Cons: heavy, wide, needs better canopy, can be tippy, padding doesn't stay in place
The Bottom Line: good stroller for the money, can't beat the awesome steering
This was not my first double stroller purchase. I decided to go with something that would be more versatile and could be used where I would use it most, the mall. So I bought a Combi Twin Savvy Ex, it was said to steer the best one handed for a double. I was happy with the Combi but needed something that could handle the park, neighborhood and soccer fields. Since I did not plan to jog with it I thought a swivel wheel stroller would have the easiest maneuverability. So many models cost sooooo much money and the biggest difference seemed to be alluminum vs steel and a 29" or 30" width vs 31" or 32". Since I am not small weight is not an issue and I would not be jogging so weight in use was not an issue I didn't care about it being steel. Since I did not plan to frequent the mall with this since I already owned a mall stroller, the 32" width was not considered in my decision. So that left 3 choices in the reasonable price range; Safetech, Baby Trend or Instep. Safetech appears to no longer be a company so I worried about warranty. Baby Trend did not seem to get good reviews so I opted for the Instep.
I ordered my stroller online and it came in a large box to my door. Not too much assembly was required. The rear wheels pop on very easily and even better with the pull of a button they slide off again too if you need a smaller fold. The front wheel required a little bolt tightening but once that was done it slides on and off with the flip of a lever. Now add some air to the tires. Lastly the plastic footrest had the be screwed on, the longest assembly step of anything. After that we were ready to roll.
The TT in the name stands for turn technology and boy does this thing steer awesome, it pushes one handed easily with over 60 lbs in it. That is the most I tried, I tried my 24 lb and 47 lb daughters as well as my 24 lb daughter with my 35 lb niece. At the same time it can one handedly turn on a dime. The front wheel also locks for fixed wheel if you wanted to do light jogging (I say light because permanantly fixed wheels are better for jogging as are bigger wheels).
The seats individually recline with a ripcord type adjustment so your choices are infinite. It does not go flat but was fine for my 3 month old, the padding cradles him well. It also does not go fully upright but my 2 year old, who isn't a big fan of riding, didn't seem to mind. It has reversible, removable, washable pads in each seat. I chose this over the mall cruiser because the seats were longer at the legs and then curve down rather than abruptly ending where it could dig into the back of little legs. It has a single, removable front bumper bar as well. The canopy leaves much to be desired but I upgraded it by adding a rayshade. It doesn't cover much but it has a nice big window and a nice pocket in back. Under the seat is a shallow split basket that holds an OK amount of stuff. The stroller easily folds with a remote on the handle and latches closed to make it easier to lift such a large item. I can fit it and a P3 in the back of my minivan. It could use a cupholder but they do sell an add on that I added and really like. I have taken it to the mall and, believe it or not, it fit through a single door (barely) so the 32" was not an issue getting in. As far as going down aisles, my 29" Combi can't even do that.
The peeves I have had with it are as follows. The brake will slide down just a tiny bit if bumped, this is enough for it to make a ticking sound as it hits where it would engage, easily fixed by lifting it up but a pain none the less. The removable extra padding does not stay in place well when getting in and out or with a wriggly toddler. Lastly, if you attach your diaper bag to the handle with stroller swivlers and other stuff too it will be tippy. If you are used to Gracos the last 2 are probably no big deal as the padding on many Gracos, Safety 1st, etc do not stay in place well plus these strollers are usually tippy. I, however, am used to my Peg Peregos which have not even a slight issue like this.
All in all the pros far outweigh the cons. I cannot speak enough about the easy steering. It is definitely a good stroller for the money.
Amount Paid (US$): 160 Age Range of Child: 12 to 36 Months
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