September 13, 2011

Ooh Look, Shiny Object! Mamas And Papas Urbo Spotted In The Wild


The wife has long--looong--since gotten used to my strollerchasing ways. Though we both also noted that it had been a while since a stroller actually stopped me mid-sentence. But she understands, and so on Saturday evening [cough, 5:15], she gamely offered to keep walking with the kids to dinner, while I crossed the street and doubled back.

To chase down the first Mamas and Papas Urbo I've seen in the wild. Ooh, baby, it is shiny. It is a stroller-shaped lure trawling the sidewalk, and I am its bait. I've been waiting for a while now for the shiny, polished look to push out the Bugaboo's much-copied brushed aluminum finish.

But maybe it's just me. Because except for the Urbo, it pretty much hasn't happened. And even then, Babies R Us has carried the British-designed rig since 2010, so according to my admittedly unscientific survey, they have sold exactly one.

But enough about me, how's the stroller? The proud parents really like it. It folds easily, "like a shopping cart," the dad said, and is pretty light for a full-sized rig. They'd apparently seen the Urbo at Mamas and Papas in the UK, and so they recognized it at BRU.

Their kid was sleeping, and they were on a sidewalk, so it was fine, but they both did mention that the ride can get a little rough, rougher than their Bugaboo. But of course, because the Urbo's shopping cart design cues continue. While the Bugaboo has a fifth-generation, frog-knee suspension by now, the Urbo has basically nothing.

Net result: the Urbo is a standout. Especially if you like the shiny techno, and you live in a world of polished stone floors. They're probably killing it in some mall right now, or in Hong Kong.

I like because they kick back: Buy a Mamas and Papas Urbo via Traveling Tikes' Amazon storefront, $529 shipped [amazon]
Previously; PR-my of One: The Mamas and Papas Urbo Assault Vehicle

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