Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite Stroller Review
For parents of two children with a few years between them, the sit-and-stand stroller concept is an attractive alternative to the traditional tandem stroller. Sit-and-stand strollers smaller children a vantage point from a traditional seat at the front of the stroller, and give more mobile older toddlers and children the choice to either stand in the back or sit on a bench seat when they tire. The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite stroller offers parents and kids the mobility options that they desire for day trips and shopping excursions. Packed with features that every member of the family can enjoy, this stroller is the perfect travel companion for the whole crew.
Compact Double Stroller with Car Seat
The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite is a compact double stroller with car seat that easily accommodates a baby and an older child. The baby can rest comfortably in the stroller’s front seat or in their infant car seat, which easily attaches into the stroller’s front portion via an included universal car seat adapter. The adapter makes the Caboose Ultralight Graphite compatible with most traditional infant car seats from across the brand spectrum and safely allows even the smallest of travelers to ride along in safety and comfort.
Meanwhile, the busy toddler doesn’t have to bother with a traditional seat and harness, but can explore their surroundings and take a seat when little legs can’t keep up. The back of the stroller features not only a cozy bench seat nook for sitting, but a sturdy under-handle ledge that’s perfect for standing up and taking in the scenery.
Parents will also enjoy the ease that the Caboose Ultralight Graphite brings to tight travel, such as city walking and public transportation situations. Since it has design features that put children front-to-back rather than side-by-side, it is narrower than most tandem strollers on the market and keeps kids close in crowds. It also meets travel requirements for stroller footprints in some major public transportation systems.
Handlebar with Storage Sleeve
The tall handle sports a neoprene sleeve for Mom and Dad to store their own items, including up to two beverage bottles and an assortment of smaller items. The sleeve has three distinct openings that hold water bottles, iPhones, and more, and is deeper than most other parental storage stations on other strollers.
Additional storage is located under the stroller’s bench seat and is accessed by a slider that allows the seat to slide back and forth for opening the storage basket. This area holds plenty of items you’ll need for a day at the park, though some users report that it’s not roomy enough to accommodate a packed diaper bag. It is fairly secure when a rider is on top, as it is mostly inaccessible when the bench seat is in place.
Baby Protection from Multiple Angles
Canopies for the front and back protect from the sun’s harsh rays, and a generously-sized front canopy gives Baby protection from multiple angles. A smaller canopy can extend from the back to partially shade a seated rider, though it cannot be used for a standing child and it provides only one angle of sun protection.
Sealed Bearing Wheels
Additionally, the Caboose Ultralight Graphite is a safe bet for wheeling both of your little ones around. With its super sturdy sealed bearing wheels and integrated brakes on both front and back wheels, this stroller provides a smooth, wobble-free ride for both seated and standing passengers. When the wheels are locked, it remains sturdily in one location, providing safe boarding and unloading for children and parents.
When it’s not in use, the Caboose Ultralight Graphite folds into a very compact package, perfect for storing away. Its folded size is smaller than most strollers in the category and it fits easily into most trunks and other transport storage compartments. As its name implies, this stroller is very lightweight – clocking in at a little over 20 pounds – for easy toting while folded.
- Very lightweight and easy to carry
- Offers baby and toddler two distinct options for riding
- Large storage area makes day travel easy
- Large parent storage sleeve holds important items close at hand
- Accommodates almost every standard infant car seat
- Difficult to maneuver on rough surfaces
- Storage compartment cannot accommodate a standard packed diaper bag
- Bench seat may be partially or wholly inaccessible when the front seat is reclined
- Neoprene parent sleeve may compress and force bottles upward
- Not ideal for twins
The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite is an ideal lightweight travel option for parents of two differently aged children. It offers flexibility, comfort and safety for toddlers and babies on-the-go, and has plenty of little perks that help parents to enjoy the journey. The Caboose Ultralight Graphite helps toddlers to explore their surroundings from the standing perch on the back of the stroller, while keeping babies cozy up front, and parents in control from their position at the back. This stroller is particularly suited to city travel, where parents will be traveling primarily on paved or otherwise smooth surfaces. It’s also a great option for use on vacation or around town with little ones in tow.