I think I am slowly becoming a stroller snob. In the past couple months since Addie was born, I have had the chance to try out a ton of different strollers, but the best part about being a Kolcraft Mom was being able to try out the Contours Optima Tandem stroller, and keep it to replace our older, over-used, and bulky double stroller I have secretly loathed for almost two years now.
We originally bought it before Ben was born, and we only bought it because it was compatible with the infant car seat we had at the time, also made by Graco. I was ecstatic to find out the optima actually was compatible with our new infant car seat we bought for Addie. That was the first highlight of the stroller. In fact, it is compatible with most infant car seats that are currently on the market. There is a full list of the car seats that can be used you can view it on the Kolcraft site for the stroller.
So when the Optima came, I couldn’t help but rip it out of the box, and make up some family trip we needed to use it on. Which just so happened to be the zoo, an awesome place to try it out. Before we left for the day, I put the stroller together… all on my own!
Which I am not the most technically savvy person, especially when it comes to building baby gear. Typically I run right to my husband and tell him he has something to put together. So this really was a huge accomplishment, and it goes to show how easy assembly is!
When we got to the zoo for the big test drive, I realized how smooth and easy to maneuver it was. I mean, on a day that the zoo was packed I was dodging kids left and right. Not typical for a larger double stroller. Which I was super pleased by! Making life with more than one child super easy.
Then there is the storage space. We went from a double stroller we struggled to stuff our diaper bag and accessories in, to a HUGE full sized storage area that I didn’t need to fight to get my diaper bag in and out of. And we won’t have a giant diaper bag, just a simple SkipHop Duo, and for those of you who are diaper bag snobs like me, you know it is not a large diaper bag!
Another one of my favorite options on the optima is the seating options. There are so many! You have the both seats fitting forward, facing each other, facing apart, the option for the car seat, etc. It turns into 6 seating options, and with my kids, sometimes they need to be apart, or NOT facing each other!
Then comes the cup holders. It may not sound like a huge deal, but to me and my husband it is, because when we are out together, at least with our old stroller we always fought over the cup holder. Because there was only one… But in this stroller there are four! Two for the kids… and two for adults, as well as a space for storage on top, which I typically throw my iPhone into, and it fits perfectly.
And there is a great one year warranty on the stroller. Which is a huge perk for parents. Although two full months into use, we have had no issues or anything break on our stroller, and our kids are pretty rough on it!
Overall, I think it is a great double stroller for parents!
I am a Kolcraft Mom, and the Optima Tandem was provided to me free of charge to review.