UPPAbaby 2009 Vista Stroller with RumbleSeat
It’s just as great, but I’m more excited about the debut of the RumbleSeat ($130).
This cool accessory makes turning this single stroller into a double as easy as 1-2-3.
The 2009 Vista plus RumbleSeat maneuvers beautifully, even with both my kids (60 pounds total) on board. It turns well and feels solid and stable. One brake pedal stops both wheels easily and the enormous basket is fantastic for errands. It handles bumps with ease and can even go up and down curbs with two kids in it.
I love that the frame has a compact feel, even with the RumbleSeat installed. It doesn’t feel too long or too wide. The handle has a bit of “give” in the mechanism, which sort of “ticks” as it moves up and down. It’s a small, but ignorable nuisance.
The RumbleSeat accommodates children 6 months and older because it is quite vertical and does not recline, so the child must have good head control. The RumbleSeat clips securely onto the front of the stroller under the main seat. It does not work with the bassinet, but does work with an infant car seat.
The best configuration for an infant is to put the larger child in the RumbleSeat and the infant in the car seat. It also works with the stroller seat fully reclined, but only if the passenger in the RumbleSeat is little. Reclining the stroller’s seat compromises the RumbleSeat’s room. For two children ages 6 months and 2 ½ or 3 years, having the larger child in the stroller seat and the baby in the RumbleSeat would work well.
My 4-year-old son, Finn is average sized at 41″ tall and 37 pounds. He is too heavy for the RumbleSeat and too tall for both seats. His head rubs the metal frame of the stroller seat and pokes out of the top of the sun shade. Though the stroller seat is rated to hold a child who weighs 50 pounds, a 50-pounder would be much too tall to sit comfortably in it. So, regardless of the addition of the RumbleSeat, the Vista probably only comfortably accommodates a child younger than 4, which is probably fine for many families.
The RumbleSeat has its own sun shade that pulls up to meet the front seat, but seems to leave its passenger exposed on the sides, so arms and legs aren’t as covered as I’d like. The seat is padded with a cushy five-point harness. Plus, your little one can let his/her feet hang down into the basket, which is so large that there’s still room for a big diaper bag. Just remember to remove the RumbleSeat before you fold the system up. It’s a cinch! Just unclip it from the frame.
The RumbleSeat only works on the 2009 Vista out of the box, but older models can be retrofitted to take the second seat. UPPAbaby, a company with a reputation for strong customer service, offers several packages for the retrofit, but in each case the stroller must be sent or hand delivered to the company. Unless you live near the San Bruno, California or Rockland, Massachusetts drop-off locations, the best option is an $85 package that includes the retrofit, a box and shipping charges.
Pros: RumbleSeat is easy to attach and the stroller maneuvers beautifully with two kids on board.
Cons: RumbleSeat must be removed to fold the stroller. Both seats are too short for my son, who just turned 4.
Recommended For: Parents with two children between 6 months and 3 ½.