We all like to think of ourselves as minimalists, but when it comes to adventuring with your child and stroller in tow, there’s always a seeming need for just a little bit more. With winter descending and us considering more outdoor activities than ever due to COVID-19 restrictions, that means we’re asking more of our strollers in worse weather than in normal times. To haul all the baby backups and accoutrements, parents have long been fans of the stroller wagon. Rugged, practical, and spacious, you’ll find all the room you need and more for both baby and belongings in this workhorse hybrid over the coming colder months.
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.
We admit, wagons can be bulky, but Wonderfold, as its name suggests, breaks down and assembles with one hand and weighs less than you'd expect, making it great for the dad-on-the-go. Suitable for up to four seat-belted children (a combined weight of 600 pounds), its polyurethane tires never go flat to derail the ride. It has a foot break, which is great for descents, and in case of accidents, its included seating pads are removable and machine-washable.
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.
While it's rigid and robust, the latest iteration by Keenz is shockingly lightweight and opens with the push of a button. Comfortably seating two securely in five-point harnesses, its ball-bearing wheels are so smooth your children will be off to dreamland in no time. The soft handlebar features a one-touch brake for safety.
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