being MVP: Contours Optima Tandem Stroller & Silent Auction!

Contours Optima Tandem Stroller & Silent Auction!

When you have two young tots and places to go you will most likely need a stroller to fit the two of them.  The Contours Optima Tandem Stroller packs a punch with its six configurations and easy maneuverability. 

I was surprised at the size of the tandem because it was being assembled in our living room.  However, when I took it outside for its first run, it rolled exceptionally well for the size and weight (36.8 lbs).  The frame is a lightweight aluminum and the 6 different configurations were easy to figure out:  children can both face parent, face each other, face forward, back to back, front seat only (& large storage in the back), or use with an infant car seat. 

To achieve the desired configuration one only needs to push the red buttons on each side of the seat/infant car seat adapter and lift up/press down.  How much simpler can that be?  

The canopies are height adjustable featuring peek-in windows.  They provide adequate coverage although it would be nice if there was an extendable hidden canopy incorporated (maybe an idea for future models).  The dot print is fun on the inside of the canopies as well as accented on the seats. 

I like the depth of the reclining seat as your child(ren) will be comfortable even on long shopping trips!  Each seat also has a safety bar and cup holder (one of my favorite features).  Both seats also come with padded head rests and sleeves as well as the easy to use height-adjustable 5-point safety harness.  The footrest is also adjustable.  There is a maximum weight capacity of 40 lbs per seat (80 lbs total).  That is great because at 2.5 years old, Kenzie is only about 24 lbs so she will outgrow the stroller in age before weight.  I wish it came with a snack tray.      

I like that the car seat attachment (included) will fit most brands of infant car seats so that you don't need to purchase a unique bar for your brand. 

Britax® ChaperoneChicco® KeyFit
Chicco® KeyFit 30Combi® Shuttle 33
Cosco® First Ride DXCosco® Starter
Evenflo® Discovery™Evenflo® Discovery 5™
Evenflo® Embrace™Evenflo® Embrace™ 5
Evenflo® Embrace™ 5 LXEvenflo® Serenade™
Graco® Safe SeatGraco® SnugRide® Infant
Graco® SnugRide® 30Graco® SnugRide® 32
Graco® SnugRide® 35Maxi-Cosi® Mico™
Peg Perego® Primo ViaggioPeg Perego® Primo Viaggio SIP
Peg Perego® Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30Safety 1st® Designer 22™
Safety 1st® onBoard™ 35Safety 1st® onBoard™ 35 AIR

We will most likely use it in this configuration until Bean can sit on his own in the seat.                           

This stroller is also great if you live in a walk-friendly city.  The underneath basket is HUGE and can accomodate so much.  It is also easily accessible even with the two seats and/or carseat attached.  You can even opt to use the stroller with one seat and enjoy the basket to the fullest.  The parent console can hold two drinks and small accessories such as keys, cell phone, money.  It is very sturdy and secure on the handle.      

You would think that a tandem stroller of this magnitude would be a beast to fold by oneself but contrary to that notion, it is a breeze!  You do need to take off one seat but with the simple click, it only takes a few seconds.  The basket sticks out a bit when folded and standing upright (by itself) which gets it a bit dirty.  It's not a big deal if you lift it when putting it away.  Despite its size, the stroller fit in the trunk of our SUV with room left over for shopping bags :) 


Buy It:  You can purchase the Contours Optima Tandem Stroller for $299.99.

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Win a Contours Optima Tandem Stroller!

(Open to US)

ENDS JULY 30, 2012

The proceeds will go to KIDS - Kids in Distressed Situations.  Kolcraft strongly believes in giving back to the community and this is an opportunity for you to help moms and children in disadvantaged situations as well as scoring an awesome stroller for a fraction of the retail cost!  

Please place your bid for the Contours Optima Tandem Stroller by leaving a comment below.  The bids should be in increments of $5.00.  At the end of the silent auction, whoever has the highest bid wins!   

The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.


  1. so is there an opening bid? or minimum opening bid to get this started?

  2. Opening bid is $5 and goes up in increments of $5. Good luck!

  3. well I don't see anyone bidding but I will start it at $10

  4. What time on the 30th will this be over?

  5. Well I will go 145, but I thought bidding ended at 9?

  6. @JKCrewell - please email me!

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