The Stroller Collection from hell

I can't believe how many strollers we have. I have 2 kids, 22 months and 6 months old. I have 6 strollers (used to be more, but I managed to zap 2 others). You ask why? Well, each has it's benefits. Some of the manufacturers get it, others don't.

Our favourite is the Mountain Buggy double stroller. A good stroller, but not really good for jogging, and it's kinda heavy to toss into the back of the Honda Pilot. It's got a few misses too - the rear wheels are hard to remove, the rear axle prevents me (I'm taller) from taking full strides, and the handle bar is a fixed height, which means it works for my wife, but I can't really run with it. The front wheels randomly lock straight, and it doesn't store compactly. The sun canopy doesn't come down enough and the peek-a-boo window doesn't have velcro to keep it open. The things I like about it are that it reclines, it fits through standard doors (almost all other doubles don't) and it seems to be comfortable.

We also have a Kelty Joyrider 20. Overall a great jogger, but sucks at anything else. You can't change the front wheel to turn, it's kinda heavy, and the basket underneath sucks. The best things are it's easy to use for jogging, the wheels pop off really easily and the sunshade is great (esp with the accessory version). This is the one I use most if I can get away with taking only one of the kids on a walk. The harness to hold the kids in is the best I've seen, and they seem to have the best seats for the kids too. The biggest issue is the back doesn't recline at all.

And then we get into the other strollers. Long after we had our base set of strollers, we saw the Bugaboo Frog jogging stroller That seems to incorporate a lot of the features I'd like to see in a stroller. Of course, I'm not going to go get one now that I have (a) 2 kids and (b) 6 other strollers.

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