BOB Sport Utility Stroller Review

bob_sport_utilityIs your stroller holding you back? Do you want to run off-road on a dirt trail? Well, then BOB Sport Utility is a stroller for you! It’s designed for active parents who like to take it off-road in an all-terrain environment. The 1″ knobby tires with thick tread, grab the road providing increased traction and toughness.

If you want to go trail running, you can be sure your little passenger won’t know the difference thanks to BOB’s famous adjustable suspension system. This stroller can be compared to a mountain bike. It will smoothly go over the rocks, roots, and uneven terrain. It has a fixed front wheel that provides a great stability when the trail gets bumpy.

High-strength lightweight frame makes this stroller light yet durable. It weighs only 26 lbs and can hold a child up to 70 lbs. This stroller is for serious off-the-road joggers/runners who want to stay active and adventurous. This is not your everyday shopping stroller. If you want to take your jogging stroller to the store, then BOB Revolution or Motion model would be a better choice because it has the swiveling front wheel.

Read more

Baby Jogger City Select Stroller Review

city_selectBaby Jogger City Select is an award-winning luxury stroller that became very popular because of its ability to TRANSFORM from a single stroller into a double with an addition of a bassinet, car seat adapter or additional seat. With the second seat, it has 16 different combinations of the seating arrangement. How great is that! It also has great features like large canopy, adjustable handle bar and huge storage basket. It is a sleek stroller that looks very modern and innovative.

There are not many INLINE double strollers that can transform from single into double mode. Most of the double stroller have both seats side-by-side making them very wide and hard to get around things. Try getting  down shopping aisles or between parked cars with a side-by-side stroller! You will need to go around the whole parking lot to get to your car.

Read more

Stokke Trailz All-Terrain Stroller Review

stokke-trailz4The Stokke Trailz is a luxury all-terrain stroller with a reversible seat that is designed for active parents who like to spend a lot of time outdoors no matter the season or terrain. As you’ve probably guessed from the name of the model you can easily take if off road and tackle the trails. Uneven city streets, snow, sand or gravel wouldn’t be a problem when you are strolling with this buggy. These large all-terrain air-filled tires can handle anything!

Keep in mind, there is a big difference between foam-filled and air-filled all-terrain wheels. The air-filled wheels have much better natural suspension and provide much smoother ride than foam-filled. For those parents who mostly walk on even surface, foam filled tires will be enough. But, if you want to take it to the sandy beach or snowy street, it’s better to have air-filled tires.

The Trailz comes with a reversible seat, but can also be converted into a travel system or a pram. The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 45 lbs. The included infant insert reduces the seat depth and provides more support for a small baby. 

Read more

Cybex Eternis M3 All-Terrain Stroller Review

cybex-eternis-m3-1The Cybex has recently released a wide range of strollers for every kind of lifestyle. One of their all-terrain models in the new collection is Eternis M3 which rolls on three foam-filled wheels, has an one-hand compact fold and weighs only 19 lbs. This is the lightest all-terrain stroller in the Cybex M line.

Despite the low weight, it is full of great features like large canopy, adjustable handle bar, large basket, all-wheel suspension, flip-flop-friendly brake, and very roomy seat.

The seat has a deep almost flat recline suitable for a newborn and can accommodate a child up to 55 lbs. Like all M models, it can be converted into a travel system or a pram. You can remove the seat completely and use a frame only. This is a serious competition for the popular Baby Jogger City Mini GT. I think this model will be a big hit among the parents since there are not that many all-terrain stroller with an one-hand compact fold. 

Read more

Cybex Eternis M4 All-Terrain Stroller Review

cybex-eternis-m4-7Last year Cybex has released a wide range of strollers for any lifestyle. One of their new all-terrain models is Cybex Eternis M4 which features a very compact one-hand fold and a light weight of only 21 lbs.

The Cybex Eternis M4 rolls on four never-flat foam-filled hard-rubber wheels with 8″ wheels in the front and 11.5″ wheels in the back. These wheels can handle different kinds of terrain from uneven city streets with lots of cobblestones to a countryside. The all-wheel suspension makes the ride even smoother.

Despite the light weight, it is full of great features like a large canopy with a dark mesh window, large basket, roomy seat, flip-flop-friendly brake, all-wheel suspension, adjustable handle bar, and swing-away bumper bar.

The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 55 lbs. The one-hand compact fold with an automatic lock and standing fold make it great for travel and public transit. Just like all Cybex M models, it can be converted into a travel system or a stylish pram. You can remove the seat completely and use only the frame of the stroller. This could be your ONLY stroller.

Read more

Cybex Balios M All-Terrain Stroller Review

cybex-balios-m24

The Cybex Balios M is an all-terrain reversible-seat stroller that has an one-hand compact fold and it weighs only 23 lbs. It has many features parents want in the stroller like huge canopy, roomy reversible seat, deep recline, large basket and adjustable leg rest.

The all-terrain wheels together with all-wheel suspension provide a smooth ride. It’s great for long walks at the park, city streets or grocery shopping. You can also turn it into a stylish pram by replacing the seat with a carry cot or a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat.

The adjustable handle bar can accommodate taller and shorter parents. The one-hand fold is pretty compact and has a standing fold and auto lock.

Aside from great features I also love the stylish frame design and combination of the white and black tires. BTW, this modern looking buggy was designed and made in Germany.

This is almost a perfect stroller, but there are a few things I would improve. I would like to see a cover added for the mesh panel in the canopy. Also, it would be nice if the stroller worked with most popular car seats not just Cybex infant car seats. But, the main thing would be that one-hand fold that is really hard to get working. In fact this was the main complaint from other parents on how difficult the fold is. I hope Cybex updates it in the near future.

BTW, there is a new stroller called Cybex Balios S which has a lot of similar features, but has a very deep flat recline suitable for a newborn unlike Balios M that keeps it’s ‘v’ shape so your child is kind of in a sitting position even when fully reclined. Check it out.

The Cybex Balios M comes in five beautiful colors and retails for around $496 on Amazon. It comes only with bumper bar. All other accessories need to be purchased separately. BTW, there is a new stroller Cybex Balios S which has a lot of similar features, but

Buy Cybex Balios M All-Terrain Stroller »

cybex-balios-m27

Features

-Huge canopy. This canopy is great! It has three large panels including a mesh zipped-in one that go down all the way to the bumper bar. Your child will get plenty of coverage. You can use the mesh panel instead of the peekaboo window to look at your child. The only thing I wish it had is the closure for the mesh to protect child from the wind and the sun.

cybex-balios-m3

cybex-balios-m4

-Reversible seat. The seat is reversible so your child can face you or the world.  It is 12.5″ wide with the 20″ seat back and a measurement of 22″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. You will be happy to know that it has a very deep one-hand lever recline that goes to almost flat position.

Despite the ‘v’ shaped seat, I think the recline is deep enough to put a newborn in. It can hold a child up to 55 lbs. Of course if you want to put a newborn into the seat, you will need to get an infant insert for additional support.

To avoid tipping the stroller backwards when the seat is fully reclined, hang your diaper bag on the frame using stroller hooks. You can also use it to hang your water bottle, or shopping bags.

cybex-balios-m22cybex-balios-m10

cybex-balios-m7

cybex-balios-m23

-5-point harness. It has an adjustable padded 5-point harness with a center release buckle. Because the waist straps and the shoulder straps are connected, it’s very easy to lock the buckle. I like that white logo in the middle.

cybex-balios-m16

-Adjustable handle bar. The telescoping handle bar goes from 37″ all the way up to 42″ from the ground. Shorter and taller parents will be comfortable.

cybex-balios-m17

-Bumper bar. INCLUDED! This bumper bar is swing-away and can be easily removed.

cybex-balios-m5

-Adjustable leg rest. The leg rest is adjustable so your little baby will be able to stretch his legs.

cybex-balios-m6

-Huge basket. The basket is great! It’s large and very easy to access from the back. You can fit a lot of stuff in it including your largest diaper bag.

For even more storage I would recommend getting an universal stroller organizer. That way you can take not only your coffee cup, but also a LOT of stuff including keys, phone, water, wallet, snacks, diapers, toys, and more. The amount of stuff it can fit is unbelievable.

cybex-balios-m2

Look at how loaded this basket is!

cybex-balios-m1

-All-terrain wheels. It rolls on four all-terrain wheels with 8″ in the front and 11.5″ wheels in the back. These wheels are made out of high-quality rubber and have foam filling so they never puncture or flatten. Now, I should probably mention that these are not the same as air-filled all-terrain wheels that you can use to go trail walking. These wheels are more designed for long walks at the park, city streets with uneven pavement, or some playground mulch. They are still much better than on many non all-terrain strollers.

cybex-balios-m14

cybex-balios-m19

-All-wheel suspension. The all-wheel suspension together with large all-terrain wheels make the ride much smoother.

cybex-balios-m18

-Flip-flop-friendly brake. I am always happy to see a flip-flop-friendly brake. No shoe scratches!

cybex-balios-m8

-One-hand fold. The fold is three-step fold, but you can do it all with one hand and it has a standing fold and automatic lock. Since the stroller folds in half (one of my favorite folds), it becomes a very compact package for an all-terrain reversible seat stroller which are known for having a bulky fold. This is probably as compact as it can get. The folded dimensions are: 14.6″L x 22.4″W x 33″H.

cybex-balios-m9

cybex-balios-m12

cybex-balios-m11

-Bassinet option. You can turn your stroller into a stylish pram by replacing the seat with a matching bassinet called Cybex Carry Cot M. It features a comfortable, extra wide mattress that ensures an ergonomically correct and comfortable lying position. The integrated UVP50+ sun canopy protects from sun, wind and rain. The carry cot weighs only 8 lbs and can accommodate a child from birth and up to 20 lbs. It works with following models:

  • Cybex Balios M
  • Cybex Iris M-Air
  • Cybex Agis M-Air 3 / 4
  • Cybex Eternis M3 / M4

cybex-balios-m25

cybex-balios-m20

-Travel system option. You can also turn your stroller into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat. It works ONLY with Cybex car seats which I think have one of the best safety ratings. Check out my top 10 safest car seats. BTW, you do need to buy adapters separately. The compatible models include:

  • Aton
  • Aton 2
  • Aton Q/Could Q

cybex-balios-m15

Cons

-No mesh window closure. There is a zipped-in mesh panel in the canopy that you can expose for larger coverage. This mesh can be also used as a peekaboo window. I wish there was an attached cover to protect the child from wind and the sun.

-Works only with Cybex car seats. While you can convert Balios M into a travel system, it works only with Cybex infant car seats which I love, but they are not cheap. Here is my list of best car seats on today’s market.

Video Review

Here is a detailed video overview from Cybex.

Here is a great video from Baby Gizmo.

Specs

Stroller weight: 23 lbs
Weight limit: 55 lbs
Folded dimensions: 14.6″H x 23″W x 33″L
Handle bar height: 39″ – 42″
Seat to canopy height: 22″
Front wheels: 8″
Rear wheels: 11.5″
Overall length: 34″
Overall width: 23″

Warranty

The Cybex has a 2-year warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be the original owner.

Available colors

The Cybex Balios M comes in five colors: moon dust, grape juice, autumn gold, hot & spicy, and true blue. All come with a black frame.

cybex-balios-m26

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 Cybex Balios M in one of the five beautiful colors for around $469 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax). It comes with a bumper bar only. All other accessories like cup holder or infant car seat adapter needs to be purchased separately.

Buy Cybex Balios M All-Terrain Stroller »

~Susan Brian

P.S. If you like my review, please click “like” button below.

Nuna IVVI Stroller Review

nuna-ivvi-stroller31I am a big fan of the Dutch company Nuna, so I was very excited to test their all-terrain luxury IVVI stroller. This stroller really grows with your child from birth and through their toddler years. Use it as a travel system with an infant car seat or as a pram by replacing the seat with a stylish bassinet. The reversible seat can face you or the world.

It rolls on four all-terrain wheels that can handle snow, sand, or uneven pavement like a champ. I absolutely love the extendable canopy with mesh peekaboo window that will provide full coverage for your child even when the seat is fully reclined.

The telescoping handle bar will accommodate taller and shorter parents. The basket is HUGE and is easy to access. The adjustable leg rest provides more stretching room for your baby. 

Read more

Muv Gaan 2016 Stroller Review

muv-gaan-stroller2

The Muv is a new European company that has recently entered US market. They’ve presented two new strollers called Reis and Gaan at the ABC Kids Expo 2015. Since this was the first time I saw them, I can only give you a brief overview of the main features.

Both strollers are very similar, but have different number of wheels. Reis rolls on four wheels while Gaan has only three. Let’s take a look at Gaan.

The Gaan model rolls on three large EVA foam filled wheels that are 12″ according to the Muv site. When I measured the wheels at the Expo, they were only 10″. If you look at the photo, they really don’t look 12″ because 12″ are really large tires. I think they’ve made a mistake.

Read more