Monday, May 11, 2015

Strolling in Style with the GB Evoq Travel System

I received complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

GB may be the hottest new baby gear brand on the market, but their parent company has more than 25 years of design, development and testing of the most recognized juvenile brands under it's belt. The result is an innovative line of baby products designed to stand out among the crowd.
 

The GB Evoq Travel System is a 4-in-1, full-sized, luxury stroller and car seat combo that grows with your child. After seeing the system in person at BabiesRUs several months ago, I knew I wanted it for our baby girl. The modern style with a European influence is so "me", without being over the top. It offers all the functional features you want and need in a stroller and car seat system, but so much more.


Evoq Stroller Frame
-Telescoping handle has three height positions to suit any user.
-Easy-to-use levers fold and unfold stroller.
-Glide-on standing board for older siblings up to 50 pounds.
-Swivel wheels can be locked when using stroller on rough terrain such as gravel or stones.
-Generously sized bottom basket.
-Cup holder option.
 

Right out of the box, the stroller just requires you to click the front wheels on and attach the cup holder. How simple is that?

One thing I dislike about a lot of strollers out there is a low handle. With the Evoq you have the option of three different positions. I tend to use the tallest position, which allows me to push the stroller comfortably and also walk with a large stride and not kick the stroller.


The stroller frame itself is not too heavy and folds down in one easy step. There is no locking mechanism to keep it folded - it just stays folded until you pull on the levers to unfold again. This is a major selling point for me personally because I've pinched my fingers in other stroller systems before that have a locking strap.

The large basket is very roomy and perfect for throwing in whatever extra supplies you need - including your son's sweatshirt and everything he insists you carry to the park. I have not felt cramped for storage space at all with this stroller! 

The glide-on standing board is for use with the seat facing forward, and in the lowest position. An older sibling (up to 50 pounds) can stand on the board, holding onto the side bars to catch a ride.


GB Asana35 Infant Car Seat & Base
-For babies 4-35 pounds and up to 32 inches tall.

-FirmFit System ensures a secure base fit, every time.
-FirmFit single pull headrest and harness adjustment.
-Five-point safety harness.
-Multiple strap positions for proper fit.
-Infant body support included for preemies.

Your precious cargo is of utmost importance to GB so FirmFit features are designed to ensure proper installation and fit, every time.

The base can be installed using the LATCH system, or seatbelt. We chose to install the base using the seatbelt which threads through the base and is secured using the FirmFit Arm which tightens the seat belt in place. That base doesn't move AT ALL with this smart design!

Adjusting the FirmFit harness straps is really simple and quite neat. By just pulling the strap as shown above, the entire harness and headrest move together to create a snug fit for your baby. Because the harness and headrest move together, you won't lose any side impact protection that the headrest provides just because your baby is especially little at first. The head protection sits exactly where it should, according to the height of your baby's shoulders.

Due to the FirmFit design, the harnesses height straps do not need to be re-threaded. The buckle strap does need to be re-threaded as baby grows, but it's an easy adjustment to make.

I'll be honest, bringing baby girl home with this car seat was scary at first. We just couldn't get the fit right. We'd pull on the strap to tighten and the back panel would slip down like it should. But we kept feeling like we were tightening the straps too tight on her, when in reality you really can't get them too tight unless you pull until the straps are far, far below the shoulders - which you wouldn't do intentionally anyway! Now that we've used the car seat many times, getting a good fit is a breeze and not a big production like it was on that first day. I recommend getting familiar with the infant car seat by practicing on a doll before actual use on a new baby. 

My only dislike about this car seat is the canopy. It seems to retract back constantly, so I can't always rely on it to shade my little girl when needed. Otherwise, I like it!


Baby & Toddler Seat
-For babies and toddlers up to 50 pounds.
-Reversible - choose parent-facing or forward-facing
-Large, expandable canopy.
-Fully reclines to flat position using one-handed recline.
-Adjustable leg rest.

The seat or infant car seat attach onto the side mounts on the stroller frame. Both attachments can be used in the forward-facing or parent-facing positions.

When baby girl is around 5 months old and able to hold herself upright pretty well, we'll likely begin using the seat attachment in the parent-facing position when walks don't require a car ride first. The seat can actually recline to a flat horizontal position, so young babies can use the seat early on.

The expandable canopy really provides a lot of coverage from the elements if necessary. The window panel is like a mesh material, giving baby coverage but extra airflow.

The harness straps simply click into the crotch bucklie to use. Re-threading the height position of the straps is done on the backside of the seat, and literally takes less than thirty seconds.

It seems to be that moms need five hands to meet the needs of her kiddos all at once, so being able to recline a sleeping baby with one hand is a major plus. It's SO easy, and like I mentioned the seat can recline to a completely flat position if necessary.

Want to see the GB Evoq Travel System in action? Check out this video!


The GB Evoq Travel System is fully functional and versatile for use with a newborn all the way through toddlerhood and beyond. It's lightweight, smooth when strolling, and maneuvers like a dream. Buying a stroller and carseat travel system can be risky investment, but the GB Evoq Travel System has surpassed my expectations and will serve us well for several years.

Learn more about GB at GBchildusa.com.

 

12 comments:

Christine G said...

What a beautiful travel system! I love that it folds so compactly--our stroller is still very long when it's folded. Your baby is darling, by the way! Love those cheeks!

Maria said...

I love how simple and lightweight this system is. I'm so sick of seeing heavy duty and bulky strollers!

MikiHope said...

This definitely looks like one of the better travel systems out there. I am going to suggest it to anyone I know who is in the market for one.

Mandie Stevens said...

These have come so far since I've had little ones. These are sooo nice!

Rebecca Swenor said...

She is to cute indeed and I think this is the exact car seat/stroller my sister has too. They love theirs as well. Thanks for sharing.

Rachel Beittenmiller said...

I love that both the baby and toddler seats can face in (towards mom/dad). I haven't seen a system like this before.

Shelly Peterson said...

This is really nice. I really like that the handle has three height positions and a Glide-on standing board for older siblings

Julie Wood said...

I like the expandable canopy, and how easy it is to use and push baby in! I would love to get one of these and see how it works for me! I also like the color.

Elena said...

Very nice stroller. I like the glide-on standing board for older siblings

Emily Smith said...

Wow. This would have been awesome to have when my boys were little. It's a lot better than the one that I had.

Courtney B said...

wow this would have been awesome to have when my kids were little ! life would have been SO much easier!!

xoxoxo

lissa crane said...

I love the Fold Back to Open Window Panel. I need to see what my baby is doing at all times! This looks like a fabulous travel system!