Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Travel Stroller Review

Disclaimer:  I do not usually feel qualified to write a product review because:
A.  I'm too laid back that I often just go the cheapest route.
B. Or I wing without it.

But I'm too excited about this smart purchase that I have to share!

Can I just tell you how naive I was originally choosing strollers well over 2 years ago.

I was swooned by the look, style, and millions of accessories available (for additional purchase, of course). 

I also thought that with our big, fancy, stroller I would NEVER need another stroller.  Especially one of those little rickety ones.  When experienced moms would rave about their "cheap little umbrella stroller"  I'd think..."I'm going to make my ONE stroller work for everything.  I'll never need one of those."

Well a few months into motherhood we began to travel again.  And the big stroller was impractical.  Impractical for going in and out of security in airports, in and out of taxi cabs, fitting in between the aisles of funky, exotic or ghetto (you choose) markets in Asia or boutiques in The Woodlands Market Street (again, you choose).

So we bought an umbrella stroller in China.  

It was "AMAZING."

Until it fell apart after a year.

But it did it's job.  Everything I asked of it.  And was well worth every 200 Yuan I spent.  ($30)

But after time, there were things it couldn't do like:
  • Be cleaned.  The fabric was cheap, I respect that.  200 Yuan!  Come on!
  • Cover my white, white, Vitamin D deficient child from the sun we'd see in these exotic places.  (Asia or choose)
  • Be strolled with outdoors.  This would send me raging and threatening to rip it apart.
So against my normal shopping behavior, I researched decent asking for suggestions of Lightweight Strollers on Facebook from my closest 910 friends..  I got some amazing responses!
1. Maclaren
2. City Mini
3. Combi
4. Cybex Onyx
5. Maxi Cosi Perle
5. Uppa Baby G-Luxe

Well, I did it!  I made a decision!

Here is what we're driving on vacation:
The Uppa Baby G-Luxe.


I hate shopping, so I set my limits to one store and decided to choose within their inventory.

They did not have most of the suggestions above.  I think only 2. So I'm not comparing by any means!  Ha!

BUT I'm super happy with my decision!

1. Super cozy seat.
2. Great wipe able fabric.
3. Lightweight.
4. Easy to fold!
7. Cup holder.
8. Shoulder strap...carries like a golf bag!
9. UV protective.
10. Great size basket!!  I can fit tons! Purse, camera bag, and Lunch Tote.
11. The handles can also be piled on with bags if need be.  And I need be quite often!

I'm so happy!  I'd give this 5 Stars! 


  1. Replies
    1. Uppa Baby G-Luxe!

      P.S. Never hit PUBLISH in a panic, while baby is crying in crib! Ha! I didn't even read it over. Sorry.

    2. Great info! The cup holder and should strap for carrying definitely give this an up (no pun intended!) on the Maclaren Techno XT!

    3. I was so close to buying one on Kijiji (Canada's Craig's list) but I was hours too late. I still never got to look at any!! Oh well. It's been a good match so far!

  2. This seals the deal. I have the UppaBaby Vista and love it but a few months ago I bought at $20 umbrella for travel and car trips It is perfect. I rarely want to use the big one anymore. In my light stroller research I was trying to decide between the Maclaren and Uppababy and I just really like the Uppababy company and have friends that love the G-luxe too. Thanks for the review! PS. Uppababy is amazing with repairs and warranties.

  3. Thank you for doing this! You shop the way I do so this is super helpful!



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