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Joovy Caboose Ultralight

Joovy Caboose Ultralight

The Ultimate Stand-On Tandem Stroller

July 2013

Joovy Caboose UltralightAn American household favorite among parents, Joovy, offers affordable and quality made family gear and children’s products.  Joovy manufactures just about anything a child could need – from playards and walkers to bikes, trikes, and strollers, they are committed to offering parents and children the very best with premium features and high quality fabrics and materials.  Our Editor’s Pick of the month is the cool and modern style Joovy Caboose Ultralight (joovy.com/p-106-blueberry-caboose-ultralight-stand-on-tandem-stroller.aspx).  Launched in 2010, the new and updated Caboose Ultralight is the perfect stroller for growing families, made specifically for parents of two young children at an affordable price of $269.99.  20% lighter than the original model, this stroller is ideal for families that enjoy outings and excursions as the unique stand-on tandem design gives your older child the freedom and ease of getting on and off the stroller without adult assistance. 

In terms of brands, Joovy ranks high as a personal favorite for a stroller with comfort, quality, looks, and security.  The Caboose Ultralight is the perfect stroller Joovy Caboose Ultralightfor theme parks like Disneyland and Sea World by moving your family smoothly through crowded and congested environments.  Installing the Caboose out of the box was simpler than expected as the easy to follow directions made the setup simple.  We selected the classic Blueberry color as we wanted something besides black and brown but not overly bright.  But for those who want a brighter or darker color, the Caboose Ultralight comes in five vivid colors made of tough 600D nylon fabric; Blueberry, Orangie, Greenie, Brownie and Black.  One of the first things we noticed about the Caboose Ultralight was the quality and well-thought out design of this tandem stroller that maximizes space without compromising function.  This stroller is everything you want a tandem stroller to be – lightweight and efficient with both rear and front wheel suspension and a front wheel swivel lock.  Joovy thought of everything a parent of two could need and perfected it with the Caboose Ultralight. 

Joovy Caboose UltralightWhat features are unique for newborns or the younger child?  Included with the Caboose Ultralight is the universal car seat adapter, turning this stroller into the ultimate travel system for two.  Knowing this stroller can safely and fully accommodate babies from birth with this included adapter, made to adapt infant car seats by Britax, Chicco, Graco, Peg Perego and many more, is a huge selling point.  The adapter is easy to use as the car seat’s existing latching mechanism “clicks” and locks it into place.  This universal car seat adapter allows you to snap the newborn from car to stroller in just seconds.

Joovy Caboose UltralightA major plus is the new front seat recline, offering three different recline positions, (1st position 97 degrees, 2nd position 124 degrees, 3rd position 150 degrees) that allows your baby to nap comfortably.  During the nap time, the reclining seat covers the rear seat bench, so older brother or sister will have to stand in the rear.  When the younger child is awake, they can entertain or snack safely with the removable child tray in the front.  The front also has a two position footrest to best accommodate the stage of your youngest.  The stroller front seat is for 3 months and up with a maximum weight of 45 lbs.

What features are unique for toddlers or the older child?  Joovy listened to customer feedback and added more without sacrificingthe size of the stroller by stretching it – they Joovy Caboose Ultralightwanted to keep the short, single stroller wheel base, making it the easiesttandem stroller – by far.  The Caboose Ultralight has made riding in a strollera fun thing to do; especially for the older child standing or sitting in the back.  When standing, the older child can safely hold onto the child standing handles on the back to ensure a safe ride.  The stand on platform is generously sized for any toddler to comfortably stand without feeling cramped or unsafe.  The patented Stand-On-Tandem design lets your older child independently choose between walking, standing and sitting. 

Joovy Caboose UltralightLoving their independence to hop on and off the stroller, they will surely enjoy this stroller as much as you, the parent.  When your older child is tired of standing, they can also sit and unwind at their leisure as the rear facing bench has a padded and adjustable rear seat.  The 3-point harness and rear bench seat locking straps will also keep your toddler safely in place.  Back seat and platform is for 2.5 yrs. and older with a weight maximum of 45 lbs.     

What safety features are most notable?  For added safety on this stroller, Joovy has put in a linked parking brake, press on either pedal and both sides will lock.  Easy to use and accessible for those spur of the moment times you need to put the brakes on.  In addition, the Caboose Ultralight has the familiar huge canopy Joovy is known for, along with a sun visor extension, protecting your child from on hot summer days.  Also, the 5-point harness with reflective stitching keeps your tot sturdy and safe. 

Joovy Caboose UltralightHow well does the stroller ride and maneuver?   Like a dream. Period.  At 24 lbs., the Caboose Ultralight is far lighter than most double strollers and navigates through narrow spaces with ease.  For even more comfort, Joovy added a rear suspension and now all four wheels will cushion the ride for your little ones even over the bumpiest of roads.  Its shock absorbing suspension goes over bumps and cracks like a dream, making it easier on you and your baby.  Also, the large, sealed ball bearing wheels ensure a smooth ride and effortless push, even with one hand.  The front wheel swivel allows maximum maneuverability as it is so easy to turn and control.  The lock on the front wheel swivel is great for locking the wheel straight for walks on long, straight paths such as boardwalks or parks, making for a smooth and easy ride. 

Joovy Caboose Ultralight Is it easy to fold and unfold?  The Caboose Ultralight has a compact fold of only 10.5 inches in height and 43 inches in length, making it an easy fit in the trunk of compact cars.  To fold the stroller easily with two hands, lift the two levers and push down the handlebar until it folds down.  The easy to use fold lock and trigger fold lock helps with keeping it closed as the stroller folds up to the size of a single full-size stroller.  To unfold, simply unlock the manual lock and pull stroller open.

Does it offer ample storage above and below?  The Caboose Ultralight includes the famous neoprene Joovy Parent Organizer, fully loaded with two cup holders, two pockets, and a zippered storage container for smaller items.  As a parent, I can attest that essentials Joovy Caboose Ultralightlike keys, cell phone, cameras and water are staples for any outing.  The zippered storage is great for keys and wallet so they are safely guarded, allowing parents the freedom to be truly hands free while navigating.  Strapped over the handlebars, this is easy access for you to reach down and grab what you need.  This parent organizer is thoughtfully included with the stroller so you do not need to spend extra in purchasing another accessory.  Joovy also listened to their customers and designed a larger storage basket below to stash snacks, a jacket, blanket, or diaper bag.  The larger, heavy duty storage basket also now features big side mesh pockets accessible from the outside, making shopping or reaching for something at the bottom even easier. 

Bottom line is that Joovy is a great company and takes pride in their products by offering families great gear at affordable prices.  The Caboose Ultralight exceeded expectations and is our tandem stroller of choice despite competitors in the market.  A stroller made to seat and hold two children, weighing less than most double strollers available, the Caboose Ultralight is the ultimate essential for growing families.

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