Great Double Stroller with bicycle break for slowing down on the hills of SAN FRANSISCO!
June 20, 2012
This stroller is fantastic! I walk a lot --3-5 miles per day. I have a bugaboo Cameleon with the wheeled roller board that I use for short walks to the park and in the grocery store, so I am used to lightweight smooth strolling. I found that my 3 year old simply couldn't sustain standing on the wheeled board for longer walks (more than 20 mins), and so I decided to invest in a double stroller in time for our trip to San Fransisco
I did a lot of research and found that most double strollers weigh between 35 and 40 lbs. That plus the weight of my 3 year old, 10 month old and diaper bag meant I would be pushing almost 100lbs on wheels up and down San Fransisco's steep inclines.
This stroller has a bicycle style handlebar break to slow down the stroller when you go down hills. It worked beautifully--I was able to keep the stroller from rushing down the almost perpendicular hills in SF and it helps on smaller hills too for easier strolling! The double wide bar means if you have a friend along for the walk, they can help you push side by side (better than the single file in-line strollers for this reason). I also like this stroller because it is designed like a tent--mostly drawstrings, toggles, heavy duty woven tape and snaps to recline seats, open vents and give extra support to the very comfortable seats in the frame. This makes it almost impossible for any of the "mechanisms" to break--unlike on my beloved bugaboo (I have replaced the chassis once already in 3 years).
The Baby Jogger Summit Double It goes from sand/off road to street with a flip of a switch (the front wheels can lock for rear wheel drive or unlock for front wheel steering) easily, and my kids stay cool with the vents on the side and back which can be opened or closed with toggles. I can get into most doorways and down most store aisles with my stroller so even go to the grocery store with it using the under carriage storage space to hold the groceries. It fits fine on sidewalks too. For those of us used to the undercarriage storage of the bugaboo--this is not as deep, and so it is slightly limiting in what you can put under the carriage, but it has deep and roomy mesh pockets on the back of each seat (I put juice boxes, my rain cover, water bottles in these for easy access) plus zipper pockets for cell phone, keys and wallets built into the back or each seat. It folds and unfolds quickly and easily (just unsnap the 4 red woven fabric tapes under the seats and pull up on the woven fabric tape hand loops in each seat). Fits in the trunk of every car I have been in (my small saturn, my taurus and our escape SUV). The canopies can go almost all the way down to your child's lap and provide great protection from the sun. The only drawback I have found--you have to avoid broken glass, nails, etc. because the wheels are air-filled, not foam filled. I went through some broken glass and nothing happened, so the wheels are tough but not indestructible.
The wheels snap on & off easily for airplane travel, and I used the large black zipper bag with handles for gate checking (I wish babyjogger would make a transport bag for this--it is difficult to fit in generic travel bags and they don't have the padding I am used to with my bugaboo wheeled transport bag.
I also got the belly bar for a little extra protection, and to attach snack cups to. The rain cover is great and folds up to almost nothing. I give it 5 stars--Love Love LOVE this stroller--it's Freedom on wheels when you have two kids and you need to get up and go!
Pros:bicycle style handlebar break makes it easy on hills
good for tall kids--my 3 year old is 38 " and has lots of clearance still
vents keep my kids cool
traverses most doorways, store aisles easily
big mesh storage pockets on seat backs
zipper pockets on seat backs for cell phone, keys, etc.
rear and front wheel drive for easy strolling on trails, gravel, or smooth surfaces
fits in most trunks
folds and unfolds easily
It is easy to run with, although I am not much of a runner--very smooth and light once you get going.
easy to lock up outside restaurants with a bicycle lock in the folded position.
Cons:no transport bag available for gate checking on the airplane--had to buy generic that didn't fit very well. had to put wheels in separate bag.
All doubles I found did not have transport bag specifically for the model.