Maclaren introduced their new 2012 Volo stroller to the market during winter of 2012 but on passing glace it doesn’t look much different than the previous year model. Upon close review however there are a couple differences in these two strollers which are worth recognizing - namely coloring and safety.
The Maclaren Volo 2012 – What’s New?
Of the two things which are new in the new Volo stroller one is cosmetic and the other is functional. To start lets look at the cosmetic changes.
New Color Schemes
The Candy Bar Volo stroller is probably the flashiest of all color scheme changes for model year 2012. The candy bar coloring is actually a rainbow type pattern and it is only available in limited supply. If you like it and you find one for sale then you should buy it because it is unclear how many of them will be for sale and how easily they will be attainable.
Aside from the limited edition pattern the other main difference is a subtle change to the coloring pattern on the sun shade. The 2012 model will have a slightly different two-toned pattern on the canopy which is a bit different than the 2011 stroller. The colors will be basically the same but the pattern will be slightly different.
New Safety Specs
Probably the most important upgrade for Maclaren this year however is the new safety standards the Volo now meets. In years past the Volo was regarded as a safe stroller which had lots of positive features like being lightweight, easy to fold, and having a high quality build, but now the stroller meets the safety guidelines of every country in the world making this for the first time a stroller which meets international safety standards.
Umbrella strollers which are so lightweight do always meet these standards as many ultra-light strollers are not as well built. Think about all the rickety $10-$20 umbrella strollers you’ve seen in big box retail stores. In contrast the new Volo should give you peace of mind whenever you use it and it doesn’t even cost any more than it did the year prior.
Other Enhancements To The Volo
The 2011 and 2012 Volo strollers do not recline. This is a major concern for parents of small children and for parents of kids who like to sleep in the stroller. The 2012 Volo is a lot like the 2011 version in that it won’t recline but Maclaren is soon introducing a new stroller to the market in April which is like a souped up Volo stroller.
The Globetrotter stroller is not exactly a 2012 Volo but it is in features if you were to add a reclining seat. If you are really digging the Volo but wish the seat reclined then you can always consider the upcoming Globetrotter which will cost a bit more and weight slightly more but still won’t break the bank or your back.
The newest Volo still weighs in at around 8.5 pounds if you do not use any optional accessories and the soon to be released Maclaren Globetrotter should only weigh in at a little over 11 pounds, significantly less than most lightweight umbrella stroller alternatives.