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Great fold but a bicep-building push

  • Mar 10, 2010
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The main draw of this stroller is the compact fold.  It folds in on itself.  So, unlike some other double strollers, it doesn't require a wide storage space.  I thought this would be great for plane travel so I picked one up.  The fold is relatively easy (pull up on the tabs on either side of the frame and push it down then fold it in on itself and lock) but it is definitely not a one-handed fold.  Since I had to carry my youngest and corral my toddler while folding, I have to say it wasn't at all easy.  But the carry strap helped out a lot when gate checking it at the airport.  The stroller is also relatively light and can be rolled on the center wheels when folded so that added to the convenience factor.

The seat height is plenty roomy for my 90th percentile in height toddler.  The recline is done using a toggle behind the seat which jostles a sleeping child when done while they are resting in the seat but does provide a pretty flat recline.  Both my almost 3 year old and my 9 month old were happy with the seat comfort for long stroller rides around Australia and San Francisco on recent trips.  

The hard, small plastic wheels make it better suited to mall trips.  Several times, we got stuck in cable car rails, pot holes, and uneven sidewalks which was scary when traffic starting coming toward us.  And it doesn't handle an uneven weight distribution in the seats well either so the stroller always pulled to the side my 37 pound daughter was sitting on next to my 19 pound son.  That said, I was able to push it one-handed after a week in San Francisco.  By that time, my arms had bulging muscles from all of the wrestling I had to do with the stroller on the bumpy and hilly streets though so it took some muscle and quite a bit of practice.

I do recommend this stroller for airline travel because of its fold and because you won't be heartbroken if the baggage handlers completely destroy it when you gate check it for your flight.  Ours was pretty beat up during each leg of the flight and still worked despite some broken pieces on the side of the frame (nothing that would cause it to be dangerous to operate or hold children of course).  And considering I picked ours up for $25 used, I would definitely buy it again.  But I would not recommend this as an only stroller, more of a second or third stroller for travel so you don't have to worry about your favorite stroller getting wrecked.

The stroller itself is completely user friendly and can be operated out of the box by anyone who has ever used a stroller before.  Even young, assumedly child-less baggage handlers had no problem folding it up for me or opening it.

No fancy accessories here.  It does have a bumper bar but no snack tray.  Though I do really like how far the sun shades come down.  They fully enclose the seat when the seat back is upright and offer full shading when reclined.  

The best feature of this stroller is the compact fold, especially for a double.  But it does not offer a very smooth or easy push... best get that in another stroller.


 

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March 11, 2010
Thank you for the review! Since we don't travel on planes much, if at all, I might go with the Peg Perego Aria Twin  when we have another baby. A little more pricey of course, but I would get it used. Thanks for sharing again! :)
 
March 10, 2010
I owned this stroller (it was a gift) the OP was right about it being worth the price of $25, but not much more than that! The BIGGEST bonus is that when traveling the stroller DOES fit through the x-ray machine! While the stroller itself wasn't really that bad, it was Combi's lack of customer service that bugged me. I had a piece break after 3 months of use and they were of no help.
 
March 10, 2010
Oh my! We got stuck once on a cable car track in SF with a small-wheeled stroller, and a cable car was coming! Scary stuff! It's a longer story, but suffice it to say that maybe NEXT time DH will listen to Strollerqueen when she tells him not to bring THAT stroller!
 
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Brand: Combi
SKU: CBI1330
Dimensions: 22.5" H x 16.75" W x 8.25" D

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