Car Seat.Org - Carseat, Automobile & Child Passenger Safety Community Forums
Forums Home | Mobile Site | Search | Carseat Blog | Carseat Basics | FAQ | Store | Support Us and Shop Amazon

 

Making kids safer, one question at a time.  Welcome to the Car-Seat.Org community!   Motor Vehicle Crashes are the #1 cause of fatal injury for children and adults, age groups 1 to 34.   Selecting a safe car, minivan or SUV, plus correctly using child restraints and seatbelts may be the most important things you can do to protect your family.   Need help installing an infant, convertible or booster seat?   Looking for carseat reviews or compatibility advice? Need help buying the best and safest car seats for your baby, toddler or older kid?   No question is a bad one, so please click here to ask our experts a question and then join our friendly community of moms, dads, caregivers and advocates.   Thank you for visiting; buckle-up and drive safely!



  Contact Us to Sponsor a Top Banner Ad!  

Visitors are welcome to post a question anonymously, without registration. Please see announcement for more details.

Go Back   Car Seat.Org - Carseat, Automobile & Child Passenger Safety Community Forums > Shopping > Shopping: Carseats, Travel Systems & Stroller Coupons and Deals > Baby Gear and Kids Stuff: Shopping and Deals

Notices

Baby Gear and Kids Stuff: Shopping and Deals Discussions, Shopping Advice, Deals and Coupons Codes for all Kids and Baby Gear except Car Seats, Strollers and Travel Systems.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-02-2006, 02:14 PM   #1
CPSDarren
Admin - CPS Technician
 
CPSDarren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Illinois
Posts: 11,354
Blog Entries: 1
CPSDarren is a CPS Guru ExtraordinaireCPSDarren is a CPS Guru ExtraordinaireCPSDarren is a CPS Guru ExtraordinaireCPSDarren is a CPS Guru ExtraordinaireCPSDarren is a CPS Guru ExtraordinaireCPSDarren is a CPS Guru ExtraordinaireCPSDarren is a CPS Guru ExtraordinaireCPSDarren is a CPS Guru ExtraordinaireCPSDarren is a CPS Guru ExtraordinaireCPSDarren is a CPS Guru ExtraordinaireCPSDarren is a CPS Guru Extraordinaire
2006 Valco Runabout Trimode Review

2006 Valco Runabout Tri Mode Review



Photo Courtesy of Valco, www.valco.com.au

My full review of this stroller has been moved to Epinions: http://www.epinions.com/content_230634393220

My photos can be found in the gallery http://www.pbase.com/carseat/trimode.


Pros:

Stable, sturdy and Smooooth- on all terrain. Easy to steer, compact fold with wheels removed

Cons:

Poor manual, harness adjustments, folding requires a few steps, no cupholder or snack tray


Introduction

The 2006 Valco Runabout Tri-mode is the newest version of the popular Runabout single all-terrain stroller. It competes directly against 3-wheel models like the Mountain Buggy Urban Single (MBUS), Bob Revolution, Baby Jogger City Single (BJCS), Phil and Ted’s e3, Adventure Buggy Everest (ABC) and others. These strollers all share medium sized, air-filled tires suitable for indoors, sidewalks or bumpy terrain. With the front wheel locked, they can also be used for power walking or occasional light jogging, but they are not a full-time jogging stroller replacement. The Runabout has been a solid contender and a favorite among parents. The new updates may put it among the top in the class. All the improvements did increase the price somewhat, but Valco did manage to reduce the weight by about two pounds. It weighs roughly 17 pounds without the wheels and around 25 pounds with the wheels. That isn't light, but still very reasonable for an all-terrain model.

Conclusion

Overall, this is an awesome stroller so far and I really enjoy walking with it more than any other stroller I've used. I haven't had it long enough to discover any major durability issues, but it seems very well made with quality welds throughout the frame and solid metal fasteners and snaps everywhere. The Runabout Trimode seems to be most comparable to the MBUS and I had a tough time deciding between the two. Really, I don't think I could have gone wrong with either one. For about the same price, the Tri-Mode gives you a few extra features, sportier styling and improvements like a better hood and more storage. You can also upgrade the Tri-Mode to a double with the optional toddler accessory. On the other hand, the MBUS has its characteristic, spartan styling, somewhat easier steering, easier fold and is a few pounds lighter.

If you are buying an all-terrain stroller, I highly recommend that you consider the Valco Runabout Tri Mode. I also recommend Jo and Melissa at www.letsgostrolling.com; I purchased mine there and am very happy with their expert, personal service. If you are shopping around, definitely give them a call for a change from the typical big online baby store. They even have a stroller consultation service on their website and can help parents select among competitive models like the BJCS, Zooper Boogie/Zydeco, Bumbleride Rocket, Phil and Ted's E3 and Bob Revolution.

I have a photo gallery of my Tri Mode that shows a number of the features:

http://www.pbase.com/carseat/trimode

Valco's international portal website is here, though the USA website hasn't been updated to include the 2006 models as of this writing:

http://www.valco.com.au/
__________________
CPSDarren is offline  
Reply With Quote

  #ADS
Car-Seat.Org
Please Support Our Sponsors!
 
 
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Car-Seat.Org
Age: 2010
Posts: Thank you!
 

 
Car-Seat.Org is online  

RECARO Child Safety – Child restraints inspired by decades of safety in racing seat technology.



Visitors are welcome to post a question anonymously, without registration. Please see announcement for more details.

Reply



Support our Forums at Car-Seat.Org!

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


VISITORS ARE WELCOME TO POST A QUESTION ANONYMOUSLY, WITHOUT REGISTERING. It may take a couple hours or overnight until your post is approved and appears to the public. Due to recent spam attacks, this moderation delay is in effect until you register, confirm email and have your account approved. Please do not re-post your message if it does not appear immediately. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please also read our announcement for more details.

All responses are the opinions of each indvidual, who may or may not have relevant training or familiarity with your vehicle or carseat. It is your responsibility to read and follow the directions in the owner's manuals.  If you are unsure about information provided to you, please visit a local certified technician for a FREE CARSEAT SAFETY INSPECTION.  The best child safety seat is one that correctly fits your child, your automobile and can be used properly each and every trip. No registration is required to ask a question! Please read our announcement for details before posting.

Clek is a Proud Sponsor of Car-Seat.org
Kids N Cribs.com is a Proud Sponsor of Car-Seat.Org!
Nuna is a Proud Sponsor of Car-Seat.Org!
Graco is a Proud Sponsor of Car-Seat.Org!
'Britax USA is a proud sponsor of Car-Seat.Org
Recaro Child Safety is a proud sponsor of Car-Seat.org!
Maxi Cosi is a proud sponsor of Car-Seat.Org!
ThomasHilfen is a proud sponsor of Car-Seat.Org!

Please Support Car-Seat.Org with your purchases of infant, convertible, combination and boosters seats from our premier sponsors above.
Shop travel systems, strollers and baby gear from Britax, Chicco, Clek, Combi, Evenflo, First Years, Graco, Orbit, Recaro, Safety 1st, Diono & more!


About Us Support Car-Seat.Org Forums

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:13 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
All Website Content Copyright© 2001-2014, Car-Seat.Org, All Rights Reserved.