UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller

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We like

  • Extremely lightweight and easy to push and carry
  • Folds up with the push of two buttons and stands on its own while folded
  • The canopy has an extension to block out additional weather and sun
  • The canopy also has a peek-a-boo window
  • The frame is compatible with a variety of car seats
  • A large storage bin underneath can hold up to 30lbs
We don’t like
  • The wheels do not absorb a lot of shock
  • The wheels have been known to bend and break

How it works

The 2018 UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller makes transporting your child easy. The stroller comes with all the necessary accessories that help when you are a new parent or seasoned parenting professional. The makers of the stroller have taken into account all the needs of your child both according to safety and comfort, and they have added in the needs of the parent as well in developing the stroller to give parents what they need while they are on the go with their child. There are several accessories that are found on all UPPAbaby strollers and the small conveniences and one-handed maneuvers that are capable with the stroller make having the stroller a big convenience.

 

Design

Design

The 2018 UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller is designed to be super easy to handle, fold, and use. To start at the top, the handle bar is adjustable. It has three adjustments that range from 40 inches to 43 inches so that the shortest or tallest parent will find comfort when pushing the stroller. The handlebar is also covered in a leather cushion adding extra gripping comfort when pushing the stroller.

The body of the 2018 UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller is made entirely of aluminum and magnesium, which makes the stroller extremely light for its size. The sleekness of the frame allows for a streamlined look for the stroller.

The toddler seat can be positioned either facing front or parent facing depending on your needs and the needs of your child. Either way that the seat is facing, the seat reclines to a full 180 degree flat position. The toddler seat also comes with an adjustable footrest that can be adjusted to the length of your child’s legs.

The canopy of the toddler seat can be extended to cover your child from the elements of the weather and there is a hidden canopy extender that gives additional coverage to your child when the sun’s rays are low in the sky and beating onto the stroller at a more direct angle.

Under the toddler seat is the storage basket that has three pockets that secure items and a fully open basket that can hold up to 30lbs.

Finally, the stroller has polyurethane plastic wheels that allow for the stroller to be even more lightweight than it already is. The wheels are also shock absorbing and are connected to a suspension that gives your child a smooth ride while they are being pushed.
Safety

Safety

The 2018 UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller was designed to keep your child safe with the implementation of the five-point safety harness. Like most harnesses found in car seats and other strollers, the harness of the 2018 UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller clips over your baby’s belly with two snaps that click into a single buckle. The entire buckle then snaps into a second buckle that is located between your toddler’s legs for added security so they don’t slip out of the seat.

Around the toddler seat is a belly bar. The belly bar is a place for your child to rest their hands and arms while they are strapped into the seat. The belly bar is extra protection for your child so that they are more secure in the seat. The bar also acts like a handlebar for your child so they have something to hold onto while they are being pushed. It gives them more support and helps them sit stable while they are riding in the stroller.
The Toddler Seat

The Toddler Seat

The toddler seat of the 2018 UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller is versatile and can be used and rearranged according to yours and your child’s needs. The first point of the toddler seat is that it can be parent facing or forward facing depending on your child’s age and weight. The toddler seat can only hold up to about 40lbs and can transport a child up to 40 inches tall. When your child is younger, the seat can be placed parent facing so that you can see your child at all times and know what they are doing. Once your child is older you can then turn the seat around to face forward so that your toddler can a get a sense of their own environment and be able to look around at what is happening around them.

The toddler seat is also fully reclinable. To make the seat go flat, there is a button on the back of the seat that you can press with one hand that will make the seat begin to recline in a few different angles until it goes flat. The flat position is great for kids who are napping or newborn and need the extra comfort.

Sold separately, you can buy an insert for your toddler seat that is made for infants to give them extra cushioning and less space while they are in the seat so that you can adjust the harness accordingly for their safety.

There is also a footrest on the seat that has three positions. One position puts the footrest completely folded up underneath the seat so that it is completely out of the way, the second has it at a forty-five degree angle so your toddler can rest their legs and feet comfortably, and the final position puts the footrest completely out at a 180 degree angle so when your child is lying flat they can put their legs out and have room to stretch and move.
The Canopy

The Canopy

The canopy of the 2018 UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller is similar to the canopies found on other UPPAbaby strollers. The canopy is a retractable canopy that comes in two panels. You can push the canopy back halfway if you want to give your child a little bit more air and breathing room, or you can push the canopy all the way back to give your child the feel of being completely open and able to see all around them.

The canopy also has a peek-a-boo window that gives you full access to seeing your child when they are forward facing. The window is secured by magnets, which makes opening and closing the window super quiet so that you don’t make noise or wake up your child if they are sleeping. Most peek-a-boo windows are secured with velcro, which makes a harsh sound that may disrupt your baby’s sleep.

Another feature of the canopy is the UV extender that is tucked into the underside of the canopy. If the sun’s rays are at a direct angle and they are bothering your child, you can pop out the hidden extender and give your child even more coverage in the event of strong sun rays, wind, or inclement weather.

If the weather is totally wild, the 2018 UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller comes with a rain shield and a bug shield that you can drape over the canopy and over the entire stroller to keep the weather off of your child as well as keeping bugs out of the stroller that could potentially bite or sting them.
The Storage Bin

The Storage Bin

Underneath the 2018 UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller is a storage basket that can hold up to 30lbs of cargo. Along the inside of the storage bin are three pockets that help keep delicate items secure. A lot of parents use those three pockets for their personal items such as phones, keys, water bottles, and food. Other parents have found that the pockets are great for holding wipes and diapers or any other item that is best to always have in arms reach as the pockets are secure enough that it is the same as if you had those same items secured in a bag.

The rest of the storage basket is large enough to hold a diaper bag, laptop computer, light jackets, other toys and foods, or anything else that you may need as well as anything else that your child may need.

Do not put anything more than 30lbs into the basket as the extra weight may cause the basket to scrape the ground, which will tear up the bottom of the basket and may also damage anything that you have placed in the basket.
Folding Up the Stroller

Folding Up the Stroller

Folding up the 2018 UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller is extremely easy and takes a matter of seconds. Once you have your child out of the stroller, all you do is push two silver tabs on the sides of the stroller frame and the stroller will fold itself up. The handlebar acts like a “foot” for the stroller and once you are done folding the stroller it will stand up on its own. To ensure that the stroller is fully compact, you can take the footrest and put it in the fully folded position and then the stroller will be as compact as possible. The stroller can fit in any car trunk, back seat, garage, or storage area.

To reopen the stroller, there is a silver “trigger” that you pull on the stroller frame and the stroller will open on its own back to its full position. You can then place your child in the seat, load up the storage area, and go.
Anti Shock Wheels

Anti Shock Wheels

One of the features most boasted about for the 2018 UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller is also the most complained about, which is the shock absorbing wheels. The wheels are made of a lightweight plastic so that they don’t weigh down the stroller. The wheels are also designed to absorb the shock of rough pavement. A lot of parents have found that the stroller wheels do not absorb as much shock as advertised and it has been a deterrent in recommending the stroller to others. Other parents have not had any issue with the stroller at all and say that the ride is smooth. If you purchase this stroller, be on the lookout for problems with the wheels as they appear to be sensitive to certain pavements and conditions.
Locking the Wheels

Locking the Wheels

To lock the 2018 UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller all you have to do is press on a brake bar that is located between the back wheels. Many parents have found that it is extremely easy to put the brakes on the stroller no matter what shoes you are wearing and without having to bend over to press any buttons or undo any snaps. All you have to do is press on the bar to lock the wheels, and when you want to unlock the wheels, all you have to do is use the top of your foot to lift the bar back up and the wheels will have full range of motion and you can once again push the stroller.
Price

Price

The 2018 UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller is very expensive. The stroller is not in the budget for very many people, but what it offers is convenience and safety that many parents feel is worth the high price. The lightweight design makes it easy to fold and carry while the one-hand adjustments allow parents to hold their children while they work the stroller. The leather is also an added touch that adds to the price and the stroller comes in a variety of colors for parents to choose from. If the stroller can fit into your budget, it is worth considering the buy.
Conclusion

Conclusion

The 2018 UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller is a high priced buy that comes with a lot of amenities. It is easy to carry and fold as well as store. The seat is adjustable to your baby’s needs with a belly bar and harness system that adds extra security. For parents, it can store all that you need while you are on the move, and the frame is compatible with other car seats and bassinets. Due to its versatility and ease of use, the 2018 UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller is worth buying if it fits into your budget as it will make traveling with your child very easy and seamless.
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