Thursday, June 2, 2011

Cybex Onyx Review 2011

 Cybex in the Rain
Lately, we have been having winter, spring, summer, and fall--all in the same week.  Saturday it was spring, and I went to the beach. Sunday it was fall, and I went to a festival. But I was really looking forward to Monday, and winter.  That was because I was so excited to try out my new Cybex Onyx with rain cover, and My Blue Bumbershoot stroller umbrella!
Readers of the 2011 "BIG Stroller Roll-Out!" know how thrilled I was when I first saw the Bumbershoot. That is because I love to stroll, but I hate to get wet. And this year, we've had more rain than we've had in like 10,000 years or something. Really cut into my stroller time. But if I had the Bumbershoot, I would stay dry. FINALLY it arrived, yippee! Couldn't wait for those storm clouds to build. The day got greyer and greyer, and then the raindrops started.
 It all started out so promising. Attached the clamp and the umbrella to the Onyx. SP 2.0 was excited to ride in his new black and red "firetruck" (Lipstick Onyx.) He insisted that he wear his firehat and firejacket. And so, off we went.
But by the time we crossed the street, the umbrella suddenly closed.
I reached up to open it again, but it was collapsed. That is when I realized that the center post had snapped.
  Right in half.
 Oh well, that's what happens with first-run products. I was just grateful that the umbrella still kept me dry, despite having broken.
 The owners of the company were so lovely. Very apologetic. Sent me out a brand new one straight away. Now for the next rainy day....
The Cybex Onyx canopy is pretty great, even if you don't use the rain cover. You can unzip it for more coverage, and it's just huge. Plus, it has a 50 UV protection, for when the rain stops.
One more thing--you can slide the canopy up and down the frame, so you have enough headroom for the tallest child, or proper sun coverage for the smallest. Brilliant! Now why doesn't everyone do that?
Note the handsome black frame; contrasts beautifully with the red fabric. The Onyx has a 4-position recline, extended legrest, and ergo foam handles. Oh, and did I mention you can get a cupholder? It's a good one, and it actually fits! Oh, yeah!
  The quick umbrella fold and carry strap makes the Onyx a no-brainer for your vacation travels.
 Btw, the chunky rear wheels have suspension, and they are 5.5" in diameter.
 Oh, and don't forget to get that rain cover, in case you encounter summer, spring, fall, or winter showers!
Cybex Onyx 2011

Weight: 16.5 pounds

Width: 19.5"

Length: 24"

Height: 42.5"

Seat Width: 13"

Seat Depth: 8"-13.5"

Seat Back: 18.5"

Seat to Canopy: 24"-30"

Drop to Footrest: 9"

Seat to Floor: 14.5"

Folded: 41.5" x 11" x 11" 
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1 comment:

  1. I have the Onyx! It is my favorite umbrella stroller for sure....I can't say the actual rain umbrella that you tried was awesome though. YIKES. What is your favorite umbrella stroller out right now?