“Zoop” Around Town with the Zooper Bolero

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In a few weeks, my family and I will welcome Baby #3 into the mix. Like many of my friends, I thought 2 kids was plenty, and I gave away the majority of my baby gear after baby #2 outgrew it all. 4 years later, I’m back, pounding the pavement, looking for the best stroller that would make getting around town and country smooth and easy.

With my first 2 children, I had the same Ingelsina Zippy in blue and I loved it — one hand fold and unfold, fine sized canopy and basket, stands compactly when folded. This stroller was sturdy and lasted through two kids and heavy use on the streets of NYC and unpaved and grass surfaces in the ‘burbs.

This time around, though, I wanted a stroller that I could easily steer with one hand and that would come with “everything” — rain and sun cover, bassinet option, solid construction, easy to clean fabric, flat recline — all for a reasonable price. A lot to ask for in one stroller, I know! After much searching, I’ve found it!

The British company Zooper offers the Bolero. Here is what Zooper says about this stroller:

“Uptown, downtown, across town, Bolero’s simple fold, one-hand operated backrest, and one-hand steering make it easy to be on the move. This compact stroller is suitable for infants, compatible with select infant car seats and is comfortable for toddlers. Firm, padded backrest reclines flat to support an infant’s head and shoulders. A simple fold design results in a compact freestanding stroller for storage. Canopy can reverse when used with bassinet.”

All Zooper strollers are pretty difficult to find in US stores to test in person, so I hesitated to buy one. One day, though, on a trip into NYC, I saw a woman using the Zooper Bolero in a museum, and I asked her about it (by the way, if you’re looking for a working lab in which to test or witness baby gear in action, hang out in NYC for a day!). She raved about all the features and swore that the stroller was even easy to navigate through the small aisles of her local grocery store. She allowed me to try the stroller as she walked along with me. The steering was, indeed, quite easy and the fold, though not completely one-handed, is easy to do.

What sold me on this stroller finally is that it comes with all these features that other strollers sell at additional cost. In buying the Bolero (the 2011 model retails at $399, but I purchased a new, still in the box 2010 model — no difference except the difference in color options — for $269 on Ebay), you get the stroller that fully reclines, a generous canopy, rain and wind covers, a good sized under basket, has 4 wheel suspension, and the seat converts into a bassinet for infants (no need to buy an additional bassinet attachment!). The padding is ample to keep baby and toddler comfortable during rides. And the colors are stylish, varied, and vibrant. Zooper offers these accessories with all its strollers.

So, if you’re looking for a stroller, think about the Zooper Bolero. As the company’s motto promises, it’s “more than you think.”

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