Adventures with kids — whether that means roughing it in the woods or just strolling down to the nearest park — require about as much gear as an Alpine expedition. And to haul all of that gear, parents have long been fans of the stroller wagon, that rugged, eminently practical rolling catchall for kids and all their stuff — toys, water bottles, sports equipment, you name it. Come cold weather, most adventure wagons are stowed and collapsible wagons folded away as fun and friend visits move inside. But with get-togethers shifting outside for winter 2020 to stop the spread of COVID-19, the stroller wagon has become an essential all-season hauler for playdates, friend reunions, and family gatherings, all of which require more than you can cram into an overstuffed diaper bag or maxed-out stroller basket.
The best stroller wagons offer comfort and utility, and have a weight limit that will accommodate kids well into toddlerhood. (The Keenz stroller wagon, for example, has a max capacity of 110 pounds.) Modern stroller wagons are hybrids: They let you either push them like a stroller, or pull them like a wagon, and most have all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a premium stroller. They’re spacious, fit multiple kids with ease, have ample storage and all the safety accouterments (like harnesses) you need, and they actually look pretty damn cool.
When you flip the handle, this model goes from stroller mode to wagon mode. It has all-terrain wheels, UPF 50+ canopies, an interior tray for sharing snacks and drinks, individual wheel brakes, an adjustable three-position telescoping handlebar, and an exterior basket for your phone and other tech. Each seat holds a child up to 55 pounds, with a total weight limit of 120 pounds.
The Veer is all about convenience. It has a one-handed self-standing fold, a one-touch foot brake, six interior pockets, and the bonus of a flat fold if you need to throw it in the trunk. And the devil really is in the details. Veer's telescoping handlebar is adjustable in length and height. You can push it or pull it. And if you have a newborn, the car seat attaches to the top of it with an adaptor (sold separately). And the footwell drains, for those inevitable spills. The weight limit is 55 pounds per child, for a total limit of 110 pounds.
You can't the convenience of this stroller wagon. It has an adjustable handlebar, face to face seats, and the ability to convert to a utility wagon. But here's the standout feature: It has a front zippered door, for ultra-easy access, and a sliding canopy to work with whatever weather you encounter. Plus, even though each seat has a weight limit of 33 pounds, the total stroller weight limit is 300 pounds. Each seat is removable, as is the handlebar. It stands upright when folded. It has a one-step linked foot brake.
This thing looks like it's built for speed, unlike its clunkier brethren. It has a removable, retractable canopy with mesh sunroof, four-wheel suspension for a smooth ride, a one-touch brake, a snap-in activity tray to keep the kids occupied, and a sizable cargo bin. It has a one-handed fold, and the weight limit is 120 pounds; the storage bin can hold 20 pounds.
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