Saturday, November 13, 2010

Mamas and Papas Sola Review

 Sola at the Getty

 When I first saw the Mamas and Papas Sola in "Grass", I immediately thought "Monet."

Do you see it?

 How about now?


OK, well, at any rate, that is how it struck me. Therefore, what more fitting place to take the Sola on it's maiden run, than to the Getty Villa?

The Sola is magnificent. A thing of beauty; a work of art. See how beautifully she blends in with the gardens.

But what's up with the fountain? Halloween is over!

 Aside from the aesthetics, what I love about the Sola is how user friendly it is. To reverse the seat, you just grab the handles and pop it right off. And to fold it, you just pull up the two side levers on the handles, and down she goes. You can fold the Sola in one piece, if the seat is facing forward. It is still quite compact.
And as prams go, the Sola is quite small. One of the smallest you can find, really. So I didn't have to worry about bumping into a 6,500 year old statue; some of which had already lost their hands, or arms, or heads.

 The handle is height adjustable, and has an amazing range. The legrest is nice and long, too.
Here is the Sola in full recline. I have the optional matching footmuff on it. I highly recommend it.

 The tires even blend in with the marble floor, haha. They are foam, not air. Some people prefer this, because they are lighter weight, and require no maintenance.
 The wheels also have front and rear suspension, which means they do pretty well outdoors. Oh, and the basket holds a lot more than you think.
 The canopy provides really nice coverage. It has a mesh vent for better visibility, and air flow.
 See how far out the handlebar extends? If you attached a riding board to it, your other child would have plenty of standing room.

 These pictures were not that easy to take, btw. Because everywhere you looked there were guards. Like every 10 steps. And the main job they had was to chase us around, and tell us not to use a flash.
 As we left the Getty, the sun was setting. SP 2.0 was sleeping peacefully.

  Until the guard came up shouting, with her walkie talkie on full blast, that she was locking the door, so GET OUT.
 And then suddenly, "A bee! A bee! A bee!" the original Strollerprince was hopping around in circles, and up and down. Before I could even take a look, guards came running. They handed my friend a flashlight. And sure enough, there it was, right between his thumb and forefinger. A giant stinger, that was swelling up his hand and coloring it purple.

But, the Getty guards to the rescue! They said to please wait a moment, while they got out their bee-stinger removal kit. "Oh, no way", I said. "Museum guards carry around bee-stinger removal kits?" "Oh yes ma'am," he responded. "We're first responders."

So they came in handy after all.  Even let me use the flash outside. And then I had to fill out paperwork. Pages of it, with a narrative of the event, ID, stats, etc. SP 2.0 found the whole thing hilarious. All the way back to the car, he mocked his poor brother. "Oh no, A BEE! Haha! A Bee! Haha! It's a BEEEE....Haha"...

Mamas and Papas Sola

Weight:                               25 lbs. (16 lbs. Chassis, 9 lbs, Seat)
Seat Back:                          21"

Seat to canopy:               23"

Seat Width:                      13"

Seat Depth:                       10-16"

Drop to footrest:             11"

Seat to ground:               20"

Length:                               27"

Width:                                23.5"

Height:                               27-43"

Folded:                              33"L x 23"W x 12"H

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  1. Hi Strollerqueen! :) My husband just purchased the Stroller Rollout for me last night, and I am so excited to get a sneak peek at all of them. I was wondering if you saw the Mamas and Papas Luna Mix at the show? Is that still a current model? I love the look of it online but haven't been able to find any information on it, particularly the fold.

    Thanks and love your site!

  2. Yes, Virginia, there is a Luna Mix (heehee!)It's awesome! They sell them at Babies R Us, along with the Sola and Urbo. Thanks for the kind words!

  3. I am going back and forth between the Sola and Cybex Callisto with Carry cot - What would you say is a better stroller for a apartment city dweller ? I love the weight of callisto but i also love solas seat reversability. How long do babies like to be paret facing?

  4. What are the wheel sizes?