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Xplory in depth

The most fascinating part of our whole journey was our excursion to the manufacturing facility that produces the Xplory stroller for Stokke. The first item on our agenda was a presentation that summarized the product development cycle for the Xplory. The stroller launched in 2003, but the project was initiated way back in 1998, when Stokke made the decision to ... Read More »

Last tidbits from Kind+Jugend

We’re almost done with this whole topic. I have a couple of other newsflashes, none that really needed a dedicated post. Bugaboo is introducing an all-weather wheel package that will offer replacement tires for the front swiveling wheels. These small, pneumatic tires will not swivel, but they will offer much better performance in the snow. They pop on and off ... Read More »

Saving the best for last?

Of all the major vendors I’ve covered from the Kind+Jugend show, I still haven’t talked about Stokke. We saved their booth for last, mostly because it was so incredibly crowded each time we tried to go in. They were on the lower level of the show, which was a lot quieter than the upper level. Most booths were empty or ... Read More »

The little stroller that could

A big trend at both recent baby shows was this stroller design – it was everywhere. There were two variations, one with two handlebars and one with a single handlebar. Interestingly, the single handlebar version seems to be more maneuverable and easier to push one-handed than the two handlebar one. The seat reclines a bit, and the shape of the ... Read More »

Object of desire

This new stroller, the Joolz, caught a lot of people’s attention. It’s an interesting cross between the bugaboo and the Stokke Xplory. The visual design elements are similar to the bugaboo, but it has a higher seat and an adjustable footrest, like the Xplory. It’s very cool looking and handles nicely. The prototypes were very heavy, which the company recognizes ... Read More »

A Mountain Buggy by any other name…

One Tree Hill is the European distributor for Mountain Buggy, and their booth was hopping. And no wonder. They had a fantastic display of the 2007 designer color lineup that would stop anyone dead in their tracks. Their booth was really nice. I took a lot of pictures, and I’m feeling really good about the colors for 2007. Interestingly, the ... Read More »

In a Scottish sort of mood

Maclaren has rebranded with a tip of the (fur) hat to their Scottish roots. The new Maclaren logo is a plaid-inspired “M”, though we haven’t seen any plaid fabrics in the US lineup for 2007. And just to make sure everyone got the point, there was an impressive bagpiper who made frequent appearances at the Maclaren booth. I got a ... Read More »

Just add spaghetti sauce.

Inglesina was showing a beautiful new white high chair and baby seat in Cologne. Reminiscent of Ligne-Roset, these are very sleek, very modern and potentially very impractical. But will anyone care? Functionally, both pieces are fine. The high chair is well constructed and well designed, while the baby seat is a novelty with an adjustable recline and a rocking base. ... Read More »

Heavy Duty

Apparently, Cybex is getting into the baby market. Last year, the fitness company introduced a revolutionary new high-back booster seat at this show and won the coveted innovation award. This year, they’ve brought out a fascinating new convertible car seat, and won it again. When we visited, we met JB, the VP of Sales for this division of Cybex, and ... Read More »

Is that a term of endearment?

We just ordered the Mutsy strollers in Las Vegas, so we were curious to see what they were unveiling here. They showed off a new, brighter color palette for the Spider, as well as a completely new chassis concept which is outstanding. The handlebar is attached to the seat frame, which, like the bugaboo, can convert from a bassinet to ... Read More »