All user reviews of Thule Shine

2 parent reviews
  • sturdy chassis
  • very good wheels
  • forward- and rear-facing option
  • the chair is located a little bit higher than in other compact strollers
  • huge basket
  • material of the canopy not so comfy and does not ventilate well
  • the back of the chair is made out of hard plastic

We had to buy an everday stroller for a 7-month-old. We live in the city center, 3rd floor, no elevator. So, we were looking for something light-weight, narrow, but still sturdy and easy-to-maneuver. Based on reviews, we narrowed our search into Thule Shine, Uppababy Minu V2, Babyzen Yoyo2 and Bugaboo Butterfly.

I really liked the Shine, because this was the only one with a forward- and a rear-facing option, and based on the videos and pictures, it seemed nice, but it was a little disappointment when we tried it in the shop. The chassis is very sturdy, the wheels are really good. The frame of the chair is not so stable in my opinion. It is too hard somehow, the back of the chair is also made of hard plastic and the whole thing moved a little bit at the point where the chair connects to the chair. Also, I did not like the material of the canopy, it was not good to touch, I think it does not ventilate well.

We ended up with the Butterfly instead (with some compromise).

  • frame
  • canopy
  • one-hand manipulation as well as a memory button (just one)
  • padded, parent as well as world-facing seat
  • seat is upright enough
  • nimble wheels of a good size and quality
  • basket
  • telescoping handlebar
  • great details and finishes
  • wobbly attachment system, the carrycot feels loose on the frame
  • the center of gravity varies with the handle position, it is important to find the right for you and not have the handle too high
  • wheel size won't let you do hardcore terrain, but that is to be expected

Had a chance to try it at the Kind+Jugend. A very sturdy, well-made frame, while the pushchair feels light and nimble. A nice, padded reversible seat. Easy one-hand manipulation with almost all the mechanisms. A very nice sun canopy and a fantastic basket for all your shopping. Just a bit wobbly carrycot/seat, sitting on the frame.

Overall a very practical small urban pram with just a few downsides (all strollers have theirs), I believe it will be very welcome by all the city first-time moms needing something small but practical. I would certainly think about this one as one of my best choices for such a lifestyle.

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