Valco Latitude Single Stroller: Jogger-Styled Goodness For Shoppers

02/26/2009 at 10:00 AM ET

The Valco Baby Latitude Single Stroller ($300) looks like a high-end jogging stroller but is priced much lower and its large basket makes it ideal for shoppers. It comes with a foot warmer and a rain cover and it looks really good. We tried the clay color, a mostly black stroller trimmed in rich, brick red and found the fabric durable and very sophisticated. It’s carseat compatible, too!

The Ride:
The Latitude isn’t meant for jogging, but I had no problems (like stepping on the wheels) when I pushed it at a fast walk in the city. I’ve found that really high-end strollers whiz through three-point turns in doorways and this one doesn’t make the cut on that tough maneuverability test, but for the money it’s really quite easy to manage. The plastic wheels have a smooth ride (though not as cushy as air-filled tires would be) and its strong frame didn’t wince when I put my 33-pound preschooler in it. A really simple brake bar stops both rear wheels simultaneously and works well. Plus, it took eight pounds of canned peaches in my diaper bag, strapped to the handle of the empty stroller, to tip it over backward. Impressive!

The Seat:
The seat reclines fully with one hand and has a padded, five-point harness so it’s good for the littlest passengers, plus toddlers can sit nearly upright in it. I found the buckle system a bit convoluted the first time I used it. In fact, I ended up wriggling my 8-month-old baby out of the straps because I couldn’t get it unbuckled. But after re-checking the directions, I learned that you have to squeeze the buckles together and push the button, then it releases. Now it’s easy to manage, but the extra step seems unnecessary.

Sun Exposure and Storage:
Every parent has stroller deal breakers and mine are sun shades, cup holders (alas, it has none) and a large, accessible basket. The sun shade is substantial and it pulls down smoothly. It has a nice-sized plastic window with a cover that rolls down over it so you can check on the baby or block the sun. The Latitude’s basket is sizeable, easily reachable and completely contained under the stroller so the stuff doesn’t roll out. It was big enough to shove in my large diaper bag and it stayed secure there. It has a handle that adjusts easily to accommodate taller parents and a footrest that tilts but doesn’t come off to accommodate leggy toddlers.

Customer Service:
The stroller I received had a problem with the wheels that was quickly remedied by their PR people, who treat reviewers with extra TLC. But I wanted to know what would happen if I didn’t have the extra help, so I called the toll-free customer support number and, well, lied. I got a real human being almost immediately and I told her I’d received the stroller as a gift and it had the wheel problem. After about 30 seconds on hold they offered to send me a replacement part free of charge.

The Fold:
Folding the Latitude takes a little practice and two hands. You have to twist a knob that’s part of the frame while pushing a button on the handle with the other hand. Then a nylon strap clips to the frame to keep it from unfolding. You can wheel it around when it’s folded, which is a nice feature, but it doesn’t stand up on its own.

The Latitude weighs 19 lbs, which is on the light side for a full-featured stroller. It’s only 22.5″ wide, which makes it easy to wheel around the sale racks.

Pros: Subtle, sophisticated look. Nice sun shade. Fully reclining seat. Great customer service.
Cons: Takes a while to get the hang of folding it and working the seat restraint system, which are more complex than needed.

Final Verdict: The Latitude is a good-looking, full-featured stroller with a bit of a learning curve when it comes to folding and unbuckling.

— Kristen

CBB Deal: Save 5% on the purchase of Valco’s Latitude strollers and accessories at Let’s Go Strolling with coupon code VALLAT5. (Expires April 30, 2009.)

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hillary on

I’ve looked into this stroller and talked to lots of stores that sell it and know it well- they all say the seat is way to small/not tall enough for toddlers. We went with the baby jogger city mini instead and it’s perfect🙂 It costs about $100 less than this one, but all accessories (belly bar, etc) must be purchased separately. No prob for us as i would rather get exactly what i need🙂 Cool idea Valco, but just not as fab as the baby jogger mini🙂

Colleen on

I have a Runabout, circa 2005, and LOVE it. I have tried so many strollers, and the Runabout has beat them all.

momof2 on

i have the latitude double… its great. one of the few side by sides that also takes a car seat, fits into my trunk, is easy to push with a toddler and baby (can even be pushed with one hand), and is not too bad in the snow (though nothing can compare to air wheels). it does take some getting used to inorder to close it, and open the buckle but once you figure it out its pretty easy. and the basket is great, there are even flaps on the side to help you reach the stuff all the way in the back. also as a reg. customer the customer service has always been extremely helpful and easy to reach.

Kelly Turner on

Normally Valco Baby strollers are TOP NOTCH! But I think the Latitude single falls short. The problem I have with it is that it tips to the side very, very easily. The Baby Jogger City Mini doesn’t have this problem. The reviewer didn’t mention it but if you try to turn the Latitude too quickly or hit a very small curb (like the ones that go from the street onto your driveway) the entire stroller will tip over to the side. This can be dangerous as you have to correct the stroller immediately otherwise the entire thing (with your child in it) will tip completely to the side. I think the stroller is too lightweight for the 3 wheeled design and the seat isn’t centered over the back wheels. The Baby Jogger has the seat over the back wheels which give it more stability but Valco failed to do that. So, I just don’t think it’s that safe of a stroller because if you have an older sibling pushing the stroller and they turn too quickly, they will never be able to correct themselves and the stroller will topple! I wish the reviewer would have mentioned this problem in the maneuverability section of the review!

iryna on

I have the Runabout’08 and I love it!!! The stroller is easy to use and clean plus I always get complements when I am out with the stroller. I just bought the latitude as it is smaller, I bought it because of the great Runabout stroller that I have

Lisa on

I purchased a Latitude and am very disappointed. It was hardly used before I took it out of my trunk one day to find that it had fallen apart. I found lots of little pieces of metal, plastic and screws in my trunk. The stroller fell apart within 5 months of minimal use. I am very disappointed with this product. The manufacturers are very hard to get a hold of, and have not done anything to rectify the problem. I will never put my child in another Valco stroller again.

BLANCA NAYELI on

I bougth valco stroller latitud in November 2009 and have used it just for 7 times and the last time it was broke (lost some screws)and I have almost 1 month without stroller, I already called to costumer services and they tell me that the stroller does not have any problems and that they will send me the screws, but I have been waiting for them almost 3 weeks and they not arrive to my home, I have been trying to call with them again to let them know about it and costumer service not answer my calls.

nathalie on

I have the lattitude and will never use it again. It has collasped twice with my child in it. The locking lacth does not seem to work. And Valco has been no help in fixing it.

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