The Kolcraft Contours Optima is a tandem stroller with 6 different seating options. It is only 35 pounds making it one of the most lightweight and versatile double strollers on the market.
Assembly directly out of the box was easy enough for me to do on my own – and I am not a “handy” person. Once set up, it is super simple to customize to your needs. If you have more than one child in “stroller age” (like I do) then out of all the tandem strollers I have tried this one is one of the least “double stroller like.”
You know how bulky double strollers can be – side by side seats make it impossible to navigate through stores and heavy materials make it a workout to just put it in your car. The Optima is only 35 lbs and with the removable seats makes it super compact to fit in your trunk or closet.
I love that the handle bar is thin – well everything about this stroller is thin! There is no “snack tray” for the kids but that means the stroller has more room to fold up thinner. And I can’t say enough good things about the way you can change the way the seats face! I love being able to talk to Lucy while I push her around! And when I face the seats towards each other, Lizzie and Lucy talk to each other and crack each other up, it is so cute!
Kolcraft certainly paid attention to detail when they constructed the Optima. At the top and bottom right are the cupholders. Two cupholders for me and one for each child seat. I love that the cupholders are vented – no pools of water from cup condensation! And the bottom left corner shows the plastic hook that keeps the stroller folded as you lift it into storage. It also has an easy to use brake system (center).
Even though they made it red, it took me a bit of time to find out how to recline the seats. By lifting up the large, red, plastic levers on the top of the canopy, you can the seat back pretty far. I had Lucy laying down almost horizontal when she fell asleep the other day. This photo shows the stroller seats back-to-back, in this position neither seat can recline very far.
The footrests are also adjustable. Lucy can lay back, horizontally, with the footrest up and take an afternoon nap. Or, Lizzie or David can have the footrest down almost 90 degrees and sit like a chair. The button to adjust the footrest was easy to miss since the snap-over cover kept covering it up.
This is how well it fits any size child! Lizzie is 3.5 feet tall and 35 lbs. Lucy is a chunky 20 lbs and both fit comfortably on this stroller. In fact, Lizzie asks if she can ride in the stroller whenever we are out.
I had two issues with this stroller. First, I got pretty stumped when I was putting it together fresh from the box because the instructions kept saying to unscrew the front wheels from a bar. As you can see, there is no bar to unscrew them from and I realized it must have been a typo. So if you purchase it just know all you have to do to assemble the front wheels is snap them in place.
The next issue is transporting it. I am so glad it is only 35 lbs because the basket bar sticks out just enough to where the rear wheels cannot roll after it is folded up – the basket drags on the ground. So in order to transport it in a folded position you must carry it.
Overall I am very excited about the brand new Kolcraft Contours Optima tandem stroller! It is lightweight and changes to suit my needs. Plus, I can’t get over the cute red and black colors! It is currently sitting in the back of my Honda and I will use it as my go-to stroller.
You can purchase the Kolcraft Contours Optima Tandem Stroller for $289.99 from Toys R Us!
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I was given this stroller to review. All opinions are 100% mine, others might have different opinions.