The New Britax B-AGILE

I just want to start by saying that I love this little stroller. It’s fantastic. The brand new Britax B-AGILE is a perfect all around stroller. It may not take you off-roading through the very worst of terrain, but it will take you anywhere else. This stroller is lightweight, very full of the features you most desire and has a super easy fold that you will love.

The Britax B-AGILE is is very compact, you can stow it, trunk or closet, or carry it easily, up stairs or on public transportation. I can pick up my 26 pound 19 month old in one hand, fold it and carry it up the stairs with the other quite easily. It weighs in at 16.5 pounds, which is really great considering that this is not a bare bones umbrella stroller and you will find umbrella strollers that weigh more and offer less. Despite being compact and very lightweight, it has a very big seat that will hold whatever child you need to stroll and he or she will stroll in comfort. The seat is well sized with a great canopy that offers full coverage with a great ventilation flap and a peek a boo window for checking on the baby. All 4 of my children fit well in the wide seat with plenty of headroom and the fantastic harness is so easy to adjust for each (ages very large 1-very tall 6), that I can quickly fit it perfectly to each one without hassle or re-threading. The back of the seat unzips to expose a knob that you just squeeze and raise or lower to find the perfect harness height which brings the very lovely headrest pad right along with it for perfect placement and comfort every time. The recline is an infinite recline system, so you can position the seat anywhere from all the way up to all the way down, wherever your heart desires. The seat is suitable for birth right up to 55 pounds, so this stroller really can take you far. If you do wish to use a car seat with the B-AGILE, it includes the BRITAX CLICK & GO infant car seat receivers (optional adapters are available for most major brands of infant car seats), turning this already versatile stroller into a travel system.

Not only is the seat very comfortable and generously sized, but this stroller has all-wheel suspension for a super smooth ride, even over bumpy terrain. It doesn’t have huge air tires to take you through the worst all-terrain type spots, but it does do very well over anything you’re likely to encounter on a daily basis. The front wheels can be locked for rougher areas if needed, but we sailed through every spot on our usual test route, which can be rough on even the best of strollers. We rode over cobblestones, (very, very) bad sidewalks, grass and mulch and the B-AGILE  always maintained a very smooth ride for my child and an easy push for me, even one handed.  Storage is plentiful and the steering is great. It’s super easy to maneuver, even when the basket is filled to capacity or a larger rider is on board and I love the handlebar. It’s very comfy and it’s 1 piece design makes one handed strolling so easy. The B-AGILE also has a raised rear axle, so even a long stride is accommodated. The frame is also very well balanced and feels very solid and not at all tippy as some smaller strollers tend to feel.

The very best thing about the B-AGILE might just be the fold. It’s so very easy. If you’ve used a Baby Jogger City Mini, you’ve used this type of fold before, but the B-AGILE takes it a step further making it even easier. All you have to do is push in a button and pull up on the center seat handle, that’s it. It folds right down and even has an automatic lock. No, snaps to open and close, no manual lock, just push, pull and go. I really can pick up my hefty daughter and easily fold the stroller and walk right up the stairs. In fact, carrying the stroller is far easier than carrying my daughter. This is a great stroller for city living, in the suburbs where taking a stroller easily in and out of the car is a must or for travel. The B-AGILE can be a perfect single stroller for birth and up, lightweight and compact enough to take anywhere, fully featured enough to offer whatever you and your child needs from a stroller. Oh, and the price is great too, at just $249.99, you get a whole lot of stroller in a tiny, moderately priced package. I can think of so many strollers that offer less for a much higher price. The B-AGILE is the best all around single stroller that I have tried in awhile, well suited to so many needs, wants and situations.  All, I really, really want, is a double B-AGILE. Again, I say, I love it.

The B-AGILE is available in Black or Red. Optional accessories include car seat adapters, the UV/Mosquito Net, the Rain Cover, the Child Tray, the Adult Cup Holder and the very handy Travel Bag. Please visit the Britax site for more details and to watch the many videos detailing the finer attributes of this very wonderful little stroller. And look for the B-AGILE’s Stroller Squad on Facebook to see how fun the B-AGILE really is.

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Phil & Ted’s Smart Buggy with the new Verso: a compact reversible seat stroller

I wanted to test out the Smart buggy as soon as I saw it. This is one of the coolest little strollers I’ve seen, now made even cooler by the new Verso adapter. What does the Verso do? Well, it takes a very smart little buggy and makes it even smarter by allowing the seat to reverse and recline. Yes, it’s smart and cool and quite a bit of fun.

The Smart is a great lighter weight stroller that’s designed to go pretty much anywhere. This is a complete compact stroller system. It comes out of the box and is ready to go in literally 5 minutes or less. It’s so easy to assemble you can do it with just a few glances at the little pictograph instructions and you are all set in minutes. I’m “instructionally challenged”, but I put this buggy together with no trouble at all. I was immediately impressed at how clever this stroller really is. The fold is a slide mechanism which means it fold fairly flat with very little effort. You do have to open 2 clips and push a tiny button, but then you just pull up on the handle molded into  the back of the seat and it slides shut. You can easily use this same handle to carry it and because it’s just 18 pounds, it’s super easy to carry. Unlike your average umbrella stroller it has rather large foam wheels and it rolls smoothly along without the jutting bumpies you can often encounter with small strollers.

Now for the basics, out of the box it’s suitable for ages 4 months and up to about age 4 or 44 pounds. It has the same easy to adjust and adapt click & go harness that I love on the phil&teds. The seat is fairly well sized and the canopy is generous. Not only does it offer great coverage for a baby, it allows adequate headroom for your older child. I asked my 5 year old who is just under the weight limit, but rather tall to test out the seat size and he fit nicely with plenty of headroom. Another interesting feature is of course, the seat itself. The Smart has a molded aerocore™ seat that is hypo-allergenic, ventilating & insulating, UV resistant, waterproof and non toxic. It’s pretty cool. You can clean anything off it it, you can even hose it down or take it to the beach without any worries. It might look a bit different to say the least, but don’t let it put you off. I asked my very picky 5 year old how he liked the seat and he loved it. He said it’s quite comfy and actually preferred it to his test ride with a seat pad in place (you can use an optional doubles kit liner if you want to add a bit of extra comfort, especially for a younger child. My 14 month old seemed very happy though either way. She  just loved this stroller in any position or combination we tried out.

If you want to use the Smart before your baby can sit well enough to ride in the main seat, generally at 4 months, you can use a car seat adapter (for Graco infant seats) to make this a travel system or use the Peanut bassinet. I tested the Smart Buggy Bundle, which includes the Peanut, but you can purchase the Smart and Peanut separately as well. The Peanut is a very nice bassinet. I’ve used  many with my 4 children and I would have loved to have the Peanut for one of them. Not only does it look as cool as the Smart, but it offers “click on snooze & crooze capability”, so baby can sleep right through the ride and be easily carried inside without having to be removed from the Peanut. It also offers a comfy mattress, zip on cover, carry handles and pop down feet.

Now for the newest feature, the Verso seat adapter. This really is an interesting idea. With the use of the Verso you can take a very nice forward facing 2 position recline seat stroller and turn it into a reversible seat stroller with an extra bit of recline for the littler ones. This is a great transitional seat for little ones moving from the bassinet and into the main seat and for parents that are not quite ready to let their baby face forward. The very full follow the sun canopy also follows the seat, so it works perfectly no matter which way the seat is facing. Very cool.

The Smart, especially with the introduction of the Verso, is such a great, adaptable, compact stroller that you really can use from birth to full time walking. It’s smart, fun, very cool. Oh, and it looks just as cool as all of it’s amazingly snazzy features make it sound. From newborn to preschool, the Smart buggy with the Peanut and the Verso are a great way to roll. Visit phil&teds for more details & for their full line of fabulous products for making life with baby that much easier.

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