best Parent (rear) facing umbrella stroller option
March 13, 2019
There is no "perfect" stroller... just one that is "best" (checks most boxes) for each family/individual.
we own a nice (Thule) jogging stroller which is a must due to moderately frequent fitness, and environment (rural gravel/dirt driveway). However for traveling, navigating cities, a long jogging stroller (even if not heavy) doesn't work well. Thus my search for a lightweight or umbrella stroller began.
Our child was just over a year when we needed such an option and as much as I love the Thule Urban Glide ---it, and all other off-road/all-terrain jogging stroller options do NOT offer a rear-facing/parent-facing option (very disappointing!). Many friends have/love the City Select so I knew the Baby Jogger brand. The Vue is one of very few (short of buying another full size stroller like Ergobaby 180 or 2018 (redesigned) Baby Jogger City Tour Lux) umbrella strollers offering a rear-facing/parent facing option.
Basically it came down to this or Urbini Reversi (sold only online at Walmart) which I wasn't sure quality wise would hold up (and also wouldn't fold in rear/parent facing mode). Even with the known flaws (basket size & accessibility) and unknown (folding nightmare) - being that the cost is currently (2019) equal btwn the 2 options I had narrowed down to, I still think this was the better choice for us.
(2) really fantastic (large!) sun canopy
(3) rear/parent facing mode is awesome! very "nap" friendly
(4) easy to navigate
(5) small footprint/size
(6) neutral colors (more than just black/grey) without obnoxious characters.
(7) easy break (though can be a pain on stairs)
Cons(1) Folding is HARD. it's not easy and it's also NOT COMPACT. and doesn't self stand
(2) forward facing is a VERY SHORT seat (i.e. may not work for many older kids in strollers (3+)
(3) basket is small and somewhat difficult to access...but I was aware/knew and okay with when purchased.
(4) no cup holder (parent or child)
(5) I wouldnt expect this of ANY umbrella stroller but worth noting that handlebars are NOT adjustable. it does comfortably fit many people though ranging from 5'3" - 6'3", without having to stoop.
Best Usescity terrain - sidewalks, etc.
short trips into stores, museums, etc.
crowded areas (malls)