Travel systems (that include both a car seat and a stroller) are one of the first things new parents register for on their list of needs. Let’s face it…you NEED it. You NEED a car seat without a question, so it’s easier to bundle them together and knock two things out at once. It’s not only more cost effective, but it eases a parents mind that they got two “bigger items” knocked off from their list. You also want the Best travel system for your baby. Well… look no farther, I have your solution.
I received the Eddie Bauer Trail Hiker 3-Wheel System for review and I’m super excited about it. As many of you know, we just had our first daughter in November. I have wanted a travel system for both of our vehicles, so I didn’t have to worry about switching them out, but I have been severely procrastinating so this came just in the knick of time.
I’m not going to lie, when the box arrived, I did a little dance. I was so excited. The box was large, but it wasn’t too large. It would fit easily in most vehicles (no, sorry, you’re not getting this in a Smartcar).
Enough about that, let’s get down to the “nitty gritty” of what you really want to know.
A little about the overall quality of both the stroller and the car seat. The material is super durable, machine washable, but at the same time, it’s still very soft. Additionally, everything is super easy to use and handle. With another travel system that I currently own, I have a difficult time unlatching things, but this was a breeze compared to that.
First, the car seat. It alone has a TON of great features. It has a nice weight to it, but it’s not super heavy at the same time. The handle is adjustable and locks into place to secure. The base has a nice weight to it, which makes me feel like my daughter will be very safe. The canopy easily comes up and pushes back down, making sure to cover a large portion of the baby.
The stroller came in a few pieces. Like everything that comes into our home needing assembly, I asked Andrew to put it together. He said it was super easy. Snap a few things here and then and it’s ready to go. It took him less than 5 minutes to do from the time he took it out of the box until it was ready to go out on the town.
Out of the tons of amazing features described above, there are a few improvements I think could be made. When the stroller is completely folded up the child’s snack tray hangs over. While it does just snap off and can easily be put right back in, I wish there was a way for it to just bend down without having to remove it.
I also wish there was a chest clip to go across the baby. She fits great inside the stroller at just 3 months old, but I would feel more comfortable if there was a clip across her chest. Lastly, when you adjust the straps on the stroller, it just hangs there. This isn’t a big deal, but I just don’t want the baby grabbing and chewing on the strap. It would be nice to be able to roll it up and clip it so baby would be less likely to chew it.
None of these are deal breakers and don’t take away from the amazing features that I do love about this system.
Infant Car Seat
Airplane Ready: Yes
Rear-facing Weight Range: 4-35 lbs
Rear-facing Height Range: Up to 32″
Side Impact Protection: Yes
Center Front Adjust Harness: Yes
Adjustable Base: Yes
LATCH Equipped: Yes
5-Point Harness: Yes
Child Tray: Yes
Parent Assist Tray: Yes
Storage Basket: Yes
Weight Limit (pounds): 50.0
Carton Weight (lbs): 40.6
Carton Dimensions (L x W x H in Inches): 18.1 x 22.4 x 34.7