Stroller Reviews For Travel With Baby…
This stroller has seen more babies travelling and actually been to more places than some people. It’s nothing fancy, but it has been a wonderful stroller for travelling with toddlers and has seen us through a number of harsh Canadian winters as well. Time has not been kind to this stroller, the wheels are all rusty and I’m no longer able to order replacement parts, but if you happen upon one in a secondhand shop or on Craigslist, I recommend you grab it!
It’s a Safety First jogging stroller, and it’s no longer sold in stores. Actually, it’s probably been out of stores for a few years now. It was a hand-me-down from my cousin, and my nephew (the original stroll-ee) is now approaching 7, so this stroller is of a definite vintage. What’s funny is my cousin actually really hated this stroller, but we’ve found it invaluable.
It folds quite compactly, and very easily. It’s tad heavy, so it probably would not be allowed as per American Airlines stroller policy, but we’ve had no trouble with it on Air Canada to Club Med Ixtapa Pacific, and it went with us on most of our travels to Cuba. It sails over cobblestones, has no difficulty with steep curbs, and manages very well on sand. When it’s home with us, it got us through numerous snowstorms – even with a Kindergartener riding on the back step (it is probably NOT recommended that you do this, but just letting you know you can – just be safe!) This stroller owes us nothing.
I was concerned about getting a flat tire, and also that we’d need to deflate the tires before gate-checking. I read online somewhere that you might need to do that if you’re traveling with a bicycle – something about the air pressure and having inflatable tires. But on all our journeys we’ve never had to do that, and we have a little hand pump and patch kit in our carry-on, we’ve never had to use that either.
Since this stroller is no longer in production, I had a look around to see what might be comparable. Similar (but much more expensive) options include the Kelty Speedster and the BOB Revolution. The Joovy Zoom 360 looks pretty close as well, and is probably closer to the price point of what the Safety First one was.
The one stroller you’ll never see me recommend is the mythical $10 dollar cheapie stroller, not only because it’s awful, but also? It doesn’t really exist.
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