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A light, compact & sturdy stroler for bumpier roads with a reversible seat, car seat compatibility, one-handed fold, and a lie-flat

Bruna Anjos • 27 Jul 2023

Hi Eli!

I hope you are well.

I am looking to buy a stroller. Here is a little summary about us and our needs:

We live in a place where we go for a walk once a day just outside our house (no car needed). The paths are not completely smooth. Besides that we need to take the car to go pretty much everywhere so we need the stroller to be light and compact.

The top features we are looking for are (priority order):
- rear and forward facing seat
- ability to add infant car seat
- seat lie flat
- one hand fold
- compact
- sturdy

We currently have the Joolz Aer but we feel that it does bounce a lot and it isn’t comfortable for our child.

Let us know what you think.

Appreciate your help,
Bruna, Jorge and Matteo

Eli • 27 Jul 2023


I am sorry to say that light and compact + one hand fold, for a reversible model, is a very hard task which will not be compatible with a lot of sturdiness and an ok push over bumps - without bouncing. You either need to prioritize that reversibility and terrain, and be ok with a higher weight and a little bulkier fold, OR you prioritize that small size and low weight, and get on board of the fact that bumps will be felt, unfortunately.

My best small suggestion would be the Cybex Mios which is sturdy, very nice to push, reversible and lie-flat, and overall a very nice quality. The one-hand fold is also there. The smaller wheels however are not all-terrain, but they do push nicely even over occasional grass and bumps.

Apart from that, do consider either a non-reversible that will work ok on terrain - a Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 is a very nice example of a very nice, flat fold and a very nice terrain capability, or a larger model for bumpier roads, something like a Joie Versatrax or a Bugaboo Fox.

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