Stroller Reviews for Travel with Baby…
According to my husband, the UPPAbaby Vista is the best stroller in the world. And while it’s not the cheapest stroller out there, if you can convince my husband that something (especially a stroller!) is worth every penny, then it must be good. He’s still singing our Vista’s praises ever since I offloaded our Peg on Craigslist and brought home the UPPAbaby. Our Uppa was our most-traveled stroller, and while it’s not perfect for travel, it was certainly a great ride for us. Remarkably, it is not that much more expensive than it was over 10 years ago.
**note** my husband is 6’7″, and the UPPAbaby was the only stroller that he could push with total ease. The extendable handle and rounded axle really helped with this**
The UPPAbaby Vista’s First Trip…
Our UPPAbaby’s first trip was to Florida. Our son was 6mos., and still riding in his infant car seat. Luckily, our Peg Perego Primo Viaggio car seat could be used without the base. So we were able to bring that along with no issues, as well as our Uppa.
With the seat facing forward, you are able to fold the UPPAbaby Vista in one piece (a huge bonus over the Bugaboo, in my opinion), but since we also had the car seat adapter for the Vista frame, what we did was leave the adapter attached to the car seat, and brought the stroller seat along in the basket. The basket for the Vista is massive, so we were able to fit not only the stroller’s seat in it, but also our daughter’s light booster seat, and the diaper bag. Luckily, both flights weren’t full and we were flying Southwest, so we were able to gate-check the complete folded stroller, and brought Bub on board in his car seat (with adapter attached – made no difference in installing the seat).
UPPAbaby Assistance with Travel Damage
Our flight home (and this first trip with the Vista) was our only snag with this stroller. The foot bar of the seat was broken, likely because a baggage handler used that part to lift the stroller. We couldn’t fix it, (duct tape worked as a quickie repair) and since we waited longer than four hours to report it, we weren’t able to be reimbursed from Southwest.
Enter UPPAbaby’s great customer assistance. Their Canadian distributor replaced the frame, and also sent along new wheels when I asked for suggestions to de-squeak them. Our wheels had been squeaking on the Vista for a while, and brand new wheels did the trick! You can purchase a travel bag for the UPPAbaby Vista, but I thought the expense wasn’t worth the number of times we’d use it, so I didn’t bother.
Future Travel with Our UPPAbaby Vista
Of course, I didn’t want the seat frame to be damaged again on subsequent trips. Luckily, it wasn’t. What I did since was raise the foot bar once folded at the gate check. Then I placed the stroller on its side. That made it easier for the baggage handler to grab it from the side bars, and made the foot bar an awkward choice for a handle. I knew I was taking a chance, but after five return trips since, the Vista traveled like a champ.
And we LOVED this stroller. Our son had amazing naps in it! Our last trip to Disney he had unprecedented 3hr naps every day in it. He slept through lots of fun. But! We had fabulous long days out at the parks when we were fully prepared to leave and come back.
It’s big, and it’s about 24lbs, so some airlines like American won’t let you gate check it, but our son was very, very comfortable in it. And it’s so easy to push and handled steep curbs and cobblestones with ease. It’s too big to wheel into most restaurants, but for patios it was great as we pushed it right up to the table. Ours got little ragged. The basket was replaced twice but UPPAbaby’s service was always super fast, and great.
*edited to add:
On another trip we had an issue with the frame of our UPPAbaby Vista and, upon our return, Uppababy sent a replacement straight away. We can’t say enough about how much we loved our Uppa and their awesome customer service.
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