1 - Lots to love about this stroller...
2 - General thoughts...
3 - A couple of helpful improvements...
4 - One weak point...
1 - We love the size of it both open and folded. When open it is plenty large enough for the kids to be comfortable but no wider than a nice double stroller, so navigation does take a little foresight but it isn't difficult. When folded it is a chunk and takes up the entire width of our Suburban, but it is not much thicker than a double. My petite wife has learned to load it by herself and now even my 8 year old son can do the same. This is accomplished by leaning the front end into the truck and then picking up the rear and pushing it in while swinging it sideways. It might sound like a lot of work and it does take a little practice but it is not overwhelming. She can flip it on its side to take up less floor space and have plenty of room for groceries.
We love that the foot area for the back two seats is sealed off from the storage area underneath, so when someone drops a cup or pacifier it does not disappear into the depths of stuff.
We also love that it is vinyl, so spills and other... ahem... messes... are easy to clean. I was immediately concerned that they would get too hot and sticky on the vinyl, but while we have spent plenty of time outside in the heat it hasn't been an issue for them.
2 - We have yet to use the front two sun shades but they look functional enough, but I'm not sure how well it would fold up with them in place. Folding it requires no magic spells or fancy footwork, and unfolding is easy once you get the feel for how it snaps into place. When it is open I just push down on the handle to pick the front wheels up and it will snap(lock, you'll understand what I'm talking about if you get one).
3 - Remove that handle brake! There are regular wheel brakes on front/rear to lock it in place and we just use those. At first I just strapped the handle brake down to the bar but even with it pushed all the way down and all the kids in it, the brake would drag on the wheel during turns and made maneuvering rather difficult. Five minutes with a screwdriver and that thing was an old memory as I completely removed the handle/cable/brake and it doesn't stand out that anything was ever there. The only place when my wife could see wanting that brake is when doing down a steep decline when fully loaded, but she has never become worried that she was about to lose control. If you absolutely want to keep it, you'll still probably want to adjust the point at which the lever contacts the rear wheels.
Stroller straps! Go to Amazon and search for "stroller straps" and see which ones you like (we LOVE the "Hook 'n' Stroll Stroller Accessory"). They attach to the handle with Velcro straps and are just a simple plastic hook that she hangs diaper bags from. We have two of them and she usually has 4 bags hanging from them. The under-seat storage isn't very tall so while it will hold a lot of small things, diaper bags don't make the cut.
A cup holder! This would go in #4 as a weakness were it not for the 2-cup holder we found. It has a clamp that adjusts with a knob and we have it clamped down on the handle bar. Ours is usually holding keys/cellphone in one and a drink in the other, and it even stays in place when folded. That thing is an absolute gem that I saw out of the corner of my eye one day while randomly walking through Bed, Bath & Beyond.
4 - Our main complaint is the wheels, and I'll admit I'm concerned about how long they will last. The rest of the stroller is very well made, but the wheels are the standard size for a double stroller and just aren't beefy enough. This thing is good for concrete or hard packed dirt/gravel only. Our babies are 2 years old and under, and we do load this thing out with diaper bags, but they have worn more than I would like to see in just 2 months of regular use. The rear wheels have started to lean and flex just a bit under turns and the front wheels don't always swivel like they should and so they bind up and refuse to turn, forcing you to have to jiggle the front end a little to make them try to turn. They also squeak and groan in protest. I realize that larger wheels would compromise the portability, but it really needs something a bit larger to make this thing a long lasting 5 star piece of equipment. I'm going to start searching around for a solution and will report back with a comment if I find anything. Another thing to consider is that we use this stroller numerous times per week, and it is usually loaded to the gills with both kids and baggage. My wife packs a bag for each kid and they are all pretty heavy, and it is not unusual for us to even have portable adult sized camp chairs underneath, so if you pack a little lighter than us then you might not even have these issues.
Overall I still recommend this stroller because when you need one, nothing else will do the job. There are other triple strollers out there but the cost can be ridiculous and we just aren't going to pay that kind of money. Even with our issue with the wheels we love it and would buy it again.
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