Gear Review: Burley Solstice Stroller Review
**This review will be updated with a video as soon as I can!**
The Burley Solstice, available exclusively at REI (affiliate link – thanks for clicking through!), is new this spring and is turning heads. An innovative new stroller, the Solstice is all of my favorite jogging strollers rolled into one. In fact, there are just a couple things I would change on it at all, but so SO much that make it one of my favorite rugged all-around strollers.
While I wouldn’t recommend the Solstice for serious long-distance runners (mostly due to the 29 lb. weight), it fits the rest of us looking to get out and STAY out perfectly well. It has great suspension, a generous canopy, massive cargo space and adjusts super easily, all things I consider key for no-stress strolling.
Here’s a little expansion on those favorite features:
– Canopy: Not having a good canopy to protect children (of all sizes) from the sun is a huge pet peeve of mine. The un-expanded Solstice canopy is plenty for most situations. Unzip it to allow even more coverage and it’s my favorite, hands-down. There is virtually any coverage I need.
– Smooth Ride: Enough suspension to allow even a 6 year old to be comfortable, and easily moves over very rough trails and steep hills.
– Cargo Space: I have NEVER seen this much room in a stroller, ever. It’s like the Mary Poppins basket – more fits in it than I think it will every time. And the back opening of it dips slightly to allow for fitting in some pretty substantial size boxes. As a “post-office-walker”, I appreciate this immensely. It’s also super handy when you need to throw in a balance bike and a tired rider.
– Adjustments: Easy to lower AND raise the child’s seat one-handed. It also folds up one-handed and locks into place on its own. As a mom that usually has one hand occupied, this is, again, huge.
The Solstice also has a max capacity of 75 pounds which means that a 6 year old + gear is very doable. Even with that extra weight the stroller handles very well. In the photo below my oldest son is just taking a break from a hike, but he can be strapped in too (and is if we are strolling).
The other big “Stand Out” feature of the Solstice is Burley’s new S.I.T. seat. The spring-loaded straps stay where they should, eliminating tangled straps and making it SO much easier to get kids in without extra hassle. AND it can be easily removed for machine-washing. Not that strollers ever get nasty…..
What we love:
– Easy to adjust and use almost completely one-handed
– S.I.T. Seat is better than any other stroller seats out there as far as ease AND comfort for the child
– The handlebar adjusts height AND angle to allow for a longer stride from a taller person
– The front wheel is easily switched between a swivel and locked position with the simple turn of a dial. The tracking is also quick to change with the simple turn of the dial.
– The cargo space is THE best I have seen in a single jogging stroller
– It pushes well, rides well and handles well
– The extras available (see below) make it easy to use from infancy through preschool age
– The snack bowl and cup holder swivel in and out so any kid can reach them AND they make getting them out of the way quick very easy
What we aren’t so crazy about:
– At 29 pounds, it’s not the lightest stroller out there, nor is it the most streamlined. This is not the stroller you are going to take and run 5 miles with every day. The extra weight would just be cumbersome. However, if you are just running a couple miles a day or “jogging” at best, it’s great.
– Only available in a single (so far)
– The front wheel doesn’t flip out of the way when you fold it – it’s a little more awkward and bulky to carry folded up
The Extras (sold separately) we recommend:
– Car Seat Adaptor
– Snack bowl (with lid) <–we use this ALL the time
– Cup holder
– Handle bar console makes things super easy to find (keys, your water bottles, etc.)
– Bunting: Works well with the S.I.T. Seat and keeps kids extra warm
How does it compare to the BOB?
I know I will get asked this question, so I am going to answer it right here. I am comparing these two strollers because they are, in a lot of ways, very similar. While the Solstice is a bit heavier than the BOB Revolution, they handle very much the same. They are also both stable, roll well, can be used on rugged terrain and are geared towards active, outdoor families. However, I am partial to the Solstice for the following reasons:
– The S.I.T. Seat really does make in and out so much easier. Plus it’s washable AND more comfortable for the child.
– The canopy is better because of the fact that it adjusts more
– The cargo space is far bigger
– The adjustment of the seat is smoother
– The dial adjustment of the front wheel is more effective and easier to maneuver
The Bottom Line
The Burley Solstice is an excellent all-around stroller and a top recommendation from us. It's great for someone looking for an all-terrain stroller that you can jog, stroll, and haul a lot of gear with. It's a little on the heavier side, but the pluses are worth it UNLESS you plan to run serious miles!
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