The awesomely tiny-when-folded Quinny Zapp, which is typically only sold in Europe, is available online in the US via Baby Dealz [everyone with the "Z" these days]. The Zapp's frame unfurls into a surfboard-shaped [or, if you don't like it, ironing board-shaped] wedge of a stroller that does pretty decent duty as an about-town ride.
Folding the sides is a little awkward, but I'm sure you get the hang of it pretty quickly. So far, I'm still mesmerized watching the undercarriage fold like an umbrella. Very cool.
For its small size, I wish the Zapp were lighter, and it has limited functionality when it comes to things like reclining seats and storage space [no and none, respectively], but for a back-up stroller that takes up VERY little room in your car or closet or overhead bin, it's hard to beat. Plus, it holds a Maxi-Cosi Cabrio carseat [check on those adapters first, yo.] Plus, it looks kind of awesome.
Used to be that if you wanted one, you picked it up in Europe and carried it home. [They run about EUR170 over there, if I remember correctly.] So Baby Dealz current "sale" price, $229, shipping included, doesn't sound like gouging to me. In fact it sounds like a deal[z].
[update: how could I forget that babycare.nl, which'll offer competitive pricing and shipping with a lot of great customer service? Baby Dealz' customer reviews are still a little spotty, and the warranty is only via them, not Quinny, since they're grey market, so caveat emptor. IF you've bought from Baby Dealz before, definitely share your experience below, yah? Also, does Quinny actually honor warranties for customers in the US who bought their rigs abroad? I wonder if there aren't some clauses about that...]
Quinny Zapp stroller, $229.99 in black and a bunch of other colors [babydealz via dt reader buck]
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