By peoplestaff225
October 30, 2009 09:00 AM

Mutsy Transporter in Sand

I’ve long admired Mutsy from afar but sticker shock always kept me from snapping one up.

This fall Mutsy — stroller maker of choice for celebrity moms like Laila Ali and Elin Woods — has debuted a new, more affordable model.

The Transporter ($399) isn’t a budget stroller by any stretch of the imagination, but it offers features and quality more often found in strollers that cost twice the price.

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Things We Like:

Right off the bat, I was impressed by the Transporter’s sturdy construction. The metal frame is lightweight yet solid, unfolding and clicking into place without any wiggling or squeaks. Easy to assemble, we popped the wheels on and had the Transporter up and running in a matter of minutes.

It’s also easy to maneuver on any surface and comes with a four-position height-adjustable handlebar — for parents of all heights. The wheels are rubber and lockable up front for uneven terrain. It also comes with a fully padded, reclining seat that’s 14-inches wide and 21 inches tall that can seat a child up to 55 lbs. safely and comfortably.

The padded five-point harness will keep your child secure, while the removable headrest offers additional support and comfort. Recommended for babies three months and older, it’s compatible with infant carseats from Maxi Cosi, Graco and Peg Perego with the purchase of a separate adapter kit, or if you prefer, use Mutsy’s bassinet ($150).

It comes with a sizable storage basket — it can easily hold a large diaper bag — that sports side zippers to help keep your things in place.

Also, folding up the Transporter is a cinch. Simply push back the canopy, fold down the handle and then push the two levers on the inside top of the frame. Given the size and weight (24 lbs) of this fully loaded stroller, it’s a pretty compact fold.

This classic, yet sleek-looking stroller comes in subdued unisex colors like black, red, grey and sand. I tested the gorgeous sand version (above) and got compliments on pretty much every outing.

Things We Don’t Like:

Despite the big storage basket, there weren’t many other places to stash things. The canopy is a decent size, but does not extend down to offer a baby or toddler complete shade.

Also the feel of the fabric was a slight disappointment — it’s stiffer than it looks — but it didn’t bother my son.

CBB Rating:

Overall, I’m thrilled with the Transporter. It has the look and feel of a far more expensive stroller, making it a bargain if your pockets are deep — or a smart splurge if you want a luxe look for less.

— Missy