June 12, 2010 02:00 PM

Courtesy of Zigo

A new baby means new gear — a lot of new gear! That’s why we’re excited the folks at Zigo have designed the Zigo Leader X2 ($1399). It’s a stroller, jogger, bike, bike with child pod and bike trailer all rolled up in one.

This innovative (and versatile) invention means no more backseat riding for baby. Instead the Zigo Leader X2 places the child pod in front of the bike so you can keep an eye on your little one.

We got a chance to test it out and we’re officially a fan. And we’re not alone. Sheryl Crow and Anthony Kiedis have been known to tool their kiddies around in this tricked out ride.

Check out our full review below!

Things We Like:

The Zigo is super sturdy and easy to maneuver in any position. While parents should be careful as their kids crawl into the child pod (heavier kids can tip the pod forward), once they’re sitting down, the duo holds steady with the help of the kick stand and bike and jogger breaks.

With slots for 5-point harness positioning for up to two kids, the inside of the child pod is roomy and extra padded. And since the pod is placed in front of the bike, kids get a chance to see the sights as their parents pedal around.

The child pod also features plenty of storage for on-the-go snacks in case your little one works up an appetite. And the easy-to-wipe fabric makes spills easy to clean. Need to check on your precious cargo? It also features a window flap and easy-access slit.

The cushion’s really comfy — perfect for long rides. And both parents and kids alike will appreciate the smooth ride of the stroller and jogger. You hardly feel the impact over bumpy roads and cracked sidewalks.

Although the stroller option can seem a bit clunky, it will fit through most standard doorways. And to accommodate parents, the handle bars have four adjustable height positions. But best of all? The stroller folds flat. Talk about easy storage!

And you’ll love the bike’s vibrant, fun colors. The bright orange, lime green, and sky blue fabrics are enough to brighten anyone’s day.

Things We Didn’t Like:

Putting together the Zigo is simple. The bike comes pre-assembled so all parents have to do is attach the handle bar and rear wheel (and front wheel if you plan to use it in cycle mode first), while the jogger just needs wheels popped on.

However, while the initial set-up is a breeze, mastering the different ways and positions to use it can be tough.

Fortunately, the company has a solution. If you’re not in the New Jersey area, they’ll ship a Zigo to your local bike store so a salesperson can walk you  through the various steps.

Moms & Babies Rating:

We give the Zigo Leader two thumbs up. The price may seem steep, but it evens out when comparing it to purchasing a stroller, jogger and bike separately.

Want to know all the ins and outs of Zigo? Check out their easy-to-follow videos at MyZigo.com.

— Anya Leon

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