Strollers suck so these designers made their own amazing, lightweight, compact marvel

Tim from Windfire Designs writes, "We got excited about making our own stroller after getting sick of trying to choose between really giant expensive and clunky strollers, or putting up with cheap, throw away strollers. We made our own -- which is always great -- because we could decide what was cool, rather than being told and sold. This thing goes everywhere, and the kiddo loves it. This video should show others the path to not accepting the de facto standards in stroller design."

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  1. It looks like they reinvented (and improved) the sling-style strollers from the 70s.

    I know a lot of parents who would say, "but where do I put all the baby stuff -- the changes of clothes, the diapers, the bottles, the blankets, the toys, the wet wipes?" And all I can think is, ask someone who was a parent in the 70s. I hear all the time that standards have changed, but were 70s kids really that neglected? I just don't see the justification for SUV baby strollers.

  2. Looks neat, though not sure how much better than an "umbrella" stroller. Granted there are a lot of poorly made ones out there, but there are also a lot of well made ones out there.

    Depends what you are doing too. All day at a theme park? Those large obnoxious ones are awesome for carting you shit for all day (not just baby stuff.)

    Out for a few hours? Small shoulder bag can hold all the baby needs. Depends on the person too. Some women need a bag of holding for all the stuff they cart around, and others do it with a small bag. Dads can have MOLLE packs for diapers that look bigger than a soldiers rucksack, or a slim one strap bag.

  3. We had one of the small umbrella strollers, and one of the huge Kenworth-powered strollers for days at Disneyland and such.

    Then we went to Europe (with the umbrella stroller) and saw someone on the bus with a MacLaren stroller. We immediately went to Argos (a catalog distributor in the UK), bought one, and pitched the umbrella stroller in the trash. (MacLaren wasn't available in the US at the time, and even the MacLaren strollers available now in the US are NOTHING like the ones available in Europe then.)

    Never regretted that purchase, or pitching the POS umbrella stroller. Never used the big one again either. The MacLaren was a better stroller than BOTH of the other ones put together.

  4. I was always very frustrated by the poor design that takes place on kids toys. We had a highchair that clamped onto the table-- it folded to about 10 inches thick. After studying the chair for about 10 minutes I realized that if you moved a particular pivot about an inch backwards the chair would fold to about 3 inches thick, with no compromise in strength.

    As an engineer, I wonder, how do you miss something like that?

    I always wanted to design stuff like this so it would be better designed.

  5. If it works for them, great.

    But...

    2kg is a lot of weight to carry on one arm.
    She looks to be leaning over when walking (i.e. it looks too low down)
    The wheels don't turn 360 degrees.
    There's no rain hood
    The wheels look small for any rough ground
    There's nowhere to put coats, nappies, etc
    There doesn't seem to be a brake on the wheels.
    It's not shaped like a shark

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