Wednesday, August 19, 2009

High on the ION

A famous verse in Ecclesiastes says: "There is nothing new under the sun." And so it was true in biblical times, so it is in the world of strollers.
But leave it to the family-owned company Valco, who's always tryin', to develop the Ion. 

First of all, it is beautiful. Look at the lines, the way the frame flows. The design incorporates the new "egg shape", and, like musicians who "borrow" other's riffs, the handle is borrowed from the original Mia Moda Cielo. The "3-wheeler" idea in a non A/T stroller also is fairly trendy. But Valco takes it a step further, with this cool fold. You turn this knob
and release this red catch, and she folds in half into a sweet little package.
 The wheels pop right off. Very convenient to put in the sink and wash off those annoying squishy berries.
But tonight, we have miles to go before we sleep, and Strollerprince 2.0 is dyin' to continue flyin' in his new ION...
It's summertime, you see, and the neighborhood is lovely, dark and deep.

As we continue exploring, in the ION, it's mystifyin'

The ION handle flips up high, or down low, low enough for the siblings to help push. It has a large basket, to store all the treasures from your adventures. Additionally, it has a very large, rear zippered pouch. It is separated into compartments, so you can use it to stash bottles, phone, keys, sunglasses, money, etc. The recline is flat, for lyin' in the Ion

But we have miles to go, before he sleeps, and so we press on, (sigh'in) in the Ion.

We sail over grass, gravel, and mud. Because the push of the Ion is not a dud! 
The steering is two-fingered, think a feather-light Zapp. Which is a very good thing, because of what we encounter next--  
a flood from a stopped up toilet, ugh. 

The DH runs with it, runs like a jogger! He is carried away, and I'm not lyin', by the handling of the ION. We duck into a building, to see champions of yore. It gives me a chance to play with more features. Now you see the ION canopy


And now you don't. There is a peekaboo window in the hood, so you can play peekaboo with your baby, too.  

At the top of the seat is a head curb, which is nice when reclining a young baby. But you can unsnap it to give more headroom to an older child. 
It's a cool safety feature, as is the front napper bar, and the crotch strap. As the night draws nigh, our ION, is electryfyin'. So if your baby's night cryin', then get to buyin' the new Valco ION!

Weight: 18 pds.

Width: 21.5"

Length: 31"

Height: 31" to 41"

Seat Width: 14"

Seat Depth: 8"

Seat Back: 19"

Seat to Canopy: 24"

Drop to Footrest: 9"

Seat to Floor: 17"

Folded: 30" x 17" x 14" (w/out wheels)

I can help you find the perfect stroller for YOUR needs. Don't let a salesperson sell you a stroller that won't work for you! For more info on consultations, visit There are lots more reviews here, and info on how to get the 2009 BIG Stroller Roll-Out, an online magazine of all the new stroller models.

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