Stopped by a babystore and an easyinternet cafe en route from the conference to dinner. Here's my immediate reaction to the following:
Quinny: overall, both Buzz and Zapp could benefit from a stern paring down. If Bugaboo's upholsterers ever did moonlighting for Quinny, watch out. We both wanted to like the Quinnys more than we did, though.
Buzz: Nice, but complicated. The frame's a bunch of intersecting arcs that get kind of complicated underneath. Extendable handle is good. You want to run with the sun visor off, but you never will. Nice handling. Finish feels cheap compared to the Bugaboo, but guess what? It IS cheaper compared to the Bugaboo, maybe even EUR200 cheaper. The wheelbase is also 3" wider than Bugaboo's. Stable? Yes. Impossible to fit in a Korean deli? Yes.
Zapp: Very cool. Not light. Not one-hand foldable at all, so the idea that you'll fold and unfold anywhere, with ease, is wrong. I think the Volo or Quest still win this race. That said, the folding mechanism is very cool: the handles fold forward, then the base and frame come together like a sideways umbrella. [My wife said it was the love child of an Xplory and a Volo.]
Bugaboo Gecko and Cameleon: you know, it's the little differences. Tons of little re-engineered elements, too many to list without boring even myself, but they're both interesting. The stripped down Gecko confuses me slightly, and the sales staff had NO idea about either one, (they've only been on sale 10 days). Tilting mechanism on the seat? RTFM, I guess.
Cameleon: two things: the fleece fabric feels great. The extendable handle feels GREAT. Makes a world of difference for tall people, at least, and I thought the Frog was fine before. The new front suspension is amazing; it turns on...what's smaller than a dime? and smooth. Both are still solidly above the rest in terms of smooth ride/handling.
Mutsy Urban Rider: Only saw it in bassinet form, but it is HUGE. Wheelbase is easily 2-3" wider than Bugaboo. Clean design, solid stable base with 4 gigantic tires makes the whole thing feel like an SUV. But the lockable pivoting rear axle? Very cool. [The front wheels are fixed, and the rear axle unlocks to allow you to turn at all. In a VERY wide turning circle, I imagine. Not for tight spaces.]
Tummy Tub: Seriously small-looking. Is it like ballet, where if you don't start them at birth, it's too late? There's no way my kid would give up her big watery playground just to be folded into a bucket. Hey, if I'm wrong, tell me.
So far, no improvements on the Diaper Genie, whose stock is dropping in our house, by the way. It's starting to smell even without diapers in it. And the whole mechanism's pissing me off.
Car seats: oy. The Maxi-Cosi Cabrio is still the greatest, and there are some seriously warped euro car seats, it turns out. But the Priori, the next size up? MASSIVE. Japanese stage 2 models were even bigger. I'm wondering if the whole Britax/Graco thing's not that bad after all, but we'll see. Is there NOTHING better out there?
McDonald's: (#*$&%(ing disaster. They got rid of the old-school apple pies, the fried ones with the bubbly crust, throughout the whole country!. "Europe: come for the pie, stay for the baby gear" was always my motto. Now, I may never come back.