European brand, Cybex, manufacturers of lightweight, high quality strollers, is new to the US Market. The Callisto is their top of the line lighter-weight stroller complete with an umbrella fold with big features!
First, let’s start with the seat! The seat is large and roomy accommodating even an older child. With a measurement of 27” from seat back to canopy and a 13” wide seat, even our taller 4 ½ year old tester fit with no problem! (The stroller weight capacity is 44 lbs.) The seat fabric is very soft (almost a satiny feel) and what’s better yet is that the fabric is removable and machine washable! There is a removable headhugger with shoulder pads for the comfort of smaller babies and toddlers. The 5-point harness is padded by the headhugger shoulder pads and has a great one hand adjustable harness system that is similar to how many car seats adjust. It allows you to loosen and tighten the harness with just one strap to get a perfect fit for your child every time.
We love the seat recline on the Callisto! No straps included! The seat has a one-handed recline that has four positions including nearly flat. There is an adjustable leg rest that keeps our little ones comfortable whether they prefer it up or down. Another great feature of the seat is what Cybex calls the “summer function”. By unzipping and removing the back of the canopy and detaching the side fabric pieces of the seat, it completely opens up the seat to allow air to circulate through the stroller to keep your little one cool in the summer. The seat also has a padded baby bumper bar though no baby cup holder or snack tray.
The Callisto has a very large canopy for a lighter-weight stroller that has an extractable sun visor though it is missing a peek a boo window. The handlebar is one continuous piece (instead of two handles) that makes for easier one-handed maneuverability since you can place one hand in the center of the handlebar for turning. The handlebar is also taller than most umbrella-fold strollers to accommodate taller parents with a measurement of 41” from ground to bar. Plus, the handlebar telescopes out to one additional position giving you an additional a 1 ¼” of handlebar height.
In terms of storage, there is a small basket underneath the seat that will hold a small diaper bag, purse or a few baby essentials. Definitely not the biggest basket on the market! Just like many strollers with a seat that reclines almost flat, the basket is hard to access in this seat position. You can access the basket a bit from the side to retrieve small items if the seat is fully reclined. For additional storage, there is a pocket on the back of the canopy for parent essentials such as a wallet, keys and/or cell phone.
The Callisto sports four 6” inch wheels with real aluminum rims in a single spoke design and a rear wheel suspension system giving baby a smooth ride. The front wheels are swivel wheels that have the ability to lock straight for navigating bumpier terrain with one touch. There is a large button on top of each front wheel that you step on to lock the wheel straight and step on again to unlock. That easy!
If only the linked rear parking brakes were that easy to use! There is a one-touch linked rear brake system but you have to use a bit of force with the top of your foot to unlock the brakes so you can’t do it without sturdy shoes on. Watch out for scuffed shoes! Definitely not flip flop friendly!
The Callisto has great maneuverability allowing us to easily navigate this stroller with one hand on pavement and smooth surfaces.
The stroller also has an easy one-foot/one-hand umbrella fold that is easy to do. Since you are again using the top of your foot to fold the stroller, it is not flip flop or pedicure friendly. With sturdy shoes on, the Callisto folds easily and locks closed with an automatic lock. There is even a carry handle on the side that makes transporting and traveling with this stroller a breeze. Unlocking the stroller is no problem. Unlock the lock, lift up the handles, and step down on the rear step to open. Easy as that!
The Callisto is made of a lightweight aluminum but is still on the heavy side for an umbrella fold stroller weighing in at 19.2 lbs. With the carry handle on the side, transporting the stroller was no problem though. The stroller also comes with an included rain cover to keep your little one (and the stroller) dry.
By pairing the Callisto with the Cybex Aton Infant Car Seat or the Callisto Carrycot, the stroller can be used from birth. The Cybex Aton car seat should be available in the US in early 2010 and would make the Callisto the mom-favorite travel system! (Note: The Cybex Aton is the only compatible car seat with the Callisto.)
The Callisto comes in 6 colors: Chili (red), Rosin (green), Purple, Sand, Slate (black) and Indigo (blue) and retails for a pricey $349. This lighter-weight stroller with a great umbrella fold has some great standout features such as the large canopy, one-hand adjustable harness system, deep recline, sturdy frame and large, roomy seat.
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