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Blog: Zobo Stroller Review

I’ve been a little skeptical of light weight strollers as we’ve watched other parents struggle with them over the years. They are convenient for fitting places and carting a toddler about, but it definitely feels like there are more cheap ones out there than good ones. My wife did a TON of research on strollers when we first found out she was pregnant.  She chose the Britax B-Ready, which we have loved. It’s versatile, sturdy and can add a second seat once another little one comes along, but as your kids grow and change you realize that what worked well in one stage is not necessarily the best fit for others. We never understood why our friends with kids had so many strollers in their garages, but now we get it. The Britax stroller has been awesome in a lot of ways, for both infant and toddler stages, and changed from the bucket to the toddler seat with ease. Its construction is sturdy and you can bring a lot of stuff along in the storage underneath it, but that also means it is pretty large and heavy, and for space-saving in the trunk and quick excursions, getting in and out of a store or the mall, something smaller is definitely the ideal.

Babies”R”Us was kind enough to send us the new Zobo Bolt Umbrella Stroller, and as soon as we took it out of the box it was evident that cheap construction was not an issue. You can tell immediately that it is well made. It passed my truest of tests as well, the no instructions challenge. It was probably the simplest baby gadget I’ve had to construct if I am to be honest. Literally snap on the wheels and canopy and you’re pretty much good to go. Oh, and the cup holder, let me tell you about the cup holder… It holds cups. This has been an important feature for me ever since we started looking at strollers before our baby was born. Just ask Kristen, it was annoying to her that the only thing I asked her was “does it have a cup holder, does it hold a baby? Then we’re good to go”. She had literally spent hours of research on seats, straps, wheels, storage, durability etc… and just about clocked me when that was my response. I had what we refer to as cup holder blindness. All other features simply didn’t matter, or at least not as much as the cup holder. In my mind, the stroller really needs to hold just two things, babies and cups. If it can do that, then I think really any stroller has a shot of selling well.

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Cup holders aside, the Zobo has been an awesome addition to our fleet. It is the stroller that’s always in the car, the one that comes along with us everywhere, and doesn’t take up too much space. It collapses super easily, folding up with one hand and unfolding just as easily. You can have baby in one hand and stroller in the other and easily set up. It’s lightweight, but very sturdy, and even though it’s a small form factor, it still has a little storage basket underneath for sippy cups and goldfish crackers and all of the other toddler necessities. It is also able to stay standing upright even when it it collapsed, which is one of those things you never think of until you have it, and then realize is super handy when you’re taking things out of a trunk and chasing a toddler up the driveway and the stroller stays put and doesn’t crush your bags of groceries.

The locking mechanism is super simple as well. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a larger stroller just explode open when I am trying to lift them in or out of the car. The lock on the Zobo is great, it clasps tight and you don’t need to worry about it letting go when you are trying to pack up. The wheels are also well made, and ride nicely. A lot of small strollers I’ve seen seem to have these small, clackity, plastic wheels that rattle along as you push it. It makes it feel more like a grocery cart than a stroller. But the Zobo has nice rubber wheels that absorb the bumps in the road or sidewalk; creating a nicer ride for our daughter, and making it easier for us to push.

We’ve taken it too the mall, the zoo, parents’ and grandparents’ houses, street festivals, and it has stood up to every challenge. We especially love how narrow it is for tight spaces. Our daughter loves it too, she has us move the adjustable foot rest for her on command, “foot, up!”, “foot, down!”. OK, OK, we get it, you’re basically 18 months old and in charge, stop abusing it…

Our girl loves that the stroller allows her to be more “out in the action”. With our other stroller, we have found she is constantly trying to pull up and poke her head out further to see everything that is going on, but with this one she is able to sit comfortably and not feel like she is missing out. The adjustable back rest is another unique feature of the Zobo that I don’t think many other lightweight “umbrella” stroller designs have. So when she conks out after an exciting day, we can just ease her back and roll down the canopy.

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This stroller really feels like it has the convenience of being portable, and light weight, but still having a fuller feature set, such as, a cup holder for instance. It’s nice that the “house brand” of Babies”R”Us is making this stuff as well. We’ve gotten a number of different toys that are Babies”R”Us made, and have been impressed with the quality. From blocks, to rings, and now this stroller.

We’ve been loving our time with the Zobo, and there will definitely be many more family walks and outings on the horizon in this stroller. As for long-term durability, we’ll have to keep you updated. It seems like it will last us well into another toddler down the road, and we’ll definitely get the chance to test out how many times that leg rest can be adjusted up and down. (Even if it doesn’t break, we might just tell our daughter otherwise!)

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