Top positive review
Excellent stroller for traveling alone with a child in airports
Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2019
Bottom line: Purchased this stroller specifically to use in major airports and I’m very pleased with its design and performance. I highly recommend it if you’re traveling alone with a young child.
What I needed: Because I regularly fly alone to visit family in a different state with my toddler, I needed a stroller that is lightweight, maneuverable with one hand, and easily collapses; I got my money’s worth with the Summer 3D mini!
What I got: This stroller is compact and utilitarian while comfortable for my growing child. The handles are at a good height and angle to avoid wrist fatigue and the wheel distance is sufficient so I’m not always kicking it (I’m 5’5”). I was extremely pleased that I can push it with one hand - after a little practice - so I am able to pull my suitcase behind me and be self sufficient from the curb. You do need to reach down and use your hand to disengage the safety mechanism to fold the stroller, however it automatically locks into the folded position and easily unfolds with one hand (I just use my foot to secure it in the open position). For child security, it’s got an adjustable 5 point harness with padding that is simple to operate for an adult; I like the additional shoulder straps so the kid can’t reach forward and pull the stroller over. The double wheels are perfect for stability and maneuvering on any surface, even on a gravel hiking path in the rain!
Perks: It comes with under seat storage, albeit minimal. The designer was smart and added a double drink holder that’s got a zipper compartment. The sunshade is detachable (DO remember to remove this before you gatecheck the stroller, it might pop off if the baggage handlers are rough with it!) and long enough to be useful at sunset/going uphill facing the sun. The seat reclines slightly to keep a sleeping child’s neck at a safe angle.
My only frustration was figuring out why the front wheels weren’t moving properly, but this is actually a happy problem. Apparently, both the front and back wheels each have a way to lock each individual wheel in place so you kid doesn’t roll downhill. The front pair have a little switch to lock them that is often bumped when the stroller is folded and being handled by airport staff, but ultimately I’m glad they do lock so it’s a minor inconvenience.
Why I love it: I HATE inefficiency and being stuck in airport security and this stroller helps me streamline my boarding process for a less stressful (I am flying with a toddler, let’s be realistic) traveling experience. I’ve flown with this stroller multiple times and both I and my child like it so much it’s now my go-to stroller for walks and shopping trips. I highly recommend the 3D mini: it’s durable, worth the money, and has all the features!