On our recent trip to Dubai and Singapore, we needed a stroller for two kids, and hauling around our massive Britax B-ready stroller (which we love) was wildly impractical, so we set to work to find a decent stand-in for our trip to the other side of the planet. Via a simple search of umbrella strollers on Amazon and reading a few reviews there, we found this one, and pulled the trigger. And we are glad we did.
We absolutely beat the mess out of this stroller, and it held up quite well. On a previous trip to Spain, Morocco, Portugal, and Singapore, we had a different stroller, which we also beat mercilessly (in Spain and Portugal in particular, we took a lot of cobblestone streets), and it could barely keep itself together after six weeks, so we didn’t have much faith that this stroller would be very useable upon returning home. But, indeed it is. It has its wear and tear of course, but it proved itself to be plenty sturdy, and we think we could even bring it on another continent-hopping trip if we wanted.
One concern we had beforehand was that we would not be able to make this stroller much of a workhorse outside of hauling the kids around. That was thankfully not the case. Whenever we go out, we are accustomed to using our stroller as a beast of burden for all our myriad things we buy or bring out with us. We knew that in Singapore, we would likely be spending the entire day out, and would need to hang lots of bags from the stroller handles. This stroller held up magnificently. We really loaded it up on a daily basis with like six different shopping bags, and sometimes our diaper bag, which is a backpack. It did the job excellently.
The only downside was that if we hung the diaper bag at the back, we would have to remove it before taking both kids out, or the stroller would fall over backwards. There’s also a spot in between the seats where you can hang another bag if need be, but you only need to ensure that this bag doesn’t hang too low, or it will drag on the back wheel. But those are really the only two complaints we had in regards to loading it up with goods. Even at full capacity, it still handles well.
There are two storage cargo nets at the back of each seat, and these can hold a ridiculous amount of stuff. Here is everything we were able to store at the back:
Even with this small mountain of stuff crammed into the pockets, it can still fold up with no extra effort. And we almost never had to worry about things falling out of them in the trunks of cars.
The only way to clip it closed when it is folded up is via a small plastic latch on one side. This will keep it together when loading it into a car, but when we would take it back out, we would find that the clip didn’t really hold the stroller together, and it would start to open when we took it out of the trunk. It was helpful, but not the most effective design. We bought a simple strap with a clip to fasten it together when bringing it on the plane.
Collapsing the stroller is done by pushing two latches, one under each seat, and pushing the lock bar up, before folding it completely. This is a task that can be done hands-free, as I believe was the intended design. It works, but again, it’s not a flawless design. It’s easy enough to do, but the latches are made of plastic and metal, and are often painful to operate without full-footed shoes on (i.e. if you’re wearing sandals, as we did pretty much every day). The design concept is fine, but the execution is poorly thought out. Opening the stroller is fine though. Just unlatch the red plastic clip, push it open most of the way, and use your foot to push down the two lock bars. Easily done with any footwear.
One of the seats came with a big, obnoxious tag on the back. I decided to rip it off by hand, without actually checking if it was perforated or anything. It turned out to be sewn into the fabric itself, and when I ripped it out, it ripped a big hole in the back of one of the backrests. It would be nice if it came off more easily, but I could have just cut it off if I had bothered to check first. It’s not really a design flaw. Just learn from my mistake.
The two hoods are just decorative. They will shield a small part of your child’s body from the sun at certain angles, but if the sun is anywhere other than overhead and slightly behind you, they will offer no real protection at all. Same goes for rain: if the rain is falling from overhead and slightly behind you, your kids will remain a little drier, but rain at any other angle will soak them. And the hoods aren’t that waterproof either.
Most everything else on the stroller works well. The footbrakes are simplistic but effective, the straps are sturdy and adjustable, and the cupholder is useful and can be clipped on either side. The whole stroller is narrow enough to fit through almost any standard door you will encounter in a public area. The cupholder makes it slightly wider, and this makes it a little trickier to navigate through certain doorways or through aisles and displays at supermarkets and retail stores, but it wasn’t a big deal for us. The wheels turn quite easily, although we had to spritz them with WD-40 once when one wheel developed a squeak. It probably could have used another spray or two from time to time to keep the wheels running smoother. The seats recline, but only barely. It would be nice if they went back further, but nevertheless, it didn’t take any effort for our kids to fall asleep in the stroller.
Overall, it held up remarkably well. Nothing broke or tore, which is pretty impressive considering how rough we were with it. It is not without its flaws, but we would definitely buy it again. Great value for money. Recommended.