I want to open with a disclaimer. We do not sell the bugaboo strollers. Many people assume that we choose not to carry them because we don’t like them. This is not true. At this time, there are apparently too many other retailers in our area. We hope to someday offer this line, but in the meantime we remain admirers from afar.
So when I evaluated the Rock Star Baby, I really hoped that it would be a good stroller in its own right. Obviously comparisons will be drawn, since there are aspects to the design that are strikingly similar. But aside from the fact that they are functionally alike, they are really very different strollers.
The Rock Star Baby is a solid mid-to-high end stroller with some nice features. It is nearly identical to the Hauck Infinity stroller, now on sale in select Babies R’ Us stores, but our edition includes a bassinet for newborns. The color palette is extremely neutral, moving away from the popular brights and neons we’ve seen lately. The seat is reversible (though the handlebar is not), and the recline is a clever, easy-to-use mechanism that looks a lot like a bicycle brake. It weighs 24 lbs, which is a bit heavier than the competition. However, the added weight helps the stroller grip the road really nicely, resulting in a very smooth ride. The quality of construction seems fine. It’s sturdy, but not quite at the level of a bugaboo or a Mountain Buggy; I wish the finishes were a bit more slick.
From a value perspective, this is a really nice option for expectant parents. It comes with the bassinet and a Graco car seat adaptor, not to mention a rain cover. It should be a great, all-purpose mode of transportation that will last a solid couple of years. The reversible seat and (relatively) easy fold are both really valuable features. The distributors are bright, ambitious and very responsive, which adds up to very good customer service. Always a plus.
I’m not sure how it will fare in the snow, since you can’t flip the handlebar and lead with the larger wheels. We’re expecting some of the white stuff this week and I’ll make a point to check.