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Why not call it the e4?

Phil & Teds SportFinally, the much anticipated new model of the popular Phil & Ted’s e3 stroller is en route. But it’s not called the e3 anymore. Now, it’s called the Sport. There are some nice new features to this model, but it still looks quite a bit like its predecessor. The handlebar is adjustable via a pushbutton racheting mechanism, and has a nice, plush foam covering. The bumper bar is a bit higher and better padded. The harness system is much improved to accommodate a wide range of different size children. But the big news is that the Double Kit offers a recline. It isn’t perfect, but it still had me jumping up and down and squealing for joy. The sides of the fabric unzip to recline slightly, but in order to lay it back, you need to disengage the fabric from the metal frame of the Doubles Kit, leaving that metal tubing exposed above the child’s head. It’s hard to tell without seeing a child in the seat, but I would guess it has the potential to cause a few bumped heads. I understand that the strength of the Doubles seat comes from that metal frame, which is why they needed to work around it, and I suppose the benefits of having both kids be comfortable enough to sleep will outweigh the downside of this quirky design.

The colors have not changed, but they have added a Blue Camouflage version. All in all, I think it’s a nice improvement over the e3, though I think the name change may be confusing at first. And speaking of confusion, in just a few months, Phil & Teds will be releasing another, higher-end version of the e3/Sport design. I’m expecting to see a production sample at the JPMA show in April, so I’ll keep you posted.

10 comments

  1. hi- didn’t the previous e-3 design also recline? Also, what is the price of the older and new version of the e-3?
    thanks,
    Amanda

  2. Hi – Yes, the previous version of the e3 did recline, but the toddler seat (or Doubles Kit in Phil & Tedspeak) did not recline. Now the toddler seat does recline. The older version retailed for $379, and the new one will retail for $399, both prices do not include the Doubles kit, which was (and still is) $89.

  3. So does the new Sport Doubles Kit work with the old e3s?

  4. It’s a good question. Unofficially, as far as I can understand, the doubles seats are cross compatible, meaning that the attachment points haven’t changed at all. Officially, Phil & Teds would say no, because it’s not safety tested in that configuration. So basically, if you try it, you’re doing so at your own risk.

  5. Any idea what the price will be of the new higher-end e3/Sport? And what extras it will have over the Sport?

  6. I’ll have an answer to that question after the JPMA show next week (fingers crossed). Stay tuned…

  7. Hi,

    Have you returned from the JPMA show? Any word on the higher end Sport model?

  8. I love the e3 and just heard a wonderful story on how the robustness of the stroller frame helped to save a child’s life. The phil & teds stroller was hit by a truck in Portland, Oregon and the baby was unharmed. A great story and one everybody who has an e3 needs to hear about. I presume that the frame on the sport hasn’t changed as it is obviously really sturdy and life saving!

  9. Marjory,
    Here’s something interesting. I’ve recently heard the same story, only the stroller was a Mountain Buggy! We’re trying to find out what actually happened, so I’m going to post about it and see if anyone out there has direct knowledge and can clarify.

    But you are right – the frame on the Sport is the same as the one on the e3.

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