Stroller Watch: 2018
Compact fold, foam tires, custom fabrics... oh my!
As we look to what's ahead in 2018, we know one thing to be true: it will be filled with game-changing strollers. The industry continues to prove that fashion and function can coexist, and lightweight strolling doesn't mean lightweight conveniences. We have what some might call an "obsession" with a killer set of wheels (some being our husbands, mailman, and barista but who's counting?). With an influx of new strollers hitting the market this year, here are the launch dates that made it to our Google calendar:
Nuna Demi Grow: The Demi Grow is Nuna’s first single-to-double stroller, complete with 23 configurations, all-weather seats (including breathable mesh for warm days), a 3-position recline, and Nuna’s Rumi-and-Sir-approved Dream Drape. Starting at $799, available March 2018 at mbeans.com.
Cybex Eezy S Twist: Weighing in at less than 17 pounds and featuring a slim footprint, the compact EEZY S TWIST will feature a seat that can be reversed by twisting it. As if that wasn’t cool enough, it folds with one hand to fit into an overhead airplane compartment. Add those must-haves like all-wheel suspension system, full canopy, recline to a full near-flat position, and car seat compatibility, and you’ve got the very definition of stroller must-have. $299.99, available May 2018.
Ergobaby 180 Reversible Stroller: At 20 pounds, the 180 Reversible is a single stroller with a lightweight feel and full sized conveniences (read: an oversized canopy, extra large storage, and big wheels). What really separates it from the pack is its reversible handle bar, side panels that fold back to reveal mesh siding for warm weather strolling, and— you guessed it— a totally ergonomic fit for your babe. $399.99, ergobaby.com.
gb Pockit+: The original gb Pockit generated loads of buzz for good reason, and the Pockit+ picks up where it left off. With a larger canopy, a recline option, and now the ability to carry a car seat (compatible with an adapter for gb and CYBEX infant car seats) baby’s ride just got more comfortable, while the parental convenience factor remains other-level. $279.95, available for pre-order and launching March 2018 at pishposhbaby.com.
Quinny x Rachel Zoe Zapp Flex, Luxe Sport Edition: Rachel Zoe was inspired by “the modern woman on the go” in what is one of chicest designs we’ve seen for 2018 (two words: champagne accents). It’s as functional as it is fashionable, with a two-way seat that fully reclines both ways, large wheels, weather-resistant fabric, car seat adapters for Maxi Cosi, and an optional bassinet. $499.99, available for pre-order and launching March 2018 at nordstrom.com.
Thule Urban Glide 2: Suburbanites love jogging strollers for good reason — the space, the steering, and the suspension, to start. Thule’s just-launched Urban Glide 2 is an all-terrain jogging stroller (translation: it hits the 3 S’s mentioned above) with an urban design (translation: you don’t need a 3-car garage to store it). Updates include a hand break and a zipper-enclosed storage basket. Starting at $479.95, available at mbeans.com. Psst… arriving in June will be Thule’s Sleek, a single-to-double stroller that boasts a weight capacity of (an almost unheard of) 75lbs per seat.
UPPAbaby MINU: The very stable geniuses at UPPAbaby have designed a stroller that proves lightweight strolling doesn’t have to mean lightweight conveniences. The MINU boasts a one-handed, super-compact package fold, but still comes with all-wheel suspension and an oversized storage basket. $399.99- $429.99, available spring 2018 at uppababy.com.
Bugaboo Donkey 2: The Bugaboo Donkey flipped the stroller world on its head in 2013, and 2018’s Donkey 2 comes with some very welcomed updates, including foam-filled tires, updated all-wheel suspension, and chassis upgrades to improve longevity. The ride is fully customizable, and the extendable saddle bag now features side pockets and a cover. Starting at $1,299, available at bugaboo.com.
P.S. Expect MAJOR news from Bugaboo in February! xoxo (Stroller) Gossip Girl
Baby Jogger City Tour LUX: Upgrades to the Baby Jogger City Tour will come in February with the LUX, which features 5 ways to ride, including a reversible seat, car seat compatibility and an additional bassinet, all-wheel suspension, upgraded wheels, and a hand break. $299.99, available for preorder at albeebaby.com.
Mountain Buggy Nano Duo: Mountain Buggy will be doubling down on their award-winning Nano design by expanding it to a double stroller featuring individually reclining seats, large individual canopies and an adjustable footrest. Did we mention it weighs 19lbs? Expected March 2018.