The Valco Baby Snap Ultra stroller is finally here! Like many parents I’ve been waiting for this stroller since the beginning of 2015. Wondering why?
Well, because this is one of the lightest and most compact reversible strollers on the market. While it weighs only 19 lbs, it has large wheels that can handle a lot of different terrain.
But, the most exiting thing is that you can get all-terrain tires for this model and switch them. Voila! Now, you have an ALL-TERRAIN stroller that you can take off road. This way you don’t need to buy two strollers.
You can use regular wheels when you running errands, going to the mall, or grocery shopping and use all-terrain wheels when you are going to the park for a long walk.
The Snap Ultra truly grows with your child. It also has ability to transform into a travel system and a beautiful pram. The seat is very roomy with plenty of headroom for a taller toddler. The deep recline goes to almost a flat position suitable for a newborn. The huge canopy will provide your child with complete protection. It also features adjustable handle bar, adjustable leg rest, adjustable 5-point harness, huge basket, and flip-flop-friendly brake.
I gave it 5 out of 5 stars because despite some little things it’s an amazing stroller that could be easily your ONLY stroller no matter what lifestyle you have. It’s hard to believe that with all the features and the large wheels it still weighs only 19 lbs.
The travel system and bassinet option make it great for a newborn. Of course there is no such thing as a perfect stroller although Snap Ultra got pretty close. I would like to see an adjustable handle bar, suspension system, peekaboo window, and crotch pad added to the next update. I am not sure how this will effect the weight of the model.
It retails for around $399 on Amazon and comes with a rain cover and a bumper bar. I think this is a very good price for all the features you are getting. There is also plenty accessories you can get like child’s tray, bassinet, footmuff, stroller board, cup holder and etc.
-Huge canopy. The canopy is absolutely amazing! It goes all the way down pass the bumper bar providing your child with FULL coverage. I think it’s one of the largest canopies on the market. It has four large panels including a zipped mesh one that provides great air circulation on a hot summer day. Since there is no peekaboo window, you can use that mesh panel to look at your child.
-Tall handle bar. The handle bar is NOT adjustable, but is pretty tall. It’s located 41″ from the ground which is an average height for non-adjustable handle bars. I think this is a great height that will work for shorter and taller parents. There is also a center grip with for easier one-hand navigation.
-Run-away strap. There is a run-away strap attached to the handle bar as an extra safety feature. I personally never use it even with my jogger, but I guess it can be helpful if you are going down the hill and afraid to lose the grip of the handle bar.
-Reversible seat. The seat is very roomy. It’s 12.5″ wide with 20″ seat back and a measurement of 25″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. I like that the canopy is so tall because most reversible seat strollers have it at around 22″-24″. Plenty of head room for an older child!
The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 45 lbs. It has a very deep strap recline that goes to almost a flat position suitable for a newborn. While you can recline the seat with just one hand, you will need both hands to bring it back up.
The seat is reversible so your child can face you or the world. It has the same recline positions in the parent facing mode and can be folded with the seat attached in either direction. The padding on the seat is very soft and plush.
-Bumper bar. INCLUDED! The included bumper bar is swing-away and can be removed for easy cleaning. I like that it’s covered with durable easy to clean material instead of foam. We all know the first thing those little angels will do is take a bite of the bumper bar just to get a good taste of the new stroller. LOL. My daughter is known for munching on the bumper bar.
-5 point harness. It has adjustable padded 5 point harness with a center release buckle. Surprisingly, there is no crotch pad. I don’t think it’s a big deal, but I would buy one online for like $10.
-Storage pockets. There are two small storage pockets located in the back of the seat where you can place small items like cell phone, keys, or sunglasses.
-Adjustable leg rest. It has an adjustable leg rest that is great for little babies who like to stretch their little legs. It’s also very convenient for long naps and quick diaper changes.
-Huge basket. The basket is not only huge, but also is very deep so you can fit a lot of stuff in it. You can get in from all the sides. The front of the basket has an elastic panel so you can even get into it from the front if the leg rest is up. Perfect for grocery shopping! I think this is one of the biggest baskets on the market.
-Flip-flop friendly brake. No more shoe scratches! One step on the brake will lock or unlock the rear wheels. Love it!
-Larger wheels. It rolls on four hard rubber wheels with 8″ wheels in the front and 10″ wheels in the back. The front wheel are swivel, but can be locked straight for rougher terrain. While this is not all-terrain tires, they can easily handle rougher terrain like grass, mulch or uneven pavement.
I am very happy to see this size of wheels on Snap Ultra because this is a large size for it’s class. Take a look at the competition:
- Armadillo Flip XT rolls on 6.5″ and 9″
- Stokke Scoot V2 rolls on 8″ and 10″
- Sola2 MTX rolls on 7.5″ and 10″
- Uppababy Cruz rolls on 6.5″ and 8.25″
- Nuna Mixx rolls on 7″ and 10″
So, you can see they went with the maximum size of the wheels while still staying under 20 lbs. AMAZING! I don’t know how they did it.
-All-terrain wheels option! If you want to have all-terrain air-filled wheels for when you going to spend a lot of time outdoors, you can purchase them separately and switch them when needed. How cool is that? Why don’t all the companies do that? You can get them for around $125 on Amazon.
-Very compact fold. The fold will require both hand, but is very easy and compact. You can fold it with seat attached facing either way. There is an automatic lock and standing fold. Since it uses the handle bar for standing fold, it might get dirty. This buggy is very compact with folded dimensions of 11.5″H x 20.5″W x 33″L. For comparison:
- Nuna Mixx – 18.6″H x 23.2″W x 35.5″L
- Stokke Scoot V2 -12.6″H x 21.6″W x 28.3″L
- Uppababy Cruz – 14”H x 22.25”W x 37”L
- Sola2 MTX – 13″H x 24″ W x 33″L
- Armadillo Flip XT – 10″H x 22″W x 30″L (the most compact stroller in it’s class).
-Rain cover. INCLUDED!
-Travel system option. You can turn it into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat. Additional car seat adapter is required. It’s compatible with:
- Graco ‘Classic Fit’ (DOES NOT WORK WITH ‘CLICK CONNECT’)
- Peg Perego ‘Primo Viaggio’ 30/30
- Britax ‘Chaperone’
- Chicco ‘KeyFit 30’/Maxi Cosi ‘Mico’
- Nuna Pipa
- Cybex Aton
-Bassinet option. You can also turn Valco Baby Snap Ultra into a pram by replacing the seat with a matching bassinet. This bassinet features a soft mattress, cozy bootcover and zip up extra airflow panel in the canopy. It retails online for around $200 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns).
-Child’s tray option. You can purchase a child’s tray separately for around $32 on Amazon.
-No peekaboo window. The canopy is a great size, but there is no peekaboo window. Of course you can reverse the seat to see your child or use the mesh panel in the middle.
-Non-adjustable handle bar. While the handle bar is not adjustable, it’s pretty tall located 41″ from the ground. This is a good average height that should work for most parents.
-No crotch pad. Most of the strollers have a crotch pad to avoid scratching baby’s skin with the buckle. It also hides the buckle from curious toddler. Not a big deal. You can buy one for around $10 online.
-No suspension. It’s hard to believe, but this buggy does not have a suspension system. The Valco Baby representative told me that in order to keep this model under 20 lbs and give it large wheels, they decided not to include suspension nor adjustable handle bar.
Stroller weight: 19 lbs
Weight limit: 45 lbs
Folded dimensions: 11.5″H x 20.5″W x 33″L
Handle bar height: 41″
Seat to canopy height: 25″
Front wheels: 8″
Rear wheels: 10″
Overall length: 30″
Overall width: 20.5″
Valco has 1-year warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be the original owner. Here is more information on the warranty.
The Valco Baby Snap Ultra model is available in four colors: black, denim, grey and mulberry. All of strollers come with a grey or 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 Valco Baby Snap Ultra in one of the four beautiful colors for around $399 on Amazon. Comes with a rain cover and a bumper bar.
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