In our neighborhood at least, there are Maclaren moms and then there are the rest of us. Maclarens signify that you put function above fashion. That you're not falling prey to (possibly) over-inflated prices for trendy strollers from (Continental) Europe. In other words, you're not worried about keeping up with the Bugaboos. Well, folks, Maclaren is shaking things up and introducing the Grand Tour LX - their priciest and arguably most stylish and tricked out stroller to date. And, we must say, it kind of reminds us of something...
Is it just us or does it look like a second cousin (at least) to the Bugaboo? We spotted the Grand Tour LX languishing in the corner of our local baby gear store while we were shopping for a Maclaren Volo recently. While we did go home with the much-needed lightweight Volo, we couldn't help but kick the tires of the LX for a few minutes.
The first thing you'll notice is that it is both forward and rear-facing (for those of you who don't want to stress out your baby) and reclines in three positions making it suitable for use right from birth. You can read about all the ins and outs of the stroller at Maclaren's website, but we wanted to mention one more innovation: the Strollometer. You probably feel like you walk ten miles a day in your stroller and now you can find out as the Strollometer measures your time and distance. As one Amazon reviewer says, "Totally gets me thinking exercise every time I go out with my little girl. It's like we're workout Buddies!"
So now you want to know how much the Grand Tour LX is going to cost you? About $900. Yes, Bugaboo territory. BUT, we must add that this includes a mosquito net, raincover and a cup holder. For a limited time, a dashbag organizer, storage bag and wheel bag are also included. In the US, the Grand Tour LX is available in Coffee/Champagne, Racing Green/Celery, Scarlett/Champagne, Black/Champagne. They also seem to have a pared-down version (no Strollometer for example) called simply "Grand Tour," but we haven't seen it listed on any U.S. site so far.
Well, what do you think? Have you already purchased the Grand Tour LX? Thinking about it?