Monday, May 18, 2009
Teutonia: The Stroller of the Future
The masterminds behind the growing stroller industry have finally done it. They have created an expensive and heavy stroller that I am unable to resist. Usually I see those words and I turn the other cheek, but I am looking at these Teutonia strollers head on and I want one.
Welcome to a world where you can create your own stroller. That's right. You pick the chassis (that's the frame -- 3 options), then you choose wheels, then you choose either a carrycot (bassinet), carseat, or regular stroller seat (faces forward or back), and then the color -- and there are many to choose from, like peridot green and burnt sienna. And then you can get an accent cushion to match. My mouth is just watering at the options.
Accessories include a mosquito net, footmuff, liners, other warm stuff, and more. But of note: The Parent Handmuff. This wraps around the handlebar (which by the way is extremely extendable, from very short to very tall) and then has too fuzzy, cozy openings for mom's or dad's hands. So smart!
It's not cheap. Like $600-$700.
(a few minutes later...)
I've just given this a bit more thought, and it seems like there's really nothing that sets these apart from say a Quinny Buzz, Bumbleride Flyer, or a Bugaboo Frog (other expensive and heavy options). I mean, after all, for those you get to choose your color too. So if you like the chassis of the Quinny, Bumbleride, or the Bugaboo, then customizing doesn't seem like such a big deal.