For years, Stokke has been well known for their flagship stroller, the Xplory. Stokke is also well known for understanding and promoting the parent-child connection. It’s evident in all of their products that they know what babies and parents like… Higher is better!
The brand new Stokke Scoot is one of the two new strollers for Stokke in 2013. The Scoot is a lightweight stroller with excellent maneuverability and an intuitive one handed compact fold. You can easily carry this stroller with one hand – saving the other hand to carry baby – while on the go! The Scoot is a great lightweight option for travel, navigating busy streets, for use with public transit or for everyday use and simple errands. The sky’s the limit with the Scoot – for baby and parents!
- One of the new strollers for Stokke in 2013 is the Scoot. The Scoot is Stokke’s lightweight connection stroller, but without compromising essential features, comfort and bonding for both baby and parents.
- The Scoot weighs only 22 pounds
- Grows with your child from birth to 55 pounds
- Durable yet lightweight frame
- Available in seven amazing colors – Brown, Red, Dark Navy, Purple, Beige, Light Green and Black Melange.
- Retails for $699.99
- Currently available for pre-orders at BuyBuyBaby
- Available for purchase at BuyBuyBaby nationwide on February 15, 2013
- The higher seat brings child up closer to the parent to help stimulate bonding, allows the child a better view of his world around him and can be used as a high chair substitute while dining out at restaurants.
- The superior seat ergonomics make the Scoot a must-have in the lightweight stroller category.
- The fully adjustable 5-point harness is easy for parents to use, but cannot be unbuckled by a toddler. My super strong 3-year-old is not able to unbuckle this buckle – Trust me, I use him as the ultimate tester for all buckles and stroller harnesses.
- The 5-point harness comes with removable pads. But in order to remove the pads, you must remove the harness straps from the back of the seat.
- To remove or adjust the harness straps, you must unzip the fabric at the back of the seat bottom to adjust the height positions (there are three of them) or to remove the straps for spot cleaning. Adjusting the straps is easy to do.
- The seat bottom (at the center/widest point) measures 10 inches deep. The seat back measures 21 inches from seat bottom to seat top and 24 inches from seat bottom to the highest point of the sun canopy (with the canopy fully extended and in use).
- The Stokke seat has a built in ventilation system to add to the comfort and safety of the child. While not visible, the inside of the seat has circular holes to properly ventilate the seat for your child.
- Easily reverse the Scoot seat (*without the child inside the seat) by squeezing both white levels at each side of the seat – at the same time. The seat then glides back onto the frame with ease in either direction.
- There are two seat positions – rest and active. The rest position is nearly flat and is suitable from birth. The rest/reclined position is also a great option to have for napping while on the go. The fully enclosed seat back keeps baby safe and prevents unwanted breezes or lights from disturbing a sleeping child. My 32-inch, 3-year-old can recline in the rest position comfortably with plenty of room to grow.
- The active position sits the child at an ergonomic upright angle.
- To go from the active to rest/reclined position, pinch both sides of both clips on the top, back of the seat (see above).
- To go from the rest to active position, reinsert the clips together. I was able to do this with an extreme amount of ease with an infant in the seat, but it got a little harder to do with my 28-pound toddler. I can do it with him sitting back in the seat, but he’s also old enough – and eager enough – to sit upright while I snap the stroller seat back into the active position.
STOKKE SCOOT FOOTREST
- There are two footrests on the Stokke Scoot. The main footrest is built-in to the frame for the forward-facing seat position (for the older and/or taller child) and it is sturdy enough for a child to use as a step stool while getting into the stroller seat.
- The second footrest can be adjusted in multiple positions and moved to the forward-facing or parent-facing position with the stroller seat. In the forward-facing position, the adjustable footrest has one location and is then removed when the child is tall enough to use the built-in footrest. In the parent-facing position, the adjustable footrest has two positions to accommodate a growing child. Adjusting, removing and installing the second footrest is really easy to do.
- The second adjustable footrest can be easily removed, and stored, when it is no longer needed or while using the Scoot with an infant car seat or infant in the stroller seat.
- Because the seat is positioned higher, the adjustable footrest provides multiple options and prevents dangling legs and feet, which makes riding in the Scoot more comfortable for a growing child.
STOKKE SCOOT CANOPY
- The large canopy on the Scoot provides ample amount of sun coverage for baby and offers multiple options for use.
- The pop out sun visor adds extra protection, but can be removed with a simple unzip of a zipper.
- There is a snap at the top of the canopy to shorten the canopy distance, which makes it look more streamlined while in use.
- The breathable mesh panel can be accessed with a fairly quiet zipper to open a large section of the canopy (the opening is from side to side, not just a small peek-a-boo window at the top or back of the canopy). This allows for excellent breathability, comfort for the child or for parents to see baby while he’s in the forward-facing position.
- While it’s not clearly stated in the instructions, I’ve found that the Stokke Scoot canopy can actually be a follow the sun canopy. The zipper that aids in removing the canopy (for canopy cleaning purposes) can be unzipped, which then allows the canopy to move in a more forward position – to follow the sun. This little feature is extremely helpful to have in a pinch in order to shield the child from the sun when the child is in the rest/recline position – depending on the location of the sun, of course.
STOKKE SCOOT HANDLE
- The parent handle bar on the Stokke Scoot can be adjusted from 39 inches at the lowest point to 42 inches at the highest point.
- The handle bar can be placed in the lowest position for folding, storing and while the stroller is pushed up against a table for mealtime on the go.
- To adjust the handle bar height, there are two small white clips on the inside of the handle bar. At the same time, push each clip down while raising or lowering the telescoping handle bar to the desired height.
- The adjustability of the handle bar, along with the curved lower bar/frame between the two rear wheels, make it less likely that you will kick the stroller while walking. I’m 5′ 5″ and have yet to kick the stroller and I don’t think I ever will!
- The foam padding on the handle bar offers parents added comfort and the center has a spot for the (included, but not pictured) parent cup holder.
STOKKE SCOOT UNDER BASKET
- One of my favorite parts about this stroller is the under basket. It’s a roomy basket that is extremely accessible from all sides – even with a child in the seat. I am able to fit a large (packed) diaper bag in the under basket with no problem at all.
STOKKE SCOOT WHEELS
- The Scoot has an engineered suspension for a smooth ride on almost any terrain. We’ve tested it on gravel, a dirt path, a bumpy road, sidewalks and pavement and it handled with extreme ease. The more weight the stroller had in it, the smoother the ride, which goes to show you just how well this stroller grows with your child.
- The span of the front and back wheels make it easy to go up and down standard-sized stairs, which is a must-have feature for city parents.
- The front wheels are swivel wheels to make this stroller extremely easy to maneuver, but they can be locked straight to get through rougher terrain.
- The easy on/off brake can be done with bare feet and does a great job of keeping the stroller in place while in use or folded.
STOKKE SCOOT FOLD AND UNFOLD
- The fold on the Scoot is simple and can easily be done with one hand – and while carrying a toddler! Make sure the handle bar is in the lowest position (although I’ve folded it just fine with the handlebar in my ideal height position – it’s just not as compact as it can be when the handle bar is extended), the foot brake is engaged and then fold the seat bottom up and locate the white lever. Slide the lever to the side with your thumb while squeezing it down towards the frame of the stroller. The stroller will quickly and easily fold in half.
- If you have placed the handle bar in the lowest position before folding, the stroller will have a standing fold.
- A huge plus with this stroller is that it can be folded with the seat attached in either the forward-facing or parent-facing position and carried easily with one hand – the same hand that folded the stroller, so it’s one swift movement (the fold to the carry).
- The unfold for the Scoot is one-handed and easy to do. There is no manual or automatic locking mechanism to keep the stroller in the folded position, but the stroller can be carrier by the frame (keeping it in the folded position) and it stays put while laying on either side – stored in a vehicle trunk.
- To unfold the Scoot, simply lift the stroller by the handle bar then push the seat bottom into the lowered position. Double check each side to make sure the frame is in the locked position and the safety indicator shows green – not red.
- If the seat has been removed or reversed, double check each side to make sure the seat is in the locked position and the safety indicator shows green – not red.
STOKKE SCOOT COMPARED TO THE STOKKE XPLORY
We’ve spent some time getting familiar with both the Scoot (the new lightweight stroller) and the Xplory (Stokke’s full-sized, elite stroller). There are many benefits to both strollers, but each stroller can accommodate a child from birth. The Xplory has the option to adapt a Bassinet, while the Scoot does not – yet, at least. But both have optional car seat adapters for use with newborns and infants.
STOKKE SCOOT ACCESSORIES
- The Scoot comes complete with a Phthalate-free PVC rain cover, bug net and parent cup holder.
- The optional Stokke Diaper Bag (sold separately) can be connected to two lower anchors at the back of the seat, which keeps the weight near the bottom of the stroller to help properly stabilize and distribute the weight.
- There is an open spot on the one side of the stroller seat, which makes me think/hope there will eventually be a child cup holder accessory…
- In March 2013, the Stokke Scoot infant car seat adapters will be available (sold separately) for the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio infant car seat and the Maxi Cosi Prezi or Maxi Cosi Mico.
SEE THE SCOOT IN ACTION
Disclosure: Stokke sent us the Scoot and Xplory to review. All opinions are my own.