Mutsy Transporter Stroller
Mutsy (pronounced 'moot'-sy), a Netherlands-based company that has been producing high quality strollers since 1935, never ceases to amaze us with their strollers. The Transporter is Mutsy's newest addition to their fabulous line of strollers from the Netherlands. This sporty 4 wheeler is characterized by its very compact and easy fold.
The deep seat on the Transporter is large and roomy, making for a comfortable ride for even an older child. With the high weight capacity of 55 lbs, this stroller will definitely grow with your child. The seat is 14 inches wide and has a 21 inch seat back (from seat back to canopy). Our older tester at 4 years old and 43 inches could comfortably sit in the seat without her head hitting the canopy. The seat does sport a baby bumper bar but there is no parent or baby tray, as well as, no cup holders. It has an adjustable 5-point, padded harness that adjusts to fit snugly on a small child yet big enough with room to grow for a larger child. The seat also sports a large, removable headrest for smaller riders. Our smaller testers really liked the headrest because it is well padded and like a pillow for them.
The seat reclines with a strap system that can be tricky to do with a child in the seat. If we could make a change, it would be a simpler, one-handed bar recline. Since it doesn't recline flat, Mutsy recommends the Transporter seat for 3 months and up. There is a non-adjustable foot rest that is a great place for our older rider's feet to comfortably sit.
The canopy is a decent size. It's not the biggest or the smallest canopy in the world of strollers so a canopy extension would be necessary if you want complete sun protection for your child. We would add a peek-a-boo window on the top to allow mom to check in on her little rider though. There is a tiny zipper pocket on the top of the canopy but honestly we don't know what would fit in there because it is very small and narrow.
To accommodate parents of differing heights, the Transporter sports a great adjustable handlebar. It doesn't telescope out but it does adjust up and down in four positions and prevents taller parents from kicking the frame of the stroller with a long stride. There is a large basket underneath the seat that can hold a medium to large diaper bag easily.
There are four rubber wheels (no need to worry about a flat on this stroller) that make a very smooth ride for baby. The large 12-inch wheels in the rear have a linked back brake that is easy to do quickly with just your foot to lock both wheels with just one step. The front 9-inch wheels are swivel wheels that have the ability to lock straight for rougher terrain.
When you buy a Mutsy, you get amazing maneuverability and the Transporter is no exception! We can maneuver the stroller on grass, playground mulch and gravel with no problem. On smooth pavement, the stroller glides forward and responds with the slightest touch. The swivel wheels allow us to navigate the stroller easily in tight spaces and it can definitely be pushed with only one hand. We love that!
The Transporter features a very easy and compact two-handed fold. It only has a couple steps and can be done in seconds. The entire stroller collapses compactly and there is a manual locking strap to lock the stroller closed. We would love to see an automatic lock added for more convenience for parents but we are happy there is a lock at all. The folded stroller is a very compact package that can easily fit in the smallest of trunks with ease. Plus, all four wheels pop off easily for an even more compact unit.
Weighing in at 24 lbs, the Transporter is an average weight for a full size stroller. It's not the lightest stroller on the market but you can make it significantly lighter if you remove the wheels dropping the weight down to 18 lbs. We didn't have any trouble, especially with the compact folded size, to pick it up and throw it in our trunk. Okay, we don't throw a Mutsy we lovingly set it in our trunk!
Since the seat doesn't recline flat, there are two accessories that are sold separately for the Transporter that can allow you to use it with a newborn baby. A matching bassinet that easily attaches to the frame of the stroller will turn it into a pram. And car seat adapters for Graco, Peg Perego or Maxi Cosi infant car seats turn the Transporter frame into a convenient, lightweight travel system.
The Transporter comes in 4 gorgeous colors: black, grey, red and sand. The Transporter has some great features and with its easy, compact fold, adjustable handle, amazing maneuverability, and large, roomy seat, we think that it's a great addition to the Mutsy family of strollers.