April 29, 2021
I would like to start off by thanking the Stellar product testing panel for providing me with this travel system. I cannot say enough good things about this system! It is so incredibly easy to use/put together, looks nice, and has so many great features. I have a newborn and a 2 year old and drive a Toyota RAV4 suv for reference. I'll start with the infant carrier/car seat and base. The base took minutes to install in the car and felt extremely secure (I often feel as those seats that use bases aren't as secure, but even shaking this it was very sturdy and stayed completely in place. The carrier uses a very easy "click" in place to secure into the base, and a one handed lever to remove it from the base when you arrive at your destination. The car seat itself is very lightweight but also sturdy, the canopy is large so it blocks all of the sun rays from the baby, and the materials are all soft and comfortable. It took me 2 tries to install the car seat without the base properly, but once I got it down it felt very secure so I wasn't worried about baby's safety at all, this made it so easy for me to leave my little guy with his grandma for a few hours without having to switch vehicles with her or switch the base into her vehicle. Whether using the base or not, I could still squeeze sitting in the middle seat between 2 car seats in my RAV4 when we went on a long drive and I wanted to be with the kids. As for the stroller, this is my favorite part of the travel system! It is lightweight, folds up small, glides so smooth, is easy to use/navigate, and has great features! The carrier simply clicks into place onto the stroller as it does with the base, and you take it off the same way, with a one handed push lever. There is a large canopy on the stroller itself so you can completely encapsulate the baby in the carrier if you need to, and it has a small window you can lift up to see inside. If you are using the stroller past the infant stage, you simply pull on the straps at the back to get it into a seating position for a toddler. I tried it with my 2 year old and he seemed very comfortable and I liked that I could control the angle that the seat was at. There is a large under seat storage basket which you can access from the back OR from the front, where you just lift door and have instant access. This was so incredibly convenient! I kept items that I would want to easily reach for my toddler like his water cup, bag of snacks, etc. the handle bar on the stroller can easily be adjusted to nearly any position you want with just the click of a button on the side. At first I wasn't sure it was necessary but I quickly realized how convenient it was that I could have the handle bar higher and my husband could easily put it lower when he was pushing it, making it comfortable for us both (we are both tall, I'm 5'9" and he is 6'1"). I did feel like when the baby was in the carrier in the stroller that he was a little low compared to me, but it didn't hinder the use or how I feel about the system, I could still just slightly bend down to give him his pacifier, etc. the stroller also came with a storage pack that is just under the handlebars. It has 2 open pockets and a large zipper pocket. It is very heavy duty, I could put my large 32oz metal tumbler in the open pocket, and it stayed upright and didn't spill while walking. The stroller wheels lock by simply stepping on one level on the right back wheel, and you just lift it to realize the lock. It can all be done in just one second with the touch of your foot. Lastly, the stroller folds so easily, and for a semi-large stroller, it folds almost in half! I was so impressed by how much smaller it was when folded, I have tried many "travel" systems that were still so large when folded that I couldn't fit them in my Honda Civic trunk. This one can fit in either vehicle, and in my RAV4 I even had room for my German Shepherd to still lay in the back! To fold it all you have to do is push a button and then pull up on the strap on the seat and it just instantly folds. I am so happy with everything about this system and have no complaints about it. We have used it daily on our walks (mostly sidewalk, sometimes a little dirt or grass), and have used it out and about at doctors offices, etc. and I am so happy knowing that I will be able to use it at least for the next few years as my youngest grows. We have not traveled by plane because of everything going on, but I do think that this would be a great system to travel with since you can use the car seat safely without the base, giving you a large piece that you don't have to bring with you.
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