Ok, so maybe there weren't any TRAINS involved in my recent trip home to Seattle, but there were planes, cars and lots of packing/unpacking/lifting and hauling of our new stroller.
As you'll remember from my first stroller review, I am already loving the First Years Ignite - the price alone was enough to get me excited. It did great on the few trips I made with it around town, but I was waiting for our big trip North to see if it was actually as good as it seemed.
The verdict is in, and YES, it is!
This stroller is amazing. It collapses easily enough for me to do it with one hand on a handle, one hand on the arm of my toddler and one foot pushing the collapse bar up while in line for security at the airport. It's also lightweight enough for me to pick it up and place it on the security belt with one hand (Since my other hand is still holding on the arm of my Toddler who is trying very hard to make a break for it).
Throughout the trip we had to put the stroller in different cars and pull it back out again time and time again and it was always just so simple. I have to keep commenting on it's weight (14.25lbs) because it was just so easy to move around. Maybe it's because I'm used to the 24lb UppaBaby Vista so I've gained SuperMom strength and this stroller seemed as light as a binky to me, but I loved it. No matter what car we were using it fit perfectly in either the backseat, trunk or hatchback without issue.
The stability and quality of it held up on any terrain we were on (It must be noted, this is NOT an all-terrain stroller. The only types of terrain we were on were paved, but it wasn't always super smooth paving). It's easy to maneuver and most importantly, Mr. L was very comfortable in it. He never napped, but I don't know that we were ever in it for a long enough period of time for him to nap.
I think there are only two negative features on this stroller that are worth mentioning: the first is the stroller does not automatically lock once in the collapsed position. While that's pretty common among inexpensive lightweight stroller, I feel that the locking mechanism on this particular one is more difficult than it needs to be. It's hard to see the locking arm, and it never seems to be in the right position to clamp down. Once you've done it a few times you can do it more easily, but at first it's pretty obnoxious. The second negative is the lack of storage space beneath the stroller. Again, this is pretty common in inexpensive lightweight strollers and I've been beyond spoiled with the storage space available by the UppaBaby Vista, but on this stroller not only is there barely any room for storage, it's nearly impossible to get anything into the compartment because the stroller frame is in the way. This inconvenience obviously wasn't a deal breaker for our family, but if I were a stroller designer, I would definitely rethink those two features before putting a new stroller on the market.
So the final verdict is that we love this stroller and it will definitely be traveling to Europe with us later this year! I may add some padding to the sides of the seat so that Mr. L can have something to rest his head on as we're moving through Italy, but other than that the stroller is good to go as is!