When I was pregnant, I spent countless hours researching strollers as most first time parents do. At the time, I hadn't bought into the "spend more to get more" mentality and I desperately wanted one and only one stroller. (What was I thinking??) I wanted a reversible stroller for under $200. I wanted it to have a large basket, a great console, cushy seat , large wheels, looked hella cool and had the ability to be used as a stroller frame with a carseat adapter. I also want my cake. And I want to eat it too!!
Lo and behold, I did get my cake and it was delicious!!
The Kolcraft Contours in Cosmic. Mmmm....yummy.
It was a great starter stroller. This stroller saved me from the misery of being subjected to the Evenflo travel system my MIL wanted to buy me. I have sold it since, but only because I wet my palate for all things high and mighty expensive in the world of Bugaboo. I miss it. I should have kept it. But I digress.......
1. Price!!! This version of the Contours is no longer sold, but you can still score one in ruby on Ebay for $160. You get the reversible seat, a two cupholder parent console (take that, Bugaboo!), an infant head hugger, bumper bar (take that, Baby Jogger!) and a carseat adapter (take that Bugaboo, Baby Jogger, Uppababy, and everyone else!!)
2. The Basket!! The Contours has a great sturdy basket. It is huge!! It is easier to access it from the front when theseat is reversed. But when the seat is facing forward, all you have to do is lift up the footrest to fully reach into the basket. I have fit bags of shoeboxes, gone grocery shopping, Christmas shopping, Ikea shopping and even fit my Pomeranian!! (in her carrier of her course) in the basket. She didn't feel like walking.
3. The Seat!! The Contours has an easy to reverse seat. There are two handles on either side of the seat on the top that you squeeze and lift up. It's super easy to flip around and reverse. Not as quick with the Vista, which I can do one handed holding my baby, but waayyy easier than my Bee!! The seat is also nice and padded and has this soft fleece headhhugger and matching shoulder strap pads. The harness is five point but the shoulder straps can be easily detached to give your baby more freedom of movement. The seat also has 3 recline positions. Suitable from about 3 monthsish I would say. The recline mechanism was a pull bar you have to squeeze together to recline up or down.
4. The Carseat Adapter!! The Contours comes with a universal carseat adapter that fits most infant seats. It fits into the same slots in the frame as the seat does, My Snugride 22 fit very snugly into the carrier and it even had straps tastefully hidden in it's own carry bags on either side of the adapter.
5. Wheels!! The wheels have actual rubber tread on them, although they are not air. If it did, this stroller would be the perfect reversible all terrain, which I am currently on a quest to find!! The wheels are large, making it handle rougher terrains a bit better than other strollers. I loved not getting caught on curbs or huffing and puffing through grass!! The front wheel also locks for rougher terrain. It has a good easy push, and one hand steer. The rear wheels lock via this large bar that spans both wheels. All you do is push down and then lift it up with your foot. Very flip flop friendly.
6. Canopy!! The canopy would touch the bumper bar when the seat was in it's highest position. A little weird at times when my dd was sleeping reclined, but no different than other brands.
1. No air tires. You see, it was actually marketed as a jogger. Don't know why. DO NOT JOG WITH THIS STROLLER!!! It doesn't have air tires or suspension on the wheels. The suspension is in the seat, right under the handles that you squeeze to reverse it. A little weird, but your baby will defintely jiggle and jostle. Sometimes myback wheel would rattle a bit but then it would go away.
2. It is wide. Honestly, the rear wheels are just as wide if not wider than my BJCC, although the stroller as a whole was not as bulky as the BJCC. I had to selectively navigate at times in smaller shops and clothing stores. Not a problem though, once you get used to it.
3. It folds weird. You had to pull on the green levers on the handlebars and the frame would collapse in two places. It was more compact that way, but the way it folded, I had almost no place to grab the stroller to lift it without pinching my fingers. It was almost like an accordian fold. It also folds with the seat on, but only forward facing. Great for a more compact car that can't fit a regular full size stroller.
4. It weighs a megaton with the seat on . Take my advice: collapse the frame first, and then lay the seat on top of it. If not,, you'll begin to hate the stroller, especially if you use it as your only.
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