I like free stuff. Love it. I’m a swag junkie and I don’t care who knows it. Yet – when it comes to Pistols + Popcorn, I’ve turned down a few things offered to me because I didn’t want to become a site that was shilling everything from wedding bands (yes, wedding bands were offered to me once. Too dangerous, I thought. I mean, if they’re great and make my marriage magical that’d be awesome. But what if the wedding bands suck, and ruin my marriage? Then I end up out of love and a single mother to twins and their big bro. Not rolling the dice on that.) Or household cleansers (seriously, not all that tempting – like I want another reason to go scrub the bathroom floor…) My point is that if I am going to talk about a product here, it’s got to be super awesome in a way that makes me feel extraordinary about using it. How many things do I feel extraordinary using? Not actually very many. But here’s one:
Let me be totally upfront. This stroller was given to me by iCandy to review. I accepted it because – um…..duh. Look at it. It’s like the Lexus of double strollers. I was having twins, and I needed a vehicle to get them around this beautiful city. The thing is, in an urban environment like Brooklyn/NYC, your stroller is more important that a car. Not in a see-and-be-seen way, but in a totally utilitarian way. I don’t own a car. If I’m getting my twins from point A to point B, I’m using a stroller. Or a sherpa. But the stroller doesn’t have to be fed so I’m using the stroller. I have been using the iCandy Pear for almost four months now, with two newborns in tow, through a mean and long and extremely tough winter. And the verdict?
I’m in love. I love the iCandy Pear in a more-than-friends way. The iCandy Pear absolutely rocks my face off.
Currently we’re using the bassinet formation of the stroller, as shown above. This keeps the babes laying totally flat, which is what is recommended for newborns. The bassinets are super-cozy and have hosted more than their fair share of naps for their tiny masters. I’m getting anxious to get my boys sitting upright though, so they can see what I see. The next formation in the seemingly endless possibilities of combinations for these guys will look like this:
I know, right? Ok ok it’s not just that this thing looks good. It’s that it functions like a dream. The footprint of the iCandy Pear is slim enough to fit through a Brooklyn Bodega’s food aisle. Know what I mean? It’s the same width as most single strollers which is wildly important here in the NYC. Grocery stores, clothing stores, drug stores, sidewalks – everywhere you go you are shoulder to shoulder with either people or products. A double-wide stroller just doesn’t make sense to me here. The iCandy Pear can navigate pretty much any where you could take a single stroller.
The bane of every city-dwelling, stroller-pushing mother is the existence of staircases. Now, the iCandy Pear has not solved the problem of stroller vs. staircase. But it is built with the strength of a tank, and takes the abuse of being bumped up and down countless staircases without complaining. I’m guessing that the large, air-filled tires in the back and all-around suspension is the reason that makes this so. Either that or I’m super strong and exceptionally capable at stroller stair wrangling. My money is on the construct of the stroller.
And listen, is it such a crime that I love how good this beauty looks? No lie, I am stopped constantly on the street by people asking what kind of stroller I’m pushing. The iCandy has been a staple across the ocean for years, but is new here in the States. I’m happy to be rocking this thing and getting the word out. And while it is an investment, because obviously, it is not in the price range of the umbrella stroller – it is my belief that this will be the one and only stroller I’m going to need for my twins. It is built to grow with them, in a bazillion different configurations, which I won’t even try to illustrate here. Check their site for all the technical data and geek speak. All I know is that I seem to have won the Twin Stroller Lottery. Friends, if you need a double stroller I’m telling you that this would be my pick, above all others. Also – I’m pretty sure it makes me look extra hot pushing it because it is a damn sexy looking stroller, there I said it.