I'deal travel stroller for tall parents
I have owned many higher end strollers over the past nine years. I'm 5"9" and my hubs is 6"2".My current everyday, neighborhood stroller is the Mama & Papas Urbo2 but I needed a lightweight travel stroller to keep in the car and to use while recovering from surgery. My Maclaren Stark finally bit the dust and I find the umbrella fold to be cumbersome when travelling. The top 5 contenders: Recaro Easylife, Mamas & Papas Armadillo, Zoe XL1 Best, Mountain Buggy Nano, GB Qbit. The most important features: handle height, stroller weight, folded size, max child weight - all in around a $200 price point (I would have gone up to $300 if the stroller was seemingly perfect). The second tier of features I wanted: easy access to the basket, good canopy, magnetic closure for the peekaboo window., included raincover. The Recaro won because of the superior handle height (42). extendable canopy, ability to turn the 5 pt harness into a 3 pt harness, 50 lb child weight limit, the compact one hand fold and the perceived quality of the Recaro brand. When the stroller arrived out of the box, all I had to do was attach the front wheels. The fold is slightly weird at first and took me a couple of times to get right. My husband, on the other hand, marveled at the ease of the folding - he figured it out without any guidance from me (whereas he still has issues with the 2 hand fold of our Urbo2). I like the strap mechanism for reclining the seat and the shoulder straps are fairly easy to adjust. The seat itself can sit quit upright (and a lot of strollers have a permanent slight recline which drives me nuts). The seat itself has a memory-foam like padding which my 18 month old LOVES. The most surprising thing is that the seat is framed with metal which gives it tons of support. The Qbit had a cardboard seat back which seems like it will be easily destroyed. I like the red/green pedals for the brake system and the rubber wheels glide smoothly over the poorly maintained sidewalks in San Francisco & Oakland. The cons: the wheel base is narrow and I've caught myself lightly stepping on the back wheels so this isn't a stroller for a brisk walk; sewing a pocket on the back of the canopy would have been AWESOME and was a missed opportunity for cell phone & key storage and probably more cost effective than the pathetic cup holder; the cup holder is so tiny it barely fits my Samsung S5 and key ring with 3 keys; no rain cover included OR available for purchase. I will have to buy a universal rain cover and a separate "parent" tray to hold my "big" water bottle, cell phone, and keys. I will probably sew a pouch on the back of the canopy as well. I purchased the light gray "granite" because it will deflect the sun better. The basket has easy access but it will only fit the smallest of your grocery purchases - no way a gallon of milk can be shoved in there (not that I could do that with a Maclaren anyway!) but because this does not have the umbrella handles, I might need to purchase those giant stroller hooks to attach to the handles for walks to the market. Overall, I am extremely pleased with my purchase and with the quality of the stroller. It is solid and doesn't seem at all tippy. And of course I got a great deal from Albee!
Proshandle height (42"), compact fold, extendable canopy, memory foam seat, 5pt OR 3 pt harness, easy access basket, magnetic peekaboo window, rubber wheels, easy to use brake system, quality/durable materials
Consuseless cup holder; no pocket on canopy; because of the location of the front wheel locks, it will be easy to accidentally lock the front wheels
Best UsesTravel, quick errands