There once was a little girl who traveled across the globe to foreign lands. Equipped with a backpack full of games, and magazines she would sit back in her airplane seat and travel the planet without a care in the world. By the time she was 10 she had traversed the globe, and visited places like Phuket, Acapulco and Nordic nations.
This little girl grew up to be me. A mother, a mover and a shaker. With a couple hundred thousand miles underneath my belt, it was only natural for Atticus to join me on this journey of jet setting around the country. In the past I have written posts that discuss the pros and cons of travel with an infant and then toddler. I don’t find traveling with a toddler to be the god awful fiasco that some people assume it to be, but it certainly has it’s challenges. We have been on more flights than I can count, I think it was 33 at last count, but I could be wrong.
We had the privilege of testing out some baby gear on our trips, and I have outlined how we travel with a car seat, and documented our old way of doing things. We used to use a Cosco seat, and then switched to a Britax Boulevard, and then one day we stopped by the Orbit offices and they insisted I test out the Orbit Baby Travel System. I know, terrible thing to happen, and for those that do not know me, that was an extremely heavy dose of sarcasm.
My world changed. It was easy, efficient, light weight, and worked so effectively. Our first flight with the system was from Chicago to Portland, and it was a breeze. We used the toddler seat on the stroller frame and went from public transit to airport to in flight with Atticus safely secured. Upon arriving in Portland, I could not get his car seat installed correctly. Laney was witness to my swearing and frustration after a long day of travel I just wanted to get on with things. I resorted to facing Atticus forward for the first time, just so we could leave the car rental place. Upon getting to the hotel I turned to forums to figure out why I wasn’t getting a secure install, and couldn’t get a clear answer. The next car install was a bit better, and two months later I wound up watching the videos Orbit has on YouTube and WHAT DO YOU KNOW ? I was doing it wrong! After that the seat became as easy to install as a car seat can be.
The stroller frame maneuvers really well, and has done great on our travels. It’s comfortable for Atticus, and works great for his mama. The frame itself is really compact and can fit in the spot between the passenger seat and the back seat foot area if trunk space isn’t available, which is a nice little plus.
If you travel frequently, I cannot recommend this system enough. As Jamie Grayson says, “it’s a game changer.” It will make your travels a breeze, and you won’t have to worry about lugging a stroller and a car seat, and navigating ALL of that on your own.
When not traveling, we do use the the stroller seat, and it’s awesome! The sunshade is HUGE, the seat reclines nicely, and Atticus has never had a problem passing out for a nap. Another great feature is the built in cup holder, and as witnessed in the below photo, the ability to use a 3-point harness instead of 5-point.
We have used the travel bag, and on our last trip to California even brought the stroller seat with so Atticus wouldn’t have a problem napping and we could leave the car seat installed the entire time.
When Baby Dos comes around, we can turn it into a double with the Double Helix attachment, which is pretty sweet too. It does make the stroller a bit bulky, but hey, if I don’t have to buy a second stroller, that’s a great cost savings!
One of the things that I do not like is the brake. It has never worked that well, it sometimes sticks or doesn’t stick until you push forward a bit. Orbit has just launched the G3 and upgrading the brake was one of the improvements they made, and I’m glad they did. They also made a dual cup holder, and the handles are made of a softer foam material. The stroller can now be put together the way you want it, which is rad, because they have BLACK frames, and all these fabulously colored seats!
I tend to stay away from doing reviews on gear, because there are so many cool strollers out there, but I am so lucky I got introduced to this system. Despite my disliking the brake, and being envious of the black stroller frame with hot pink canopy (and blue canopy, and black canopy…), this stroller really is my favorite piece of gear. It has helped me travel with Atticus in a way that I didn’t think was possible. I travel solo 90% of the time, and the fact that I can get away with a carry on bag, and this one system has made things such a breeze.
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