Peg Perego has introduced their newest addition to their line of strollers: the Peg Perego Si. The Si is a lightweight-plus stroller great for travel with a large seat, a fabulous compact fold, a large canopy and the ability to become a travel system with most infant car seats.
The seat on the Si is roomy and provides plenty of space for a child up to the weight capacity of 45 lbs. The seat back is about 20 inches and has a 24 inch clearance from the seat bottom to the canopy to allow enough room even for our older and taller toddlers. Our 4 1/2 year old (40 lb) tester fit comfortably without her head touching the canopy. There is a 5-point, adjustable, padded harness for safety that can convert into a 3-point harness if you would like. The seat sports an adjustable foot rest with two positions and a three position, two-handed reclining backrest. The seat has a deep recline although is not completely flat. Also, with the way that the backrest reclines with two hands, the seat may drop back from the weight of the child unexpectedly when reclining. We would like it a tad more if it were a one-handed recline.
Like many lightweight strollers, the Si does not have a bumper bar, snack tray or cup holder for baby. There is a small cup holder on the side for mom that will hold a water bottle but nothing bigger.
Since not all moms and dads are the same height, the Si has two great telescoping handles with two positions that prevent the tallest parents from kicking the frame. It also has a gigantic sun canopy with peek-a-boo window and a back pocket for extra storage of small items that extends almost all the way in front of your child to completely cover them (except their legs) from the sun and elements. There is even a sun visor that extends from the canopy for extra sun protection. We love this canopy! And on rainy days, you can also use the included rain cover.
The basket is very large for a lightweight stroller and will hold a medium to large sized diaper bag, a couple shopping bags or other baby essentials. The basket is tricky to access from the back of the stroller especially with the seat reclined but don’t worry because it can easily be accessed from the sides. Our one complaint about the basket is that if you load it up or put something heavy in the middle, the basket stretches and has the tendency to drag on the ground.
The wheels are larger than many umbrella strollers, 6.5 inches in fact, but not too large to add too much extra bulk when folded. The extra size does allow for us to take the stroller off-pavement. It won’t handle all terrains, but we’ve successfully navigated gravel, grass and dirt. The four-wheel suspension and lightweight frame gives a great ride and is easy to push and maneuver. We can even maneuver it easily one-handed. The front wheels swivel (with the ability to lock straight) and there is a connected one-touch brake on the rear wheels.
The stroller weighs in at just under 17 lbs. Now, the stroller is officially listed with Peg Perego at 12 lbs but we found that not to be true. Even after weighing it with the canopy removed, it still weighed in at 16 lbs. The stroller is definitely not heavy and is easy to travel with – but just know it is not 12 lbs. Note: We found out that Peg Perego lists the weight without the wheels on. What?!? We stand behind our weight of the Si since we never carry a lightweight stroller without the wheels on!
Our favorite feature of the Si is the compact fold that is great for traveling. You can fold up the stroller with just two easy steps and only one-hand. Makes it a great stroller for public transportation! The Si folds upward into a compact, umbrella standing fold that automatically locks and really does stay upright! If that weren’t enough, there is an easy-to-access handle on the side of the frame that allows you to easily grab hold and swoop up into your trunk or carry it along with you.
The one-handed fold works when unfolding the stroller as well. One lever by the top left handle and a simple shake, and you’re ready to go! Just make sure that the frame is locked in place before you put your child in.
While many other lightweight strollers don’t accommodate an infant car seat, the Si accepts almost all infant car seats out there with a belt path to make it a lightweight travel system even though it is specifically designed for the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30. We found that the lightweight aluminum frame is still sturdy enough to safely accommodate a car seat.
Retailing for $249, the Si has some fabulous features to take notice of. With its large canopy, adjustable handles, great seat recline, roomy seat, fantastic standing fold, and ability to accept an infant car seat, this is an umbrella-style stroller you should consider.
To watch our full video review of the Peg Perego Si, click the video below: