Friday, March 12, 2010

Test driving a and buying a brand new set of wheels

Wheels for our little one, that is. A friend was generous enough to let us borrow a stroller for the short term (and man are we so thankful - what a huge help that was!), but it was time to buy one for real. Of course, I've been doing research and was forming a plan - though, I was still weeks away from making a decision (weeks, we didn't really have). Shira, on the other hand, wouldn't put up with my dithering - she dragged me to Babies-R-Us to go shopping last night.

As you can see from the snapshot, we did a good bit of stroller test driving:

I had wanted something lightweight, and simple - I was thinking the Chicco Capri. In the end though, we went with the Maclaren Triumph. It just had a better overall driving feel to it, and it seemed to offer a few more features while remaining lightweight.

Surprisingly, Amazon has no reviews on it - though Buzzillions does, and it gets a 4.3 out of 5 with 255 reviews. Not too shabby.

Of course, the real question is, how does the boy like it. Well, we hope to do a thorough field test this afternoon after day care.

I have to say, I am again impressed with Babies-R-Us. The clerk who helped us in the store was knowledgeable, and was patient as I insisted on reviewing each model over and over, long after Shira had made up her mind. And price wise, they had the same price as Amazon - though we were able to use a 20% off coupon.

Now, if we could just have some sunny weather to let us get out of the house and use the stroller - that would be perfect!

While we're testing the stroller out, and deciding if it's the one I'd love to hear from you. Do you have any stroller advice or insight into the Maclaren's in general? Add it to the comments, we'd all appreciate it.


  1. Someone who was once obsessed with finding the perfect stroller9:41 AM

    The only thing that leaped to my mind on reading that you had a Maclaren was the recall that was issued a while back. Obviously, Babies R Us would not be selling a model that has been recalled but I thought you would like to know.

    Other than that little issue, I have always heard/read that Maclarens are worth the money and a great lightweight stroller to have. :)

  2. Thanks for the pointer to the recall site. I do remember getting home and entering in "Maclaren Stroller" in Google only to have Google Suggest offer up:"Maclaren Stroller Recall" as the second item.

    But, as you suggest, it's not an item that's currently being sold.