I spent months looking for the perfect stroller for us. Months!
Traditional travel systems were giant and heavy and a general pain to haul around. Most of them drove like…well…a crappy, cheap-plastic stroller. Chicco ones were much more comfortable and handled beautifully, but weighed 23 pounds. For just the stroller! The carseat was another 10 if you had that snapped in! Plus your child! You’re suddenly looking at about 50 pounds of stroller to push! Not to mention when you fold it up it is humongous, and there is no denying the fact that you can no longer weave in crowds when you are pushing something that massive.
So we looked at lightweight strollers (our original intent, anyway) and contemplated buying one of those, possibly after using a snap-n-go at first. But they felt so flimsy, like they wouldn’t hold up well. And they were a lot more money than an umbrella stroller…but didn’t seem to have that many more features. Plus the way they were balanced felt like they were unstable, and their folded size was still really long, if a lot narrower. And honestly, most of them weighed at least 17 pounds anyway, and when you were getting that much less out of them with regards to features, was it really worth spending more money (to buy a carseat separately and possible a snap-n-go) to have fewer features and save 6 pounds?
Every stroller we looked at we either disliked, or I’d feel like I’d want another stroller in addition to it.
And then, one day, while spending another period at Babies R Us “test-driving” strollers, a kindly stranger saw us and said, “Just go with Britax!” We hadn’t really considered these strollers before, but we decided to give another look at the Britax B-Agile, a three-wheeled stroller.
And oh. My. Gosh. It is PERFECT for us!
It is stable and sturdy feeling, like the traditional travel systems. But it only weighs 16 pounds. It collapses up extremely easily, with a simple push of a button and grabbing a handle, and it locks into its tiny collapsed size that is also easy to carry one-handed, even better than most lightweight strollers. It maneuvers like a dream, again like traditional travel systems, even one-handed, and the suspension is to die for. I was driving over hangers on the floor and barely noticing them. And, more like a lightweight stroller, it can easily be maneuvered through crowds or obstacles because of its compact, three-wheeled design. On top of all of that, you can fit a Britax carseat into the included very low-profile adaptors and use it as a travel system (or you can buy another carseat and get the adaptor, but honestly, Britax carseats are some of the best so I don’t see why I would!). And even better, as an added bonus, it can be used as a jogging stroller once this little one is here and I can finally get back to jogging!
I am seriously in love with this stroller. It’s kind of sad how much I think about it. It is the only stroller I have found (in months of looking and hours of test-driving) that I’m not left with a feeling of, “This would work for most things, but I’d probably want another stroller as a back up…” It has the sturdiness, stability, and features of a traditional travel system. It has the light weight and small fold of a lightweight stroller (and, in my opinion, is even better!). And it can double as a jogging stroller (for light runners like me). What more can I ask for?
Well, there is one thing.
I would like to win it instead of having to buy it!
And in that vein, I’m entering over at Mommy Mandy’s blog in a giveaway for a Britax B-Agile and Britax B-Safe travel system!
And you can, too! Well, if you’re quick. It ends tonight.
Cross your fingers for me!