Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller, Black
- 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
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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.
From the Manufacturer
Sealed Bearing Wheels Make the Difference
Clearly, wheels are a big factor when choosing a stroller as nothing impacts the way something rolls like the wheels it rolls upon. Like skateboards and rollerblades, the Caboose Ultralight uses the same technology with the highest grade sealed bearing wheels. These tiny workhorses are designed to reduce friction and support heavy loads, as in growing children. Sealed bearings cost more but offer the smoothest ride possible and make pushing almost effortless.
Tandem Strolling Made Easy
The Caboose Ultralight is a versatile double stroller that offers the size, weight and maneuverability of a single stroller without compromising features. It's designed to stroll with two children of different ages, and it's a whole lot of fun too!
“Two kids, now what? I want a double stroller, but most of them scare me because they’re so big and hard to manage.”
“The baby will be in the infant car seat for the next few months, but my older child still needs a seat on occasion. He does like to walk some of the time.”
If you can you relate to these statements, you should consider a Caboose Ultralight, the tandem stroller that's the most lightweight and compact on the market.
Tandem strolling is ideal for strolling with children of different ages because each child needs a little something different.
The Caboose Ultralight is like having two strollers in one. It converts quickly from a compact double stroller to a stand-on tandem so older child can sit on the bench seat or ride on the stand-on platform. It comes with a universal car seat adapter (fits most brands) so infants can ride comfortably nested in the front seat.
“That sounds great to me, but why is a stand-on tandem better than a traditional double stroller or a convertible?”
You'll love that the stroller is small like a single stroller and has space for two children. And there's more: as your children grow, remove the car seat adapter in the front and attach the included snack tray. Your child now has a 3-position seat with 5-point harness. Your older child can choose to sit on the bench seat and buckle up with the 3-point harness or ride standing on the stand-on platform. As your older child begins walking more than riding, no worries! They can hop on and off whenever they get tired and best of all, you’re not pushing a huge, heavy double stroller.
Bottom line: the Caboose Ultralight is no longer, no wider, no heavier and is just as maneuverable as many single strollers.
Expecting Your Second Child?
The Caboose Ultralight comes with a universal car seat adapter (works with most brands) that will allow you to stroll with your newborn and older child. Simply install the infant car seat adapter to the tray housing, recline the front seat to the second position where you'll nest the cast seat, and buckle baby in using the included safety straps.
Sit Or Stand
Compact tandem stroller has 3-position reclining front seat. Rear bench seat and stand-on platform provide strolling options for older child.
Everything You Need
Included universal car seat adapter fits most major brand car seats. Snack tray is included for use after infant car seat.
Parent Organizer Included
Parent organizer made of neoprene with pockets and 2 cup holders for organizing. Large storage basket with side pockets.
Compact and Space Saving
Easy trigger fold for convenience. The Caboose Ultralight is space saving and compact.
|Caboose||Caboose Ultralight||Caboose Too Ultralight||Caboose VaryLight||Big Caboose|
|Weight||27.9 lbs||25.9 lbs||27.5 lbs||33.6 lbs||34.2 lbs|
|Caboose Too Rear Seat||Compatible||Compatible||Included||Incompatible||Compatible|
|Dimensions (Folded)||10.5" H x 21.5" W x 41.5" D||10.5" H x 21.5" W x 41.5" D||10.5" H x 21.5" W x 41.5" D||12" H x 24.25" W x 50" D||14" H x 21.5" W x 63" D|
|Dimensions (Standing)||41.5" H x 21.5" W x 37" D||41.5" H x 21.5" W x 37" D||41.5" H x 21.5" W x 37" D||Short: 42" H x 24.25" W x 43.5" D, Extended: 42" H x 24.25" W x 49.75" D||44.25" H x 21.5" W x 55"|
|Minimum Child Age||Front: Birth+ (with car seat) or 6+ months, Rear: 2.5 years||Front: Birth+ (with car seat) or 3+ months, Rear: 2.5 years||Front: Birth+ (with car seat) or 3+ months, Rear: 2.5 years||Front: Birth+ (with car seat) or 6 months+, Rear: 2.5 years||Front/Middle: Birth+ (with car seat) or 6+ months, Rear: 2.5 years|
|Maximum Child Weight/Height||Front: 45 lbs, 40", Rear: 45 lbs, 44"||Front: 45 lbs, 40", Rear: 45 lbs, 44"||Front: 45 lbs, 40", Rear: 45 lbs, 44"||Front: 55 lbs, 40", Rear: 55 lbs, 44"||Front/Middle: 40 lbs, 40", Rear: 45 lbs, 44"|
|Seating Positions||Front: Forward, Rear: Sit/Stand||Front: Forward, Rear: Sit/Stand||Front: Forward, Rear: Forward/Sit/Stand||Front: Forward, Rear: Sit/Stand||Front/Middle: Forward, Rear: Sit/Stand|
|Car Seat Adapter||Yes, compatible with over 28 different car seats||Yes, compatible with over 28 different car seats||Yes, compatible with over 28 different car seats||Yes (sold separately): Graco Classic Connect, Graco Click Connect, Chicco KeyFit, Britax/BOB B-Safe, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio, UPPAbaby MESA||Yes, compatible with over 28 different car seats|
|Car Seat Position||Front||Front||Front||Front or Rear||Front and Middle|
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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.
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
-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
-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.
The materials are high quality, especially the canopy, so there's no complaint about build material. It also folds up easily and compactly. We were able to fit it in our Acadia behind the third row along with a small suitcase. The storage basket is huge, which is another big plus.
However, there are problems with the design and handling and maneuverability of the stroller.
#1. The Caboose does not push like a stroller but instead it feels like a cart or a wagon. It turns poorly and is front heavy. Joovy could have made this stroller with bigger wheels to make maneuverability better. And thicker frame to make the stroller more sturdy.
#2. The front seat is rated for 45 lbs, my child is 40lbs and albeit tall at 42", but he never looks comfortable in the seat. It always feel too small. His feet often get caught by the front wheels. Very dangerous.
#3. The bench seat in the back is a huge problem. Its feature is that it slides. Great. But it doesn't snap into place. It slides all over while the child is on it.
#4. Connecting and removing the snack tray and canopy is a pain in the butt. It doesn't snap or has a release button. No, it has grooves that you depress with your fingers to get it out. Hurts my fingernails doing it. Compound that with trying to doing things quickly to leave a parking lot and it's more headache than it's worth.
#5. There's very little utility for this stroller. If you want your child to stand get a third party glider board. If you want him to sit get a double. The back seat on this thing isn't a serious option. There's no place for the poor child to lean. And if it's nap time, then only one child can actually sleep.
After a miserable day pushing this thing at San Diego Zoo, I can't help but feel contempt for it. We're looking for another stroller and although we are interested in the Joovy Varylight, we don't want to spend double the price just to maybe have these issues fixed. Plus, some reviews about the Varylight say it automatically closes up. Sounds too scary. I ended up going with Baby Jogger City Select with the second seat and glider board. Excellent stroller. I regret not getting it from the beginning with my first son.