The Book Cross is a new all-terrain stroller from Peg Perego. The Cross model designed for active parents who like to spend whole days outdoors. This model is a serious competition for the popular City Mini GT because it is also lightweight for an all-terrain (only 22 lbs), and has an one-hand fold.
It rolls on three large puncture proof tires that together with all-wheel suspension provide a smooth ride even over uneven terrain. You will also enjoy a large canopy with a peekaboo window, adjustable handle bar with a hand brake, easy to access large basket, and adjustable leg rest.
The deep recline goes to almost flat position perfect for a newborn. The seat is VERY roomy and will accommodate a taller toddler without a problem.
Another great feature of Cross is ability to turn into a travel system with Primo Viaggio infant car seat or a pram with Navetta XL and Navetta Pop-up bassinets. The Book Cross has a lot of great things going on that City Mini GT doesn’t have.
I am not going to go into every detail comparing the two, but I can tell you that City Mini GT does not have the pram option, has smaller harder to access basket, and does not have an adjustable leg rest. You can get Peg Perego Book Cross 2016 in one of the three beautiful colors for around $499 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax). It comes with a bumper bar.
-Large canopy. The three-panel canopy is a good size and will provide plenty of shade for your child. There is a medium size peekaboo window made out of clear plastic with a magnetic closure. I think this is a good size canopy, but I still would add a small pop-out sunvisor so it would go down all the way to the bumper bar or add so called ‘follow-the-sun’ option.
-Toy loop. There is also a cute little toy loop attached to the canopy so you can keep your baby entertained.
-Very roomy seat. The is 15″ wide with 20″ seat back and a measurement of 26″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. This is a great seat back height and the canopy height. Your older toddler will have no problem fitting in. The seat is also pretty wide comparing to the average of 12″.
-Deep recline. The seat has a deep one-hand strap recline that goes down to almost flat position suitable for a newborn. You will need both hands to bring the seat back up. It can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs.
-Dark mesh window. Once you recline the seat you will see a large mesh window with Velcro closure. This mesh will provide better air circulation on a hot summer day. It will also prevent your baby from falling out from the back.
-5-point harness. It comes with an adjustable padded 5 point harness with a center release buckle.
-Swing-away bumper bar. INCLUDED! The swing-away removable bumper bar is included.
-Adjustable leg rest. The leg rest goes up and own providing more stretching room for your baby.
-Adjustable handle bar. The adjustable handle bar goes from 34″ all the way up to 45″ from the ground.
-Hand brake. Conveniently located on the handle bar, this hand brake is super flip-flop-friendly.
-Large basket. The basket is not only a great size, but also is very easy to access thanks to the flexible frame in the back. You can bring the back frame down to get your things in and out even with the seat fully reclined. Love it!
-Wheels. It rolls on four large 10″ wheels with springs and 8 ball bearings. The front wheel is swivel, but can be easily locked straight by turning a small lever located on the side of the frame. No need to bend down and touch dirty wheel! What I like about these all-terrain wheels is that they are made using ultra-resistant lining that adjusts to the ground surface, allowing the child to travel comfortably even in unusual situations, such as uneven terrain, city pavements, mulch, gravel and dust roads. Keep in mind, this is not a jogging stroller, although it might look like one.
-All-wheel suspension. Of course suspension helps to absorb all the bumps making the ride much smoother.
-Easy fold. It folds just like a book that why it’s called Book Cross. Just pull up on the lever behind the seat and it will fold. And it can be done with just one hand! How cool is that? It also has an automatic lock and a standing fold. The folded dimensions are 36″L x 25″W x 18″H. This is not the most compact fold. For comparison the City Mini GT folded dimensions are 31.5″L x 24.5″W x 10″H.
-Travel system option. It can be turned into a travel system with Primo Viaggio SL infant car seat. You can place it on top of the stroller seat, or a frame.
-Bassinet option. You can also turn this stroller into a pram by attaching Navetta XL bassinet or Navetta Pop-Up bassinet to the frame of the stroller.
-Bulky. While Book Cross is full of great features and weighs only 22 lbs, it has pretty bulky fold.
Here is a quick video overview from ABC Kids Expo 2015.
Here is an overview video from Peg Perego.
Stroller weight: 22 lbs
Weight limit: 50 lbs
Handle bar height: 34″- 45″
Folded dimensions: 36″L x 25″W x 18″H
Seat to canopy height: 26″
Rear wheels: 10″
Front wheels: 10″
Stroller width: 25″
Peg Perego has 1 year warranty on the frame of the stroller and 90 days on fabric from the day of purchase. Here is more information on the warranty.
Peg Perego Book Cross will come in three colors: atmosphere, mod bluette, and synergy. All models will come with a black frame.
Where to buy it
My favorite place to buy strollers and a lot of other baby items is Amazon. It usually has the lowest prices, free shipping, free returns and no sales tax. How great is that? You can get Peg Perego Book Cross 2016 in one of the three beautiful colors for around $499 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax). It comes with a bumper bar.
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