Monday, August 27, 2012

Baby Cargo 300 Series Stroller Review



The longer I am a mom, the more I appreciate compact baby gear. Living in a small space forces you to reconsider what you really need. So I've been enamored with umbrella strollers lately for their space saving features and light weight. This is the Baby Cargo 300 lightweight umbrella stroller, high on style and low on space that it will steal from you! Without skimping on features, the Baby Cargo 300 is designed to make parenting easier.

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The Baby Cargo 300 is great for babies from birth to 50 pounds. As you can see, there is a lot of room for my almost-four-year-old. It's certainly roomier than most umbrella strollers, I think it would even fit me if not for the weight limit! It's also great for the 9 month old Baby T, who is much larger than Baby E was at his age.


The recline is suitable for a newborn, even though it isn't completely flat, it's just about as flat as an infant car seat, if not more so. What we really love about the recline is how easy it is to adjust with just one hand, something I can't do on my current stroller. Another neat thing? We accidentally discovered that when my toddler was in it, reclined all the way and buckled in, the back adjusted to sitting up position on its own when she sat up! You just hear this really soft 'click' and it is back to sitting up position. So when your toddler is done napping they can sit up on their own and you'll know they woke up.


When the stroller is reclined, you can't really access the storage basket from the back as you can see below. In the above photo though you can see there is enough room to reach in from the mesh side even with the recline all the way down. There is enough room for a small diaper bag, or just some snacks and a diaper clutch. It also comes with a rain cover which is very handy, especially if you live on the west coast! But even here in the east, there have been many times I wished I had a rain cover. It's really easy to slip on, just takes one minute.





Here is also a short video or our favorite stroller features and highlights!


When folded, the Baby Cargo 300 takes up very little space on a tiny footprint. It will fit in an apartment closet without any trouble! The fold itself is typical of a full feature umbrella style stroller fold. You need two hands, but it's not hard as you can see in the video. Love that it locks automatically when folded! It has a carry handle and strap, so you can either wear it over your shoulder or carry it like a briefcase. The ease of maneuverability is great too, this is a smooth ride and it is easy to steer even if you have just one hand available. We also love the little details like the brass zippered pocket in the back for your keys and phone (and my 'to do list' with a pen). The parent cup holder is pretty handy and we love, love the fabric, it's one of my favorite fabrics I've ever seen on a stroller!


I recommend checking out the Baby Cargo 300 if you're in the market for an umbrella stroller. It retails for $179.99, and if you need something with less bells and whistles, they also have the even lighter weight 200 series (at 13.7 lbs) and 100 series (11.9 lbs) strollers. 

As with all products, there is some room for improvement. I would love to see more canopy coverage, which seems to be pretty limited and I would not be able to use this without an aftermarket product like the SnoozeShade for example. It would also be nice if the storage space underneath could be lowered just a tad, it looks like there is so much room below the storage basket that could be used for storage (though that might not be possible because it will sag when there is something in it). Some umbrella strollers don't even have storage, so this is great!


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Disclaimer: I did not receive payment for this review. I was provided a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are solely my own and your experience may differ.

144 comments:

  1. This is really awesome! I love how lightweight it is and I love the rain cover!!!

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  2. I love how it holds up to 50 pounds! That means it can hold my 3 year old for a couple more years at least... and of course my 11 month old! Great review!

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  3. I absolutely love how plush the fabric looks. I too have come to appreciate lightweight strollers.

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  4. It's so lightweight and interesting about the reclining seat!

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  5. I love that this stroller is so lightweight. Once I get my grandson in a stroller, he is so heavy to push around.

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  6. The rain cover is great. I love all the small features that make it a big hit!

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  7. I love that this is large enough to hold a toddler!!

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  8. I love that it automatically seats up when baby does. That is and awesome feature. I remember with my first baby I bought the big stroller and found it very heavy and bulky could not get in some tight spaces at the store so this is awesome. Thank you for the wonderful review.

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  9. I didn't realize you could utilize these strollers from birth. Definitely makes traveling easier than hauling a full size stroller and car seat around.

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  10. Oh my it has a cup holder for Mommy???? LOVE IT!!!! This truly is a great stroller!!!!

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  11. I love that the todlers can sit on on their own when they are ready!

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  12. I love how compact it is and really like that color too.

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  13. Love that it is so light, that you can take it anywhere, great review. Thank you, Molly Bussler

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  14. How awesome that the back adjusts! My current bulky stroller only has one seat position.

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  15. Love how when they wake up they can sit up and still be buckled in. Great idea!

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  16. I love that it has a strap that you can put over your shoulder. I live in NYC and its so hard to hold ur baby with 1 hand the stroller on the other and your diaper bad in between.

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  17. Love that it is designed for babys up to 50 pounds.

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  18. I love that you put in so much R&D time and that you are so style conscious! Thanks for making motherhood much easier!
    monicaplatz@comcast.net

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  19. I like the cover with the clear plastic so the kid can still see out.

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  20. Test drove this stroller ata local shop adn absolutely loved it. Can't wait for their Georgi bag to come out too.

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  21. It's surprisingly spacey, and I love how compact it is when folded up. Very necessary in a stroller.

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  22. I like that it can hold a toddler, and it's similiar to my Combi, but seems of better quality..

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  23. I love that it's lightweight, and it looks HUGE! Which is a huge plus, since my 5 year old is only 40 pounds, and he needs the stroller more than my 16 month old sometimes, LOL!

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  24. I would love to have this stroller on our next trip to Disney. A good stroller is priceless when trekking that place.

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  25. I'm loving the ample room for older toddlers, the compactibility when folded up, how light it seems to be and the rain sheild is ingenious!

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  26. I love that it comes with a rain shield!

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  27. This is a great review of this product. It really looks like a lot of thought was put into this. I enjoy the everyday photos of the way it really looks

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  28. My son loves to look around but gets frustrated with his current stroller because he can relax and see what he would like to at the same time. This would be perfect for him!

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  29. Great review. This stroller really sounds like the ideal stroller. Lightweight, storage for baby and my stuff, adjustable and my favorite, the rain cover. Sounds great!

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  30. Love how small it folds up and all the features!

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  31. I love how compact it is and all the features. Thanks for an awesome review!

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  32. Thank you for your review. I like lightweight baby gear too and I like the room in this one for being "compact." I like that it reclines as well, I just wish that the canopy was a little larger.

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  33. Yay for Baby Cargo! I really need a more portable stroller for vacations, and I love this one because it is padded.

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  34. It looks awesome and pretty similar to a few i've been pricing the past week.

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  35. im looking for an easy fold light weight stroller for public transit. this could be the one!

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  36. I really like how it has a rain cover!

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  37. Would love to get a compact, reclining stroller. Thanks for the review!

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  38. I love everything about this stroller! The compact size, lightweight, reclining seat, canopy cover, storage basket... I could go on & on! Love Love Love this stroller!

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  39. I live in Florida where it can rain at the drop of the hat. Just in the last week I've been out for a walk with my daughter twice and had to go under someone's overhang to wait out a little shower. The rain fly is a wonderful feature to have on a stroller of this type.

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  40. Looks like a really nice stroller to have around when my new grand son come to visit

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  41. That's awesome! I don't know how or why people deal with those ridiculous SUV-type strollers you see all the time - they must all live in hangars and only use them in secluded areas where there are no other pedestrians!

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  42. I love the detailed review on this stroller. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  43. This stroller is GREAT quality :) I highly recommend it.

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  44. It's nice and light with great quality and has many assets that everyone looks for in a stroller. It is convenient and has lots of storage room! :)

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  45. I like the high weight capacity!

    taylor.marcy@gmail.com

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  46. I love the recline! The fact that it pops back in place on its own is really great!

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  47. fabulous features & it looks like it fold up so easily

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  48. It's so compact when folded - awesome

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  49. A picture is worth a thousand words- Every question is addressed

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  50. Wow! This stroller has every feature I am looking for in a light weight stroller! I love the fabric, storage, and recline the most! It's fabulous!!!

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  51. I love that it can fit babies up to 50lbs

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  52. Love that it's lightweight and has a rain shield.

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  53. I am in need of a compact stroller that is not going to fall apart. I am getting ready to move cross country with my 2 children (2 years old and 8 months)... I'll be making the drive alone because my husband is securing a job and housing for us. Its going to be an experience, and i need to know i can keep my 2 year old close while out of the car. I love that this stroller won't take up a lot of space, it is easy to clean, and won't fall apart on me!

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  54. i love how it holds larger babies and is easy to unfold =] very cool.

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  55. I love the rain cover and and how it folds up its amazing.

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  56. The rain cover is a particularly great feature where I live!

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  57. I love that the weight limit goes up to 50lbs, that it folds so compact and that it will automatically unrecline (is that a word) when your child sits up!
    tvpg at aol dot com

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  58. I love the fact that this is from birth to fifty pounds. Thanks for this review! =)
    JJs2468@aol.com

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  59. Thanks for a great review, this looks like an awesome stroller! I love that it's so small when folded up but still looks plenty comfortable. And the fact that it reclines is a bonus for younger babies. I'd love to have one!

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  60. Wow, it looks wonderful! It look so durable.

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  61. Love that the reclyne can be adjusted with just one hand because us mommies sometimes that's all we have available! lol I'm having my baby boy in 4 weeks and i love that stroller is also for a newborn! Thanks for such great detailed review! :)

    liz.ticona@yahoo.com

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  62. I love how compact it gets.

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  63. i love how sturdy it is and how it collpases. great size for being so nice. also love the rain cover living in FL

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  64. Love the look of this stroller! I love the size!

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  65. I love the size and the look of this stroller!

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  66. I need something like this. I love my jogging stroller for jogging, but trying to drag it around to go in and out of stores with a baby in one arm is the biggest pain. Something lightweight and compact would be awesome.

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  67. I like that it folds up so easily and reclines back for naps! What a nice, and portable stroller!

    Lolli S

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  68. this stroller looks great and is still compact. i love it!

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

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  69. WOW! Did you see that rain cover!? Now that is funky and cool! I love that!

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  70. I love how lightweight it is at only 14 lbs. (with the option of ones weighing much less) and the capacity to hold up to 50 lbs means it can last through the toddler years but still being compact

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  71. I love how tiny that folds. I also really like that it comes with a rain cover, as it rains quite a bit here! I also love that the recline is easy to adjust. This just seems like a really fabulous stroller all around!

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  72. I love the rain cover.Cute and looks lightweight too.

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  73. Fist off, great photos! I think this would be perfect for my little man. He's 3, but weighs 42lbs. He's also really tall & overall, about the size of a 5yr old! He hasn't fit in regular umbrella strollers for well over a year. He's maintained a weight between 39-42lbs for a year & a half, so even at 1 1/2, he was a bit big in a standard 35lb weight limit stroller. How cool that you guys "accidentally" found out that the seat goes into a sitting position upon lifting up! That sounds handy! One less step to putting it away :) Thanks for the great review!

    chevsop at gmail dot com

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  74. Thanks for the review. Love the features of this stroller. Also love that it is lightweight and folds away compactly. Perfect for us with limited space.
    morales_y at yahoo dot com

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  75. great review! i think i like just about everything about it!

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  76. Great review and video. I like that it takes up so little space and that it can hold up to 50 pounds. Really great looking stroller too.

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  77. This looks like an amazing stroller! I can't believe it comes with a rain cover! This would work well with my 2 year old or my 9 month old. Thanks for the review.

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  78. I love that this is lightweight and the canopy!

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  79. I love the rain cover that comes with it! My daughter would love this!
    ~Jessica Taylor

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  80. Love this stroller!

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  81. With all the features stated above, this stroller is amazing !

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  82. This is really just so awesome! I love that it's lightweight and I love the rain cover!!!

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  83. This stroller would be PERFECT for my needs. LOL - I want it for my little Pug. He can't keep up with our 85lb. big boy. It's great for me, since it opens up so easily, as I have some disabilities.

    Thanks for the informative review!

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  84. I love the wheels. Looks so easy to push around.

    knickgirl_3 at yahoo dot com

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  85. I love that it's just like the big strollers in the travel systems, but is a small, compact umbrella stroller!

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  86. I really like the fact that you can use it so long... going from birth to 50 pounds is quite awhile... and the design is awesome too!

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  87. I like that the stroller has a basket and a weather cover

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  88. Looks great for a taller toddler!

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  89. This umbrella stroller is 14.9 lbs, has a shoulder strap, multi-position seat, and a canopy top!!I also like that it has a basket! Oh, and it’s rust free! Need I say more!! This is a very NICE stroller!! Would love to win it for my 1 yr old!! Thanks for the giveaway!!
    bdsstfam@aol.com

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  90. I love how lightweight it is and how compactly it folds up.

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  91. this is so different from other umbrella strollers. looks really well made. love it!!!!!!!

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  92. I love this umbrella stroller, amazing and easy to use!!

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  93. This looks like a fabulous compact stroller that would be so easy to set up and take down with one hand. I am all for compact to take up less space. The recline seat is great that it comes up into the sitting position when the child sits up. thank you for this giveaway.

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  94. I can't believe the 100 series is only 11.9 lbs. That's incredible for a stroller.

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  95. I Have been looking for a compact stroller with all these features! looks great

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  96. i love that it has a rain cover! great feature :)

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  97. I have a small house too, I have strollers taking up too much space, but want something that either my 4 year old or 7 month old could use, this sounds perfect!

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  98. I like how easy it is to fold. The rain cover is great too. We just found out we are expecting, so this would be great!!

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  99. 50 lbs? Good sized kid!

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  100. That raincover is great! Love that it's lightweight, but doesn't skimp on all the features!

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  101. I love how lightweight and easy to fold up it is!

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  102. I like the pictures you took, it really puts it in perspective with your littles in there. I love that it hold up to 50 lbs. as well. Very awesome!

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  103. I love a stroller that has a nice recline and a good cargo area. Very nice looking! :)

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  104. Having this stroller will make me less sorry my Chicco lightweight was stolen! I'm curious about the fabric, since you said it was one of the nicest you've seen. Great looking stroller!

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  105. Like the overall look and the cute rain cover too. Nice features and compact for storage

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

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  106. I like that they keep copies of their manuals/instruction booklet online...I hate losing instructions!

    http://babycargo.com/customer-care/maintain-your-cargo/

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  107. I love the style of the stroller and how it is easy to fold. This stroller is a great invention and I hope that I can win it.

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  108. I like the rain cover. It is very useful.

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  109. The last thing you want as a busy mom is some heavy stroller to lug around. Very light, but with all the bells and whistles of the heavy bulky strollers! Great redesign!

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  110. I like how lightweight this stroller is and how roomy it looks for my granddaughter. :-)

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  111. love that it folds up like an umbrella stroller

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  112. I like that this stroller is so compact.

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  113. Loving how compact and lightweight it is! And the nice rain cover!

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  114. I love how compact it is! I wish I had one!

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  115. love how it fold up! Great for the airport.

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  116. This should be perfect for our 2.5 year old! So many umbrella strollers are flimsy and/or too small for our guy. Off to find a local store for a test drive this weekend...

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  117. Nice compact umbrella stroller. Perfect for my big baby who is over the 100th percentile!

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  118. Love the fact that this stroller folds up and locks. Also, it is lightweight and easy to carry. Would love to get this for my Daughter.

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  119. I've been looking for a light weight stroller for a while, but just couldn't find the perfect one.. this one fits my needs exactly!

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  120. I love that it will last until 50 lbs!!

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  121. What a great stroller! I love how it can be used from infant all the way through to 50 pounds...and it seems very compact as well!

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  122. kelsey house


    i love how light weight it is!!!

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  123. I like the rain cover and the compact design
    ababe28 at hotmail dot com

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  124. this looks like a wonderful stroller, would love to have one!

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  125. I love that its lightweight and holds up to 50 pounds! it looks like a great stroller

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  126. I love that it holds an older child bc of the weight limit!

    Leigha Kelsey

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  127. I am all about being comfortable ans stylish and it is so hard with a baby! BUT some how this company has pulled it off! i love it, the stroller is light weight and modern! I also love the canopy, with a lot of umbrella type strollers the shade is pretty much worthless, it doesn't hit correctly and doesn't block the sun! this blocks the sun and the rain, and has a easy to store and carry rain shield that doesn't take up a lot of space on the go

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  128. Great review! This looks like a great giveaway!

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  129. Looks like a stroller with the ease and convenience of an umbrella stroller with the comfort of a regular stroller -- very nice!

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  130. Shoulder straps and rain cover are my favorite features of 200 series. I cannot see the rain cover option in the 300 one.

    thabal628 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  131. i love my stroller, but it is kinda heavy and a pain to lug in and out of the car. lightweight like this would be nice. esp if I get pregnant again!

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  132. I love that it is so lightweight!! You can't beat that when you are trying to get it in the car

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  133. Being easy to fold and store is a must have in a stroller especially when traveling on an airplane or in a vehicle.

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  134. this looks so sturdy and functional compared to what I picture a 'umbrella' or compact stroller to be

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  135. lovethat it can fold up compactly and its super lightweight!!!!!

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  136. lightweight is def a plus for me! I have a 8month old and am currently preggo and on restrictions with lifting so the lighter the better!!!

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  137. I love everything about the stroller, easy fold accesories and more! Love it! Would be great when walking to pick up kids from school!

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  138. I'm loving the fact that it comes with a rain cover, can recline, and has storage underneath. The current umbrella stroller I have is from when I had dolls as a child...lets just say that was a long time ago and umbrella strollers have come a long way! I hate that the sun blares down on my little guys' head too...it's nice that it has a canopy even if it's not big. A small canopy is better than no canopy!

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  139. OMG That carry strap is an awesome feature! Someone was really thinking!

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