Its here, its here!!!
I am going to practice full disclosure up front: I bought this stroller to replace my 2 month old Bugaboo Bee. It may seem like a bit of a step down, but if you knew the trouble this Bee had caused me…… well….. you wouldn’t think so anymore. So I am going to save the (huge) difference in cost and apply it to something else.
So, here we go!
Firstly, its pretty to look at. I got the Tea Green, and in real life its a nice fun (but not TOO bright) green, a lot less shiny than in these pictures. I am not a photographer and never will be, sorry! I like the all black frame and covered wheels, its very sleek looking and would be even more so in a darker color like the grey.
One of the biggest reasons I was drawn to this stroller was the seat height, which was touted as being a lot higher than other umbrella strollers. They certainly didn’t lie- the seat bottom sits roughly 21 inches off the floor which is a full 7 inches higher than the Maclaren Quest. Thats a BIG difference! I like strollers with higher seats- better for babies and better for backs!
Otherwise, the seat is 11″ deep, 14″ wide and has a seat back of 17 inches. Although that seems quite small, the canopy is another 6″ up the frame, giving 23″ of seat to head space with an open canopy. This is my youngest daughter in the seat: She is 13 months and weighs 18lbs/ 8.5kgs with a height of 30″/76cms.
The push is very easy and smooth (thats what she said..) and the Aprica can definitely zip around corners and tight spaces. Yes, in case you were wondering, I actually do test this by strapping a baby in and then running very fast around the whole house.
It has a good recline, almost flat and I would recommend it to only be used with the 4+ month age set.
If you are someone who plans to take their Aprica on walks at night, or spends a lot of time having late dinners alfresco in Rome (what? Some people do that….) then you might like that this stroller has handy little reflectors on the side, to make it more visible at night.
It also has a hidden peekaboo window in the top, although not very see through, it does allow for a quick check up without walking around the front to check on baby.
Now, for the things that I don’t love quite so much.
I don’t like the fold. I am sure its just a learning curve and that within a few weeks it will be very easy. However, its a multi-step fold that not only requires two hands but actual concentration. Basically, you have to hold open that flicky thing to the right, while also pulling up on the handlebar, while also kind of pushing into it to make it collapse. Its kind of fidgety, but like I said I hope that after a while its much easier and I am not left fighting with it in the Target parking lot screaming curse words at my stroller while people watch and then just throwing it in the trunk of the car fully open. Oh yes, I know how that feels……
I imagine people won’t like the basket. Although its not particularly small, it has the cross beam frame only a few inches above it, which is going to make storing large diaper bags or shopping parcels difficult to impossible. For sippie cups or small purses it would be fine though. I never use baskets so it doesn’t bother me much.
Finally, I am not totally sold on the seat recline/ sit up mechanism. Its a strap you pull up on and release, which is OK I suppose, but I also feel like it doesn’t go upright enough. This stroller is definitely not for you if your child is one that likes sitting straight up, it has a little bit of a recline even at its highest point.
It has decent folded dimensions, 43″long x 8″ deep x 11″ wide. It also comes with a carrying strap that I removed before taking these pictures. A rain cover is also included.
The Aprica Presto has a weight limit of 70lbs which is INSANE. It has a nice removable seat cushion for the little babies that can easily be removed for bigger tushies or for cleaning. The seat itself is completely removable and seems to *me* that it could be gently washed, but Aprica says it can’t be officially. The harness is an adjustable 5-point which was easy for me to fit to my daughter and seemed to hold her very securely.
I have always been a dedicated Maclaren lover, so this is a new step for me. Overall I think I like it more than the Maclaren in some ways (the seat height, the canopy and how the Presto seems much more stable and less likely to tip backwards) but less in others (although the Presto has a higher weight limit, the seat is smaller and I think quite useless for the 3+ crowd. I tried to put our 38lb three year old in it and she looked so ridiculous I didn’t even take a picture…)
Because of the awesome seat height and push, I am going to give it a try for a few months and see if I fall totally in love with it. Right now I am happy I bought it and look forward to using it more!