The STOKKE family of strollers is the ultimate example of function meeting form in baby gear. The brand’s first stroller, the STOKKE Xplory is the original “connection stroller” that encourages families to enjoy the world together, in style.
STOKKE Xplory Stroller
Before we get to ins and outs of how the Xplory fits into our family, let’s go over the basics. STOKKE is a luxury children’s brand out of Norway that creates innovative and undeniably modern gear for families. The Xplory is a single stroller that transforms to grow with your child (and family) from birth.
The basic stroller encompasses two pieces: the Seat and Chassis. The Seat can face both forward and backward; it has two recline positions facing the world and three when parent-facing. The “Sleep” position reclines quite flat, but there is an optional Carry Cot for Newborns that ensures a smooth, comfortable ride for the littlest of babes. As your family grows you can add other accessories, like the Sibling Board, to accommodate two kids.
The Xplory Seat has a weight capacity of 45 pounds and has a padded five-point harness. The shoulder strap has three different positions to adjust as your child grows taller. The stroller has a small footprint, but the Seat is deceptively big. It’s deep enough for bigger toddlers and the adjustable footrest ensures a cozy ride. It also comes with a removable Baby Insert to provide extra support for newborns in the Seat.
The Chassis is entirely customizable to achieve the ideal position for cruising. One of the noteworthy features is how high the Seat sits on the Chassis, enabling the close connection between parent and child. The Seat height is totally adjustable, though, and you can move it up and down the Chassis. The Seat sits so high and upright that you can push it right up to the table and use it as a highchair, if you wish. The handlebar height is adjustable and you can change the angle of it, too.
The Xplory wheels are made of a never-go-flat soft material. The front wheels are smaller than the rear and they swivel for maximum maneuverability. The combination of the light weight (26.5 pounds) and the unique shaped handlebar, it ridiculously easy to push with a single-hand. The two-wheel function makes it easier to push (er, pull) across uneven ground like sand or snow. There’s a single brake that controls both rear wheels that is relatively flip-flop friendly.
In lieu of a traditional stroller basket, the Xplory has a Shopping Bag that sits near the ground on the front of the stroller. Having the Bag close to the ground helps to provide stability because shopping bags aren’t hanging off the back of your stroller.
Finally, we have to talk about how the Xplory looks. It’s an understatement to say the stroller is eye-catching; it truly turns heads. I think I can safely say that every single day someone comments on or asks about the Xplory. It probably doesn’t garner as much attention in cities or areas where the stroller is widely seen, but it’s stylish no matter where you are! The Xplory is available in a number of fabric colors, including the gorgeous Black Melange we have.
Day-to-Day with the Xplory
Truth be told, I think the Xplory is ideal for city dwellers, but it works perfectly in our semi-suburban life, too. While we do walk around our village, we are most often in and out of the car for errands and preschool drop off. For that reason, the Xplory has a permanent home in my minivan trunk. Folding the stroller does require removing the Seat from the Chassis so it’s not a simple one-step process.
Often poor Max’s naps are interrupted or cut short. The parent-facing deep recline “Sleep” position makes it possible to transfer a napping Max from the car seat into the stroller – and he remains asleep. I know, it’s a miracle!
In many situations, the Xplory is Max’s seat for long periods of time. From basketball games to trips to the nail salon, Max chills out comfortably in his Seat.
The adjustable handlebar is ideal for tall parents and caregivers of different heights. The handlebar telescopes up and down and the angle also adjusts for the most ergonomic position. The Xplory is so easy to push that, with a little handlebar adjustment, even a 4 year old can do it.
Exploring with the Xplory
When I traveled to Paris, the Xplory was invaluable. We made great use of the included Rain Cover. The stroller also comes with a Mosquito Net. See more photos and read about how I used the STOKKE in Paris. The Shopping Bag was a lifesaver on the trip, because it carried the Rain Cover when we were indoors, the travel book when we weren’t using it and, of course, all of our purchases!
Thank goodness for the awesomely cozy Foot Muff, which keeps Max warm on all of our adventures!
We have so many adventures coming up so I will continue to share photos and stories of how the Xplory helps us stroller and go in style.
To Buy or Not to Buy
To Buy… The Stokke Xplory is a luxury stroller that deserves the attention and admiration its unique appearance demands. The stroller is designed for the ultimate parent and child connection. The stroller is customizable to achieve your ultimate ride – adjust the height of the seat, the recline, handlebar and footrest. The addition of accessories – from the Carrycot to the Sibling Board to Car Seat Adapters – means the Xplory can grow with your child and your family.
Or Not to Buy… Luxury doesn’t come cheap and the stroller may not work for every lifestyle. Consider how you’ll use it and if it’s a good fit, we think it’s a worth investment if you can use it with multiple children. A couple of the things that may present a challenge include the multi-step fold and lack of storage basket.
Shop! The STOKKE Xplory Stroller is $1,099 and available in a variety of stylish colors. Our affiliate Magic Beans offers a great selection of STOKKE products and accessories. We use the Cup Holder and can’t imagine the German winter without the Foot Muff.
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Photo credits: Robyn Middleton Photography