Since the debut of the Bugaboo Frog in 2003, parents have been
clamoring for Bugaboo to unleash their design chops on a stroller that
could carry two. When we heard Bugaboo was bringing us over to
Amsterdam, we guessed we were going to see a double stroller and we
hoped it would be worth the wait.
The Donkey is brilliantly designed to convert from a single stroller
(Mono) with a small sidecar for parcels into a robust and fully-featured
side-by-side double stroller (Duo).
As a single, it is 23″ wide at the wheel base - exactly the
same as the Bugaboo Cameleon. It looks wider, but that`s an optical
illusion due to the wider handlebar. It functions the same as a
traditional Bugaboo, but the seat is a little narrower. You can convert
the bassinet into the stroller seat, and face the seat towards the
parent or out to the world. The seat reclines. Best of all, you can fold
it in one piece, and it stands when folded. The expandable side shopping
basket can hold toys, snacks or a small bag, plus there`s a very
generous cargo basket under the seat.
As a double, it is a dream come true. Two sleek seats, side by side,
that recline and orient independently, so you can place each one in
either a forward-facing or a rear-facing position. The conversion
requires just three clicks - the frame has three connection points to
release and then the frame telescopes open, widening the space that had
been occupied by the side shopping basket. The second seat clicks into
place, and you`re on your way. The duo configuration also folds in one
piece and stands when folded for optimal space management. It`s just
29″ wide, so it will fit easily through standard doorways and
through the aisles at your favorite store.
The Bugaboo Donkey has 10″ front wheels (larger and more robust
than the Cameleon stroller), 12″ rear wheels and sweet white wall
tires all around. When I pushed the stroller, I was amazed by how good
the handling was. Despite the extra width in the Duo mode, the Donkey
delivers the smooth steering, suspension and responsiveness parents have
come to expect from a Bugaboo stroller.
The Donkey can accommodate a child up to 37.5 pounds in each seat.
Though it can be folded in one piece, you can remove the seats for a
very compact fold that should fit in all but the smallest car trunk.
In my opinion, Bugaboo did an incredible job with this stroller. It
offers an unprecedented range of functionality and a beautiful
design. The expandable frame is pure genius and it gives families the
ability to use the stroller both before and after they need it for two
kids. In fact, the only questionable thing about it is the name.
Donkey? Really? For this stroller, I`ll learn to love it.
The Bugaboo Donkey will be available this spring. No word yet on
price. If you`d like to be one of the first to get your hands on the
Donkey, you can
here to place a hold on one, price to be notified. Your credit card
will not be charged until
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