2012 Buzz Guide: Gear
The year’s hottest product launches
Here’s the low down from our Gear Guy, Jamie Grayson, on the most anticipated product launches of 2012.
Clek Foonf. “This long-awaited convertible seat from Clek has a rear-facing weight limit of 45 pounds and a forward-facing weight limit of 65. Add to this an extended height limit, rigid LATCH technology to make installation much easier, and their new REACT safety system (think of the crumple zones in cars), and you have one revolutionary car seat. My full review will appear in StrollerTraffic’s upcoming January Gear Guy Guide, and the Foonf launches in June.”
Boba 3G. “This carrier’s third incarnation, available now, is suitable for babies from 7 to 45 pounds (unlike earlier models), making it suitable from birth for many infants. Well-padded shoulder straps are contoured, which will help women eliminate “boob crushing.” Boba also features stirrups for children to help them support themselves in a more ergonomic seated position.”
City Mini GT. “Baby Jogger’s new GT soups up the standard City Mini with improved seat and back support, brakes conveniently located on the side of the handle, and much better wheels. It launches this spring and weighs around 21 pounds. You’re gonna want one.”
Orbit Double Helix.” Orbit’s first double stroller, coming in late spring or early summer, will be available as a complete double, or as an add-on attachment to convert the G2, if you already have one. I played with it at ABC (check out my impromptu demo video). I love it. Dare I say it even functions better as a double than as a single?”
City Versa. “Baby Jogger is introducing another game-changer coming this year. The Versa has a reversible seat and the patented one-handed fold that has made Baby Jogger famous. Did I mention it folds with the seat attached—facing BOTH directions? That’s right. They nailed it on this one. Look for it this spring.”