Just before my daughter was born my husband and I went out to buy a travel system. We were immediately lost and didn’t really know what to look for. We ended up with a fairly high end travel system that was on sale and it has worked well for us in some ways and not so much in others. It’s great for walks in our neighbourhood but both pieces are heavy and bulky. Getting the stroller in either of our cars even when folded is a task best left avoided.
There is something to be said for having a stroller for different situations so I was excited at the chance to try the Evenflo JourneyLite Select Travel System. The JourneyLite Stroller is incredibly lightweight – we noticed the difference immediately after assembling it. The best part about this stroller is that although it is lightweight it has all the features a parent needs in a stroller. Features I can’t live without such as the parents console including a cup holder and covered tray as well as a huge cargo basket.
I also appreciate the extra big canopy on the JourneyLite stroller, it is remarkably larger and sturdier than the one on my old stroller. When used with the Embrace Car Seat I found the two canopy’s actually came together properly to give proper coverage over baby. This is something my old travel system does not do and it has been a point of frustration for me so this felt like a major breakthrough. The canopy on the stroller also features a large peek-a-boo window.
When using the stroller without the car seat you have the option of using a 5-point restraint for babies unable to sit unsupported or a 3-point restraint for sitting babies. While our daughter is now able to sit unsupported and only needs the 3-point restraint, the 5-point restraint would have been wonderful for use when she needed support. A 5-point restraint is a safe and secure way of allowing curious babies to see the world around them. The stroller seat is also a multi-position recline via a strap adjuster so baby can have a view of the world and then lay back for a nap when needed.
Folding and unfolding the stroller is also a cinch, although at first it took a few attempts for me to remember to undo the fold latch when trying to unfold the stroller. Now that I remember every time it takes literally seconds and I can do it one handed which is important when I don’t have help.
I found the stroller was easy to steer and rode smoothly as well which we all appreciated. Guess what? It also fits in both of our cars which means we can actually travel with it.
The Embrace Infant Car Seat comes with a stay-in-car adjustable base which is incredibly time saving. Once the car base is installed it is simple to get baby in and out of the car without the hassle of installing the car seat each time. It also features belt guides so you can use the car seat without the base which is a handy feature when a certain someone goes off with the base still installed in their car.
I love that the level adjustment indicator is on the base rather than the Car seat itself. It is something so simple you might not think about it, but it is ridiculous trying to level a car seat base when the indicator is on the car seat itself.
Here are all the features included in the Evenflo JourneyLite Select Travel System that make it so great:
JourneyLiteTM Stroller Features:• Lightweight, durable design and compact one-hand fold for ease of storage or transport• Deep child’s tray features two cup holders and pivots for easy ins and outs• Full size storage basket and canopy with peek-a-boo window• Cushioned, multi-position reclining stroller seat ensures a comfortable fit for children• Lockable front swivel wheels for superior maneuverability• Weight Rated: For children up to 40lbs
Embrace Infant Car Seat Features:• Energy Absorbing foam provides the added comfort and safety for children 4-35 pounds.• Auto belt guides allow for use without a base• Washable pad removes quickly — easy to clean!• Ergonomic carry handle, 3-way handle positioning• Stay-in-car adjustable base• Side Impact Tested! Meets or exceeds all applicable Federal safety standards AND Evenflo’s Side Impact Test standard• Designed and tested for structural integrity at energy levels approximately 2X the federal crash test standard
Evenflo JourneyLiteTM Select Travel System – Rings Green Collection is available at Walmart.ca with a SRP of only $199.99 CAD.
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.
Elizabeth is an IT Professional and a Family Review Blogger at Frugal Mom Eh. She enjoys writing about a variety of topics including parenting and frugal living. When not writing she enjoys playing with her daughter ‘Keira’, painting and reading.