The Mutsy, a Dutch company that has been creating strollers since 1937, has just introduced their new lightweight stroller Nexo. Since this model is not out yet, I can only give you a quick overview of the main features I saw at the ABC Kids Expo 2015 in Las Vegas. This model has the same cool modern design as their Mutsy Igo and Mutsy Evo models, but is a more compact and less expensive.
If you don’t care about reversible seat and want to buy only one stroller for everyday life, Nexo is a good option. It has a lot of great features like deep recline, adjustable handle bar, large basket, adjustable leg rest, all-wheel suspension, and flip-flop-friendly brake.
The fold is very easy and compact. It weighs 19 lbs and can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs.
You can also turn it into a travel system with a Maxi-Cosi infant car seat. I really like the clean and simple design of the frame and the luxury finishes like leather handle bar and bumper bar. This buggy comes in two color combinations and retails for around $299 (free shipping). The bumper bar is included.
One of the main new models that was presented by GB at the ABC Kids Expo 2015 aside from GB Pokit, was a model called GB Maris.
The new GB Maris is a luxury stroller with a reversible seat that you can turn into a travel system or a pram. It has a futuristic frame design with metal plates and clean lines. All of the flowing lines meet together at the round center point in the middle of the stroller. You can see the two tone gray colors in the center element and the wheels of the model that help carry the same futuristic style.
While there are six different seat colors to choose from, the frame stays grey. One of the interesting things about the frame is that the front part which includes the sides and the foot plate is made as one piece. This is a very unique feature that you are not going to see on any other stroller. This was done to avoid having any seams on the frame so the lines stay as clean as possible.
Another thing that designers did to keep the lines clean, was put in a non-adjustable handle bar. I am all for clean lines, but I still prefer an adjustable handle bar. LOL. I mean, how many luxury strollers do you know of that don’t have an adjustable handle bar? I can’t even think of one right now… Aside from that Maris has a lot of great features like a reversible seat, large canopy, one-hand lever recline, swing-away bumper bar, large basket, all-wheel suspension, and adjustable leg rest.
One of the interesting strollers I saw at the ABC Kids Expo 2015 was the new GB Lyfe model. The GB Lyfe will be sold as a travel system together with Asana35 AP infant car seat. The stroller features a reversible seat that turns into a bassinet using the same seat fabric. No additional kits needed.
It also can be easily turned into a travel system replacing the infant car seat with Asana35 AP car seat. As of right now, I am not sure if it’s going to work with any other car seats. Since this model is not out yet, I only have some of the information and can give you just a short overview of the product.
The stroller features large canopy with a mesh panel, removable swing-away bumper bar, rear-wheel suspension, very large basket, and never flat EVA wheels.
The fold is super easy and can be done with the seat attached facing any direction. It has an automatic lock and standing fold.
You can get GB Lyfe 2016 Travel System in one of the two beautiful colors for around $349 on Amazon. I think it’s a good deal for a car seat and a stroller.
-Large canopy. It has a large canopy with zipped-in mesh panel that provides good ventilation on a hot day. The canopy goes all the way to the bumper bar providing a great coverage. There is no peekaboo window, but you can use zipped mesh panel to look at your child.
-Non-adjustable handle bar. The handle bar is not adjustable and is located 40″ from the ground. This is an average height if compared to other strollers.
-Reversible seat seat. The seat is 12″ wide with 17″ seat back and a measurement of 22″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs. As it happens with most reversible seat models the seat is really designed for younger kids and doesn’t have a lot of head room for an older toddler. My 3 year old could probably fit in, but it’s not going to be a comfortable ride because he legs are way to long for that foot rest. Now, many older toddlers (2.5- 3 year old) don’t really need a stroller anymore. And for those who do, parents usually get a lightweight umbrella stroller so I don’t think this should be a problem.
-Bassinet-like environment. The Lyfe model can also be turned into a pram by releasing two belts underneath the seat. One belt is located at the knee level and another one is at the neck level. By simply unclipping the buckles, you can turn it into a bassinet-like environment that is perfect for a newborn. I am saying ‘bassinet-like’ environment because in the real bassinet the sides are solid and the bassinet keeps it’s shape whenOf course this is not the same as a carrycot and can’t be used as a stand-alone, but this is a great option for a newborn. I wish there was a cover for the top portion of the bassinet like you can see on many stand-alone carrycots.
-Swing-away bumper bar. INCLUDED! There is a removable swing-away bumper bar.
-3 point harness. It has an adjustable padded 3 point harness with a center release buckle. BTW, most strollers have 5-point harness.
-Large basket. The basket is large and can be easily accessed from all the sides even if the seat is fully reclined.
-Never-flat wheels. It rolls on four EVA never-flat wheels with 7.5″ wheels in the front and 9.5″ wheels in the back. The front wheels are swivel, but can be locked straight for rougher terrain. This is an average size wheels for strollers in this category.
-Rear-wheel suspension. It helps to absorb some of the bumps.
-Parking brake. The foot brakes are located near each rear wheel and are not flip-flop friendly.
-Easy fold. You can fold the stroller with the seat attached. The seat can be facing any direction when folded, but when it’s facing forward the fold is more compact. You can even fold it in a bassinet mode without taking it off. There is an automatic lock and a standing fold. Because of the seat designed with non adjustable leg rest, the fold is very bulky. In most other strollers with a similar fold like Uppababy Cruz, you can make the fold a little more compact by also adjusting the leg rest that sticks out.
-Cup holder. INCLUDED!
-Travel system option. You can turn it into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat. I don’t have information on what car seats it will work with, but I know it will be sold as a travel system with the new Asana35 AP Infant car seat.
-Non-adjustable leg rest. Most luxury strollers have an adjustable leg rest, but Lyfe does not. I think because of the bassinet option the designers couldn’t make that part of the frame adjustable.
-Non-adjustable handle bar. The handle bar is located at a good height of 40″ from the ground, but I still would like to see an adjustable handle bar since this is a full size stroller.
Here is a quick video overview from ABC Kids Expo 2015.
Stroller weight: 24 lbs
Weight limit: 50 lbs
Handle bar height: 40″
Seat to canopy height: 22″
Rear wheels: 9.5″
Front wheels: 7.5″
The GB has a 2-year warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be the original owner.
Where to buy it
My favorite place for buying strollers and a lot of other baby items is Amazon. It usually has the lowest prices, free shipping, free returns and no sales tax. You can get GB Lyfe 2016 Travel System in one of the two beautiful colors for around $349 on Amazon.
Cybex has recently released a new luxury stroller called Priam. This is an amazing versatile stroller that you can customize for your lifestyle. Choose between three types of wheels: lite for city living, trekking for hybrid surfaces or all-terrain for long walks at the park. How cool is that?
But that’s not all! You can choose between two seats: Lux seat that has a flat recline and adjustable leg rest, or 2-In-1 seat that can convert into bassinet. Both seats are reversible and are located higher on the frame so you can use it as a high chair at the restaurant. The higher position on the frame also brings the baby closer to you promoting better bonding.
Both seats have one-hand lever recline. The Lux seat is suitable from birth and up to 38 lbs, while 2-In-1 seat can accommodate a child from 6 months and up to 38 lbs. If you want to use the 2-In-1 sea from birth you can convert it into a bassinet or convert it into a travel system with a purchase of one of the Cybex infant car seats. There is also a bassinet/carry cot that you can purchase separately (probably if you have a Lux seat) to convert your stroller into a stylish pram.
I got tons of emails over the last few weeks asking me to review Mamas&Papas Urbo2. Sorry it took me so long, I have been crazy busy lately. I’ve also promised you to do a comparison between Urbo2 and Armadillo Flip XT which will be out soon.
The Urbo2 has received a complete face lift and now is one of the hottest strollers on the market. Wondering what’s so great about it? One of the best features of this stroller is the reversible seat with deep one-hand recline that is suitable for a newborn.
The seat if very roomy and has super plush padding. It also has ability to become a travel system or you can turn it into a bassinet by replacing the seat with a matching bassinet. Perfect for a newborn!
Mamas&Papas have also raised the frame of the stroller a little and added front-wheel suspension making the ride super smooth. Despite the small wheels, it handled bumps very well. The narrow frame and small foot print make it very easy to maneuver in tight and crowded places even with one hand. The fold is even more compact than on Nuna Mixx, so you should be able to fit it even in the smallest trunk. The canopy now is really big and has a mesh panel for better ventilation.
Some of you might haven’t heard of the XT addition because Mamas & Papas haven’t advertise it as much. They quietly added XT and Flip XT to the line of Armadillos without really creating a big splash. This really surprised me since XT and Flip XT are both long-awaited strollers for 2015.
At this point you are probably wondering how Armadillo XT different from the regular Armadillo. Well, it has some great updates like mesh in the canopy for better air flow, larger wheels that can handle more terrain, adjustable handle bar for shorter and taller parents and new sporty design on the canopy.
Just like the original model it features roomy seat, very deep one-hand recline, large basket, supersized canopy, adjustable leg rest, all-wheel suspension, flip-flop friendly brake, automatic lock, standing fold, travel system option, and very compact one-hand fold. You can also turn it into a travel system. The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 5o lbs. With all these upgrades XT weighs only 20 lbs. Sounds like a perfect stroller? It might be! This could be definitely your ONLY stroller.
The Armadillo Flip XT is a lightweight compact stroller with a reversible seat that is very similar to the popular Armadillo Flip model, but has some extra features.
Many parents complained about Armadillo and Armadillo Flip not having any mesh in the canopy. Well, XT does! It has a full zipped mesh panel in the back that provides better air circulation on a hot summer day. The wheels on XT are also a little larger than on original Flip. It rolls on 6.5″ in the front and 9″ in the back. Great for mommy terrain like grass, playground mulch, or gravel.
As you all know for 2015 UPPAbaby has updated its line of strollers. While 2015 Vista got a whole face lift, the Cruz got new larger rear wheels and now comes with included bumper bar. That’s all. Everything else stayed the same. The whole UPPAbaby line of strollers have new pretty colors to choose from.
The Cruz is full of great features like reversible seat, deep one-hand recline, large canopy with a big pop-out sunvisor, x-large basket, adjustable padded 5-point harness, adjustable leg rest, adjustable handle bar, flip-flop friendly brake, and all-wheel suspension. Despite the larger wheels, the weight stayed the same at 22 lbs. I don’t know how they did it.
The Cruz is a great stroller for urban lifestyle. The x-large basket is perfect for grocery shopping. The narrow frame (22″ wide) allows you to fit through tight doorways, down narrow aisles, along crowded city sidewalks and rocky garden paths with ease. The all-wheel suspension and AirGo wheels mimic the cushioned ride of air filled tires providing your child with a smooth ride.
The deep almost flat recline can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs. For a newborn you can transform it into a pram by replacing the seat with bassinet (sold separately) or you can turn it into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat. The UPPAbaby Mesa car seat plugs right into the Cruz without any adapters. It’s a great car seat btw.