Test driving the teutonia t-linxThursday, September 16, 2010
Second City Baby
When I was contacted over the summer to test out and review a new stroller, the t-linx by teutonia, I thought, really? My baby is already 10 months old and I have an abundance of perfectly acceptable strollers. However, I cannot, and will not, turn away luxurious items for my children. (Hello, Gucci diaper bag, are you listening?)
My baby might be getting bigger, but there's no reason he couldn't use a new stroller of his own and I'd do anything to get rid of the hideous travel McClaren Quest that is caked with goo from the 72 zillion airports it's been through.
So, teutonia boxed up and sent me a brand new t-link system, including the carseat and adapter to put together and use. They said it was easy to put together, and all I could think was how awful and long the process was putting together my old Bugaboo Cameleon. I had to hire the folks at Galt Baby, where I bought it, to do it for me, it had so many parts and instructions.
But that killer combo of mine has seen better days. Plus, if it's anything but 100 percent sunny weather out, the wheels lock up like you can't imagine. Basically, it sucks in Chicago in winter.
I was ready to take on the challenge. Even if it meant home assembly. By myself. (Ok, with my four-year-old.)
It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Really. It only took about 20 minutes total (after I wrestled the wheels out of my son's hands.) Watch the video to find out for yourself.
But the real test of wills would be if my baby would tolerate his new digs. The boy spends an inordinate amount of time in his carseat being dragged to and from his brother's activities.
However, the teutonia t-tario 35 infant car seat is ingenious -- it goes up to 35 lbs., so you don't have to bother with those silly convertibles car seats that are uncomfortable and annoying. You can leave your baby in this seat until he/ she faces forward! And, the seat plugs right into the stroller frame. I was sold again.
But I still hadn't pushed the thing on city streets.
Lucklly, it weathered the ultimate test: a last-minute run to 900 N. Michigan Ave. The baby wouldn't sleep at home, so we let him try out his new bed, er, seat. He was passed out in minutes. The seat is much more cushy and comfy than my SnugRide and the way it curved around his head, I didn't have to worry so much that his head would bob forward when sleeping.
The stroller weathered the streets just fine. Only a few minor jostles on bumps, but as a travel system, it's like pushing butter. It has a spring suspension and the tires are made of EVA, not plastic, so they won't go flat and they won't lock up in the slush.
My only beef, especially when out shopping: the basket under the stroller is way too small. I can barely fit my cotton coat in that thing! And, their still tinkering with the cup holder. I'm anxiously awaiting that as I've spilled my Starbucks tea on the seat now two times while walking.
But what it lacks in cargo space and latte-friendliness, it makes up for in design and ease of use. I can single-handedly unfold the stroller by holding one release button. And the 1, 2, 3 numbers on the frame remind me what button to push first when closing it up in case I have a case of mommy brain. It has even impressed, 3 days in a row, the fashion-forward moms at my eldest son's preschool. I thought I looked nicely dressed, but all eyes were on the t-linx.
Anyone want my old Snap and Go and SnugRide? Because now that I've gone teutonia, I can't go Graco again.
Isn't she pretty?
Go to my personal blog to read about the party teutonia let me host to share the t-linx experience with my friends!
** YES! I was compensated for this review and post with a new teutonia t-linx. But all opinions are genuinely and honestly my own. Pinky swear. **