Contours Options Tandem Stroller
Product Review by Owner
Strollers and I go hand and hand. I can not go without walking and I have to be able to do so in a way that allows me to still bring my two dogs with me. When I had only one child, I had the Graco travel system with the stroller and car seat. It was wonderful, but when I found out I was pregnant again, I needed to upgrade my stroller to fit two children. It was time to say goodbye to the Graco and hello to the Contours Double Stroller.
I had seen these strollers when I was first pregnant with my first son and thought they were extremely fancy then. I had scoped out second hand stores week after week looking to buy one of these strollers slightly used, thinking they were by far out of my budget. Finally, I came across one for $60 at the local second hand store. It was well worn, a very loved stroller by the looks of it and missing quite a few parts. I contacted the company to get new parts and found referbishing this stroller would end up costing me the same as if I went and bought it new. So I went and bought it new and Burlington Coat factory. Buying this stroller was the best choice I could have made.
The stroller allows me to continue to use my Graco car seat with my infant. There is a metal frame (included with the stroller) that snaps on where one of the seats would normally go. This metal frame accepts most brands of infant car seats and makes it so you do not have to wake the baby to them into the stroller.
The seats can face front or back or a combination of both. When my toddler is having a rough day and won't stop kicking his brother's seat, I can turn his entire seat around so he cannot reach to disturb the baby. Once my toddler out grows this stroller and starts walking, there are handles that he can hold onto and his seat can be removed from the stroller to make it a bit smaller and easier to handle.
The large wheels make pushing the stroller very easy. It handles bumps in the road just fine and I have even been able to bring it on some well packed, wooded trails. I would not recommend this stroller for mountain climbing, but a stroll through the woods is not out of the question.
Putting the stroller together was easy enough. The directions were pretty easy to follow and you can find the manual online if you lose your copy.
This stroller is not small. In fact, it is the biggest double stroller I have come across which can make maneuvering through stores a bit difficult at times. It also does not fold small and folding it is a little time consuming if it is not set up right. The stroller has to be folded with only one seat on (the seats are easy to take on and off) and the seat left attached must be in the rear of the stroller facing forward, visor opened up, seat not reclined. Once it is folded, it cannot be wheeled around and it is a fairly heavy, awkward stroller. The stroller is not one handed for folding or set up. It takes some getting used to.
Changeable seat positions (front or rear facing)
Accepts most infant car seats
Large wheels for smooth ride
Comfortable seats with foot rests in any position
Toddler handles for walking children
Option to only use one seat
Free standing when folded
Awkward to carry when folded
Not one handed set up set up or fold
A little long for some stores
Despite the major draw back when it comes to folding and storing the stroller, I would highly recommend the Contours Options Tandem Stroller for a parent of more than one child.
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