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Review of the Phil & Teds Vibe

Okay I admit, I have a stroller addiction.  I love looking at strollers as much as Matt enjoys looking at cars. When Phil and Teds first came out with the Vibe, I thought to myself ” what a great looking stroller, pity I don’t fancy 3 wheelers”  Fast forward to a couple of months later and here I am with my new Vibe. It wasn’t a hasty decision, I had spent the last month or so doing my research and reading as many reviews as I could. The frustrating thing was, all the reviews related to how the Vibe was used overseas. I could not find a single review from a local user.  So I’ve decided to do my bit and give my honest review of the Vibe.

Pros

It’s definitely eye-catching and people stop and stare where ever you go. Some may not consider this a plus point but aesthetics are important to me.

The Vibe is so easy to push and maneuver. Despite its mammoth size, it is easy to steer even with one hand.

I love how versatile the seating arrangements are, in toddler/toddler mode, one child sits in front, the other at the back. If one child wants to take a nap, just snap the double kit onto the front of the stroller and the other can lie down flat. On my date with Max, I moved the doubles kit to the front so that he had a higher view and he absolutely loved it.

Both kids seem to love being in it and Ally often comments that its really comfortable. She chooses to sit behind and even though I don’t think she gets much of a view, she enjoys the snug space.

The Vibe has ultra sensitive brakes which are set in the middle of the handle bar. Its both a blessing and a pain. If you accidentally hit the red button, you pray that you remembered to strap the children in securely. So far I haven’t had the problem of deploying the brakes unintentionally.

The adjustable canopy is a great idea, if you have a taller toddler you’re truly appreciate the fact that he/she won’t be banging their heads on it.

Cons

It weighs a ton! Well, 10kg to be exact but it feels a lot heavier.

Closing it takes practice, it needs to be folded correctly if not the side clips won’t shut. When we were at the shop, the lady showed us how to fold it but she placed the stroller on the floor. This meant that we would be exposing the seat to dirty floors each time we had to close the Vibe. Anyway, Matt soon found a much better way of doing it. Won’t go into details here but drop me an email if you want to know how.

The doubles kit is able to take up to 20kg if placed in front and 15 kg if placed at the back. But the seat itself is pretty small and even though Ally isn’t tall, her head sticks out a little.

Matt was complaining that he didn’t like the nylon straps, they feel cheap and for the price that the Vibe is going for, P & T really could have chosen a better material.

The Vibe and Public Transport

I’ve taken the Vibe on the MRT with little problems. My little tip? Go to the compartment just outside the lifts, they are the wheelchair accessible ones and have more room. I used it both during peak periods and off peak. Getting out of the train was slightly more difficult if everyone is crowding at the exit door but one look at the Vibe’s massive wheels and everyone magically scatters from the exit.

Getting into a taxi with a toddler, a baby and shopping bags is a little tricky. I usually place the children in the taxi, Ally is very good at keeping an eye out for Max while I close the pram. Its times like this that I miss my Maclaren which I can easily fold with one hand. Loading it into the taxi can be a pain cos of its sheer weight but most drivers are happy to assist.

The Vibe and Shopping Centers

I’ve used the Vibe along Orchard Road and have encountered few problems. Bearing in mind that we often go out during the weekdays, I think one would struggle a little more during the weekends when the crowds are huge. It is possible to use the Vibe on the escalators, even with the doubles kit attached. I won’t advise it simply because its a lot of weight to hold onto. This is where it can get pretty annoying cos everywhere you go, you have to wait for the lifts. With one child, going up and down escalators are pretty easy but again, because its a 3 wheeler, I wouldn’t try taking it up the escalator. It is able to fit through most aisles in the shopping centres and supermarkets.

Do I think the Vibe is worth buying? It really depends. It suits our lifestyle, we wanted a stroller that we could use for outings to the zoo, parks and numerous outdoor places. For that, the Vibe is perfect. We do our shopping when its quiet and most of the time, we get around in our car so once again, squeezing on public transport isn’t an issue. With our two young children, it made sense to get an inline stroller like the Vibe rather than a twin side by side. If your toddler prefers walking, a Vibe might not be the stroller for you. Another option would be the buggy board which attaches to most umbrella strollers.  I personally love my Vibe, we own other P &T products as well and have always been satisfied with their quality and after sales care.

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A date with the Pork Chop

Whenever I can, I like to spend time with each child individually. It gives me a chance to really get to know my children and to listen to their thoughts and feelings without being interrupted by their sibling.

Pork and I had some lovely one on one time together today. We took the train to town, had a leisurely lunch, walked around the bookstore where he fell asleep.

I made my way down to the  supermarket to pick up some groceries and he started to wake up. Confused by the bright lights and noise, Max started crying. I found a bench and was soon joined by an elderly couple. The lady started commenting loudly about why Max was crying. ” Oh, you shouldn’t put him in the pram to sleep, he’s too hot, that’s why he is crying.” Since she wasn’t speaking directly to me, I just ignored her. But she went on and on ” its so hot to sleep in the pram, shouldn’t put him inside to sleep.”  And how would she know? The last time she was in a pram would have been a good 70 years ago, if they even had prams then. By this time I was getting annoyed cos here I am trying to calm him down, there she is sprouting her stupid theory about why he’s crying. It was sheer self control that stopped me from snapping back at her.

Why can’t people understand that its a fact, babies cry. Sometimes for reasons even Einstein can’t figure out. Anyway, I shall try to forget about Ignorant Aunty’s comments so here are a couple of pictures from my date with Pork.

Having lunch at Tonkichi

In his new P & T stroller

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