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I decided that #4 deserves a new stroller, our inglesina zippy from 2004 is "well loved" to say the least!

I'm going to order one in the US and have my sister bring it for me in January (I can't imagine I'll be using more than a sling or carseat until then!) so I need some advice!!!

I'm looking for something that could also be used as a double but doesn't have to be (less bulk) and something that can handle dirt roads and hills.

What are you using, what have you seen, what are you planning to buy???

Thanks!!

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I don't really have any advice. I've never researched outdoor strollers but I would think one of the 3 wheeled jogging stroller types might be good. I'm not sure about doubling though.

I'm reusing DDs strollers & I will be buying a wrap for this LO. A double stroller is too big for me to maneuver.

I'm sure some other mommas will have better suggestions.

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There are a few you can convert from a single to a double.

I have a phil and teds (dash) and we love it. It's really light and easy to maneuver for a double (I think it weighs about 22 lbs) and you can use it as a single too.
BUT if money were no object, I would SO get a baby jogger city select.
Britax just came out with a stroller than can convert to a double too. The b ready can have a second seat added.

I found my phil and teds (dash) on craigslist almost brand new for 250$. Any of the things people complain about with a phil and teds I haven't had problems with
the kid in the back can't see -- Usually my youngest is in the back. She could care less what she can see, she can see around most of the stuff. She's 17 months now and my oldest is 3.5. Since she was about a year we would just put her in the front and then my 3 year old would walk. If she got tired she'd jump in the back. She's too big for that now (the weight limit is 35lbs and her head is way above the seat), but she's mostly done with strollers anyway.
the kid in the back is cramped -- my 3.5 year old is 36lbs and 40 inches tall. When we went on vacation in May she rode a few times in the back when she got tired of walking. She looked uncomfortable, but never complained. My little one will definitely fit back there easily.
you kick the back seat when walking-- I read some reviews that said they had problems wit this, but my dad is 6'6 and has pushed the stroller and never had a problem. DH and I are shorter, so we definitely don't have a problem.

If I was looking into a side by side I'd get a baby jogger city mini. Smile

ETA: We've taken our Phil and Teds "offroad" and it handles very well. Smile As long as you make sure whatever stroller you have has air tires, you should be good for "offroad" type stuff.

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I am also in love with the city select!! we'll see if we can get some family members to chip in for it...
I can't do a side-by-side b/c even the city mini is just wider than i want to handle, and plus, how often will my 2.5 yr old really be in it, that's why I wanted a "convertible" style.

Also, a big basket is essential b/c we don't have a car, so all my shopping will be done in this stroller. I have a couple of friends w/ the phil and ted, it looks like a decent option...

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"tanismom" wrote:

I am also in love with the city select!! we'll see if we can get some family members to chip in for it...
I can't do a side-by-side b/c even the city mini is just wider than i want to handle, and plus, how often will my 2.5 yr old really be in it, that's why I wanted a "convertible" style.

Also, a big basket is essential b/c we don't have a car, so all my shopping will be done in this stroller. I have a couple of friends w/ the phil and ted, it looks like a decent option...

For storage you can get the extra saddle bags for the P&T too.
http://shop.philandteds.com/adapt/storage-travel/blazing-saddles-stroller-buggy-pannier-bags-phil-and-teds

I don't have them because I don't need extra storage, but I hear they work great.

It doesn't look like the city select or the britax bready has anything like that though.

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I have a BabyTrend sitnstand. It is awesome, turns well, is light weight and folds pretty small. I love the sitnstand feature, the backseat (when in) lays really flat so an infant can ride. Otherwise it is a great workhorse. I like it cuz if I have just one child with me(in the front) then I can hold lots of stuff in the back(with seat in or out). Dirt roads it could do and hills would be fine but gravel is kind of hard for it's wheels, you may need a jogging stroller with blow up tires for gravel or off road kinda stuff.
http://www.babytrend.com/sit_n_stand/

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Britax B Ready
City Select
Phil and Teds

are my top three 'convertible' (can go double or single) strollers that I'm looking at Biggrin I'm not buying one until I absolutely know that I need it tho because they're so darned expensive and I'm not sure how much longer DD (3 yrs) will be in a stroller.

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I'm waiting on a stroller until spring, but when I invest, I'm pretty sure it will be the city. Those things are so smooth and the way they fold up is genious. Having said that, I'm sure there are others out there just as good, but I messed around with a friends while in GA and fell in love

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I would say the Babytrend sitnstand too. Seemed like a good stroller and not to bulky. You could use it with a carrier or have one ride and one sit on the back. I think usually the ones with 2 full seats are pretty big and heavy. I haven't tried all of them yet. Looks like there is alot to choose from!