Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Why Tandem Strolling is the Best Option for Strolling With Two

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The universal question asked by every parent expecting their second child is, “what’s the best double stroller?”

This can be a confusing and oftentimes overwhelming purchase. What do you choose: a side by side or tandem? This post is an overview of our line of tandem strollers, why tandem strolling is currently “hot” right now with parents and how these unique strollers have evolved over the last 10 years.

It all started with our original Caboose design. This genius double stroller was brought to market with the sole purpose of strolling with children of different ages, a concern when number 2, 3, or 4 is expected. The idea is simple, a younger child rides up front while the older child sits or stands in the rear.  Older kids often think they want to walk but, as we all know, if one is out longer than expected, or that older child gets tired, it’s nice to have options so a meltdown doesn’t ensue.

The uniqueness of the original Caboose is in its incredibly small and compact frame. This small and maneuverable stroller has a traditional full size reclining front seat for a younger child and a bench seat and standing platform in the rear for an older child. It has a compact fold and is practical and easy to use. Parents love the functionality and older kids love the fun factor of riding on the back. We say, ‘hop on board’ to convey the fun and independence this offers an older child.  The Caboose comparison chart (below) compares all the Cabooses in the Joovy line.

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A few years later, we introduced the Caboose Ultralight, a lighter weight stroller with some nice upgrades: a larger canopy, 3-position reclining seat, sealed bearing wheels and a parent organizer (included). The frame is architecturally the same as the original Caboose, just lightened up a bit with an alloy construction. This Caboose Ultralight is a great stroller for Disney trips, airport travel and everyday use.

 

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In 2013, we added the Caboose Too Seat, a full size reclining seat that installs over the bench seat. This genius accessory is perfect for strolling with two children who are close in age  (and too young for the 2.5 year age grading for the rear stand on platform). The seat is extremely easy to install and remove when the older child is ready to ‘hop on board’. The Caboose Too Ultralight is packaged with the Caboose Too Seat included.

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The Big Caboose is just that; BIG by design and ideal if you have twins and an older child or triplets. It is also a solution for strolling with 3 young children. The Big Caboose comes with 2 infant car seat adapters. This triple seater has two stadium full size seats that recline to 2 positions. An older child can sit or stand on the rear and the Caboose Too Seat adds a third, full size seat if needed.

 

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Over the years, we’ve had some awesome feedback that has compelled us to improve upon the Caboose in it’s original form.

While parents love the Caboose, here’s a list of what they wanted updated or changed:

  • add more sitting room for the older child (riding in the rear) when the front seat is reclined
  • have the infant car seats attach in the rear rather than the front seat
  • improve the wheels
  • have an auto-lock
  • have a standing fold
  • make tray and canopy easier to take on and off
  • add cup holders

We’ve answered these requests by introducing the Caboose VaryLight, a completely updated and redesigned Caboose. The Caboose VaryLight offers maximum “vary”ability so you’re ready for everything!

Our new Caboose technology includes a telescopic frame that expands to a full size double in seconds to accommodate when more room is needed. This means the front seat can be fully reclined (to 3 positions) and the VaryLight can be extended to accommodate and give the rear rider more room to sit comfortably. In its shorter length, there is still room for the older child to stand. The beauty is that you can customize seating as needed, all in a matter of seconds. And, ‘hop on board’ still applies and adds the element of excitement for your older child. More seating space for front and rear riders. Heavily padded front seat with side wings offer ultra comfort and support.

The gorgeous graphite frame gives the Caboose VaryLight a classy, modern look while offering the best in durability and function. Constructed of 6061 aircraft aluminum, the Caboose VaryLight has an overall capacity of 110 lbs or 55 lbs per seat.

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The Caboose VaryLight has the very best stroller wheels money can buy. These PU (polyurethane) wheels are incredibly durable and will withstand strolling on virtually any type of terrain. Like skateboards and rollerblades, we’ve used sealed ball bearings in the wheels which are designed to reduce friction and support heavy loads. Totally worth the investment, your children will benefit from these upgraded wheels. Expect the smoothest ride with the Caboose VaryLight.  These wheels are quick-released for easy removal when you want to store your Caboose.

Car seat adapters (brand specific and sold separately) can be used in the front or rear so baby is close to mom or dad. These new car seat adapters are ‘click in’ and sold separately. The Caboose VaryLight front seat can easily be removed to convert the stroller to a frame stroller to carry the infant car seat. In this configuration, there is still room for a standing rider or, the VaryLight can be extended to use the bench seat.

A swing away tray that is accessible from either side and easily removable is an enhanced feature of the Caboose VaryLight. Additional cup holders are easily attached (sold separately) and these can be used in the rear position as well.

When not in use, the Caboose VaryLight can be folded with a one-handed action. The standing fold is efficient and includes an auto-lock feature.

The gorgeous graphite frame gives the Caboose VaryLight a classy, modern look while offering the best in durability and function. Constructed of 6061 aircraft aluminum, the Caboose VaryLight has an overall capacity of 110 lbs. or 55 lbs. per seat. Canopy and seats are made of durable 600D nylon. The canopy has an extended sun visor for extra coverage.

Check out some of the configurations below. With the Caboose VaryLight, you’ll be ready for everything!

 

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Everything is backed up by Joovy’s incredible customer service (877-456-5049) and a Satisfaction Guarantee.

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Friday, 24 May 2013

Furry Friends

Giggles in the Caboose Ultralight

Giggles in the Caboose Ultralight

Friday, 24 May 2013

Going Green with the Joovy Ultralight!

Going green with the Joovy Ultralight!

Going green with the Joovy Ultralight!

Friday, 31 August 2012

Camila Alves Plus Two, a Bump and a Joovy Caboose Ultralight!

The beautiful and stylish Camila Alves was out and about with her 2 and 4 year olds for a stroll in Manhattan this week.  Hubby Matthew McConaughey was not along for the walk but we understand he may be at work on his newest film.  Check out the wheels the McConaugheys drive: the Caboose Ultralight in Orangie!  Perfect for growing families!  Older kids absolutely love that they can sit or stand on the back.

And, smart mama has everyone in shades!

Camila has great style, but look at that Caboose Ultralight!  Check out the neoprene parent organizer and oversized basket!

There is a space for everyone!  When number 3 arrives, we’d love to send them a Caboose Too seat for their ride!


Monday, 30 July 2012

Caboose Too with Infant Car Seat Use

Yes, a child can ride in the rear seat when you are using an infant car seat in the front seat.  See the pictures below.  This is best when you have two children who are very close in age and may be too young to use the bench seat.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Photo by Ryan E.

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Feeding the Giraffes!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Mom Shares Joovy Caboose Ultralight in Berlin!

I am an American living in Berlin, Germany, (as of August 2011). I own your sit and stand stroller which I use for my 2 and 4 year old sons. I don’t know what I would have done in this city without the stroller, as it has become my “car” to transport the boys to pre-school and around the city and my invaluable means of transporting my groceries from the store to my apartment. The stroller has traveled with us around Europe, and has traveled well on buses, trains, and trams.
I thought it worth mentioning, however, that I have people (mostly mothers) stop me in the street almost daily to ask where I got the stroller (or pram as they say here) and if they can write down or photo the stroller to see if they can purchase one. They are truly amazed at the concept of a sit and stand stroller, as the only options I’ve seen here are big and bulky double strollers with one seat over the other, obviously meant for smaller children, or flimsy detachable standing platforms that fit onto the backs of strollers.  The area where we live in Berlin is called Prenzlauer Berg, and is known around the city and possibly throughout Germany as “baby central”. It’s literally full of young families and babies, and most of the stores around here cater to that clientele. Thanks again, and best wishes for many more satisfied customers!

Elizabeth Samamra

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Lisa Loeb Gets a NEW Greenie Ultralight Caboose at Baby Shower!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Two Happy Boys!

We just love hearing from our customers and consider everyone ‘family’ when they have a Joovy product.  Here is a precious picture of two brothers and their new wheels and a message from their mom:

Hi Joovy! A big St Louis THANK YOU from two happy boys and their happy mom.
Joovy’s generosity made this happy spring scene possible. Dan has the deep
recline and raised footrest he needs and Mac is a very happy “driver.” thank
you so much!


Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Joovy Caboose Ultralight – Not only Functional, FUN!