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TFK vs Phil and Ted's or other - have an opinion?

I am looking for recommendations on a new stroller and have been looking at the TFK Joggster X or Phil and Ted's. I want it to use for walks on trails, general city use out and about and light jogging - 5-10k on paved path along the lake. I have my stroller travel system bought in the US. It is a Chicco and has been good but it is better suited for malls and smooth surfaces. Walks are a bit bumpy and I don't see the wheels lasting long on rougher terrain and there is no hand brake for hills.

I was trying also to use the car seat adapter to avoid buying a bassinet for newborns that would only be used for a short time.

The Joggster X seems versatile with a lockable front wheel or it can be interchanged to a sport wheel.

For those that have these strollers
-how do you like it?
-do you use it with a car seat adapter or carrycot/Bassinet?
-when did your child start sitting in the seat?
-do you use the 2nd child option for Phil and Ted's? We have a newborn and a 3 yr old who is happy walking or riding her kickboard scooter so I am not sure a double stroller is needed but may be nice to have an option.
-Did you find the models heavy and hard to get on and off the bus, train and trams?

Thanks for the info.
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Old 25.02.2011, 16:41
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Re: TFK vs Phil and Ted's or other - have an opinion?

My daughter had a Phil & Ted with the baby bit at the back.

We went out one day and I have to say that I was not impressed.

The weight and bulk of it especially on public transport was a nightmare - then we had a puncture on the wheel.
I know they are quite popular but if I had two youngsters now I would not have one.
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Re: TFK vs Phil and Ted's or other - have an opinion?

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Re: TFK vs Phil and Ted's or other - have an opinion?

Chicco is great, for city, transporting, lifting up and down, escalators, trams, trains. But no way for outside, jogging, or just longer periods, pavement changing or cobble stones, if you ask me, I had the trio. I bought an old buggy, with large basinet and big soft wheels do do walking or longer times spent in the buggy. Newborns, and in general, babies shouldn't spend too much time in a carseat clicked in, since apparently their back needs to lay flat. Ours didn't like to be cramped in a car seat for too long, with her spine all bent, eventhough we could click it in the wheels and wheel her around. The nice flat basinet actually gives them room to stretch and chill, it is comfortable. I'd use something really light and sporty if you want to run, not a city combo. But, I would only run on a nice, even flat surface, me thinks, to avoid having the newborn bump for longer times.
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Chicco is great, for city, transporting, lifting up and down, escalators, trams, trains. But no way for outside, jogging, or just longer periods, pavement changing or cobble stones, if you ask me, I had the trio. I bought an old buggy, with large basinet and big soft wheels do do walking or longer times spent in the buggy. Newborns, and in general, babies shouldn't spend too much time in a carseat clicked in, since apparently their back needs to lay flat. Ours didn't like to be cramped in a car seat for too long, with her spine all bent, eventhough we could click it in the wheels and wheel her around. The nice flat basinet actually gives them room to stretch and chill, it is comfortable. I'd use something really light and sporty if you want to run, not a city combo. But, I would only run on a nice, even flat surface, me thinks, to avoid having the newborn bump for longer times.
The car seat have now this extra cushion for new born that lay them quite flat in the car seat! It fills out the angle of the seat. I am very impress with it! The new Maxi Cosi!
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Re: TFK vs Phil and Ted's or other - have an opinion?

Have you thought of a bike trailer that converts into pram and jogger?

They have baby inserts too to keep the newborn head in the right position until the child is old enough.

I am not sure the Phil & Teds is a proper jogging stroller (generally they need certain characteristics to avoid toppling over etc)

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The car seat have now this extra cushion for new born that lay them quite flat in the car seat! It fills out the angle of the seat. I am very impress with it! The new Maxi Cosi!
Really? That's great...things change so fast, don't they.
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Really? That's great...things change so fast, don't they.
I know! 2 years ago, my daughter didn't have any of those cushions and I hated it to have her sitting in the car seat for longer than 30 minutes! But now, with the head holder and the filling pillow, in makes it quite straight! I would love to lay in that car seat! Looks so comfortable!
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Re: TFK vs Phil and Ted's or other - have an opinion?

I actually loved short stints with the car seat clicked to the wheels since it was so small, neat and compact, great for quick shopping and when baby was asleep in the car, just click her into it and wheel her home without waking. I was wondering when they are going to make something more adapted for the wee ones. I do still have that huge boaty basinet, though, just coz here in a small town I don't care for strapping around with a pretty thing, and, we could load three Migros bags under it, with groceries, hahaha...
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Re: TFK vs Phil and Ted's or other - have an opinion?

Hi I have a 3 year old and a 4 month old and just bought (after loads of research)a baby jogger city series. I love it! Very easy to handle, one hand fold and what was most important to me, one of the lightest on the market. T'was pricey though-around 1300 with everything. We bought the bassinet but use the carseat adaptor more often so could have saved a bit on that.
I think you can put them in the regular seat around 6 months depending on neck strength.
I'm very impressed with it and would highly recommend!
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I am looking for recommendations on a new stroller and have been looking at the TFK Joggster X or Phil and Ted's. I want it to use for walks on trails, general city use out and about and light jogging - 5-10k on paved path along the lake. I have my stroller travel system bought in the US. It is a Chicco and has been good but it is better suited for malls and smooth surfaces. Walks are a bit bumpy and I don't see the wheels lasting long on rougher terrain and there is no hand brake for hills.

I was trying also to use the car seat adapter to avoid buying a bassinet for newborns that would only be used for a short time.

The Joggster X seems versatile with a lockable front wheel or it can be interchanged to a sport wheel.

For those that have these strollers
-how do you like it?
-do you use it with a car seat adapter or carrycot/Bassinet?
-when did your child start sitting in the seat?
-do you use the 2nd child option for Phil and Ted's? We have a newborn and a 3 yr old who is happy walking or riding her kickboard scooter so I am not sure a double stroller is needed but may be nice to have an option.
-Did you find the models heavy and hard to get on and off the bus, train and trams?

Thanks for the info.

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Re: TFK vs Phil and Ted's or other - have an opinion?

We have a Harten and a Buggypod, www.buggypod.ch A sidecar for your pram. Like the buggyboards it fits onto nearly every pram but allows your toddler to sit, sleep, or simply be restrained in the safety harness
We love it, its a great solution if you already had an expensive pram for your first child and dont want to fork out for another one when bubba no 2 comes along, its about 220chf, folds up to your pram when you dont need it and is stable with its own wheel and not too chunky.... Genius piece of equipement!! I dont know what i would of done without it!!!
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