MomTested: Cybex Ruby Stroller
June 22, 2011
I’m a pretty loyal Maclaren mama, so when I got the opportunity to try out the new Cybex Ruby Stroller with my 2-year old, to be honest, my expectations were pretty low. But you know what? I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks at home, and this week on a family trip to Sacramento, and I am seriously blown away. Minus a couple of changes I’d like to see, the Cybex rocks as a lightweight travel stroller and here’s why:
Pros: The sun canopy is HUGE and is reason enough to get the stroller. Seriously, it unzips and extends, providing ample shade for baby, and it ratchets forward to block out the sun from any direction. And it provides 50+ UV protection. I took my kids to the zoo earlier this week, and the canopy was a life saver in the 100 degree heat. My daughter was sitting pretty (and didn’t want to get off her ride) while the rest of us were running around looking for shade.
The stroller is lightweight at just 12 pounds (I can easily throw it in the trunk with one hand), but it still feels solid. The ride is as smooth as can be and turning even in tight corners is effortless.
The basket underneath is generous and is very easy to access even while my daughter seated, and folding and unfolding the stroller is simple enough. And I love how the wheels don’t touch the canopy when collapsed so the canopy stays clean (which isn’t the case with my Maclarens).
And one more thing: if you want to skip the bulky travel system, you can purchase a car seat adapter and use the stroller with several infant car seats including Britax, Chicco, Graco, Combi and more. Impressed yet?
Cons: The “recline” feature isn’t much of a recline, and it’s not the easiest to adjust. Let’s just say the first time I tried to change the setting, I broke a nail. I find it easier to recline when my daughter isn’t seated, but perhaps with more practice it’ll get easier. Also, this is being nitpicky, but the handle bars are on the thicker side. Not a big deal, but I have small hands.
All in all, the Cybex Ruby is a fantastic lightweight stroller, so if you need a new stroller for summer, make sure to put this on your short list.
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