Orbit Baby: A Stroller for the New Millenium

04/21/2008 at 08:31 PM ET

Orbit_baby_black_strollerIf you’re the kind of person who thinks that spending more than $500 on a stroller is unfathomable no matter how many bells and whistles it has, you might want to skip this review.   

The Orbit Baby Infant System is the stroller I wish I had when Anya was born. But I was still able to try it out because the car seat accommodates up to it’s approved for use up to 22 pounds and 29 inches. As long as your child’s shoulders are below a green line sewn towards the top of the car seat, you are fine still using it. Most children actually get moved too soon from their infant seats because they "look" too big for it.

The main selling points are ease of transition fromstrolling to driving, full integration with other products, and highlevel of safety.

Yes, a ton of celebrities have the Orbit, but that’s not why I love it. (But in case you’re curious, Melissa Joan Hart, Marcia Cross, Halle Berry, Poppy Montgomery, Nicole Richie, Naomi Watts, Tori Spelling, Bridget Moynahan, Jaime Pressly, Goran Visnjic, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, Salma Hayek, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Christina Aguilera, and so on and so forth…)

Click continue reading for the full Orbit Baby Infant System review.

Tori Spelling

The Seat(s)

Let’s get this price tag thing out of the way. Every piece of the Orbit is thoughtout completely and designed top to bottom from scratch. All of itspieces are custom engineered.  Everything is designed to work togetherseamlessly. Also, the materials used are of a high quality not seen inlow end strollers.  For example, the EPP foam liner on the car seat isa special energy absorbing material and is only used in toddler carseats currently.

The microfiber fabric wrapped around the seat and baseis similar to what’s used for Tumi luggage. All of the materials arepremium and are there for not only style, but safety and durability aswell.  Orbit also does extensive crash testing and durability testing ontheentire system.  If you don’t have a problem spending more money on aBritax car seat, you’ll understand why it’s worth paying more forsomething that goes above and beyond in the name of safety.

Tin_visnjicmr_fp_150706I can already hear you saying that it’s just a travel system andthat a Snap ‘n’ Go is only $60. However, the Orbit operates in a moreintegrated, more technologically advanced and more stylish way — plus theSnap ‘n’ Go type strollers don’t have the ability to grow with your child. Once your child ages out of the infant car seat, they age out of the Snap ‘n’ Go type stroller.

Being able to go from stroller to car is a big selling point for this stroller, but that’s not its only asset. Putting an infant car seat in your car can be cumbersome.  The seatwith your baby in it can weigh up to 35 pounds so maneuvering it intoplace in the middle backseat of your car can be tricky. The Orbiteliminates that because you can easily dock the Infant Car Seatfrom almost any angle — no need to line up any grooves or notches –then turn it to face the backseat until you hear a click.

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The base that the car seat docks into is the easiest piece I’ve ever installed. You simply use the latch connectors and then StrongArmâ„¢ technology makes a safe installation as easy and quick as the turn of a knob, literally. A couple of twists and the hub will raise (or lower) to the desired angle to achieve the perfect angle of the seat.

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I love that the seat can face forward or backward, but what I loveeven more is that it’s super easy to change position — just squeeze therelease levers and turn. AND it can also face sideways which is greatfor the museum, zoo, supermarket.  With the Stokke Xplory and Bugaboos,you have to lift the seat off (although in the Bugaboo’s case, you canalso move the handle but you lose maneuverability).

The sun canopy on the infant carseat and toddler stroller seat is the perfect size, as it covers the child perfectly. The infant carseat has an additional UV shield (also called a paparazzi shield) that snaps onto the bottom of the seat for full coverage. The toddler stroller seat has an additional UV shield that covers toddlers a bit more and is completely flexible.

Another marvel of the infant carseat is the carrying handle that is soft, flexible, and really comfortable. Everyone knows how heavy infant car seats are; the Orbit car seat is nodifferent — This is a heavy car seat. However, the padded handles makes carrying the seat abit more comfortable.

You also get a system that is expandable, not expendible.  When yourchild outgrows the infant car seat, you can upgrade to their Toddler Stroller Seat or Toddler Car Seat.The Toddler Stroller Seat (which comes with arain cover and bug cover and retails for $180) is a 360 degree rotatingrecliningseat that docks on the stroller (but not the carseat base). If you wantto customize the look of the toddler seat, you can purchase the ColorPack for Toddler Seat (rasberry, lime or sky) with matching snack-cup. It also is completely collapsible and can be stored in a carry bag for easy transportation.

Orbittoddlercarseat_2And the Toddler Car Seat, an industry first, goes from stroller to car.Like the Infant Car Seat, it rotates on their trademark SmartHub Basefor back-saving convenience — you can put it in at any direction andturn it until it locks.  It can be installed rear-facing from 15-35 lbsor forward-facing from 20-50 lbs (with the included braces), up to 49inches tall. As a toddler car seat, it should rank highly in safetytests as it offers superior true side-impact protection areas made withEPP foam — a higher grade, softer and more durable material than the brittleStyrofoam EPS found in most other car seats. The company tells me thattheir testing standards exceed the federal standards. (Read more about the Toddler Car Seat.)

Melissa Joan Hart drives an Orbit BassinetAlso available is the Bassinet-Cradle System — a bassinetwith rocker that can also accommodate car seats and toddler seat($200).  You can also purchase the rocker separately ($80), which works with all of the seats. They recently introduced a limited Green Edition of the Bassinetthat has an organic cotton interior, wool exterior, PVC- andphthalate-free materials elsewhere, plus a portion of the profits aredonated to The Nature Conservancy.

Additionally, the new rain shields for all of their products are100% PVC free (the first we’ve seen on on themarket). It doesn’t have that chemical smell and is much betterfor your baby. No, it’s not as clear as your typical rain shield. Thecompany says, "We arecommitted to being the first baby gear company to rid our supply chainof PVC, chrome-plating, and oil based packaging inks, along withdeletions of reductions in a host of other bad-for-us, andbad-for-our-world, chemicals and materials." They are also launching aproduct rec
ycling program, so if you can’t give away (or sell) youroutgrown Orbit Baby products, the company will recycle it for you. (Read more about their environmental commitment.)

The Frame

The fold is pretty easy. You do have to take the seat off, then turn the green twist grip, lifting andfolding the handlebars down. When it’s fully collapsed, it locks shut with a green clasp. Unfolding is easy too — you release the green clip, pulling the handlebars upward. It also folds down relativelysmall and the aluminum alloy frame is light so you don’t hurt yourselfputting it in your car’s trunk.

Nicole RichieOther nice features include two drink holders and adjustableheight handles. It also has a storage system called Cargo Pod. While it’s not the roomiest storage system, it gets the job done and is completely removable with a carry strap.

The Ride

The front suspension is outstanding.  It maneuvers very well, even intight spaces and the ride is super smooth.  Just a tad less smooththan the Bugaboo because its air-filled rear tires aresmaller, in order to fold down as efficiently as possible and weighless. The back wheels absorb a lot of rough terrain. We’ve used this stroller in all sorts of conditions and always been pleasantly surprised with its performance.

Final Thoughts

Here’s what I don’t love about the Orbit.

  • Having trouble finding a place to hang my bag. 
  • The basket is not as easy to get stuff into.
  • When using the infant car seat, there’s no recline.  
  • Need to set two separate brakes to park it.  
  • No rain shield for the infant seat. Orbit told me that the sun-shade on the infant system that pulls down from the canopy(tucked inside) actually does provide enough rain protection to getfrom the car to inside but "I would not recommend taking a long strollin the rain with the infant system. A lot of our features weredefinitely designed with a more suburban setting which means more timein the car but it’s tested very well in urban areas so far."

– Danielle

Orbit Baby Infant System Specifications

                                                                           

 

Stroller  Name

 

 

Orbit Infant System

 

 

Manufacturer

 

 

Orbit Baby

 

 

Price

 

 

$900

 

 

Weight

 

 

14.8 lbs

 

 

Folded  Dimensions

 

 

41"H x 10"W

 

 

Stroller  Width

 

 

24"

 

 

Stroller  Length

 

 

30&quo
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Seat  Back Length

 

 

21.5"

 

 

Seat  Width

 

 

12.5"

 

 

Seat  Depth

 

8"
 
 

Max.  Weight Limit

 

 

22 lbs for infant carseat
40 lbs for toddler stroller seat

 

 

Max.  Height Limit

 

 

29" for the infant carseat

 

 

Min.  Age

 

 

From birth

 

 

Frame

 

 

Aluminum

 

 

Type  of Tires

 

rear pneumatic tires
 

Seat  Features

 

 

Ample sun shade with UV shield
360-degree rotation of seat on base

 

 

Carseat  Compatibility

 

 

Orbit Baby Infant and Toddler Carseats

 

 

Standard  Accessories

 

infant carseat, stroller frame, sun canopy, UV shield, cargo pod
 

Optional  Accessories

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Orbit All Season Weather Pack
Orbit Baby Bassinet Cradle
Orbit Baby Carseat Base
Orbit Baby Rocker
Orbit Baby Toddler Stroller Seat
Orbit Stroller Seat Accessory Pack

 

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Carolyn on

I am so in love with this stroller/carseat. My father bought this as a gift for us when I got pregnant and I am always looking for an excuse to put my now 14 week old in it. The carseat is like an egg and looks so much more safe than other standard carseats. The stroller is so light and moves with such precision you never need more than one hand to steer. The sleek design is perfect for moving your way around a store or the street. I know the price is steep but if you can you should have this stroller.

Sarah on

Thanks to CBB I fell in love with this system three years ago when I first saw it on the blog. A co-worker was looking at getting a Bugaboo but I shared the Orbit System and they fell in love with it. I’m now expecting in September and again thanks to CBB, I have my own Orbit System. I saw a post about the Orbit Baby / Charity Buzz auction to benefit Save the Children. I won one of the auctions for the Orbit with an autographed sun shade by Jaime Pressly at an amazing price. I can’t wait for the little one and all the fun we will have with the Orbit System! Thanks CBB!

gianna on

I love this stroller. Yea it’s expensive but it’s not a waste, you can use it for awhile with your child and it’s so comfortable.

Grace on

$900 for a product made in CHINA…no, thanks.

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