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Stokke Xplory 2010 prelaunch

xplory2010The Stokke Xplory always gets mixed reactions from parents in our stores. The design is unconventional, and the price point is on the high end. No stroller is going to appeal to everyone, but I’ve always thought that the Xplory gets overlooked a little too often.

When Zev was born, I got one as a gift from my friends at Stokke. I was grateful, since I’ve long admired the product after visiting the factory that produces it in Norway several years ago. But I was not expecting to fall in love with the stroller the way I did.

My son turned out to be an exceptionally social and verbal toddler, and while I’m sure some of that is temperamental, I’m equally sure that some of it is the Xplory. I was amazed by how differently people interacted with him when he was sitting in the Xplory. Strangers rarely stop to talk to babies when they’re bundled into a stroller, peering out from deep inside a canopy. But everyone talked to Zev, who was wide-eyed and riding high, smiling and waving at everyone who looked his way.

All this, by way of introduction, brings me to the real topic here – after years of making only minor improvements to Xplory, Stokke has completely redesigned the seat for 2010. The Stokke Xplory 2010 is a nice evolution that addresses a lot of the biggest critiques parents had about the design. The front bar, which used to be attached with little screws and was irritatingly complicated to remove, is now attached with tabs on each side and can be removed in under a second. The shopping bag has been totally redesigned. The adjustable foot rest – one of the most unique elements of the Xplory – was also hard to adjust and required two hands (and often a knee) to get the job done. Now there’s a simple, one-handed adjustment that will cause anyone with an older model to turn green with envy.

Designwise, the Xplory 2010 is lovely. They’ve switched the fabric to a sports material that’s very soft, durable and offers good protection from the elements. The seat contours have been rounded and the back of the seat is wrapped in fabric, covering the plastic innards.

There aren’t too many drawbacks to the Xplory anymore, but it’s still not for everyone. The Xplory isn’t a great choice if you’re in and out of the car all the time. It takes up a ton of space in a trunk, and while it can be folded in one piece, it’s far more compact (relatively speaking) if you take it apart. It also doesn’t have good suspension. This isn’t a huge deal, since it still pushes really well, but sometimes going over big bumps in the sidewalk is a little jarring for a sleeping passenger. I’ll be curious to see if the added fabric coverings will help quiet down the ride.

If you’re someone who does a lot of walking and enjoys shopping and restaurants, the Xplory 2010 will be an ideal companion for you and your baby. The new Xplory comes in two configurations, Basic and Newborn. The Newborn includes a carrycot.

Watch the video I took below, which offers a side-by-side comparison of the old model vs. the new one, and if you’re in the Brookline area today, stop by our store to meet the Xplory 2010 in person, talk to representatives from Stokke, and enjoy some balloons and gift bags.

8 comments

  1. We have one of the early Xplorys from ’05 and have just taken it out again for our new baby girl. I still love my stroller, but man is this nice! I’m a little envious :)

  2. I forgot to mention – my son was also extremely personable and chatty. I do believe that the stroller encouraged those traits in him, as he was constantly engaging with people.

  3. Very Disappointing Stokke Customer Service-save your money
    Please note this is a review for Stokke and not mbeans.com
    We were in the market for a stroller 2 months ago and asked Stokke customer service if a new version will be coming out soon. They denied having any knowledge of the impending arrival and now we are stuck with the unused 2008 version and our son is only 1 month old. After several emails they offered us a measly discount of 150$ to buy the new seat! We feel like this company stole 1200$ from our child’s future. All major consumer products company offer an exchange if a new version of a product comes out within a certain time limit, so what is stopping Stokke from doing that? Now I wish we had gone with the Uppababy 2010 stroller which offers similar child friendly features, costs less AND is an american company with excellent customer service.

  4. Hi Priya,
    Thanks so much for sharing your comments. I totally understand your frustration. I will say that it’s not uncommon for companies to keep new product releases under tight wraps, even internally. So it is possible that the customer service representative really didn’t know about the new stroller when you called. Be that as it may, I will say that while I definitely like the updates on the new Xplory, I have the older model and I use it all the time. My son is 23 months old, and he asks for that stroller by name – he enjoys riding in it THAT much. So I hope that you will eventually really come to like your stroller. It is really a unique product, and even the UPPAbaby, which is a great stroller, doesn’t offer all the nice features you have in your Xplory.

  5. Hi Sheri,
    thanks for your kind words and you are right about the stroller, its very good. Our baby uses the bassinet for now and really enjoys looking at the leaves and sky when out for a stroll. The customer service rep. I spoke to at Stokke mentioned that his 3 month old was using the new xplory (he was probably trying to convince me to spend on the new seat) so they definitely knew about the new 2010 model when I had first written to them. All this is very disappointing and we would like other parents like us to know about it.

  6. Hi Priya,
    Hm, you’re right. That definitely sounds like the salesperson knew. I’m sorry that happened to you. I hope you will continue to enjoy your stroller. Did you buy the Xplory through us? I might be able to call someone over there if you want me to try that.
    Take care,
    Sheri

  7. Hi Sheri,
    thanks for responding again, although this may be too late-Unfortunately we did not purchase the stroller from your site but if you can call someone at Stokke we would be very grateful.

    Priya

  8. Hi! I recently got a 2009 model of the Stokke Xplory, and we love it ! But the seat cover has a little tear in the corner, and I was wondering if the textile sets for the newer versions would work for it? or is there a site/place I could buy a cover for it, since it is an older version?Thanks !

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