Monday, May 3, 2010

Maclaren Triumph Review

 "The dolphins surrounded our boat", my friend said. "Dozens, maybe more. Jumping and spouting and racing us. They swam so close the kids could pet them." That made up my mind. We would have StrollerPrinces's birthday party on her boat. But, what to do with StrollerPrince 2.0? How could I manage to keep him from falling off the side of the boat, climbing over the railing, etc. while managing a whole party of wild little boys? The answer, as in most everything in my life, was a stroller.

And not just any stroller. It would have to be small enough to fit, and not be overly obtrusive. Because, let's face it, you don't usually use strollers and boats in the same sentence. Unless, of course, you live in the Kingdom of Strollerland.

This would have to be a stroller with a reliable harness, to keep SP 2.0 safe. Comfy enough to keep him happy. It would need to have a rain cover, to protect from sea spray or wind.

One-handed steering is a necessity, for pushing it down the boat dock and using the other hand to carry party decorations, and the birthday cake.

 Or when you needed both hands free, a  carry strap so you could sling it over your shoulder.

A small fold is a must so you could stow it away.

 Oh, the fold must be quick and easy, too, so my attention would be diverted from the party boys.

Aesthetically, must not stick out like a sore thumb. Must blend in. 

And the perfect choice--the Triumph of the seas! 
Our day was quite a success, and even more so because I could keep SP 2.0 safely harnessed in to the seat. No, he didn't sit there the whole time. 

But for the times he needed to, like loading and unloading the boat, it was invaluable. Even gave him a nice spot to nap, or kick back!

Yes, we saw dolphins, lots! Rows and rows of them diving and spouting. Yes, they swam close enough for the kids to pet them. They even dangled their feet into the water, and put them on the dolphin's backs. Unfortunately, they were to fast for me. Every time I clicked the camera shutter, I got pictures like this:

Or this:

Honestly, I think this one was even cackling at me, though he did allow me a slight glimpse. Look to the lower far right.


I'm stickin' to photographing strollers! They don't move, unless you make them, lol!

I must say I love this racing green Triumph. Love the color (and the new Majesty purple. So deep and lush! Not as apropos for an ocean venture, though. ) Love how solid, and "non-rattly" it feels.

Oh, and yes, it has the hinge covers. And they match.

Love the nimble steering, love the  light weight, love the tiny size. A 5-Crown Royal Ranking to be sure!

Weight:                      11.5 pounds
Seat Back:                 18.5"
Seat to canopy:         27"
Seat Width:               12"
Seat Depth:                9"
Drop to footrest:        9"
Seat to ground:         12"
Length:                      23.5"
Width:                        17.5"
Height:                       41"
Folded:                       41."L x 11" W x 6" H

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1 comment:

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