Its been two months since I got my shiny new Uppababy Vista. And in the spirit of testing, I have used it almost every day and I am back with more thoughts on it.
I am genuinely torn over how I feel about the size. I have admitted before that I like big ‘pram-ish’ strollers, and for kids under 2 I do prefer to have them nice and high and enclosed. So I DO like it for that. On the other hand, this thing is BIG. If I am going to a Dr’s office, dressing room or restaurant, I am not taking it. I actually feel like a bit of a tool taking it in crowded shipping places too, like the clothes racks at Target. The wide rear wheel base means I occasionally have moments when the back wheels catch on something and I go crashing into the handlebar- and I might or might not curse loudly and then people are looking. Grace and elegance: I’m doing it wrong.
Which brings me to my next and biggest issue with the Vista: What the h#ll am I doing wrong that I cannot fold this flipping stroller? Thats not a rhetorical question, readers. I ACTUALLY want you to tell me. Because I am 5’10, not slight or weak by any means and my folding the Vista and getting it into my car looks a lot like this:
I don’t know whether I am the guy on the bottom or the one winning. Depends on the day.
Because it is far too heavy to fold ‘in the air’ if that makes sense, some part of it is on the ground, and right now that ground is wet, cold and dirty. It also means that parts of my stroller are getting gross and/ or damaged and that makes me very angry.
See? Did that within 10 seconds, the very first time I closed it. Disappointing.
Like I said last time, the Vista is too wide at the rear wheel base to fit in my minivan ‘flat’ on the floor.
Ugh. So, I have to sit it on its rear wheels and handlebar like this:
Which makes it kind of harder to get in and out. Oh, and I drive a 2011 Toyota Sienna, so its not like I am trying to fit in it a small car. Again, this can’t be a huge problem because people fit them happily in cars all the time, but its something that bugs me. Really, its the only thing I don’t like about it- its very wide rear wheel base and its bulk/ weight. Its only one thing, but because I am a suburbanite and get it in and out of the car a lot, its something that I notice often.
I do think it steers well. I have received a few emails saying the opposite, and I can see why it would seem that way. Its not going to push like a Cameleon, because it weighs 5lbs more (25lbs versus 20lbs) and is wider and longer. But, for a heavier, bigger, taller and ‘prammier’ (Trademarked ‘prammier’ already, don’t even try….) stroller, I think its pushes really nicely.
The basket is huge and easily accessible from both the front and back of the Vista. Its handy to be able to fit diaper bags and everything else in it at once.
The seat is very spacious, it has a nice high seat back which is important if you have taller kids or plan to use it til age 4. For anecdotal evidence, here are my two youngest daughters in it:
This is my ‘baby’, she is 18 months. She only weighs about 23lbs but is very long at 34 inches. She has a long way to reach the end of the foot rest, and about 5 inches to the top of the seat. I have no concerns about her being in this stroller for another 2+ years.
Lola is almost 4. She weighs 40lbs and is 41 inches tall. Even at that age and height, she still fits. Her head does not touch the canopy when its extended, although her feet are easily past the footrest when she stretches her legs out. She doesn’t ride in any stroller anymore, but she could fit in this one if we made her. And if you are still planning on using the Vista til a higher weight limit or 4 (whichever comes first) this is a good example.
I also still love how easily the seat reclines (one handed- far better than the Cameleon in this respect) and reverses.
So, in summary. I am glad I spent $385 on this stroller. I would not be as happy if I had spent $700. I feel like anything up to $500 is a decent price for the Vista, which is lucky because its what you can get one for now on eBay or almost anywhere else. I think its an excellent choice for its price range, and for people who want a bigger stroller. However, if budget allowed I still wouldn’t choose one over the Cameleon. In terms of agility and overall quality, I think the Vista comes in second place.
That said, I have no plans to sell or pass on the Vista. I like it. I think I will like it a lot more if we have another child before our youngest hits three so I can use the rumble seat, which I really like the look of. Right now its my second full size stroller other than the Orbit Baby, and I like having a bigger more classically styled pram as well as the uber modern Orbit. I am happy I got to try one out. :)
P.S- I was not a fan of the UppaBaby foot muff, so I am using (and you can see in the pictures) the Petunia Pickle Bottom Stroll.