Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Featured Product Review: Peg Perego Si Stroller
Peg Perego's Si Stroller is an awesome lightweight stroller that has many full size stroller features. Weighing in at just under 17lbs, this compact, easy to operate stroller is a great fit for parents who need a product that will accommodate their growing needs. From birth it can be used as a travel system with an infant seat, then a regular day to day stroller that folds up nicely for traveling.
For the last few weeks we have been testing it from one side of the country to the other - literally!
Here is what we found.
Installation - Out of the box the Si was pretty much ready to go. All I needed to do was clip on the storage basket and open it up.
If you have problems, the Si also comes with a great booklet that shows you everything your need - step by step.
Getting Started - Unfolding this stroller is really easy. All you need to do is unclip the lever on the left side of the stroller, give it a bit of a shake and then lock the bracket in the back.
Comfort and Features - The Si offers a lot of great features not normally seen in this stroller weight class. For safety, it has a five-point harness with the 2010 version adding a bumper bar. There is a 3 position(almost flat) seat recline, height adjustable handle bars and a 2 position foot rest.
For older children, the Si has a good size seat (13inches wide) and a high canopy that will keep taller toddlers(up to 45lbs) comfy without brushing their head. When opened fully, the Si's canopy offers some of the best coverage I have seen on a lightweight stroller. Moms who want to keep track of their little ones will also like the peek-a-boo window.
Underneath the seat is a good size storage basket big enough to hold a large sized diaper bag. The only problem with this is that the basket will drag if your bag is too heavy. For this I suggest you strap your diaper bag to the handle bars and use the storage basket for lighter purchases, if out shopping. This works well if your child stays in the stroller. But not so great if you need to carry your baby. Because the stroller is so light, a weighted handle will cause the whole thing to tip backwards once your child is removed. While this sounds simple, it's easy to forget. I have tipped this stroller quite a few times leaving the mall trying to rush.
Travel System - 2 cables that come with the 2009 version stroller allow the Si to be converted it into a travel system. While Peg Perego strollers are normally only compatible with the Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30 Infant seat, the Si will accept most car seats that have a belt path on each side.
Folding - To avoid confusion, Peg Perego has numbered the two levers needed to close the stroller. I love this! No guess work - just pull here first and then here. Once closed, this stroller stands independently and it also features a carrying strap on the side.
This makes the Si a dream to travel with.
Cleaning - While on a recent trip, an unfortunate event ended with a whole breakfast landing on the seat of the stroller. Surprisingly enough, for the amount of food that landed on it, the stroller fared quite well. But when I got home and started to take it apart to fully clean it, I was surprised to find that it doesn't come apart. It looks like it comes apart, but it doesn't, unless I wanted to get into unscrewing stuff, which I don't.
Improvements - With anything, there is always a wish list of thing you would like see improved.
I personally would love Peg Perego to make a good cupholder. The tiny one that comes with most of their strollers doesn't many beverage cups, including my re-usable water bottle. Having some part of the seat come apart for cleaning would also be a bonus for parents who will be using this stroller everyday.
Overall, I like this stroller and I would recommend it to any parent who wants a nice looking stroller that can go anywhere.
Peg Perego Si Specs: