While my 2008 stroller reviews have sparked a discussion about the benefits of full travel systems versus their lightweight siblings, the granddaddy of stroller manufacturers, Maclaren, has thrown a new product into the ring that is sure to have your tongues wagging.
The Maclaren Grand Tour LX, the company's first non-umbrella stroller, was unveiled last week and its features have moms doing a double-take. In addition to the multiple-positioned, forward- or rear-facing seat, removable carry cot, and infant car seat compatibility, the pushchair features front chassis safety lights with a remote control, stain-resistant Nano-Tex fabric available in eight colors, adjustable telescopic handles and an undercarriage basket with a removable shopping bag. To see what has me lining up to test this beauty, including another photo,
By far the coolest feature on the GT LX is the Dashboard Console, which is reminiscent of the one found in top-of-the-line cars. The console has a clock, temperature gauge and built-in Strollometer, which, as you may recall provides information on distance traveled, average and current speeds and is a great aid in postpartum weight loss.
The bells and whistles don't stop there though, the stroller comes with a canopy hood complete with an air vent, sun visor, rain cover and mosquito net, an organizer that attaches to the handles, a cup holder, a luggage tag and storage and wheel bag covers for the wheels, which can be easily removed for storage and cleaning. Unlike other complete travel systems, this one features an easy one-hand fold system and comes pre-assembled.
While the stroller can be used from birth to 65 pounds, it does come at a price. Like many of the systems I reviewed last week, this one will set you back about $900, but if that doesn't phase you, visit your favorite store in November when these babies are scheduled to hit the market.