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Comments about Chariot Carriers Chinook 2 Stroller:
Here are my initial impressions, after putting it together and going on a walk around the neighborhood, and taking it to the zoo for the day:
My favorite thing about this concept is that I want a jogging stroller that I can use during the winter. (Let me just explain that I jog--I don't run--and so the running attachment on the cougar model, with the fixed wheel is annoying. I find that the stroller veers to one side, and I hate not being able to turn easily, and have better maneuvering control when the wheel is locked. That is why I love the turning wheel on the chinook model) The jogging stroller I have now is awesome, but it gets too cold for my kids during the winter, so I feel like I can't exercise for four or more months out of the year. Because this Chinook is all zipped in, I think my children will stay warmer and I love having a year-round jogging stroller (even when it's raining). Also, my husband really wants a bike trailer, and since we don't have enough room to store a stroller and a trailer, or the money for both, this carrier serves both purposes. I also love the idea of three children all safely riding on this one carrier! What great ideas for this new Chinook!
It seems to be really well made, and I am impressed with all of the little things that make the stroller a VERY nice system. It really looks and feels snazzy (which probably shouldn't matter, but it's fun). The folding system on the handle is great and easy, and there's a brake down at the foot of the stroller that's really easy to engage and release. The seats are amazingly comfortable for the kids, big or small (we have both). There is more room in the carrier than in the chariot cougar 2 for the kids to sit, which is nice when you have bigger kids. There's also a little bit of material that divides the two seats, which my kids prefer, so they're not constantly bumping into each other. The recline is easy to do with a handle, and looks to be comfy for the kids (both seats recline, so this might be annoying sometimes if one kid wants to recline and one doesn't). The shoulder straps are SUPER easy to adjust, which is awesome because my kids are different sizes, and are always wanting to adjust the shoulder straps. The stroller is ridiculously easy to stroll, and I love the front wheel. There's a net that you can zip on for when you are using it as a bike trailer that keeps out bugs, but allows for fresh air in the trailer, along with the plastic weather cover. There's also a sun shade as part of the weather cover that is movable, which is nice, but I also talk about this feature below. These are my favorite things about the chinook.
So, this chariot is called the "Urban," and I was hoping that it would fold down smaller. Now, I understand that it's a bike trailer, and it will be larger than a typical double stroller, but I have a toyota sienna, and after taking off the back wheels, and folding the front wheel down, it fits. I was hoping since I had a van that I might not have to take off the back wheels AND fold the front wheel, but I do. It's an extra step, but not a deal breaker. I was surprised that it didn't fit with a little bit more room. Although, I suppose if you have a good sized trunk or a hatch back, it might fit better, seeing as how the back trunk area in my van doesn't seem that much deeper than a sedan's trunk, depending on the make/model. The carrier is not tall, just pretty wide.
Also, (and it's weird that I haven't seen any other comments on this, and so maybe it's just me, and it won't be a problem), but I don't like the fact that the bottom floor of the carrier, when the kids stand to get in and out, is a canvas material, and not hard, so that it won't tear or rip. I am worried that the floor of the carrier might not last very long. Having said this, it seems like the material is more durable than the material that they've used for the chariot cougar, which is a very popular model.
The shade is nice to have, but not as fast as pulling a stroller's shade down. You have to attach the shade with velcro, and with crying kids in the carrier, it can prove tedious. I also miss not having a shade for both kids. You either have the shade on for the entire carrier or not at all.
I bought my carrier from REI and it didn't come with the first-year infant attachments, which was disappointing, and I really wonder what retailers offer this option. I wish chariot had more details about this aspect. I will probably end up buying this attachment, because having the ability to stroll three kids at the same time is AWESOME, but they advertised this on the chariot website as being pretty standard, but it wasn't from REI. Having said that, REI is the best place to buy something like this with their awesome return policy, so I wouldn't have bought it any where else, either way.
Finally, while there is a net in the back to hold items, it isn't as big as I was hoping (we can fit our diaper bag, water bottles, etc, so I'm probably being too nit picky here, but that was my initial impression. I think you can buy a bigger compartment to add to the stroller, so I guess if it becomes a problem, I can look into that.
Hopefully this is helpful. With the bad and good, I really love the idea of having a jogging double stroller that is also a bike trailer. It seems like we will get a lot of good use out of this carrier, and lots of great memories as a family. I can't wait to use it more!
I initially gave this four stars, but after using it for a couple of weeks, I changed it to five because for my needs and wants, it is the perfect all-in-one.
A few months later and I am absolutely LOVING my new chinook!! The initial concerns I had with it aren't as big of a deal (the bottom canvas doesn't look like it's going to rip or be a problem, and I don't really travel a lot with it, so getting it in and out of the car is really not a big deal either.
I just went out and tested the carrier in the cold weather (STILL snowing in mid April??!! My kids were amazingly comfortable and warm! The seats are definitely more comfortable for the kids than the cougar model in my opinion. I love the fact that I can jog any time of the year...I really can't express how psyched I am about this!!
The one thing that has proven annoying with the stroller is the sun shade. It is annoying because it doesn't really work well to block out the sun, and it's in the way when you want to put the plastic wind shield down. The shade is definitely not a deal breaker because I love being able to jog rain or shine, but it is annoying and worth note. I've also noticed that the stroller is substantially heavier than the cougar model, but it doesn't bother me when I'm using it as a stroller. It glides along with me as I am jogging. We are going to test out the bike attachment this weekend, and my husband will have to comment on the weight in terms of cycling. Really loving this chinook!!
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