February 16, 2011
Joovy's Cute Stroller for On-The-Go
The first thing we noticed about the Joovy Kooper was how darn cute it is! It comes in bright colors, has a large rounded canopy and is just super cute. The Kooper is one of Joovy's lighter-weight strollers weighing in at 18 lbs so we put into our lightweight-plus category. It is stocked with quite a few baby and parent-friendly features making it a good choice for a parent on-the-go.
The seat on the Kooper is a roomy so that your chubbier kids are going to have plenty of room. It is 15" wide, with a 19" seat back and a measurement of 24" from seat back to canopy with the seat upright. Our 18 month tester fit in the seat perfectly. While our 4 year old tester (38 inches and 37 lbs) can fit in the seat comfortably upright without his head hitting the canopy, the fabric at the top of the seat makes it a tight fit with the seat reclined. The fabric sewn at the top of the seat (to prevent a baby from sliding out from the top) causes our taller toddler's head to be pushed up against the fabric when the seat is reclined. Not a big deal because our older toddlers rarely sleep in a stroller.
There is a padded, adjustable 5-point harness for safety that features reflective stitching for nighttime strolling. The seat has a non-adjustable foot rest and a one-handed strap system recline. While the seat has a deep recline is not completely flat therefore Joovy recommends the stroller for 6+ months.
Like many lightweight strollers, the Kooper does not have a bumper bar or snack tray for baby. There are two great mesh pockets on the inside of the seat to hold a sippy cup, snacks or small toys though. On the back of the canopy, there are two mesh bottle holders for parents and a medium-sized zipper pocket to hold parent essentials.
The Kooper sports a gigantic sun canopy that you can fold down in front of the child to block the wind if you detach it from the frame at the back. The canopy also sports a peek-a-boo to keep an eye on your little rider. The handlebar is not adjustable and with a measurement of 39" from ground to handlebar, it will be good for average-height parents but a bit short for our taller friends. If you are over 5'6, we recommend that you try out the Kooper for the handle height first.
The basket is large for a lightweight stroller and will hold a medium to large sized diaper bag, a couple shopping bags or other baby essentials. The basket can be tricky to access if the seat is fully reclined but that is typical of a lightweight stroller.
The Kooper rolls on 6" front swivel wheels that have the ability to lock straight for a bit rougher terrain and 6" rear wheels that have a linked rear parking brake. The parking brake takes a bit of step-down force to get it locked and is definitely not flip-flop friendly since you have to use the top of your foot to release it.
The stroller is easy to push and even with the separate handlebars, I can push one-handed with a 25 lb baby on board. When you are near the weight capacity of 50 lbs or on rough terrain, you will need two hands. It won't handle all terrains, but with the four-wheel suspension, we've successfully navigated gravel, grass and dirt with a bit of effort and the front wheels locked.
The Kooper frame is very sturdy but this adds to the weight of the stroller bringing it to a total weight of 18 lbs. The Kooper's weight makes it heavier than many umbrella strollers but comparable with the Inglesina Zippy and Peg Perego Si.
The stroller has an umbrella fold that is easy to do with basically just your foot and a push of your hand. It folds easily and locks closed with a manual lock. Since the manual lock isn't that easy to do and is an extra step we just don't like doing, we'd love to see Joovy add an automatic lock to the stroller. Opening the stroller is just as simple as the fold. Unlock the lock, lift up the handles, and step down on the small rear footplate to open. Easy as that! If the rear wheels are locked when the stroller is folded, you can lean the stroller upright against a wall for storage.
The Kooper is not car seat compatible but we do appreciate the reflective strips throughout the stroller for nighttime strolling.
Retailing for approximately $149, the Kooper is priced competitively with other lightweight strollers. While we'd like to see adjustable handles and an automatic lock added, we do like its gigantic canopy, wide seat and sturdy frame.
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