Lightweight stroller comparison: the new 2016 Maclaren Quest vs. the 2016 Babyzen YoYo Stroller
If you and your family are active travellers, having a lightweight stroller is beneficial in so many ways. Having the right lightweight for the right travel situation can make your trip so much fun: for instance, the BabyZen YoYo+ Stroller fits into the overhead compartment on a plane, so as long as it’s allowed by your airline, it requires no checking in at the airport! However, if you’re traveling to Disney World with your family annually, the new 2016 Maclaren Quest Umbrella Stroller might be a better fit, with a generously-sized sun canopy and four-wheel suspension for a smooth and pleasant ride for your child all day.
Let’s start with the BabyZen: new for 2016, the “YoYo 0+” version is optimized to form a sort of bassinet for newborns, so your child can start riding in this lightweight stroller from day one. In addition, like any other umbrella stroller, the YoYo can accommodate kids who can sit up (about 6 months and up) in a regular forward-facing seat, up to 33 pounds (15 kilograms). When it’s time to board the plane (or just get into your car), the YoYo folds up to about half the size of a typical umbrella stroller; it also weighs only 13 pounds (6 kilograms). It also has a carry strap, so you can carry both your baby and your stroller if you need to. When the stroller is open, the carry strap automatically tucks away into the under-seat storage, leaving no loose straps.
Most strollers allow you to lock the front wheels straight forward to handle rougher territory. The BabyZen YoYo handles this issue differently, with their “soft-drive” system, which adapts to the terrain without having to use a lock mechanism.
Finally, if you ever decide to change the color of your stroller, BabyZen has six different interchangeable color pack options that are sold separately. Other accessories for this lightweight stroller include an infant car seat adapter that can handle seats by Cybex or Nuna.
The Maclaren Quest is a little larger than the YoYo in its overall profile, but is nevertheless lighter, at only 12.3 pounds; it can carry kids up to 55 pounds (25 kilograms). It can recline completely flat for a newborn, and offers four recline positions overall, adjustable with one hand. Furthermore, Maclaren includes their “Newborn Safety System” to position the smallest passengers for comfort and safety, with an adjustable neck support. An additional feature that the Quest provides an extendable foot rest with memory position to accompany your child as they grow.
If you are strolling through the park on a sunny day, the Quest has an expanding 50+ UPF sun canopy with a built in sun shade which can be tucked away when not needed. Included extras for the parent are the built in storage pocket, a spacious mesh under-seat basket, a heavy duty carry strap, and a one handed folding system. A separate premium wind-resistant rain cover is included with your purchase – one less accessory you have to buy! Additional add ons for the Quest include a cup holder and Maclaren’s universal buggy organiser in black.
Whether you are looking for a lightweight stroller to take with you from country to country or a lightweight stroller that will provide a smooth, long ride for your child, each of these strollers may be a great fit for your needs. Both are feather-light, allow newborns to ride, and include great accessories and perks, so the best way to determine which one is right for you is to come in and try them out! Visit any Magic Beans store for a stroller test drive, or sign up for a FREE consultation, and our experts will help you evaluate your needs to determine which one of these terrific strollers should come along on all of your adventures!