Thursday, September 8, 2011

guzzie & Guss 105 Texada Review

I contacted guzzie & Guss to see if they would allow me to review one of their fabulous strollers. I was quite surprised when I got an email back within the hour saying they would love to team up! WOOHOO!!

A little bit about the company:

Over 30 years of product development and market experience births a brand designed to deliver a long-awaited baby gear experience.  From the bottom to the top, the people at Guzzie+Guss aren’t your average stroller producers.  Drawing from every aspect of the industry, Guzzie+Guss has developed a team that is in touch with the consumer on a ground level, while operating directly with leading designers and manufacturers from around the world.

Guzzie+Guss are dedicated to delivering uncompromising quality and functionality without sacrificing price.  Does that seem a little backwards?  Most marketers would think so, but the truth is while most people would like to own a premium-priced product, today’s changing economy has forced many to make choices between the price of goods, and the price of looking good.  The folks at Guzzie+Guss work hard to make those choices easier for new parents.  By using top grade materials and incorporating new technologies such as the Guzzie+Guss “truly” universal carseat adaptor, Guzzie+Guss creates baby gear that meets modern parents’ needs without bleeding their wallets.


Now on to the review!!

I was sent the new Texada 105 stroller in Periwinkle. First off, I LOVE this color. C was a little unsure about taking J around in it but he said afterwards "Hey, it's not pink...right??"


My first impression: it looks very stylish for an Umbrella stroller. Our old one was so plain, and simple. But the G+G 105 isn't just any old 'Umbrella stroller' is it a FULL size stroller. Meaning it can also hold MOST infant car seats. How great is that?? A functional, lightweight FULL SIZE Umbrella stroller.

The G+G 105 has some awesome features!!

Features of the G+G 105 Texada:

Unique Zippered sides
Zippered Canopy for ventilation
4 position, one hand recline
Car seat compatible
Large 3-part canopy
Unique Footrest enclosure
Large Diaper bag style bag
Carry shoulder strap included
Auto Fold lock



So we took the stroller out for a walk around town. J seemed very comfortable in the seat. He was able to sit upright and didn't have to lean forward (our other stroller doesn't allow him to sit right up) It was very sunny that day, the over-extenable canopy was brilliant! It kept him shaded and with the peek a boo window at the front he was still able to see out!

About an hour into our walk he fell asleep. The recline on this stroller is great. The one handed recline function is super simple to use. Just grab a hold of the handle and pull. J glided back smoothly and I didn't even wake him. While the sun was shining it got HOT. I was so glad to see the vents on the side of the stroller. I zipped those puppies opened and voila! Insta air flow. I big downside to the stroller is there are no cup holders. You have to buy them separately, which is a downer. Also, the basket below is on the small side. Compared to our other full size stroller, the basket is tiny. But the diaper bag feature on the back of the stroller makes up for the small bottom basket.




When pushing this stroller I really enjoyed the foam covered handles. My hands didn't get all sweaty and gross. But I did notice the click clack on the sidewalk. Now some will say "oh no big deal. That's always going to happen" well it's a big bother for me. I really don't like listening to click clack click clack on my walk. But that's just me. I did have difficulties when we came to a curb that wasn't flush with the road (I have to tip the stroller back in order to get it back up onto the sidewalk.) There was a few times where the front wheels got stuck and I almost fell over the stroller itself. But once I locked the front wheels it stopped, but then I wasn't able to turn the stroller on a dime. I was just more careful when we got to curbs.

We took the 105 on a short vacation with us. It folds up so well and can fit in tight places. I love the handle feature when it's folded up. It makes it easier get in and out of the car. There is also a should strap, which was great when transporting it from place to place. Its so easy to unfold as well. Like one, two, thr.. voila! hehe.





When we went shopping, I liked that it was small enough that it didn't get in the way at the grocery store.

The stroller comes with it's very own rain cover. Which is great for Vancouver weather!! It's customized to fit the 105 perfectly.

Pros:

lightweight
full size (infant car seat compatible)
stylish
stores well
big POP out sunshade
great recline

Cons:

small basket
no cup holders
front wheels can get stuck on curbs
click clack on the sidewalk
cost

The guzzie & Guss 105 Texada costs $249.99 Not a bad price for a full size (Infant car seat compatible) stroller. After you purchase your car seat, it's about the same price as a travel system. Although I do have to say if you were just purchasing this stroller for the Umbrella style, I find it pricey, but that's just me. Their Universal cup holders retail for $19.99 and they have also just come out with a Universal Buggy hitch, 'Buggy Board' which I believe retails for $89.99. 

Overall, this stroller is great. While it does have some cons, the pros outweigh them ten fold. The G+G 105 is a quality made stroller, with details and features that I haven't seen in other Umbrella strollers.


I would like to thank guzzie & Guss for providing me with the review stroller. It was a real treat to get to do this. I hope you find this review helpful. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. You can find my email in my PR section. Or you can contact guzzie & Guss.

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Please note, that I was provided the stroller mentioned in this review for review purposes only. All opinions are strictly my own and may differ from others. No monetary compensation was taken. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.