Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller, Black
|Price:||CDN$ 795.29 FREE SHIPPING.|
- Most lightweight, compact, maneuverable tandem available
- Oversized canopy with visor extension, three position reclining front seat
- Large storage basket, parent organizer included
- Linked rear parking brakes, easy trigger fold design
- Child tray with 2 cup holders, universal car seat adapter included
The best, lightest, most maneuverable Caboose yet! The Caboose Ultralight is so compact, maneuverable and lightweight you might forget that it's a tandem stroller! At a mere 21 pounds the Caboose Ultralight is 20% lighter weight than the original model and far lighter than most double strollers. The Ultralight is also ultra-maneuverable because it has sealed ball bearing wheels. (If that doesn't mean anything to you; it is faster and smoother. Think rollerblades and skateboards.) Moms and Dads will really love the neoprene Cool Essentials Parent Organizer too. It has plenty of room to store your keys, cell phone, etc and the cup holder will help keep your drinks cool. And, the deluxe sun canopy offers more protection for your children on sunny days out. Features: Universal car seat attachment works with most infant seats (see chart on photos page) Lightweight aluminum frame, 20% lighter than the Original Caboose Overall stroller weight: 21 lbs Oversized canopy with sun visor extension Includes Essential Neoprene Parent Organizer Patented Stand-On Tandem design with padded rear seat allows standing child to take a rest Locking, front swivel wheels make the Ultralight super maneuverable Deluxe, fully adjustable 5-point harness in front seat and 3-point harness on rear bench seat Comfortable three-position front seat with adjustable footrest Foam covered handles for both parent and rear standing child New, larger storage basket under seat with elastic sides for easy access Super compact trigger fold design Linked brakes Child tray with cup holder Appropriate for children from 6 months to 45 lbs. Specifications: See image below Gift Wrap not available.
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- ability to recline for nap time
- large canopy for blocking sun
- food tray for eating snacks while walking around the park
- easy folding for getting on and off of transport trams
- storage for snacks, diaper bag, other items
- place for the adults to put water bottles or other items
- easily maneuverable for getting through crazy crowds
That's a lot of "must have's"! We also wanted something that would allow for our 5 year old to take a break when needed. It was also nice to help contain him in heavy crowd areas.
This stroller did it all! Both of my boys loved riding around in it and I never had a single problem with the stroller. The basket is big and whatever we could not fit below we hung from the back bar. The side pockets in the bottom bag is also nice for getting at things quickly. I could push the stroller and turn corners by only pushing with one hand it worked so well. We also looked at the Joovy Ergo stroller but felt it was too large to handle and not allowing the baby to recline was a deal breaker. Long days at parks mean the baby has to have a place to take a nap at some point. I found the shade helped a lot but I also used a light blanket (aden and anais swaddle blankets are perfect) over it as well to help block breezes and other distractions. My older son was jealous of the cool "fort" that it created.
We also purchased the sun cover and the rain cover. Neither of which we ended up using but do fit nicely on the stroller.
The stroller was great for traveling through the airport as well and was simple to fold and open with one hand.
Overall I would recommend this to anyone with two children especially for traveling through big parks like Disney World.
-Toddler easily gets in & out of the back, and actually has room with the Joovy Too seat adapter, although it doesn't look that way
-Although the umbrella/sunshade's detachability makes it smaller when folded, the need to remove it / re-attach it creates a small amount of extra hassle when loading and unloading the stroller
-The infant's car seat (a Graco) fits in the adapter well, but I was surprised the design does not create a "lock" like the adapter on my BOB stroller. Instead, it has a safety strap to secure it.
-Toddler slightly over-reclined in the velcro seat adapter & slides down into the cargo basket if not buckled in
Here are some things I took into consideration when choosing a double stroller.
1) Weight: how much does the stroller weight? My wife came along to test some of these strollers and lifting most of them into an SUV or Minivan is not an easy task.
2) Size: How big is it when it get folded up? If you have a sedan you can forget about trying to put anything else in your trunk after your double stroller is in it.
3) Comfort\Compatibility\Scalibility: How comfortable is it for your kid? Will it suit my kids needs? Can they grow with this stroller or will they outgrow it in a year?
4) Functionality: How well does it work? Is it easy to use?
Here are my pro's and con's with our stroller
1) Looks great, many different colors to choose from. We get looks and complements from other parents saying how cool the stoller looks. Expecting moms always turn to their husbands say, honey, this is the one I want.
2) Folds up much smaller and is lighter than most doubles. It is 21 lbs. The frame is made of metal and feels very solid
3) The back sets gives my older son the "big boy" feel. He has choices as to if he wants to sit or stand. He can ride looking forwards or backwards. There's been times when I had my younger one in front with my older one and his friend standing in the back. They thought it was so cool to ride together.
4) Has an infant carrier attachment you can install in the front seat. This allow you to use this stroller once #2 comes out and can last you until your younger one outgrows the front seat.
5) Easy to put together and use. The stroller has a few pieces to snap in and setup is very straight forward. It is also a lot shorter and compact than most doubles
6) Has some nice features. Big bucket for storage, back seat slides over buckets and keeps belonging a bit safer. Parents Neoprene organizer can we removed and washed. Big canopy that provides cover both kids.
1) Not too nap friendly. If the older one needs to nap, he is out of luck. He has to lean against the side rail or sit in the front seat, which he is usually too big for. If the young on up front is sleeping and you want to recline his seat it will take space away from the back seat. the older one has to sit slightly leaning forward or stand at that point.
2) Catch 22, To access the storage bucket below the older child has to get up for you to access, but the child sitting on top of the door keeps belonging safe. The thief has to steal your kid before they get to your wallet. may not be a bad thing in some cases, lol.
3) It doesn't "stand" by itself when folded. You have to lock the wheels and lean it against something, can get annoying if its raining or if you have your hands full. Wheel locks are also hard to get to when folded.
4) Requires 2 hands to fold
5) Gets hard to maneuver if you have the heavy kid in front and lighter kid in the back
-Ball bearing wheels mean this thing does move easily - once it starts moving.
-Put the heavier child in the back. Should the big kid sit up front and the lighter one in the back, you'll end up with a top-heavy stroller that's hard to turn (applies to all strollers).
-The rear bench seat slides. You can/should move it all the way back to give the rear child more hear room if they are seating facing the parent.
-This thing has a solid construction.
TIPS to really make you love this thing.
-Search for a small elastic/budgie cargo net. Hook it to the rear handle bar and now the rear child can also seat FORWARD facing and relax/fall asleep! The parent cup holder can stretch and slide down to become the head rests. Joovy should pay me for this :)
-When folding this stroller, if you slide the rear adjustable seat all the way back, it folds down and compresses EVEN MORE!
-I do dislike that the front tray (or universal car seat adapter *cough* metal bar) is snapped in and protrudes quite a bit. This defeats the compact size. It should have a up or down-wards locking and folding option.
-If the rear child is seating forward facing, the feet 'can' push the basket, touching the front wheels.
Found a local retailer who had these in stock and was able to try it out. It's a good thing we did.
Although our BabyTrends FlexLoc car seat fit perfectly in place, when our 4yr old (just turned 4) stood on the back, she felt the need to keep leaning back, so as to avoid having the car seat in her face/chest. And although the stroller is a "Stand-On Tandem Stroller", as the name suggests, the description on the Joovy site says that: "The patented Stand-On-Tandem design gives your older child the freedom to choose between walking, standing and sitting." But with any car seat in place, the older child actually does NOT have a place to sit because the back position of the front seat has to be completely down in order to house a car seat, which takes up all the space for the bench-seat on the back. My 4yr old loved standing in it, but for long walks or day trips to an amusement park, I know she would be way too tired to stand anymore.
As for the weight or maneuverability, yes, it's light, but for a 5'2" mom, it was still a bit heavy. The BabyTrends Sit-N-Stand DX is a bit heavier, but still too heavy for me. Maneuverability was good, but I thought it was the same with the BabyTrends DX. The footprint of the BabyTrends is slightly larger than the Joovy, but not by much and is still smaller than a full-size double.
So, we went back to look at the BabyTrends DX and found it to be better for our needs. It allowed our 4yr old to actually sit down, even with car seat in place, it had lots of cup holders, which turns out to be very useful, and it was a lot cheaper than the Joovy.
We liked the look and feel of the Joovy, but after actually trying it out, it just didn't suit our needs. This would probably work best for those who don't need to have the younger child sit in a car seat.