If you are looking for a lightweight double stroller that has many bells and whistles, then you are going to LOVE Valco Baby’s Latitude for Two Twin Stroller ($480).This side by side double is a winner because of the terrific suspension, full coverage sunshade, quick recline, huge storage basket, compact fold (reverse book fold) and adjustable handlebar. This was one of the first side by side strollers that I didn’t have a problem going through doorways with. And yes, it fits my car!
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Putting it Together:
After the initial unfold, I used the clearly written directions to put it together. The wheels went on very easily. The bumper bar and the canopy were a little harder to put together. In my opinion, the bumper bar, even though it was a nice touch, wasn’t even necessary for this stroller. My son just liked putting his legs over it (even though he wasn’t supposed to). The double hood lines up and slides on very easily.
The smooth ride of the Latitude for Two really impressed me, especially because it has plastic wheels! Which I actually started to love — I couldn’t believe how well they handled. This stroller is so lightweight and the push was so easy! The one handed steer and adjustable handlebar are fantastic (tall parents are going to be thrilled). The foot brake was very easy to manuever (just push down on the center of the brake lever to engage and lift up with your foot to disengage). Bumps and cracked sidewalks were not a problem at all.
The five-point harnesses were easily adjustable. The buckle prongs for the harness fit together and then go into the buckle. While it is simple to put together, I found them harder to disengage (you have to push down very, VERY firmly on the buckle prongs while you release the buckle). The seats were narrow, but my almost 3 year old fit perfectly. His legs seemed a little long for the length, but he was very comfortable in the seats. He also had room to grow on top. The flat recline was often utiltilized by the baby (my toddler never sleeps in a stroller). The softly padded seats, with the extended leg rests, were very comfortable for both of my children. Recline the seats by squeezing the center release (on the back part of the seat) and then ease the seat back.
The underbaskets were large and held a lot – I was able to go food shopping and store my purchases quite easily. You will have to clip your diaper bag to to the foam handlebar. I missed having a cupholder, so I plan to attach my Valco Cup holder.
Something that is always important to me is sun protection and the Latitude for Two delivered! I was really pleased that the hoods also tilted forward to provide even more protection. I also liked the "peekaboo" window on top of the hoods.
This is an extremely compact, reverse book fold. To fold, press the center locking button (that usually adjusts the handlebar height), and then turn the secondary
release lock counter clockwise and hold it into the open position– its on the right side (you’ll see it at the bottom of a handlebar). Adjust the handle downward as far it will go until it firmly presses down on the spring frame release mechanism. As you feel the frame release, press down on the handle and the frame will fold "backward". It was tough at first to fold this stroller, but once I learned how to do it correctly, it was much easier! To lock the stroller, manually take the locking straps over the frame, placing the metal catch over the rivet head. To store it in my car, I have to make sure my trunk is empty, load the stroller in, and then put my bags around it.
The stroller includes a rain cover, a boot cover, a front bumper bar, and adjustable handle.
Accessories available are car seat adapter (compatible with Graco Snugride, Peg Perego, Maxi Cosi Mico, and Britax Companion), the Four Seasons Footmuff, the Hitch Hiker (ride on board) and Universal Cupholder.
Final Verdict: This is one of my favorite double strollers and I can’t believe how many features you get for such a lightweight ride!
Adjustable Handlebar: From 36” to 39.5”
Latitude Folded: 31”L x 28.75”W x 11”H
Seat Width: 10.5”
Backrest Height: 7.5"
Rear Wheels: 9"
Overall stroller weight: 30 lbs
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