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Eddie Bauer Adventurer

*Est. $200
Reviewed
January 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Eddie Bauer Adventurer

Pros
  • One-hand, standing fold
  • Large, accessible under-seat basket
  • High 50-pound weight rating
Cons
  • Heavy and bulky
  • Difficult to maneuver
  • No full recline
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Bottom Line

The Eddie Bauer Adventurer Travel System includes a full-featured stroller and an infant car seat with a base that most users say is durable and easy to use. Parents appreciate the extra convenience features, including a one-handed standing fold, a large under-seat basket and a parent console. As with most travel systems, there are complaints about the stroller's maneuverability and overall bulk.

Safety

A sturdy stroller with necessary safety features. According to trusted product testers, the Eddie Bauer Adventurer Travel System performs well on safety tests that include stability and compliance with American Society for Testing and Materials safety standards. Both trained experts and parents describe the stroller as sturdy. The stroller has rear-wheel brakes that lock independently, and the front swivel wheels lock in the forward-facing position when greater stability is required. There is a five-point safety harness. Users say the infant car seat is well padded.

Ease of Use

Mixed reports on overall usability. Parents say that the Eddie Bauer Adventurer Travel System is very easy to set up out of the box. The majority also say that it is simple to fold the stroller one-handed, although some say that the fold mechanism can get sticky over time. Because the stroller is on the bulky side, parents say it can be cumbersome to carry.

One trusted review source says that the Adventurer stroller offers excellent performance in maneuverability testing, but other product testers and users don't agree. Some say that it is difficult to maneuver the stroller through twists and turns, and that it is hard to push the stroller over grass, gravel and other uneven terrain. Parents say the padded handlebar is comfortable to push.

Other mechanisms on the stroller get mixed reviews. Some owners say the recline adjustment strap is hard to use; others disagree. Parents say the brakes are easy to lock and unlock, although they are not linked, which requires an extra step. In order to attach the car seat to the stroller, you must take an attachment bar stored on the under-seat basket and attach it to the stroller seat. The car seat then clicks into place. Some users say the car seat is easy to install and remove; others wish the extra attachment bar wasn't required. A couple of parents also say that the car-seat handle makes a loud popping sound when it locks into the open position and can wake or startle the baby. Parents also describe the car seat as bulky and heavy, and some say it is difficult to lock and unlock the car seat to its base in the car.

Lifestyle Features

Not the best for larger infants. The Eddie Bauer Adventurer Travel System stroller carries children of up to 50 pounds, but it does not offer a full recline, so is not the best choice in general for very young babies, especially since the car seat only carries babies up to 22 pounds. The car seat itself, the Cosco Designer 22 infant seat, is not as highly rated by consumers as other infant car seats. One respected product review source advises taking a pass on this system and buying a better car seat. According to the manufacturer, the Designer 22 is slated to be discontinued when current stock is sold out.

Most parents love the look of the system, and say that the car seat and stroller are comfortable and well padded. The Adventurer Travel System is also sold as the Adventurer Sport System with no substantive differences beyond fabric choices, which generally add a few dollars to the overall price.

The stroller has nice storage features, including a roomy and accessible under-seat basket, a parent console with two deep cupholders and a secure compartment, and snack tray with a cupholder for the child. While most users acknowledge that the stroller is bulky when folded, parents like that it stands independently for easier storage. Eddie Bauer instructs parents to wipe the stroller fabric and frame clean with soapy water. However, some parents wish they could remove the fabric for more thorough washing.

Customer Service

One-year warranty. The Eddie Bauer Adventurer Travel System carries a one-year warranty against manufacturer's defects. Eddie Bauer is a division of the Dorel Juvenile Products Group, which in general is reported to have good customer service.

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Review Credibility: Excellent The Eddie Bauer Adventurer is one of three travel system strollers rated for ease of use, maneuverability, safety and size. Strollers are compared and rated, accompanied by a brief overview. This source could be greatly improved with more detailed reviews and testing information, but it does have the most credible coverage of the basics: safety, maneuverability and ease of use.

Review: Traditional Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

2. Baby Bargains

Review Credibility: Excellent The 2011 edition of "Baby Bargains," written by consumer advocates Denise and Alan Fields, covers a variety of stroller manufacturers. The authors provide ratings both for overall brands and for individual models, including Good, Better and Best recommendations for specific lifestyle issues. In the latest edition, they discuss Cosco (Eddie Bauer) in detail and the Eddie Bauer Adventurer Travel System specifically.

Review: Chapter 9: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition, 2011

3. Good Housekeeping

Review Credibility: Very Good The Eddie Bauer Adventurer Travel System Stroller earns a B- rating in this test of 36 strollers by engineers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI). There are no safety issues noted, and it gets points for general ease of use and ample storage space, but they note that it does not do well in more challenging terrains and can be difficult to maneuver in tight spaces.

Review: Eddie Bauer Adventurer Travel System Stroller, Editors of Good Housekeeping, July 2010

4. Babies 'R' Us

Review Credibility: Very Good The Eddie Bauer Adventurer system receives an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, based on more than 39 reviews. The majority of contributors say that the system is durable, easy to use and comfortable, but even fans of the stroller say it is heavy and bulky. There are a few scattered complaints that the car seat is difficult to snap in.

Review: Eddie Bauer Adventurer Sport Travel System Stroller - Michelle, Contributors to BabiesRUs.com, As of January 2013

5. Target.com

Review Credibility: Very Good The Eddie Bauer Adventurer Sport receives an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in more than 10 reviews. The majority of contributors are very happy with the stroller/car-seat combo, saying it's easy to use and fold and is of good quality. The only real complaints are of the weight and bulk of the system overall, but most say they would buy it again.

Review: Eddie Bauer Adventurer Sport Travel System - Michelle, Contributors to Target.com, As of January 2013

6. Amazon.com

Review Credibility: Very Good The Eddie Bauer Adventurer receives an overall rating of 3.6 out of 5 stars in a handful of reviews posted on Amazon.com. Most reviews are favorable, saying the stroller is easy to use and well made, but there are a few reports of difficult, sticky wheels, and some reviewers wish the stroller had a better recline.

Review: Eddie Bauer Adventurer Travel System, Stonewood, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013

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