Joovy Caboose VaryLight Graphite Stand-on Tandem Stroller review

It has a long name, but that’s because it serves a lot of travel needs: the Joovy Caboose VaryLight Graphite Stand-on Tandem Stroller can expand from a single to a double like a Transformer, utilizes the lightest materials possible, has room for two kids to sit, stand, recline, or remain in a car seat, and still doesn’t skimp on extras like canopies, cup holders, and oversized baskets.

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We put the Joovy Caboose VaryLight stroller to work with one of our reviewers, a single mom with four kids, two of whom are stroller-aged. Wanting to get out for some summer fun, she was feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of transporting her two-year-old and six-month-year-old. With the VaryLight, she can set her infant, Andy, up in the front seat (with or without a car seat), and recline his seat as needed. Her two-year-old daughter, Ivy, stands at the back, on the attached pad. (She could sit, too, but Ivy doesn’t roll that way.)

When little Ivy is at childcare of grandma’s house, the VaryLight can basically squish up into a single, the only stroller we’ve ever seen do this particular trick! Note: this is a great feature not only for parents who may have one of two kids absent during parts of the day, but also for new parents who currently have one baby, but may have another within a few years.

The VaryLight is light enough to lift and put into a car trunk without strain, and the seats are easy to adjust (no battling the stroller!). It’s easy to fold and unfold. It was difficult for our reviewer to push on gravel or sand but great on streets and sidewalks.

Set up: Out of the box, the VaryLight was easy for our reviewer to put together. I wanted to ‘test’ Joovy’s excellent customer service, but she couldn’t find a reason to! If you do have questions, they’re there for you! 

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Here are the specs you’ll need:

  • Swing-open tray
  • One-hand fold
  • Front-wheel suspension, front swivel-wheel locks, and rear brakes
  • Extra-large storage basket
  • Assembled Dimensions (short) – 42″H x 43.5″ D x 24.25″ W
  • Assembled Dimensions (extended) – 42″H x 49.75″ D x 24.25″ W
  • Stroller Weight – 33.95 lbs.
  • Front Seat Min Age – Birth+ when using car seat adapter, or 6 months+
  • Front Seat Max Weight and Height – 55 lbs. and 40″ height
  • Rear Seat Min Age – 2.5 yrs
  • Rear Seat Max Weight – 55 lbs. and 44″ height

Cost: the VaryLight retails for $499. It’s a high-end stroller (among many on the market) but will carry you through from birth to preschool for multiple children. You can also find the VaryLight on Amazon for as low as $449.

How does it handle travel?

Because the VaryLight is made of graphite (the same material used in all our advanced technology, low weight backpacking gear these days), it’s lightweight for a double stroller. Can you get a lighter one? Sure, but not with all these bells and whistles. When we travel with a stroller, we’ve found there’s a sweet spot: we want one with a simple enough design that the stroller doesn’t weigh as much as a boulder, but advanced enough that it has the features we want. In other words, those cheap umbrella strollers don’t cut it because they’re too bare bones (how with the baby nap? where will I store our stuff?) and the Rolls Royce of strollers is simply too big and bulky.

The VaryLight is easy to fold up (a huge plus) and can fit into the back of a car without much hassle. Is it the stroller to use when hopping on and off busses or subways? I’d say no, but it is the stroller to use when car camping, road tripping, city touring, or theme park visiting. Can it fly? Yes, just gate check it.

While you’re checking out the VaryLight, look over all the other travel-friendly products Joovy offers. It’s mind-boggling!

As I disclose whenever applicable, our reviewer was given the VaryLight without charge for the purpose of review. All opinions are our own.

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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