So, I have been pretty opinionated about these strollers. I know people LURVE them and I have just never got the hype. But, 782543987 rabid fans can’t be wrong (Husbands note: “Thats not true, look at all the people who like the Green Bay Packers” **BAM!**) so when they came up on on a discount site a month or so ago for about 40% off, I snapped one up.
For the sake of research! These things I do for you, readers!
I took it out to Target today on its maiden voyage. I had reasons for this:
1. I had a bit of a fall last week and my arms are in bad shape (hence the pain meds). If there was a day when a one finger dreamy push and easy handling was needed, it was today. I would definitely be getting a good feel for its turning!
2. I have lots of things to buy and wanted to try out the basket. I never use baskets on strollers, but this one is so big I figure I can use it to put my older daughter in, if nothing else. I am kidding, PLEASE don’t put your children in baskets.
My thoughts straight out of the box:
Things I like:
- This stroller is a nice size. I live in Suburbia, so this is doable for me. I don’t know how my NYC Mamas with narrow hallways and walkups are doing it, or if they should. It has a pretty wide wheel base and is long and high for a single stroller. However, this also means:
- It has some nice ‘pram bounce’ and feels very sturdy. One of my favorite strollers to date is the Peg Perego Skate (pre-2010) and I get a very similar feel with the Vista. I like it. Its not for everyone or every situation, but I like having a stroller that says “I AM YOUR STROLLER!!! I AM HERE TO STROLL YOUR BABY!! GUN FIRE DOES NOT PHASE ME!!!” For the record, the Vista can not take gun fire (I’m pretty sure… should I scare the **** out of the people at Uppababy by asking them?). Also, I am on high doses of pain meds right now, so forgive me when I start talking in my stroller voice. All jokes and italics aside, this is my favorite thing so far about the Vista: its size and the very slight air of ‘english pram’ it has.
- The black is nice. I like all black strollers, and its sleek. Not as minimalist as I normally like, but then see above. The Vista is not minimalist and thats a good thing. I also got black because I think I would like to add the second rumble seat and I wanted it to be one color.
- Its easy to use. It unfolds easily. The fold is scary the first time- you have to kind of ‘slam’ the handlebar into the stroller to engage the fold mechanism, and it feels wrong to be rough with a stroller like that. But once you get it, its easy and kind of fun. I LOVE the little lever on the seat back to work the seat recline, and I like how easy it is to rotate the seat- even with the 21lb of baby in it (I am positive this is not allowed and/or recommended, but I do it anyway because I live on the edge like that….)
- I like that the seat is very roomy, my youngest child is 16 month, 21lbs and average height and you could fit another one of her in there. I am pretty sure my 3 year old would also fit.
- It has big and tough wheels. I would (and I plan to) take the Vista through snow, mud etc, pending how much it costs to replace them….
Totally unplanned side note about taking strollers in snow: Snow is fine for most wheels, it is after all just water. I worry more about the salt that is all over roads and in slush though. In some strollers it can rust parts and small mechanisms, I have even seen salt/ whatever chemical they use bleach or discolor fabrics where the wheels are close to the fabrics of, say, the basket. Some wheels that have little space between the wheels and the bearings are useless in the snow because even the tiniest amount gets jammed in the top of the wheel and the wheels stick in place. Some stroller companies have snow or terrain wheels just for this purpose: I know Bugaboo and Quinny both have them, but at the bare minimum you can always buy replacements if yours get damaged or rusty. /end side note….
Things I do not like:
- I do not like the foot rest thingingy and the fact that it folds up and down. Well really, I just hate that it can’t be fully locked in place. The stroller has been parked in my foyer for a week and 1000 times a day my naughty 16 month old thinks its HILARIOUS to push the footrest up all the way. It makes a clicky noise, it moves, I get it. But still, I wish it locked in place so she couldn’t. Also, why does it do this? What is the point? I have never owned a stroller that does this before and never once have I thought “I really wish the entire footrest could fold in on itself right now”.
- I have always said that a large part of why I love strollers and prams is because they are pretty and you can decorate them. For this reason, and the fact that here in the midatlantic we had the word “snow” mentioned on our forecast in mid October, it drives me insane that Uppababy don’t make foot muffs to match each stroller. I don’t WANT a grey, red or green foot muff, I want a black one. I even bought a grey one to see, and I hated it because it didn’t match nicely.
- Its heavy, and it has a big fold. I drive a 2011 Toyota Sienna and the Vista does not fit in it flat (does that make sense? Like I have to rest it on its sides or ends to get it in- no laying it down on its wheels) which is a bit irritating. I have a friend who is 5’0 and tiny and she cannot lift it to get in my car. Also, how much fun is it to be friends with a stroller blogger? “Hey, nice to see you! Can you come stand outside and try to lift this into my car for me? Awesome, thanks very much. Come back soon”. Now clearly not all of the eleventy squillion people who love the Vista are amazon women, so maybe this is not a problem for all, but since I do get a few people with medical issues ask about strollers- if you have a situation that might prevent you from being able to lift something heavy- definitely try to check one of these in person before you buy. Take it out to the parking lot and see how it goes.
- The rear wheel base is quite wide.
I will be back later with measurements when my arms extend enough to take them (pity me) and then again in a few months when I have lived with it awhile. If anyone has any specific questions, please let me know!
Also, I am sorry to all my readers who are fans of Green Bay. Please, don’t leave me.