I’m always on the lookout for strollers that are versatile so I couldn’t wait to test out Uppa Baby’s latest… the Cruz. It’s a sharp looking compact stroller that promises to deliver full size stroller features.
We put it through the paces to see if it really delivered.
Full sized & specialty strollers are great but the times we lean the most on our strollers are when we travel with them. They need to be strong enough to take a beating, comfortable enough to nap in, compact enough to get in the car with all our luggage (and through a crowded urban store doorway) and they have to be easy and comfortable for us to push. We’re dreamers, right?
We’ve long been a fan of Uppa. Their strollers are simple and well designed. They are easy to use and loaded with practical features such as magnetic closures on the hood vent flap, extra large solar protection hood extensions and easy access oversized baskets. Uppa Baby takes some risks on color, and did so with the Cruz as they have with their other lines. It’s not like they went wild with neon and stripes, but they offer more than the standard gray and red options. I especially like the Cruz in the pale blue and bright yellow colorways for parents who like to live on the wild side… or spot their stroller in a crowd.
It’s hard to find anything to criticize about Uppa Baby strollers, which is one of the reasons you see so many out in the “wild” at a park or mall near you.
The Cruz is a little lighter weight than the Vista and in my opinion a little more suited to the traveler and parents who are on the go. This stroller gets in and out of the car, no problem. We theme park tested it at Disney, The San Diego Zoo Safari Park and Lego land and it passed with honors, on and off the tram, in and out of car and to Infinity and beyond all day long. The push was smooth and easy on assorted terrain and our kid was comfortable. My only wish, if I were to make one, would be for a taller seat. At a tall four, our son is sizing out of this stroller fast… But we do anticipate still needing a stroller for him to sit in at times during our marathon theme park days for at least another year. Our boy is well above the average and was not uncomfortable but he was about as big (height wise) as this stroller could take. If you have giants in your clan too, this might be your only hang up when considering this ride.
Hopefully our video, above, will give you more of a feel for the feature, fold and seat reversal ease on this Uppa Baby Cruz stroller.
Additional Features & Details from the Uppa Baby site:
- Full-size reversible seat
- One-handed, 180Ëš recline
- Infant car seat compatible
- Suitable from birth with Infant SnugSeat accessory
- Easy one-step fold–with or without seat attached
- Telescoping handlebar
- Large canopy with extendable SPF 50+ sunshade
- Adjustable canopy to accommodate taller children
- Compact design allows for easy maneuvering through tight doorways
- Large basket – 2.7 cubic ft.
- Suitable up to 50 lbs.
- CRUZ Bumper Bar – Now available
- SnackTray for CRUZ/VISTA – Now available
- CRUZ Ride-Along Board – Fall 2012
Disclosure: We received a stroller to test for the purpose of facilitating this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions as usual are my own.