lock, we have not received a single complaint, or service request since. We are confident that the defective design of the plastic front latch frame lock has been rectified."

I did not, however, ask Nick and Joe to post for a picture. They were just out with the boys having fun, on a late fall afternoon. And I didn't want to spoil it.

A helicopter did, though, at least temporarily. Our peace was shattered by the loud whirring of blades.

We all looked skyward, thinking they might be Paparazzi. But after circling for a bit, they took off. Maybe chasing bad guys.

Joe was chasing his bulldog, Winston.

When folded, the Tango stands upright.


 The Jonas Brothers are known for being upright in their belief; real stand up guys.

 Finally, there were some reports last year that Zooper had gone bankrupt. As Mark Twain once said, "Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated."

 And, based on the success of the Jonas Brothers music, movies, TV, touring, and merchandising, don't expect their demise anytime soon!

     Zooper Tango

Weight:                                  32.5 lbs. (w/footmuff and cupholder)

Seat Back:                             18.5"

Seat to canopy:                      23"

Seat Width:                            12"

Seat Depth:                            9-13"

Drop to footrest:                    9"

Seat to ground:                      19"

Length:                                  25.5"

Width:                                    30.5"

Height:                                   43"

Folded:                                   41"L x 13.5"W x 43"H

TFK Joggster X Twist Review

Thanksgiving with a Twist!
Riddle: What does a baby tiger cub have to do with Thanksgiving? Answer, nothing. It WOULD have had something to do with Halloween, had the costume not arrived on November 2. Thanks a lot, Babies R Us!But it's still cute, and warm, and nice for a brisk fall walk. Which you may do on Thanksgiving. In which case, a nice jogger wheel will come in handy.
A true, fixed jogger wheel. Which you can get on the Joggster X Sport. But what if you are going somewhere indoors, like boxing up groceries at your local Food Bank?
No prob, use the Joggster X City. But what if you are going outdoors , like to a Skating Rink, and you have to maneuver through a crowd of little bodies? Then you should use the Joggster X Twist.But what if you don't WANT three strollers; you only want one? Haha, saving the best for last, this IS all one stroller!
One stroller with a Twist, and that is, it has three different sets of interchangeable wheels! And you don't even need tools to switch them out.
There are two long screws with a cap on the top, and a lock on the bottom. So all you do is open the lock, and unscrew.Genius! Why didn't anyone else think of this first? It has a lot of other unusual features, too. Like a bell on the handlebar, which comes in way more handy than you think. My parking meter was up at the skating rink, and because it was Veteran's Day, all the kids were out of school. And all of them, in the whole city it seemed, thought ice-skating was a good idea. I could NOT move.
80's music blaring and parents singing along, and all the "Excuse me's" I tried were for naught. Until I started ringing that bell. Ding! Ding! Ding! It was amazing, and instinctual. The sea of little skaters parted instantly. The footplate that stays vertical at the bottom of the leg rest was something else I didn't think important.Until going through that aforementioned crowd. On strollers other strollers, I would have worried about SP 2.0's little toes getting smashed. But that footrest provided ironclad protection.
Another great feature is the mosquito net. Not something, again, I thought I would use. Until nap time collided with cub scout time. Unzip the hood, and voila, SP 2.0 slept through all the food sorting, stocking, and shelving.

The reflective trim is fabulous. See how much it glows in the dark here.

Under the footrest, the basket has a center opening, so you can stuff stuff into the basket, if the seat is in full recline. But you may not even need it, because there are sooo many pockets.

A huge back pocket on the rear. A net bottle pocket on each side.

And cute little zippered pockets with the trademark kangaroo on each!

And there's disc brakes, connected to a hand brake. Now many swivel wheel strollers do you know that has THAT feature, which is amazing for the hills.

And since this is an amazingly high-end stroller, the Bugaboo of joggers, if you will, there is also, get this, a PALM REST.
Yes, a place to rest your hands, so you can steer with your palms, and not by gripping your fingers around the handlebars. How cool is that? Cool enough that I say, let us give thanks, to our Thanksgiving Joggster X.

Weight: 28 pds.

Width: 23"

Length: 38"

Height: 33" to 45"

Seat Width: 16"

Seat Depth: 9.5"-19""

Seat Back: 19"

Seat to Canopy: 25"

Drop to Footrest: 8.5"

Seat to Floor: 19"

Folded: 35" x 25" x 17" (w/out wheels)


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.


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

Mooing at Macy's



 Back to school shopping is such a letdown. It means the end of summer, and it always comes too soon. How could I make it more fun? By using the "Cowmoo" Chaperone! It's the latest stroller out by Britax, designed to match their popular infant car seat. With the big basket and snack tray, I thought it would make a good mall stroller.


The seat is spacious and comfy for long outings, and the canopy is pretty good. The wheels are pretty maneuverable, which means it steers well.

Be careful with your purse, though. If you throw it in like this, the basket collapses.

I tried it many times, and it never held up.


The fold is also a little odd. There is a center strap on the seat that you pull up, ala Baby Jogger. But unlike BJ, you also have to pull the snack tray up, and fold it back, first. But I guess the most important thing was SP 2.o enjoyed himself in it, which made shopping a log more bearable for all of us.


Weight: 27.5 pounds

Width: 22”

Length: 29”

Height: 36”-43”

 Seat to Floor: 18” 

Seat Back: 20”

 Seat to Canopy: 25” 

Seat Width: 13”

 Depth: 17” 

Folded: 35 x 22” x 21”


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:                       1
7"L x 14" W x 37" H


Pompeii had no time to "Blink"

 Britax Blink Review

I've always been fascinated by the story of Pompeii. The leisurely class, relaxing at their Romanesque stolen from Greek style marble villas, outside gazing at their fountains and gardens, or indoors at their magnificent murals and frescoes...when suddenly, a wave of molten lava roars down from Mt. Vesuvius, encasing men, women, children, dogs, art, and everyday household objects, under layers and layers of ash and pumice...It is not the gory details that interest me, it is the details of their lives and how they lived, forever frozen for 1700 years in bedrock tombs.

So I was very excited when I heard about the "Pompeii" exhibit opening at the museum. And naturally, seeing as how I am Strollerqueen, I started thinking about what stroller to take! I think the Britax Blink was a good choice. Small enough to zip around the statuary, yet stable enough to carry enough bags of stuff for all day. You can see it loaded up here, in front of the statue that greets you at the entrance. Which alas, was the last photo I was allowed to take

inside. Which was fine. There was still more "art" to see outdoors. The kids had fun in this "Tupperware display." And notice how well it matches the "Double Dots" pattern. How could I have known? Heehee.

The Blink reclines with a back drawstring, which is what we are seeing on most strollers these days. It goes down about half-way, similar to the Maclaren Quest. It is sufficient for an older baby to nap.

It has some nice features, like bigger than average wheels, a sun visor in the canopy, and a back carry strap. The basket and fold are pretty Mac-like. In fact the whole stroller is pretty Mac-like, though it's weight is more Techno than Quest.

The legrest is pretty long, which is a feature we really like at this age. Oh, and one other cool thing--it comes with it's own travel bag. Great for keeping it clean in an airplane or train cargo hold, or even just in the car, or for storage.

Weight: 16.5 pds.

Width: 19"

Length: 26"

Height: 41"

Seat Width: 13"

Seat Depth: 9-15"

Seat Back: 19"

Seat to Canopy: 25"

Drop to Footrest: 9"

Seat to Floor: 14"

Folded: 41" x 11" x 13"

Joovy Kooper Review

4th of July Joovy Kooper!

For years, we have done holiday strollers. And of course, the 4th of July is easy. Only requirement is that it is red, white and blue, and really fun to push! And there you have the Joovy Kooper (with a Bugaboo Bee footmuff!) The Kooper has a good sized basket to store all of your fireworks, (haha just seeing if you are paying attention), and these wonderful cupholders that really work! Love the rear canopy pocket, too!

Inside of the stroller, there are two net pockets on the seat. This is a very unique feature. You can put a bottle here, a little snack, or your baby's favorite toy. And when he gets older, he can put them in himself. The harness is very easy to do, and the reflective shoulder pads keep the straps from digging into your baby's neck. Aside from all these well thougt out details, this is stroller is as easy to push as it looks. The ergo foam handles fit your hands perfectly. And I was surprised at how effortless it was to push on grass.

We went up the hill, and down the hill, using only one hand.

The Joovy is very easy to fold. The fold is small, but long.

I have many more images, and measurements, in the post below. But for now, I would say to get out and celebrate, and have a bang-up Joovy 4th of July!

Joovy Kooper and Valco Buggster Comparison

The new Joovy Kooper has been compared to the Valco Buggster. It's fair; in fact, in Oz the Joovy Kooper is known as the Valco Prism! (And the Valco Buggster is now the TFK Buggster! Clear as a dark mesh canopy window? ;)
But how close are they, really? Let's take a look:

The oval shape is certainly similar. And both have extremely wide seats. Although nothing can compare to the Buggster's astonishing 18"; certainly big enough for me to ride around in! ;) They are both umbrella strollers with fairly deep reclines, and huge canopies. And both have a very modern look. But the comparison ends here.
You can start to see how different they look from the back. The Kooper has ergo, foam covered handles that turn in, while the Buggster's are straight up with hard plastic finger grips. The Kooper has two cupholders, and a zippered canopy pocket. It has a good sized basket, though not as big as the Buggster's. The Kooper has the new red brakes. Some people don't care for them aesthetically, but countries such as Australia now require them for safety. The fold on the Kooper is very straightforward, and on the Buggster it is much more fiddly. Although there are several versions of the fold on the Buggster, and some are easier than others.

The Buggster comes loaded with accessories, including a mesh seat pad, front napper bar, boot, sun cover, and rain cover. The Kooper has the aforementioned built-in canopy pockets, side net pockets in the seat, and glow in the dark shoulder harnesses and logo.
Here you can see the difference in the width. The Buggster is nearly 4" wider. But the length is where they really differ, due to the 3 wheels of the Buggster vs. the 4 wheels of the Kooper. 3 wheelers always have to be longer for stability, and in the Buggster's case, it is nearly 9" longer!

Both have a roomy 24" canopy clearance, although the Buggster's seatback is 2" taller. The Kooper folds much smaller than the Buggster, but longer. See the chart below for even more measurements.

Joovy Kooper      Valco Buggster

Weight: 17. 5 pds.           18.5 pds.

Width: 21"                       23 1/4"

Length: 26.5"                   34"

Height: 40 1/4"                 40.5"

Seat Width: 15"                 18"

Seat Depth: 8"                   9"

Seat Height: 18"               20"

Seat to Canopy: 24"          24"

Drop to Footrest: 11"        13"

Seat to Floor: 16"               16"

Joovy Zoom ATS & 360 Review

Peg Si, Mama Board, Dreamer, Joovy Zooms 068I'm often asked what, if any, strollers will work on the beach. The answer: Not many. The good news is, there are a few. And here are two of the newest contenders: the Joovy Zoom 360 and the Joovy ATS. The reason they can handle the soft sand is that they have the muscle of 16" wheels.

Don't look for anything smaller. As an added bonus, the Joovy wheels have shocks, which really made the ride much softer on the bumpy pier                                           x.Peg Si, Mama Board, Dreamer, Joovy Zooms 070
One of the unusual features of the Zooms is the long drop from the seat to the footrest. It's an astonishing 13"! If you take a look at some of my other reviews, you'll see the average is around 8" or 9". So this is a good choice for a leggy child.
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Another wonderful feature is the canopy. It is quite generous, but when you pull down the front visor, there is even another 10" of coverage! Great feature to have in a beach stroller.
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There is a pretty deep recline, which is done by a single back strap. And instead of a fabric back, there is mesh. This allows for air to circulate around your baby, and prevents overheating.
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The Zooms come with a neoprene cupholder/parent pack, wrist tether, tire pump, and raincover. Excellent value!
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There are two net pockets inside the seat, then a large net pocket behind the seat, and a generous sized basket. Plenty of room for sand toys, snacks, and sunscreen!
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The toughest decision is..which Zoom to choose? I was surprised by how well the 360 performed, despite the smaller 12" front swivel wheel. Nevertheless, you do have to turn it around and drag it backwards to get from the shore to the sea. Whereas the 16" front fixed wheel on the ATS makes it possible to push it forward. This also has a handbrake, so is clearly the best choice if you want to run with it.Peg Si, 

Mama Board, Dreamer, Joovy Zooms 079The fold on the Zoom is really easy, which is such a blessing at the end of a long beach day. After loading the kids, the towels, the bags and the seashells, the last thing you want to do is fiddle with a finicky fold. All you have to do is follow the tag that says "Fold." Lift the edge of the seat, push back the red lever, and grab the handle. The Zoom will collapse in half. You can quickly pop off the wheels if you need to. But you can see how both the ATS and the 360 fit in the back of an SUV.

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Joovy Zoom ATS & 360

Weight: 27 pounds

Drop to Footrest: 13"
Seat Width: 14"
Seat Back: 18"
Seat to Canopy: 20"
Width: 25"
Length: 44"
Floor to Seat: 23"
Handle Height: 41" on Zoom, 42" on ATS

 EasyWalker QTRO review

Look at this QTRO. It's magnificent. It's the color of the sea.

From the back, you might think it is it's older sister, the Sky (reviewed previously here on ). It has the same nice pockets on the back of the canopy, big basket, and 12" rear air tires with suspension. But this is where the changes begin. Starting with the two zippers on the sides of the basket, for much better access.

Now check it out from the front. It's got this great sun visor, and pivoting napper bar,

Really long leg rest, that adjusts to several positions,

And, TA DA! Two small front air tires, instead of one large one. I measure them as 8.5 inches.

That means it has a shorter wheel base. And it looks so stinkin' cute!

For average outdoor use, the smaller tires are fine. Because they are air, they are still quite rugged. And all four wheels have suspension.

The QTRO performed really well on the SQ Obstacle Course. Glided over bumps and cracks and grass and gravel, with two-fingered steering.

The seat is still very roomy, like the Sky. Although it tapers down, so it is narrower at the bottom. There is also an extra harness position on the QTRO. And the handle adjusts from low to average to high.

Really, I think the napper bar and legrest are the favorite features of SP 2.0. It is rare to find a stroller like this with a legrest that can adjust to several different positions. It must be comfortable for him, because every time he rides in it, he falls asleep.

The recline is done by zippers. And what is nice is that you can really adjust it to several levels. From bolt upright, to partial, to flat recline. The QTRO still comes in all the fabulous colors of the SKY, and has loads of brilliant accessories you can purchase separately. Pretty much anything for strollers you can think of, actually.

Weight: 28 pds.

Width: 24"

Length: 33"

Height: 31" to 41"

Seat Width: 14"

Seat Depth: 9"-19""

Seat Back: 19"

Seat to Canopy: 27"

Drop to Footrest: 10"

Seat to Floor: 20"

Folded: 35" x 25" x 17" (w/out wheels)