Experts and owners are generally impressed with the Valco Runabout TriMode Twin. This stroller has an extremely narrow width -- only 28 inches, compared to 29 inches for the Mountain Buggy Urban Double (*est. $670). The Trimode Twin is easy to push and maneuver, according to parents and reviewers, who complain only of its 35-pound weight, bulk and difficulty in folding (common issues with double strollers in general), as well as its high price.
The Valco Runabout TriMode Twin receives the most thorough coverage at Baby-Gaga.com and JoggingStroller.com, which offers an in-depth editorial review followed by posts from parents who own this side-by-side all-terrain double stroller. The TriMode Twin is also discussed on the Baby Bargains Forum and by a several owners posting to Epinions.
The professional review on this site calls the Valco Runabout TriMode Twin "among the very best in feature-loaded swivel-wheel all-terrain double strollers," and compares it favorably to the Mountain Buggy Urban Double and Phil and Teds Twin (it's lighter, slightly narrower, and has higher seats). The two dozen parents posting here overwhelmingly give the Valco double stroller high scores.
Review: Valco Tri Mode Twin Double Stroller, Editors of (and contributors to) JoggingStroller.com
In this review, Baby-Gaga acknowledges all the good stuff about the Valco -- its maneuverability, durability, cushy padding and ability to accommodate an infant car seat -- but points out that it is "annoyingly bulky and heavy to fold and stow," is hard to keep clean, and has an ineffective sun canopy. The editors of this site prefer the Mountain Buggy Urban Double.
Review: Valco Twin Runabout Review, Editors of Baby-Gaga.com, Jan. 18, 2006
3. Baby Bargains
The half-dozen parents contributing to this site (the online companion to the popular book of the same name) give the Valco Runabout TriMode Twin stroller high marks for steering and maneuverability, but point out that it 's heavy and difficult to fold. In the Baby Bargains book, Valco strollers in general earn top marks for quality.
Review: Valco Runabout TriMode Twin Stroller Reviews, Contributors to Baby Bargains Forum
The handful of owners posting here give the Valco Runabout TriMode Twin uniformly high grades, citing its narrow (28-inch) width, ease of folding and unfolding, and maneuverability.
Review: Valco Runabout TriMode Twin Reviews, Contributors to Epinions