Post # 1
Reseaching baby gear for our little one due in November…and originally weren’t planning on a travel system, especially if we ended up with a spring or summer baby…but since baby will arrive about the time it starts getting cold and snowy here in the Midwest…travel system it is!
Which travel system do you love, hate, tolerate and why?
Here’s what’s most important to us-
- Easy install (probably with premium LATCH) for carseat
- Easy clean for both
- Lightweight-important for both, especially car seat!
- Easy to connect stroller/carseat
- Easy fold stroller
- Price point under $400 for the travel system…We are not looking for a Bugaboo, Stokke, UppaBaby, etc : )
Seems like none of the options we like will let you fold with the car seat adapters in place..probably bc we’re going for lightweight.
These are our top picks so far, in order. The Vue Lite and Bravo are new for 2015, so there are some reviews, but not tons. The Armadillo has been around a bit longer and gets solid reviews.
1) Baby Jogger Vue Lite Travel System: This is just the stroller: http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Jogger-2015-Umbrella-Stroller/dp/B00OWE5XL6/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
You can only get the actual travel system at Target at this point, it just came out: http://www.target.com/p/baby-jogger-vue-lite-travel-system/-/A-16474443
- Reversible seat (infant carrier only goes in one way, but the seat flips!)
- I’m excited that they carry it in stores near us so we can go check it out!
- 8 lb carseat…what??
- 14.5lb stroller
- I like the muff accessory you can get for it: <br />http://www.babyjogger.com/product/foot-muff-vue/
- the basket seems smallish and the reviews say it’s hard to use with the infant seat in place
- only one car seat option could be a con, but we like the carseat even if you can only buy it at Target.
- No parent console option, only a $25 add-on single cup holder
2. Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System (Chicco Bravo Stroller+ Chicco Keyfit30 Carseat)<br />http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MS9VVTA/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=3MK07L7MDFENZ&coliid=I37F2P5FLM67UU&psc=1
- One hand fold
- has a built in a parent console with cupholder
- 23lb stroller
- only works with Chicco Keyfit30, which weighs 9.6 lbs
3. Mamas and Papas Armadillo (the regular, not the new City version)+ one of several carseats<br />http://www.amazon.com/Mamas-Papas-Armadillo-Stroller-Liquorice/dp/B00G4ZV4EQ
- Limited car seat options- can only fit Cybex Aton, Maxi Cosi Mico or Chicco KeyFit 30 and these are all heavier than 8lbs!
- stroller weighs 17lbs
- Much pricier option, especially when you factor in the car seats it can pair with
- unless we went with black, the colors tend to be more girly (we are going neutral for big gear so it can be reused later)- review say the indigo is more purple
This topic was modified 4 years, 11 months ago by HeyJude72.
Post # 2
I am not sure yet.
I’ll tell you right now I don’t want flimsy wheels. I want the bar the wheel attaches too and the wheels themselves to have substance and not be cheap. Do you get snow where you are? Those light weight basically umbrella strollers are Useless on anything other than a good side walk.
I’ve had cheap graco systems who’s wheels have fallen off and cheap umbrellas that I’ve ended up carrying with baby inside more than pushing.
I don’t like running strollers. One huge wheel in from and I also find they tip more. Also systems where the car seat is too high.
Post # 3
I voted for the Bravo in your poll because it was one that I considered. The Keyfit is a top rated carseat, so you can’t go wrong there. I also like how you can use it as a car seat carrier without the seat – that’s what made me add it to my list. It also folds really easily – I tested it out. In the end, my husband thought it felt cheaper than the other options, so we didn’t go with it. (I didn’t necessarily agree with him, but I let him pick from my top 3 choices.)
We ended up with the Britax B-Agile system because we got a great deal on a floor model. I’m not due until August, so I can’t give a complete opinion yet, but it’s another light weight option that gets consistently good reviews.
My best advice is to go to the store and try out as many of your choices as possible. Of our local stores, we found Buy Buy Baby had the best selection and the most helpful staff. Our top pick from testing was the 4 wheeled City Mini. (I had narrowed my choices down to the City Mini, the B-Agile, and the Bravo.) But as I mentioned, we saw a B-Agile system for almost half off at Babies R Us and couldn’t resist.
Post # 4
Krispi: thanks for the tip on buy buy baby. We were wondering it’s it’s worth the drive, theres one about 30min away.
My friend scored a great deal on a B-Agile travel system at Kohls of all places! Apparently they are an online only item-I had no idea!
Post # 5
Have you looked at Britax B-Ready or B-Agile? Or City Mini (either regular or GT)? I have friends with all of those who like them a lot!
Post # 6
I have a Chicco (Cortina) with KeyFit carrier which I got based on rave reviews and quite frankly, I’m disappointed. I find it hard to open and close, the handle feels cheap and doesn’t release the lock mechanism easily. The car seat only holds up to 22lbs, most other infant carriers hold at least 30-35 lbs I think, and my son is a big boy so I could use a seat that will last longer. The basket underneath is small and with the carrier set in the stroller, the seat is reclined back and makes putting things in the basket even more difficult when I really need the room for my huge diaper bag. I also find that the sun shade on the carrier is small, and the handle is too narrow and doesn’t easily fit over the sun shade so it makes it a pain to stabalize the carrier when putting baby in/taking him out. I didn’t know what to look for when testing them out at the store but now that I do, I’d go with something else.
Post # 7
We’re getting the Britax B-Agile. I read quite a few reviews and this one seemed to be one of the lightest travel systems and has the 1 hand fold. We tried it out in store and it moves quite nicely! It is priced at $499 though (includes stroller, car seat and adaptor). I can’t wait to test mine out!
Post # 8
HeyJude72: Our experience was that Buy Buy baby carries more of the higher end items than Babies R Us, so it makes them seem more expensive. They don’t have as much selection in lower price points (not just strollers, but in general throughout the store). Their website is also not as good. But for hands-on trying things out, it was the best place.
The reason we got our Britax system so cheap is that they recently redesigned their carseat, and we found the older model floor display on clearance. I will say that I’ve noticed the Britax items frequently can be found online on sale, but I wasn’t able to find a sale price on the KeyFit anywhere. The Bravo is too new for a sale yet.
Post # 9
Krispi: Thanks the the tips. We are planning on registering at Target (to have an option for the non tech savvy and the older folks) and Amazon. We did an Amazon wedding registry and it was great, found so many things cheaper on there. that’s exactly what we are looking for, somewhere to go try them out before we buy (or hopefully someone else buys lol) somewhere else!
Post # 10
LuckyinLove17: That seems steep unless the adaptor is $100? I thought it was more like $350-400?
Post # 11
Out of all of those I would pick the Baby Jogger Vue, I tried it out and really liked it. I also think it’s the stroller you’ll get more use out of in the long run because it’s a lightweight umbrella stroller. I now have the Uppababy G-Luxe for my 14 month old and I absolutely love it. I skipped the travel system and did the Graco Snugride infant seat and a Snap N Go. I didn’t see the point in buying an expensive infant seat when a few months down the road (which happened to only be 3 or 4 months in because of my daughter’s size) I would have to buy a convertible seat, and that’s where I wanted to spend more money since she would use that seat much longer. The Snap N Go was awesome because it was so easy to put the carrier in and out and it folded easily and had a huge basket. I also have a Baby Jogger City Micro which I love but my daughter hates, it doesn’t sit upright enough so she can’t see out.
Post # 12
HeyJude72: If you use the Britax B-agile with the Britax B-Safe carseat, there is no need for an adaptor. They have a “click and go” system so the carset clicks right in.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
Can I hijack for a minute? I’d like one with the removeable carseat and big wheels, good for trails. Out in the country, so I wanna have good shocks and it’s gotta be built tough. Suggestions? This baby gear stuff is so overwhelming!
Post # 14
sherryberry: For trails, I hear the BOB strollers are popular. They have good shocks.
I went with the Baby Jogger City Select. It seems to be sturdy, has forever tires, modular seating options, and I wanted one that would grow with future children.
Post # 15
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
Thank you! I’ll check it out 🙂