Mamas & Papas Sola2 MTX Stroller Review

sola2-mtx-stroller1Recently Mamas & Papas have added a lot of new strollers to their stroller line. The Sola2 MTX is one of their newest models which is upgraded version of the Sola2.

It’s a luxury reversible seat stroller with all-terrain wheels that is design for indoors and outdoor activities. The air-filled rear tires together with all-wheel suspension provide amazing maneuverability and a very smooth ride. You can easily push it with one hand even fully loaded.

If you want to have ONLY one stroller, Sola2 MTX would be a great choice. It will last your from birth and up to 50 lbs. You can turn it into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat or a stylish pram by replacing it with a bassinet.

I like when strollers have a bassinet option because you don’t want you child to spend too much time in the car seat. It also offers another place to sleep at home.

This buggy also features adjustable leg rest, adjustable 5-point harness, adjustable handle bar, large easy-to-access basket, huge canopy, deep one-hand recline suitable for a newborn, mesh panel for better air flow, automatic lock, standing fold, and flip-flop-friendly brake.  I was pleasantly surprised that despite all the great features and large all-terrain wheels it still weighs ONLY 22 lbs. This is probably the LIGHTEST all-terrain reversible seat stroller on the market!

I also want to mention how compact it is when folded. It even wins when compared to it’s main competitor Nuna Mixx which is one of the most compact strollers on the market. Another big competitor that is probably feeling the pressure is Bugaboo Cameleon 3 because while it does have large 12″ rear all-terrain wheels, the fold is bulkier, the canopy has no peekaboo and no mesh, the seat is one molded piece and doesn’t offer space to stretch, and the price is much higher ($880-$990). For the price of one Cameleon 3 you can get two Sola2 MTX :)

I have Sola2 MTX 5 out of 5 stars because this is an amazing stroller full of luxury features that could be your ONLY stroller. The large rear wheels make it great for indoors and outdoors adventures. I also like the low price of only $479 on Amazon (free shipping/free return).

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Features

-Huge canopy. Like all other Mamas&Papas models, Sola2 MTX has a very generous two-panel canopy with a large sunvisor that will provide your child with full sun protection. There is a large peekaboo window made out of clear plastic with a magnetic closure. No noisy Velcro! There is also a mesh zipped in panel for better air flow on a hot summer day. You can use that mesh panel as a second peekaboo window to look at your sweet pea.

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-Adjustable handle bar. The handle bar goes from 38″ all the way up to 41″ from the ground. The handle bar is covered with nice foam. There is a run-away strap attached to the middle of the bumper bar for extra safety.

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-Reversible seat. I like how roomy the seat is comparing to other reversible seats. It is 13″ wide with 21″ seat back and a measurement of 24″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. This is a tall seat back with plenty of headroom for a tall child. Your four year old should have no problem fitting in.

The seat has a very deep recline that goes to almost flat position suitable for a newborn. It is one-hand lever recline that is much more convenient than strap system. It has the same recline positions in parent-facing mode. The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs.

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-Bumper bar. INCLUDED! The bumper bar is swing away and can be quickly removed for easy cleaning. I like that it’s covered with fabric instead of foam. The first thing those little cuties will do when you put them into the stroller is go for the bumper bar with their little teeth. They have to taste it at least once to make sure they are not missing out on anything. And if it’s foam they will be chewing on it all the time. LOL.

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-Adjustable 5 point harness. It has padded adjustable 5 point harness with center release buckle that is not too hard to undo.

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-Adjustable leg rest. The leg rest can be easily adjusted with a push of a finger. Just push it up with your hand and stop when you like the position.Smaller babies will be able to stretch their little legs. If you fully recline the seat and bring the leg rest up, your child will have plenty of room to stretch and take a long nap. Also great for quick diaper changes on the fly!

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-Large basket. While the basket is not very deep, it is large and easy to access. I had no problem fitting in my large diaper bag. The unique shaped basket helps to save some space allowing for more compact fold.

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-All-wheel suspension. Helps to absorb the bumps providing your child with a smooth ride.

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-Wheels. It rolls on four wheels with two 10″ air-filled tires in the back and 7.5″ hard rubber tires in the front. The front wheels are swivel, but can be locked straight for rougher terrain. Because rear wheels are air-filled this buggy can handle all kind of terrain.

Of course it’s not as all-terrain as a jogger would be, but it does very well off road and on bumpy streets. If you are planning on taking long walks in the park with a newborn, this would be a perfect stroller for you. It has great maneuverability and is easy to push with one hand even when fully loaded.

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-Pump. INCLUDED! Since the rear wheels are air-filled they will need occasional maintenance. It’s really a not a big deal. Use included pump to add some air when needed.

-Flip-flop-friendly brakes. No more shoe scratches! Simply step on the red part of the brake to lock both rear wheels or step on black part to unlock it.

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-Compact fold. The fold is very easy, but you will need  both hands. You can even fold it with the seat attached as long as it’s facing forward. It fold to a very compact package for an all-terrain stroller. There is a an automatic lock and if you put the handle bar in the right position, you can get a standing fold.

The only thing I don’t like is that the handle bar might get dirty from touching the ground. It has folding dimensions of 13″H x 24″ W x 33″L which is even more compact than’t it’s biggest competitor Nuna Mixx that has folding dimensions of  18.6″H x 23.2″W x 35.5″L. This buggy should fit in any trunk with no problem.

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-Travel system option. You can easily turn it into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat. Using only the frame of the stroller makes it much lighter and easier to get it in and out of the car. And since you will be removing the stroller seat, the car seat don’t need to match. Because Mamas&Papas don’t make their own car seat, you can pair it with one of the popular car seats like:

  • Cybex Aton/Aton2/Aton Q
  • Graco Snugride 35
  • Primo Viaggio IP & SL
  • Maxi Cosi Citi/Pebble/Cabriofix/Mico/Prezi
  • Nuna Pipa

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-Bassinet option. You can turn Sola2 MTX into a beautiful pram by replacing the seat of the stroller with a bassinet. The bassinet option is always a big plus because you can take a long walk or go visit your friends without concerns of your child spending too much time in the car seat. BTW, doctor’s don’t recommend for the newborn to be in the car seat for more than 2 hours in the row.

I am absolutely in love with this bassinet! It’s high quality, stylish and full of great features. The built-in recline will ensure your baby is comfortable in the lie flat position and is great for babies with acid reflex that need a little elevation. You can lift the recline up a little putting your baby on an ergonomic position for better spine development.

Just like the stroller canopy, there is a hidden ventilation panel in the bassinet canopy that will provide your child with a better air flow. The central handle bar makes is it easy to transport in and out of the house. There is even a toy loop to keep your baby entertained.

I also like the way it’s build. Istead of being saggy and wrinkly like many other bassinets on the market, it keeps it’s nice shape. It can accommodate a child from birth and up to 20 lbs. You can get it on Amazon for only $220.

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Cons

-Seat position for the fold. If you want to fold the stroller with the seat attached, it has to be in forward facing position. It is a pain in the behind to flip the seat every time.

-Puzzle piece buckle. The buckle is a little annoying, but not a big deal after you get used to it. I’ve stopped shoulder pads once my daughter started to walk and now that she is 2.5 years old I don’t use harness at all. That’s where the bumper bar gets very handy :)

Video Review

Here is a great video overview.

Here is a video of a happy dad with a happy baby taking a long walk at the park.

Specs

Stroller weight: 22 lbs
Weight limit: 50 lbs
Folded dimensions: 13″H x 24″ W x 33″L
Handle bar height: 38″-41″
Seat to canopy height: 24″
Front wheels: 7.5″
Rear wheels: 10″
Overall length: 33″
Overall width: 23″

Warranty

Mamas & Papas gives 2 year warranty from the date of purchase. Here is more information on the warranty.

Available colors

The Sola2 MTX model is available in three colors: black, denim and blue denim. All of strollers come with a silver frame.

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Comparison Chart

I put together a comparison chart of Flip XT vs Urbo2 vs Sola2 MTX.

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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 Sola2 MTX in one of the three beautiful colors for around $479 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns). Comes with a rain cover, bumper bar and pump.

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~Susan Brian

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2015 UPPAbaby Vista Stroller Review

uppababy_vista_2015_24If you liked the old UPPAbaby Vista, the 2015 model will blow you away! The new 2015 Vista really grows with your family. Now, you can turn it into a double tandem stroller by adding a second toddler seat called RubmlerSeat. The old RumblerSeat was small, without a recline, had no bumper bar, no adjustable leg rest, and had small canopy.

The new 2015 RumblerSeat has it all just like the main seat. It can also reverse and recline. The main seat has a weight limit of 50 lbs while the second seat has the weight limit of 35 lbs. You can also convert it to a pram by replacing the seat with included matching bassinet or turn it into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat (sold separately).

Having twins? No problem! The new 2015 Vista can hold two toddler seats, two bassinets, or two infant car seats. The MESA Infant Car Seat attaches directly to the VISTA frame converting your stroller into a travel system. The VISTA is also compatible with select Chicco®, Maxi-Cosi®, and Graco® Classic infant car seats with our adapters. You can even trasport three kids by getting a PiggyBack Ride-Along board.How cool is that?

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Nuna Mixx Stroller Review

nuna-mixx13The new Nuna Mixx is a new HOT stroller in town! I’ve been getting tons of emails every day asking me to write a review. Well, here it is! More and more parents want a stylish reversible seat stroller that all-terrain wheels, large basket, is more or less compact, and is not too heavy.

Well, Nuna Mixx has all these features and then some. It is a full size stroller with a reversible seat and all-terrain wheels.

This sleek looking buggy has roomy seat, adjustable handle bar, reversible seat, very deep recline, flip-flop friendly brake, no-re-thread harness, and adjustable leg rest.

The basket is absolutely huge! You can fit two large diaper bags in it. Another feature that I really like is that you can create a bed-like environment for you child by lifting the leg rest and reclining the back of the seat absolutely flat.

Many reversible seat strollers have a ‘v’ shape seat leaving your child always in the sitting position. The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs. The large canopy with a pop-out sunvisor will provide your child with plenty of sun protection.

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Bumbleride Indie 4 Stroller Review

bumbleride-indie4-2If you’ve been reading my blog, you know how much I love the Indie model. That is why I was so exited about release of the Indie 4. Some parents want to have four wheels instead of three because they feel that four wheels provide better stability. I think it’s matter of preference. In my opinion, four wheels ARE more stable and easier to navigate in tight spaces, but they weigh more and take up more space in your trunk.  So you have to see what’s more important for you the weight or the stability. Here is my full review of Indie model.

The Indie 4 model is designed for everyday use like going to the mall, running errands, walks at the park or a beach. It’s NOT a jogger unlike the Indie model, but has all-terrain wheels and comes with a matching BASSINET so you can use it from birth. I think Bumbleride is trying to create serious competition for popular UPPABaby Vista model which also has all-terrain tires and comes with a matching bassinet. You can also convert Indie 4 to a travel system by using included universal car seat adapter.

I was happy to see that Indie 4 has some of the same features as Indie like oversized canopy, adjustable leg rest, deep recline, nicely padded roomy seat, adjustable handle bar, 5-point harness, huge basket, storage pocket, and easy fold. The seat has a deep recline and can accommodate a child from birth and up to 55 lbs. This buggy weighs 22 lbs which is 2 lbs more than Indie model. The extra weight comes as a result of an extra wheel.

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Britax Affinity All-Terrain Stroller Review

britax_affinity1Britax have just added a new all-terrain luxury customizable stroller to their collection called Affinity. The stroller comes with three different frames (black, white, or silver). The seat base is gray, but you can choose the color of your seat liner, canopy, basket liner and strap paddings from six beautiful colors that are part of so called ‘color pack’. The seat liner has such nice padding and is so soft, your child will feel very comfy and snug.

This is an everyday stroller that is great for long walks in the park or running errands. What really impressed me in Affinity is maneuverability. The air filled tires together with adjustable all-wheel suspension create an extremely smooth ride.

The leather covered handle bar has the one-hand grip that makes one-hand navigation super easy. My hands are always full. I am one of those moms who has a phone, cup of coffee, or a dog leash in the other hand. LOL.

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Eddie Bauer Endurance Jogging Stroller Review

eddie_bauer_endurance1Eddie Bauer Endurance is a budget-friendly jogging stroller that is designed for on-the-go parents who want to get a basic jogger for a reasonable price. These days not many people have $500 for a fancy jogging stroller full of luxury features. The Edurance model is not only affordable, but also has a lot of great features. It rolls on three large air-filled tires that can go through any kind of terrain. The ‘follow-the-sun’ canopy isn’t big, but will provide your child with enough shade. The roomy seat has a one-hand recline and a mesh window at the top of the seat that provides nice air circulation.

The stroller is designed for children from 6 months and up to 50 lbs, but if you want to use for a newborn, covert it into a travel system. This buggy comes with a large easy to access basket that fits a large diaper bag. You will be pleasantly surprised to see a parent console and a child’s tray included. The fold is very easy and since this baby weighs only 21 lbs, you’ll have no problem lifting and loading it into the trunk.

I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because while this stroller doesn’t have many luxury features like adjustable leg rest, large canopy, peekaboo window, adjustable handle bar, or deep recline, it is very affordable, compact, and very light for a jogging stroller. The only real draw back is the short seat back with the mesh at the top, because if you have a taller child, you won’t be able to use the recline. It retails for around $200 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax) and it comes with a snack tray and parent organizer.

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Jané Trider Extreme Stroller Review 2014

jane_trider_extreme1Jané Trider Extreme is a luxury all-terrain stroller that is great for long walks in the park or even light jogging. The hard rubber wheels and all-wheel suspension system with adjustable shock absorbers will provide your child with a smooth ride not matter how rough the terrain gets. The reversible seat sits higher on the frame promoting better bonding and communication at an early age. It also can be used a high chair when you are out and about. It also features large canopy, 5 point harness, adjustable handle bar, and adjustable leg rest. I really like the hand brake instead of the foot brake. No shoe scratches! All this goodness has a weight of 33 lbs.

The fold is very compact for an all-terrain stroller, so you should be able to fit it even into a small trunk. To make it even more compact you can remove the seat and the rear wheels. The seat can accommodate a child from 6 months and up to 40 lbs. You can easily convert Trider into a travel system by purchasing a car seat adapter. You can also turn it into a pram by replacing the seat with a bassinet (sold separately).

The Rider Extreme has a very sporty and sleek design. It comes in two colors: blue and red. The red is my favorite because of the gorgeous red metallic frame that matches the color of the seat. The blue one is not bad too, it comes with a gray metallic frame. The blue one has a writing on the leg rest that says “Get your energy back”. I think I will get my energy back only when my daughter Sophia goes to school. LOL. I get no break from her. She is a VERY active toddler.

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Bugaboo Buffalo All-Terrain Stroller Review

bugaboo_buffalo13The Bugaboo Buffalo is a luxury all-terrain stroller that comes with a matching bassinet. It’s an everyday stroller designed for active parents who like to run errands, go shopping, and take long walks in the park.

The four shock absorbing foam-filled tires can handle any type of terrain providing your child with a smooth ride. There is even a two-wheel mode that you can use to tackle rough terrain like sand or snow. The Buffalo model has a narrow frame of 24″ making it perfect for navigating narrow store aisles (For comparison City Mini is also 24″ wide).

It’s full of great features like one-hand recline, reversible seat, adjustable handle bar, and large basket. I always complain about Bugaboo canopies, but this one is absolutely HUGE. LOV it! The seat can be used from 6 month and up to 50 lbs.

If you want to use it from birth, simply replace the seat with the included bassinet and vuola! You got a beautiful pram! You can also convert it into a travel system by getting an infant car seat adapter. When it comes to functionality, Bugaboo decided to make it easy by making all the functional sections on the stroller white. Now, even if you didn’t read the instructions (who has the time!), you can figure out how to adjust any of the parts.

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