14 February 2011

Family Stroll and Tow: When Eating Out Requires Tools

Imagine yourself on a crisp winter day - the sun streams through the half sleeping trees bathing everything above earth in a golden, unearthly webbing of light. The air is alive with a slight chill, but the sun warms where it's beams have haphazardly landed.

Photo ©2011. Renaissance Culinaire. All Rights Res.
The first bulbs have bravely climbed out of their loamy tombs, careening their paper white heads toward the sky.

You are on your way to a local eatery, with your family. You are enjoying the sun, having spent many days enduring the gray, often times rainy blah weather that comes with winter. You want to eat food which doesn't require sullying your kitchen and a load of dishes. You are aching for an evening outside of the house - you and the family have cabin fever.

This friends is not a fairy tale - this was my sentiment, this was my afternoon.

I got the extreme honor to review a Inglesina 'Avio' stroller. And this transport was perfect for having my 3yr old boy in tow, especially when taking him to a local eatery. For any parent who has ever ventured with children out into the public, there is a allot of preparation. More so when you are on foot, and parenting a 3yr old child.

What's In the Box:

When I received the Inglesina Avio Stroller in the color black, it arrived  in several parts - the seating area, harness, stroller hood and storage basket all had to be attached to the main base/ frame of the stroller. The product Manual included comes in every language imaginable. There is a rain shield included. There is also an included adapter, for those of you that have babies and want to use the Inglesina Avio Bassinet (a.k.a "Carrycot"), which is sold separately, or clip on infant car seats (brands that work: Graco, Peg Perego and Britax) .

I was very impressed with the quality of the materials used to make this stroller. Everything is solid and durable.


Handling:

The Inglesina Avio Stroller is touted as 'the perfect stroller for on the go urbanites'. Translation - this stroller is best for strolling on sidewalks and smooth developed indoor or paved outdoor surfaces.

What I have discovered is that the Inglesina Avio stroller is different than allot of less-expensive non-jogging strollers in that it's wheels actually have ball bearings. This gives the stroller the ability to roll very smoothly with hardly any vibration within the stroller seat, with minimal pushing. The wheels are fixed in position, so the turn radius is not that sharp - it will make a smooth turn however, within a 5 foot radius.

Standing at 5'5", I am very conscience of handle placement. The Avio stroller's handle is in a position comfortable enough to hold, but I really wished the handle had an adjustment option.

My husband however is nearly 6 foot tall and said "This stroller is perfect for dads who are 5'11" - 6'2", very smooth ride and will put the toddler to sleep on a rough night within 10 minutes". He experimented with the Avio while taking the evening walk when our son was over-tired and fighting sleep.

Stow-ability:

Let me say that I have owned at-least 5 strollers between the years 2003-2011, starting with my first child. 4 out of 5 had the capability to be folded for stowing. The latest being a Jeep Overland Limited 'Music on the Move' Jogging Stroller.

Of all the strollers I have owned, though, the Inglesina Avio Stroller is able to fold into the most space saving compact shape of all (I am not including those cheap umbrella strollers, that are a dime-a-dozen, in this category.).
The mechanism to fold this stroller is great (see photo at left, demonstrated by my husband) - It is reminiscent of a crossbow, when pulled back it creates tension and gathers enough backward force so you can lock it into place.

Think of it like the pulling motion when starting a lawn mower, instead of a "pull cord", you are pulling a designated handle located on the back of the stroller.

If you press down sternly on the middle of the main handle (the one you use to push the stroller) with one hand, and press the red button (to unlock) on the handle base, gently, yet firmly pull at an outward-upward motion - making sure that the harness or other parts of the stroller do not become entangled into the folding parts, it will fold very compactly.



Key Points of Inglesina Avio when folded:

Cool Features:

The Inglesina Avio stroller has some very nice options.

  • Seating: The stroller seat  is washable. And very adjustable, with the harness straps position, and can recline to several lower positions, so that your child is comfortable - my son loved being able to lay down in the lowest position when he was tired.  
  • Storage: The included fabric under-stroller basket is very accommodating. I was able to fit 2 full fabric grocery bags in there, with no further adjustments. There is also a expandable drink holder located on the lower left back of the stroller frame - I really appreciate this placement. ( Most strollers with a drink holder place them above the child's seat area, which is totally illogical - what if there was a spill?).
  • For Weather: The Avio hood is constructed to be very durable, I liked the surface area it covers, the bill (like on a baseball cap) is a great feature which is nice for keeping sun out of sensitive eyes.  The included 'L'Inglesina Baby S.p.a' rain cover clips to the hood and bottom foot pad. 
  • Optional Accessories: There are a host of  accessories to buy for the Inglesina Avio Stroller. Including a mesh 'summer cover' to keep the bugs at bay; 'Winter Muff' for bundling up your lil ones; Carrying case for the stroller; 'Carry Cot Bassinet'; 'Full Rain Cover', etc.
Closing Thoughts:

My 3yr old boy is right at the cusp of saying goodbye to motherly pushes via the stroller, all together. So this year and the arrival of the Avio marks the 'coup de grâce' of strollerdom , so to speak.

My families experience with the Inglesina Avio Stroller has been pleasant, which makes the parting with strollers, all together that much more bittersweet.

The Inglesina Avio Stroller is a good fit for parents in search of a higher-end, stylish, non-jogging stroller, for either infant or toddler, with a host of options and great compact-ability, that can be used for around-the-town jaunts.

For more product info you can download the Inglesina Avio Product & Accessories Spec Sheet below in pdf format.

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The view expressed here are mine & mone alone. I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Inglesina USA. I received an Inglesina Avio Stroller in exchange for my honest feedback.Please read more about Renaissance Culinaire's Disclosure Policy.

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12:38 AM, November 01, 2011 Reply  

A few months later i will need that one

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1:47 AM, November 01, 2011 Reply  

My sis got a Inglesina Avio Stroller when she had her first son. Now she's about to give birth this December, and that stroller still looks good.

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Great ideas and a good post, keep them up!

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This is a great and informative post.Well, the points given were facts that could never go wrong. I have visited so many pages with the same discussion and topics

8:54 AM, November 15, 2011 Reply  

Dining out is always a fun and we also love to carry our babies with their toddlers and I prefer myself to keep my kids with me when we dine out and that's the way kids get a permanent way to learn out of daily life, we make them secure and give them safe life thus they are trained to care things and other in their life.

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1:38 AM, November 16, 2011 Reply  

You have thrown the light on the issue that almost all the parents face while having the child on the journey. This was a good post to know about the stroller.

This is a great review about strollers. Moms and to be moms would enjoy reading this.

3:20 AM, November 16, 2011 Reply  

Is it available only in a black color? What about for example dark red?

11:51 PM, November 16, 2011 Reply  

This was an amazing blog post as far as Stroller is concerned, still i have not bought the foldable stroller for my younger children as they needed. so i am gonaa to buy it.

12:14 AM, November 19, 2011 Reply  

Indeed, with today’s lifestyles, it seems to be difficult eating healthy meals we like. Even finding time to shop for quality food and preparing them three or four times a day is almost impossible if we are working or studying full-time....

4:36 PM, November 20, 2011 Reply  

With the functions held by the stoller, I think this could be an option for anyone to use it.

10:07 PM, November 20, 2011 Reply  

Hmm! I really need this .Thanks :)

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12:49 AM, November 22, 2011 Reply  

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2:18 AM, November 23, 2011 Reply  

Children the strollers about those you mentioned here and i love to see these strollers and have also. These are very much comfortable strollers to carry the children where you are moving.

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7:04 PM, November 24, 2011 Reply  

This post can really help because you can avoid untoward incidents if you can buy the safest stroller. Great Post!

10:21 PM, November 24, 2011 Reply  

The blog is written really well reading the begining already started making me feel cold and enjoy a beautiful virtual winter morning.

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3:07 PM, November 26, 2011 Reply  

I think what I like best about this stroller is the stowability factor. It folds up like a small suitcase and doesn't need a ton of space.

8:35 PM, November 27, 2011 Reply  

thanks this information, good luck

9:24 PM, December 04, 2011 Reply  

as a friend I should personally recommend this strollers. the most important thing is the safety and the comfort of the baby. Had all my kids early and now have teenagers but my friends have little ones. Used a stroller like this.

3:42 AM, December 09, 2011 Reply  

This was very much authentic post as you write on the family stroller that which one is better for the family as far as quailty of it concerned.

10:21 PM, December 20, 2011 Reply  

Wow..really nice post. i appreciate your work. Thank you.

9:23 AM, January 10, 2012 Reply  

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11:20 PM, January 27, 2012 Reply  

Hey this stroller will be very helpful for moms like me.

10:26 PM, January 29, 2012 Reply  

Good inventions. Now a day, many competitions and new inventions are upcoming. So there is a difficult job to achieve it. I like this invention. Thanks for sharing.

1:02 AM, February 29, 2012 Reply  

@heather

We just bought this stroller because we were not satisfied the previous one we have.

4:09 AM, April 19, 2012 Reply  

Wonderful article — concise and clear. Thank you!

8:52 AM, June 05, 2012 Reply  

Congratulation! pretty nice post..

9:43 PM, June 09, 2012 Reply  

Going out with the kids is really a hassle of course but really worth it. Moms should be ready enough with all the stuff they need to bring or else this family day would be a mess. Try something that is very convenient to bring and handy there are lot of them in the market.

8:16 PM, June 13, 2012 Reply  

I think I already found what I’ve been looking for as a great gift for the upcoming baby shower of my friend who’s expecting a baby girl on October. I think she will be happy with my surprise for her. Reading your product review is very helpful to me. Thanks!

8:56 PM, July 19, 2012 Reply  

This stroller is indeed very kid and parent-friendly. It takes a lot of creativity and researching about how moms and dads having trouble about finding the perfect stroller for their kids. Seeing a lot of parents really struggling to go outdoors with their ever energetic child, they need one of these. This post has a very entertaining introduction, too!

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