The Mamas & Papas Sola stroller is sleek and zippy, and it looks good to boot. There are some definite pros and cons to this stroller, which are detailed below. For some families, this could be the perfect stroller, and there are lots of great features on it.
Note: The classic Sola stroller has now been discontinued. It is difficult to find the Sola in stores. However, if you'd still like to find an amazing Mamas & Papas stroller, you're in luck!
The Mamas & Papas Sola2 stroller is just as sleek and stylish, and steers like a dream. The Sola2 stroller is available in a deep turquoise color, a rich red berry shade, and in basic black.
The following is the review of the original Sola stroller. The Sola 2 has all of the features of the original, plus some upgrades, such as UV-protective SPF 50 sun shade fabrics. Package sets are available that include the bassinet, or you can purchase the pieces separately.
This stroller has a metal frame with plastic accents. You can choose the fabrics in basic black and gray, or go flashy with bold plum or bright blue. The Sola weighs about 22 pounds. When folded, the dimensions are 39" x 21" x 33”. When open, the dimensions are 11" x 21" x 33”. The maximum weight limit is 50 pounds.
- Reversible seat
- Height-adjustable handle
- Locking swivel wheels
- Full sun shade with window
- Reclines flat for newborns
- Sits fully upright for older kids
- Includes rain cover
- Bassinet sold separately
- Adapters for Graco & Cybex Aton infant car seats sold separately
Sola Stroller Pros
First, the steering is fantastic. On smooth surfaces, it's easy to push the stroller with one hand, even with a larger child riding in it.
It turns on a dime, and it's nice that you can lock the front wheels to stop them from swiveling if you need to. That's a nice feature for rougher terrain. The swivel locks are located on the wheel housings, but it's just a lever that you flip up or down, so you don't have to do anything complicated to switch modes fast.
Everything works flawlessly while you're strolling around. The seat recline works via a lever on the back of the seat. It slides smoothly, and you can change the recline quickly and quietly without waking a napping baby. The sun shade is also very quiet, with no loud clicks as it moves into place. The shade extends down low in front to block almost any sun angle. The peek-in window on top has magnet closures, so there's no noise on those, either, when you look in on your little one.
Reversing the seat is super easy. All you have to do is grab the sides where the seat connects to the frame, and lift up. There are little buttons on the seat sides that release the seat when you lift up. Then you just turn the seat around and drop it back onto the frame.
The handle folds to several angles to accommodate various parent heights. It also folds all the way under, flat against the frame, so that it doesn't stick out at all when you fold the stroller.
It's easy to find a comfortable handle position, and most parents won't have trouble with kicking the frame or wheels while walking around with the stroller. Taller parents may want to check that out for themselves before buying, though.
The Sola does a nice job of creating comfort for kids of different sizes. The full recline works nicely for newborns. You can adjust the leg supports for older babies. There's a more solid footplate low on the frame so older kids have a sturdy spot to rest their feet. You can also add a car seat adapter or bassinet if you want more options for your newborn.
The basket is average-sized. A large messenger-style diaper bag fits in the basket with a little extra room for other small items.
Sola Stroller Cons
The fold and unfold mechanisms can be finicky or inconvenient.
To unfold the stroller, you have to push the lock mechanism aside, and then lift up on the top of the stroller until it opens and the frame locks into place. The locking mechanism can pinch your fingers if you don't move the plastic piece far enough out of the way.
When it's time to fold the stroller, you start by lowering the handlebar until its flat against the frame. Then you push a button on one side of the frame, and while holding that button down, slide two levers on the frame sides until the frame releases. Then the frame collapses itself. Sometimes the release stuck a bit and had to be jiggled to work.
When folded, the Sola takes up quite a bit of trunk space. You can take the wheels and front bumper bar off easily to make it even more compact.
The Mamas & Papas Sola is a very nice stroller in the mid-size range. It can be used as a travel system, which is a plus for many families. Keep in mind, though, that you'll need to spend $30 to $50 for the car seat adapters, which are for Graco and Cybex Aton only.
If you'll be strolling primarily on smooth terrain, you'll love the slick steering and maneuverability of the Sola. For those that are hauling a stroller up and down subway steps and in very narrow spaces, you may want to consider a smaller or lighter stroller.
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