Potential, but Not Quite 100%
May 16, 2017
Let me start this by mentioning that my toddler (20 months) has never ridden in a stroller. He has been worn, pulled in a wagon, or (mostly) walks. When this arrived, I'm not sure which of us was more excited to unbox it. It was like second Christmas in our house. After using the Lux for a few weeks, we've given it a thorough road test. It's been to the children's farmstead, off road on mulched paths, to and through the park, and around the town on sidewalks. Ultimately, this thing rocks. There are a few things I'd like to see tweaked and a few things I wish were different/included and I'll go into those in depth, but if you're looking for the Cliff's Notes version, I wish we'd gotten one of these sooner. Immediately out of the box, this stroller is super easy to assemble. I did most of it one-handed and with "helping" toddler hands. The fabric is soft and seems sturdy. The slate color is gorgeous. The sun shade is optional and was a tad bit more tricky to configure if you don't read the instructions, but it wasn't impossible. The parent peekaboo on the sun shade closes by magnet which I found to be a fun little extra. The telescoping handle is fantastic and a wonderful addition for this 5'9" mama. The seat configuration options are convenient if your child is large enough to be held by the 5 point harness. The harness can be tricky to snap if you're trying one-handed or have a squirmy child. Typically, the top will slide out before you get it latched. The strap covers can inhibit the adjustment of the shoulder straps, but they make it easy to hide the excess harness (which also makes it look sleek). As a nice extra, the seat is significantly higher on the frame than your standard stroller. Bonus points because I don't have to lean down as far to strap him in and he can see a lot more when we're out and about. There is a small zippered section and a bit of a mesh pouch on the back of the enclosed seat. It will hold a large cell phone or small wallet, but not much else. The under carriage basket is large and can be accessed both from the front and from behind. This was convenient for stashing extra rain boots and sweatshirts and for catching things my toddler tried to slide out of the seat. There is no structure to the basket, though. Water bottles won't stand up, etc. Things tend to migrate toward the center of the basket while traveling. Tires are large-ish and sturdy. They are not air-filled, however and the stroller's performance suffers because of it. Suspension is, to put it nicely, junk. Our city shaves down uneven portions of the sidewalks and even then, my toddler was bouncing and jerking around. As previous reviewers have said, this is NOT a jogging stroller. I did, however, expect a somewhat smoother ride. In terms of size, this stroller is what I consider fairly compact for what it is. It fits nicely into the trunk of my sedan and leaves plenty of room for the rest of my "mom gear." Folding and unfolding is extremely easy and fast. Reconfiguring the seat and locking/unlocking the front wheels is also simple and quick. Now for the not-so-great parts. Some of the materials used are just cheap. On our second outing, an accent piece (silver metal sticker in the arch above "Baby Jogger" on one of the sides) just fell off. Weird. The hand parking brake piece is also a cheap plastic painted silver. On our third outing, I noted that something had rubbed against it and the paint was rubbed off. Still not sure how or when that happened, but it makes that piece look cheap. The parking brake release snaps quickly and if your hand is anywhere near it, it gives you a nice whap. Ouch! And let's be honest, a single cup holder would've been fantastic. There are knobs on the side where it appears one would attach. Surprise! You have you buy it separately. Need your kid to hold their own cup? Guess you'll have to shove it beside them in the seat because there's no child tray or cup holder for them. The number of available accessories is nice, though the prices make comforts more luxury with this stroller. Bottom line: Solid stroller with some upgrades. Pros: Quick and easy assembly, set up, folding, and reconfiguration Quality seat materials Decent sized under-carriage basket Handles varying terrains well Cons: Poor suspension Cheap materials Standard accessories aren't standard and must be purchased separately Huge thanks to weeSpring's Parent Panel for the opportunity to review this stroller. While they did provide us with the opportunity to test it, all opinions in this review are my own.
* This product review was collected by the manufacturer.