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Peg Perego Pliko P3 Classico Umbrella Stroller - Chesapeake
Price Range:$189.99 to $399.95
Improved cup holder adjusts to accommodate larger bottles and attaches or detaches easily on side of handlebar. Storage pocket on hood. New... Read More
Improved cup holder adjusts to accommodate larger bottles and attaches or detaches easily on side of handlebar. Storage pocket on hood. New tray design. New contoured seat. Removable, hand-washable upholstery. One-hand folding. Very compact when folded. Handle for carrying when folded. Ergonomic handles with new comfort padding adjust to height preference of parent. Travel System: Retractable car seat anchors to instantly attach matching Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Car Seat (sold separately). 5-point freedom of movement harness for security and well-being of the child. Built-in rear footboard provides safe ride for 2nd passenger. Adjustable water bottle holder to accommodate larger bottles. Large removable and adjustable hood with window (bottom part zips off for ventilation). Child?s tray that can be opened or removed completely. 4-position backrest, 2-position footrest. All-wheel suspension, swivel front wheels, new ?one-touch? rear wheel brakes. Made in Italy. Minimize
18 Reviews from Epinions.com
Oct 27, 2004
Peg Perego Pliko P3 Classico Umbrella Stroller - money well spent
Pros: Tons of features. Light weight. Looks.
Cons: Price. Awkward basket. No place for parents to store things.
The Bottom Line:
If you have the means, heck yeah! You can get by on way less but this thing is nice. If you want style and bells and whistles then get it.
As far as strollers go, this thing is very pricey but it delivers. I got hooked because I read a review in "Baby Bargains" that said Peg Perego was the best, and like a lot of people I want the best for my baby. So far I agree with that review.
The stroller came put together for the most part. You will be required to attach the accessories like the hood, cup holder, and under stroller basket. The directions weren't all that great but you aren't splitting the atom either. The only thing I found difficult about the initial setup was the cup holder. It was hard to get on. So hard that I kept reading the instructions thinking I was doing something wrong. I wasn't, it was just tough.
The stroller is 16 pounds, lightweight for what you get. My wife has no trouble lifting it in and out of the car. Unfolding it is very easy. There are tabs you squeeze to unlock it from the folded position. After that the stroller basically wants to expand. Apply a little pressure from the handles and it will open just fine. Snap the front wheels into their brackets and you are finished. Re-folding the stroller is a little more tricky. It isn't hard to do, but it also isn't intuitive. You pull up on two tabs near the handles. This will unlock the stroller from the open position. Pull the handle located in the back to collapse it. Pull until you here both sides click into locked position. If you don't do this it may want to open back up. Since we folded it infrequently at first we kept forgetting about the tabs near the handles and always struggled with it for a few minutes. After a refresher course with the directions folding it is easy again and we finally remember how it is done. I think it could be folded with one hand, but not easily. I would consider it a two hand job. The folded dimensions are 13 inches deep by 15 inches high.
The stroller is easy to use and has good features. For readability I will break the features into several paragraphs because I have a lot to say.
The canopy is full, meaning it completely encloses your child, when the seat is fully upright and has a window in the back so you can see in while pushing. As you recline the seat the canopy covers proportionally less. Speaking of the seat, you have four recline positions ranging from fully upright to almost totally reclined. The stroller accepts the Peg Perego Prima Viaggio car seat to make it a travel system. The stroller seat must be fully reclined and the car seat snaps in easily. The car seat canopy compliments the stroller canopy to fully enclose the baby (well a tiny gap) if you so desire. The canopies are not rain proof and Peg Perego sells an accessory rain cover.
The stroller has suspension on all four wheels for a smooth ride and brakes on the two rear wheels. Could you jog with it? I think it could be done on smooth pavement but this isn't a jogging stroller and I do think you will have problems, especially if you have a long stride. You can lock the casters on the front wheels if you are on very bumpy terrain like broken pavement or a walking trail. If you lock them before you fold up the stroller it will stand on it own. It will not stand well if the front wheels are swinging freely. Alternatively let them swing free for very easy steering on smooth surfaces.
On the front of the stroller is a hinged bar for easy access. You don't have to lift the baby straight up. You can open the bar to lift up and out or open it just to gain access to the baby, say to strap her in.
The handles extend so taller people won't constantly kick the back of the stroller while pushing it. I am over 6 feet tall and I never push the stroller without extending the handles. Hey, it sounds dumb until you do it. I love that feature.
The Pliko P3 comes with a nice sized basket for under the carriage. While it is big it is also hard to get things in and out of. The fabric is plush and soft and WASHABLE. They offer a lot of colors choices as well. Sometimes you can save money by getting a less popular color.
One feature I don't like about it.... the split handles. You pretty much have to use two hands at all times or the stroller will start steering off to one side and you will have to fight it to keep it straight. We knew about this before we bought it, but if you want to steer with one hand get one with a solid bar across the back like the Atlantico. On the up-side the split handles let the stroller fold up more compactly. Related to the spit handles, with no bar across the back there is no place for a parent to put anything. You have the cup holder and nothing else. I think the cup holder is bad. I mentioned how hard it was to get on. Well it won't hold anything much bigger than a can or a small bottle of water. My wife says she uses it.
The stroller comes with a heavy duty 5 point harness. The stroller construction is sturdy and each wheel has its own suspension. The two rear wheels each have a brake. There are levers at the top of the wheels that you can depress or lift with your foot. The brakes lock securely and I have no fear that a wheel could come unlocked on its own.
I give this stroller my highest recommendation. We could hardly be happier with it and I think it was money well spent.
Please also visit my review on the travel system component carseat at http://www.epinions.com/content_159694098052
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