Originally Posted by verycozy
Wow, I'm really coveting that Valco TriMode right now. I had no idea it existed before it was mentioned in this thread.
I've said it before on different threads that the Valco is the best money I have EVER spent, hands down. It was so hard to stomach the cost at first, but it is honestly worth every single penny and then some. I've been through tons of other strollers (just bought stroller #10 actually-- a jogger/ bike trailer combo) but the valco is my favorite.
I can take all 4 of my kids out with it, which is essential. My 3 y/o sits in the toddler seat and my 4 y/o rides on the kick board in the back. The twins (7 months) love it. I've been using it since birth, never used a snap n go or anything else. even with all of the kids on it, I can push and turn it one handed. It can be bulky in tighter spaces but it still fits through all doorways and in every major store I've been to.
What I often do when we go to the store is wear one baby and then recline the empty seat all the way and throw the groceries or whatever I'm buying in that seat. It works perfectly.
Now, if you are really looking for something durable and heavyduty for the beach, look into the Chariot Cougar. That thing is amazing for the beach and you can use it as a bike trailer and jogger too. It is expensive, but if you are active it might be worth the cost. We just bought the Chariot cx2, which is the upgraded model from the Cougar and I'm pretty much in love with it. In fact, I feel like I'm cheating on my valco with it, lol! You would have to buy the infant slings to use it when the twins are babies though.
Let me know if you want to see pictures of the valco in action w/ 3 or 4 kids on it. I'll go take some and post them.