8. januar 2015

#emmettsstroller: Emmaljunga classic vs sports chassis

  For the last seven months we have tested out a succession of strollers with our second son who was born in June of last year. Usually with our blog posts and videos, our focus is on evaluating strollers from the viewpoint of repair. However, having again become regular stroller users, we have discovered that there can sometimes be differences between judging a stroller's design when repairing it, which has more to do with simplicity, strong materials, ease of maintenance and general longevity and judging a stroller while using it, which is about comfort and ease of use.  As we continue to test out strollers with our new baby we will share our experiences as stroller consumers.

  The first stroller that we used for Emmett was an Emmaljunga Edge Duo bag on a classic chassis that we had renovated. I have often promoted the Emmaljunga classic chassis as a result of the simplicity of its mechanisms and relatively low degree of maintenance required to keep it functioning smoothly. Simple mechanisms mean fewer things that can go wrong and an easier time fixing them when they do. While using the classic chassis I realized though, that while it is by no means the worst of Emmaljungas designs, it was not the easiest to use either, at least for us. We eventually switched out the classic chassis for the heavier, yet more stable sports chassis. From the point of view of repair I feel that the sports chassis is inferior. The brakes and handle-regulation system are highly complex and require regular oiling and careful use to avoid costly problems.

At the same time, however, we found that the sports chassis was remarkably better to drive. Before I discuss the differences between these two chassis I'd like to point out that we don't regularly use a car, so weight and size of the sports chassis was not an issue. Furthermore, we like to take long walks in the woods and thus off-road performance is important for us.

  We found that weight and a rigid handle structure coupled with the wider tires of the sports chassis made it considerably smoother to push, especially off-road. By comparison, the shock-absorption on the classic chassis was so poor that our baby was woken up several times during longer off-road trips through uneven terrain. Lastly, the sports chassis was capable of carrying a good deal more weight than the classic chassis due to its stronger frame, though the under-slung shopping basket which is made of fabric, did suffer from off-road use.

  In the next segment, I will be reviewing our short use of the Mountain Buggy.

  Feel free to leave questions or comments below.

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