So the first thing Jay, my fiance, and I thought was to get the basic necessities and put everything else on our registry. We wanted to have the crib & changing table, infant car seat and stroller purchased on our own so that we knew we would have something to bring the baby home in. Immediately I went into research mode and started looking up all of the new travel systems that were out. I started looking around May or June and I found the Signature Series by Graco Trekko 3-Wheel Travel System. I wasn’t particularly impressed with any others that I looked at so I decided to read reviews and then go to Babies R’Us and take it for a spin.
Of course Jay loved it because he’s obsessed with red and black anything, so he was sold once he saw it. BUT I on the other hand had other reasons to like it. I knew I wanted a Graco Snugride30 car seat. They are top-rated, affordable fit babies up to 30 lbs or up to 30 inches, and a well known brand. I know many people wouldn’t like the black fabric for fear of the baby getting too hot, but my daughter was born in December on the East Coast so the heat was the least of our worries. Along with the car seat, the travel system comes with a car seat base, shown in the picture below.
So let me start off with the first con with this travel system. This particular base will only work with this car seat, and not any other Graco Snugride car seats. We knew we’d have to buy an extra base for Jay’s car, but we had to purchase the Graco Snugride35 base as its the only other base that will fit with this car seat. I’m not sure why, but I’m glad I read the comments previously about it before getting the wrong base. Other than that, the car seat works great, and we’ve had no issues since using for almost 3 months.
The stroller lays completely flat and it actually encloses at the bottom so it turns into a bassinet type stroller. It has a five-point harness, and a padded bar that goes in front of the child. The bar actually clips in so you can open it when the child is older instead of lifting them into the stroller. The canopy rotates 180 degrees and can be pulled all the way down in front of the baby if the sun is setting, its raining, etc. One thing that both of us love is the handle; it pivots up and down and adjusts to our height which is great because he’s taller than me. Also, it’s gender neutral, so it didn’t matter if it was a boy or girl, it would work for either gender.
Now this brings me to the first con about the stroller, the basket. The basket is HUGE. I can fit shopping bags, plus our jackets and her diaper bag all in the basket without much effort, however, the basket is advertised to “drop down” for easy access. I may have gotten a fault basket hinge because only one side of my basket drops down, and once its down, it takes a couple good shoves to get it back up in place like the other side. While I don’t go shopping or use the basket frequently, it was one of the things that sold me on the stroller. I could get to the basket while she was laying flat in the stroller with no trouble. I’m in the process of writing an email to Graco about this, and will update this post when I receive more information. Another con is no parent tray, but that saves me from snacking 🙂
The only other con; which isn’t really a con because I’m a tiny mommy (5’3 and 115 lbs) is the weight and bulk of the stroller. This stroller weighs a whopping 30 lbs! 29.4 lbs to be exact. While it isn’t unbearable, it’s still freaking heavy. But I wouldn’t trade it in at all for a different stroller. I love how it turns, the rubber wheels are sturdy, and even though its a heavy stroller, you wouldn’t even know pushing it around. It pushes like a dream.
Just make sure you have the trunk space for this stroller! It was a tight fit in my 2008 Elantra, and I had to take the front wheel off every time I took it in and out of the trunk. Now having a smaller SUV (2013 CX-5) it still takes up a majority of the trunk, but at least I get to keep the wheel on.
ALSO! I used the Graco Snugride Frame Stroller for the first two months, and it was a lifesaver! I bought mine used at a Tot Swap for $10 because it was missing the cup holders but I could care less. It was the best $10 I spent at the time and I definitely got good use out of it. I would recommend a used one for sure, since you only use it for a few months, unless you just buy a car seat separately.
I hope this review helped you in your decision with purchasing your next travel system, or this one in particular. Let me know what travel systems you recommend! Who knows, maybe we’ll sell this one and get a new one for the next baby 🙂