Jané Nanuq Stroller Review

jane_nanuq13The Jané Nanuq is a new lightweight umbrella stroller made by a Spanish company called Jané. It’s a very old company that has been manufacturing strollers since 1932. We’ve seen some of their strollers here in the US a couple of years ago, but now they are making a relaunch into the US market with this brand new umbrella stroller.

The Nanuq model is designed for everyday use like running errands around the town, travel, going to the mall, or public transit. The 6″ hard rubber wheels allow Nanuq to tackle rougher terrain like grass, mulch or gravel with no problems. Even though these wheels are larger than on most umbrella strollers, I would still not recommend taking it to a park for a long walk because you will get tired of pushing it after the first 15 min.

The Nanuq has a very sleek sporty design with cool patters on the back of the seat. I absolutely love the bright colors! My favorite is the aqua. It has adjustable handle bars, which is very rare for an umbrella stroller. The seat is very roomy and can accommodate a child from birth and up to 34 lbs. Another great feature of this stroller is a deep one-hand recline operated by a lever and not a strap system! (I am not a big fan of straps). It does NOT have a travel system capability. 

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Maclaren Triumph Stroller Review

maclaren_triumph1The Maclaren Triumph is a lightweight umbrella stroller that is designed for on-the-go parents who like to travel, run errands, or go to the shopping mall. The narrow frame makes is perfect for navigating narrow store aisles and public transit. Weighing 13.6 lbs, it is very easy to carry over your shoulder. It also has a convenient one-hand one-step fold that you can do while holding your child.

The 5″ wheels provide great maneuverability as long as you stay on the flat surface. Since there is no suspension system, taking on the rougher terrain will be bumpy. The roomy seat can accommodate a child from 6 months and up to 55 lbs.

I gave this stroller 4.5 out of 5 stars because of the small canopy, small recline, and hard-to-operate recline system.  This is a more affordable model in Maclaren’s line of strollers that can be purchased for around $200 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns & no sales tax). Basically, you getting what you paid for.

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Maclaren Techno XLR Stroller Review

maclaren_techno_xlr2Maclaren Techno XLR is a top of the line umbrella stroller with many features of a full size model. It features huge canopy, adjustable handle bars, roomy seat and easy one-hand fold. The four double wheels and all-wheel suspension will provide your little rider with a smooth ride as long as you stay on a flat surface. Like many umbrella strollers, Techno XLR is designed for running errands, going to the mall, and travel. Although it doesn’t have all-terrain wheels, it can tackle some grass, mulch or uneven pavement.

The narrow frame (only 20.5″) makes it great for public transit and navigating narrow store aisles. But, don’t count on fitting a lot of groceries into that basket, it’s pretty small (medium size for umbrella model) and hard to access especially if the seat is reclined. Speaking about recline, it is one-handed with three positions including an almost flat one suitable for a newborn. The included seat liner and a head support called ‘head hugger’ will provide your newborn with plenty of support. You can use this stroller from birth and up to 65 lbs. Another unusual feature for an umbrella model is that it accepts an infant car seat so you can turn it into a travel system. BTW, the car seat adapter is INCLUDED!

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Joovy Scooter Stroller Review

joovy_scooter1Joovy Scooter is an umbrella stroller that is designed for on-the-go parents who live in an urban environment. It is great for running errands, going to the mall or walking in the park as long as you stay on the flat surface. You will love going grocery shopping with this one because it has a huge basket and is only 21.5″ wide which makes it perfect for navigating narrow aisles of the store. Four hard rubber wheels with sealed bearings and all-wheel suspension make it very easy to maneuver while providing your child with a smooth ride.

Weighing 18.5 lbs, it is a little on a heavy side for an umbrella stroller, but has many features of a full size stroller like large canopy, roomy seat, one-hand recline, and adjustable leg rest. It can accommodate a child from 6 months and up to 55 lbs.

The Scooter is full of storage with two mesh pockets inside of the seat, HUGE basket, and a zipper pocket in the back of the canopy. One feature that puts it apart form the umbrella strollers is the ability to transform into a travel system. There is also a double option available in case you have twins :).

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Joovy Groove Stroller Review 2013

joovy_groove3The Joovy Groove is an umbrella stroller that is designed for busy on-the-go parents. It has been completely redesigned in 2011 and now has new improved wheels, huge canopy, and a slick aluminum frame. It has a roomy seat made out of very durable 600D fabric. You will need only one hand to recline the seat and to bring it back up. Easy! The canopy is not only large, but also can convert into a ‘floating canopy’ that will completely shade your child.

Unlike many umbrella strollers, the Groove is full of storage. Aside from basket underneath the seat, there are two pockets inside of the seat, and three pockets in the back of the canopy for small mommy items. The Groove also features adjustable leg rest, tall handle bars, automatic lock, and easy fold.

You can use it from 6 months and up to 55 lbs. It does NOT covert into a travel system. The maneuverability is really great, you can easily push it with one hand. If you lock the front wheels, it can even handle some of the mommy terrain like playground mulch, grass or uneven sidewalks. The 6.5″ wheels and all-wheel suspension will provide your child with a smooth ride.

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Maclaren BMW Buggy Stroller Review

maclaren_bmw9The Maclaren BMW Buggy is a sleek luxury umbrella stroller that was created by Maclaren in collaboration with BMW! Yes, that BMW that makes expensive cars. Right away, you know you can expect high quality and style. This buggy features one-hand recline, 5 point harness, ergonomic seat liner, sporty looking wheels, and all-wheel suspension. When you pull into a playground, all the parents will know your little one is riding in BMW because of the BMW logo located on the wheels, the buckle and on both sides of the canopy.

This is a typical umbrella stroller with four hard rubber 5″ wheels that is designed for flat surfaces. While it’s great  for running errands, going to the park or shopping mall, don’t expect it to handle grass or mulch too well. It has an easy compact fold and weighs only 12.4 lbs, making it perfect for travel. The seat can hold a child from 6 months and up to 55 lbs. This stroller does NOT covert into a travel system.

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Quinny Zapp Xtra Stroller Review

quinny_zapp_xtra2The Quinny Zapp Xtra is a sleek modern looking stroller that has one of the most compact folds in the WORLD! It is designed for active parents who live in an urban environment and like to travel a lot. The maneuverability on the Zapp Xtra is absolutely amazing, as long as you stay on the flat surface. It’s great for taking to the mall, shopping center, or airport. It rolls on four 6″ rubber wheels that have a wide wheel base making it very easy to navigate. It would be a one-hand push if it had one handle bar instead of two.

While it’s lightweight, it still has a reversible seat which is very unique for the stroller with such a compact fold. The seat is very roomy and has one-hand recline with three positions. The stroller can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs. You can also turn it into a travel system by using it with the car seat. The Zapp Xtra has been recently updated and now can fold with the seat attached where before you had to remove the seat before folding.

I gave this stroller 3.5 out of 5 stars because it has very small basket, just ok canopy, and non-adjustable handle bars. My main problem is the weight which is 19 lbs. It is too heavy for an umbrella stroller, but is missing some features to be a full size stroller.

In my opinion Zapp Xtra is somewhere between an umbrella and full size. It does have a very compact hold, but who is going to carry 19 lbs on their shoulder or in one hand? There are many other really light (like 11 lbs) strollers full of features that are much better for traveling and everyday use. This is just my two cents…

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Britax B-Nimble Stroller Review

britax_b_nimble1Britax B-Nimble is a lightweight umbrella stroller that has a lot of great features of a full size stroller and can be transform into a travel system, which not many umbrella strollers can do. It has a very roomy seat with a deep recline and a weight capacity of 55 lbs.v The B-Nimble rolls on hard rubber 5.5″ wheels and performs best on the flat surface.

Now, this is not an all-terrain stroller, so you will have difficulties going over grass, mulch or gravel. It’s great for on-the-go parents who likes to go to the mall, grocery store, or to run errands around town. It weighs only 14 lbs and can be carried over the shoulder by using an attached strap. Other features include adjustable foot rest, easy fold, and lot of storage. It also comes with a number of accessories like cup holder, car seat adapter, adapter strap, and rain cover.

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