Monday, April 16, 2012

Graco Alano FlipIt Review

Back in June I purchased the Graco Alano FlipIt travel system. I thought I'd do a basic review of the stroller that came with the system. The car seat is the standard SnugRide seat and has worked well for us. With Harry weighing right around 17 pounds now we usually just leave the seat in my car now. The seat is approved for infants up to 22 pounds so we'll be in the market for a new one soon!

Okay, back to the stroller. The reason I liked the Alano FlipIt was because the handle can be flipped so the child is facing different directions.

Here's the stroller with the baby facing backwards.



I like this position for when Harry is still so small. I like being able to see him in case something is wrong. I'm sure as he gets older he won't like facing boring old mom, though.

The stroller is a bit difficult to navigate while in this position. Only the double wheels swivel, so it's kind of like driving a rear wheel drive car.

Here's the stroller in the other position.



Here it just looks like any regular stroller. Flipping the handle is super easy. In this position it maneuvers very well.  The handle can also be adjusted for any height (it doesn't work in the other position).

I am very happy with our choice of stroller. The other day I took Harry on a walk around our neighborhood and it was really sunny out. I was able to flip the handles so that he was never looking at the sun. Genius!

If you're looking at the Graco Alano FlipIt travel system, here are some things you should know about it.
  • Until recently we had a helluva a time folding it up for storage. I don't know why but neither Ant or I could figure it out. And then one day it just worked, and has folded up fine ever since. I have no idea what the problem was, but I'm so glad we "fixed" it because I was getting very frustrated with it. I still can't fold it up with one hand, but it only takes a few seconds to do.
  • It's heavy. 
  • The system comes with a removable cup holder. It sticks out funny so I just keep it in my car and only put it on if I need it. The cup holder can work in either handle position.
  • The weight limit for this stroller is 50 pounds. Which is 5-10 pounds more than most strollers, so you'll be able to get more use out of it.


Disclaimer: I purchased this product myself and was not compensated in any way.

1 comment:

  1. I kind of wish we had gone with that one! We got the Quattro Tour Reverse because we liked the option of him facing us, but it's so much bulkier than the Alano.

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