Well yesterday the Great Stroller Debate came to an end when we put down a deposit on a Mountian Buggy Urban Single. Yes folks we have a winner and it hails from New Zealand. How did we end up deciding? Let me be the first to tell you it wasn’t easy. There are so many brands and so many different systems each having their own pros and cons. We wanted to try and find a stroller that would do almost anything.
We began by looking at the Graco systems as many people do. They have several models and have a ton of features. Unfortunately, the Graco’s are big. Big stroller and small car equals awkward time for Ally. The idea of getting a Graco folded quicker than a shirt on laundry day.
Being a typical male who likes gadgets naturally it was only a matter of time until I discovered the Bugaboo Frog. Ahh yes the Frog. A real work of art it is. Unfortunately like any piece of art it has a big price tag… over $1,000 to be precise. Add some wallet goudging Bugaboo accessories and the price adds up quickly.
Next were the Zoopers. These things are like the Cadillac of strollers. They come with just about every feature, but like the American car they’re big lumbering beasts. The Zoopers weigh in at 30 plus pounds. Too heavy to be trying to lug in and out of the car.
Finally the Mountain Buggy. We liked the Mountain Buggy system for a few reasons. First off It’s light weighing in at only 21 lbs. Second it folds down really easy and fairly compact. Pop the wheels off using the quick release and the stroller becomes that much smaller. With big 12″ air filled tires Ally can take the baby out jogging. The front wheel swivels for added manuverability while out shopping and can be locked with a turn of a knob for jogging. The Mountain Buggy also sells a bar that will allow you to attatch your infant carrier or you can recline the seat and put the baby right in the stroller. If we want to there is also a bassinet available to turn the stroller into a pram. Surprisingly enough the Mountain Buggy bassinet is designed better than the Bugaboo’s as it sits flat where as the Bugaboos has a highpoint in the middle due to the way it attatches to the stroller frame.
So with any luck we’ll see the stroller in 4 – 6 weeks.