Orbit showcased their next generation stroller seat and frame system this year at ABC. It might sound a bit uncreative to say this but while many companies innovate, Orbit really does “revolutionize!”
We saw some fabulous upgrades, tweaks and product improvements at the ABC show this year but there were very few companies who truly took their own product line really went back to the drawing board to recreate it. Orbit did just that with their new G2 line which is set to launch Q1 2010.
I’m sure I will miss some of amazing improvements but I’ll really try! Currently Orbit has a toddler stroller seat for their Orbit system. This is a nice stroller seat but by no means the best on the market. It is also significantly less innovative than their newborn carseat system. This G2 models changes that.
For starters, they aren’t calling it a toddler stroller seat anymore since it can be used from birth. Fabulous!
Here are most of it’s upgrades:
- Full newborn recline
- You can swivel and recline the seat in one motion for amazing easy of use (named 3DRotationTM)
- Removable snack tray with cover (store in diaper bag and pop on front bar when needed)
- Footrest has adjustable lengths
- Removable footrest means even longer-legged toddlers can be rear facing
-Vented rear zip-off for keeping kids cooler on hot days
- The seat no longer folds on the frame but it has a much easier to do, compact fold
- New seat shape and design – fits with the Orbit newborn system look much better!
Okay that’s what we loved about the new stroller seat. The stroller frame also has significant improvements.
From the top:
- the stroller handles are now easily push-button height adjustable.
- the parent tray now has one deeper cupholder and a dish on two sides for storing parent items like wallet/keys (it’s not super deep but it will hold them.)
- the frame now had a grey lacquered finish which they assured me was scratch-proof (it is a coating on their current high-grade aluminum material underneath which is the same as current model)
- The basket has a new attachment mechanism for easier attachment/detachment
- The basket has two bottle holders at the ends for easy sippy-cup/bottle grabbing on-to-go
-More interior pockets for easier underneath storage organization
From the Bottom:
- Air-chamber tires means no pumping or leaky tires
- New suspension system for a smoother ride (called QuadShock TM)
And then of course there is the new G2 color addition: Red. It is a beautiful deep red exterior with a brighter flame red interior since Orbit always does the main color/contrast color fabrics. They will keep the Mocha and Black going forward as well. They are phasing out the current blue/green/pink accessory packs so if you want one grab them soon! The accessories will not be released immediately in red so early adopters will need to get Black pannier bags to compliment their Red seats – not too tragic! The base will also only come in black going forward for simplification.
Lastly on the new G2 – it will be BACKWARDS and FORWARDS compatible. This means older system owners can still buy the new seat. Or you can get the new chassis and seat and still use your old carseat – I think that is so great for people who want the latest innovation without rebuying the whole system. Why can’t more companies do this??
Orbit is also releasing a green line of carseat fabrics and footmuffs. They will be flame-retardant without using any chemicals. It is due to the fabrics they use instead. I think they mentioned wool but i might have zoned out at this point. This means you can replace your current Orbit car seat upholstery for the infant or toddler seats with these “Green” covers. The price point was SUPER high though (think hundreds!) and I love my daughter, but apparently not enough to green her Orbit Toddler Car seat. Sorry honey! They will have infant and toddler footmuffs too in their green materials. These are also around $150 but fit all infant and toddler carseats/strollers. All I could think seeing their light colored cream/grey material is how dirty it would look in 1 week with my family.