I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GB. I received a GB stroller to facilitate my review as well as thank me for my participation.
I wouldn’t ever call myself a stroller expert, but as the owner of MANY and the borrower of few, I’ve seen a lot come and go. My friends have lots of adorable babies, I’ve had my share of babysitting adventures, and as the future mom of two, I really have a handle on what my needs are and the gear I need to accomplish my day. Now, the strollers I have owned have been single riders, and although Red may be almost 4, his legs can get tired on big trips and sometimes, let’s be honest. I need a containment unit. A home base. The Evoq Travel System is a full size 4-in-1 stroller system that is going to allow me to have both children ride along AND storage to boot.
A modular system, the Evoq only took me 7 minutes to remove from the box and fully assemble. The “hardest” part was snapping on the wheels, and that was a breeze. I was impressed with the lightweight of the frame, and the sheer sturdiness that it offers for it’s size. As for the modular pieces, there is the frame (which does a few things), the Asana35 Infant car seat, the child seat, and the car seat base. That’s it! The frame accommodates the car seat like a “snap and go,” clicks into the child seat (which shifts forward and back on the frame to allow for a ride along child) and has ample storage in the lower basket. The toddler seat and the carseat both sit on the frame facing forward AND facing out. You have the freedom to choose which way you want baby to sit! The car seat does have an easy release on the back, allowing it to release from both the car seat base as well as the stroller. It’s minimal effort and very simple for such a secure fit. The firm-fit installation is the first time I’ve ever seen a guaranteed way to have the tightest seat belts possible.
I’m really excited to use the ride along feature when the new baby is born (we find out the gender in a WEEK!!!!) and have both kids on the same stroller. Now, granted, I know Red won’t want to ride all the time. He’s found his independence and likes to walk holding hands, carrying his own bag o’ toys and hopping all over the place. But having this immediate option is glorious. When Red was a little baby, I had a few strollers that accomplished these same tasks… a frame to hold the car seat, and a stroller that converted from a bassinet to a toddler seat. It’s almost like the modern car seat – more and more companies are offering “the only car seat you’ll ever need,” but this stroller really will accommodate baby #2 from birth to age 4-5 AND let Red ride along for a while! The child weight limit is 50 pounds, and Red is already 41. And speaking of those 41 pounds, this is what a 3.5 year old toddler looks like in the seat:
He fits, but only just (he’s too long, not too wide)! The seat belts are too short for him, even fully extended. His legs barely fit into the seat leg rest, but instead reach to the foot rest at the bottom. Please keep in mind that this 3.5 year old is much larger than your normal breed of preschooler. Most of his playmates and schoolmates would fit in here nicely. Perhaps we’ll save both the car seat AND the child seat for Red’s sibling! He’s much more at home on the ride along portion, and seems to be very happy there… at least until his little sibling shows up and start playing with all his toys. 🙂
EDIT: Now that Scarlett was born, I had a chance to put her in the carseat, and I was really unhappy with the straps. With a new “self adjusting” harness, the shoulder straps are spring loaded to push down. For any baby that can’t sit up and engage core muscles, this is can be EXTREMELY constricting and possibly painful. I wouldn’t recommend this carseat to any baby that can’t sit up yet.
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