UPPAbaby is a company that always responds to customer needs and feedback. Product development and improvements happen regularly, and we fans have come to expect that UPPAbaby stays current with trends and designs. For 2015, the entire product line was enhanced, but it was the UPPAbaby Vista that got the makeover. Let’s look closer at what’s new.
UPPAbaby Vista 2015
Wow, the photo above really says something, doesn’t it? First of all, it’s been four years since any changes have been made. The new Vista has been redesigned, so let’s go on a tour of what you should expect.
- The most obvious is array of seating options. The frame accommodates two infant car seats, two bassinets, or two toddler seats in any combination. Parents of twins, can I hear a big WOO HOO!
- A new (optional) rumble seat faces either outward or toward parents and fully reclines in either direction. This is huge because it adds so many options for you as you arrange your kids to be most comfortable for outings.
- An optional front bracket makes it possible to attach a second car seat or bassinet. UPPAbaby’s car seat, called the Mesa, needs no adapters, but you may purchase adapters separately for other major car seat brands.
- Now compare the two shopping baskets in the above photo. See how much longer it is on the 2015 version? This year the basket holds up to 30 pounds of your gear? Hello grocery shopping!
- To account for all this extra weight the new UPPAbaby Vista 2015 can hold, the frame has been reformulated with stronger anondized aluminum with magnesium. I don’t really understand what all that means, but a stronger frame is necessary and UPPAbaby’s got it.
- The tires are improved with “AirGo” technology, which simulates the feel of air-filled tires without the risk of getting flats. The best of both worlds.
- Overall ease of use from a new seat recline mechanism to push-button steering locks to make the front swivel wheels go straight. New location for the finger trigger folding mechanism means you won’t have to bend way over to start the folding process. The flow is much smoother.
- The included bassinet has better support and ventilation from a molded base zip-on apron.
The price has gone up because of all these improvements. The silver-framed single goes for $820 while the black frame is $860. The rumble seat is $170 or you could get the rumble seat included for $990 (silver) or $1040 (black).
Both the G-Luxe and G-Lite have undergone some changes for 2015, all of them relatively minor. Here’s what to expect.
- Mesh sling back seat for better ventilation on hot days.
- Removable fabric for easy cleaning.
- The canopy is a bit larger.
- Underseat basket can now hold 15 lbs – that is a lot for an umbrella stroller!
- A more robust and streamlined frame, probably the same formulation as mentioned with the Vista.
- Single-foot brake lever – most umbrella strollers have individual brakes for each rear wheel. One step is always more convenient!
- New color called Ella (shown in photo).
The G-Luxe is $260 and if you want the black fabric on black frame (called Jake) that is $280. For the G-Lite, the red (Denny) is $160 and black on black Jake is $180.
The popular Cruz has undergone some changes for 2015 as well.
- Rear wheels are now about an inch larger and use the new AirGo technology that mimics air-filled tires.
- Black frame available with some colors, for a sharp look like the photo above.
- Rear suspension now removed because of the AirGo tires.
- Wipe-clean bumper bar now included with purchase instead of optional accessory.
Price for the silver frame Cruz runs $500 and if you’d like that fashionable black frame, it retails for $530.
So would you splurge a little bit extra for a black frame? And what do you think of the Vista’s redesign? Let me know in the comments.
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