The Zooper Hula is a step up from the Twist in the Zooper line with a few added features including height-adjustable handles, one-hand recline and an extra sunshade. Weighing about 17 pounds, it is heavy for an umbrella stroller, but not bad when compared to full-featured strollers. The Hula has a fully reclining seat and a complement of features that makes it appropriate for younger babies (Zooper says 3 months to 45-pound toddlers). Some parents compare the Hula favorably to the Maclaren Techno XT (*Est. $300), which also has extendable handles and a fully reclining seat.
The Zooper Hula umbrella stroller hasn't been the subject of any expert reviews by the likes of ConsumerReports.org or StrollersAndPrams.com. Fortunately, though, a couple of parents posting to Baby-Gaga.com show a technical rigor that would do these sources proud, comparing the Hula to other strollers in its price and weight class. The Hula is also reviewed by a handful of owners at Amazon.com.
A parent goes into great depth about the relative merits of three umbrella-handle strollers with similar features -- the Zooper Hula, the Peg-Perego Pliko P3 and the Inglesina Zippy -- and the bar-handle Zooper Waltz. After in-store test drives of all four models, she decided to buy the least expensive Waltz.
Review: Zooper Hula or Pliko P3?, Contributors to Baby-Gaga.com
In this brief thread, parents provide feedback about the Zooper Hula, both comparing it favorably to the Maclaren Techno XT. One mom likes the one-hand recline and cold-weather bag, and another points out that the Techno XT isn't appropriate for newborns.
Review: Just found the 2006 Zooper Hula, Any Info Out There Yet?, Contributors to Baby-Gaga.com
A handful of parents post feedback on various colors of the Zooper Hula at Amazon.com, one in great depth. She says the Hula's basket is low and hard to reach, it's tough to steer with one hand and the lock that keeps the stroller folded occasionally pops open, but these slight drawbacks are more than outweighed by its light weight, adjustable handles and comfortable padding.
Review: Zooper Hula Red Umbrella Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com