Today, we’re gonna be looking at the Uppababy Ridge stroller, the brand new altering three Wheeler from up a baby. I’ve gotta say it’s been a while since we were sIf you’re in the market for a new stroller, the Uppababy Ridge might be worth considering. In this impartial review, we’ll take a look at the features of this stroller and how it stacks up against other popular models on the market. Whether you’re looking for a lightweight option or something more heavy-duty, the Uppababy Ridge has something to offer.
So without further ado, let’s get to it going thoroughly over the Uppababy Ridge stroller and discussing the model’s advantages and disadvantages in terms of child comfort, ease of use performance mechanics, and for which lifestyles and environments it will.
And won’t be a good fit and starting off with some stats, the Uppababy Ridge stroller clocks in it a little over 13 kilos and falls down by my measurements to 51 by 65, by 90 centimeters without removing the wheel and 32 by 55 and a half by 90 centimeters.
If you do remove the wheels and it’s important to pause here and soak this part in a little bit before moving on the Ridge is a big stroller, just that width of 65 centimeters is going to feel quite wide. And it’s also a heavy stroller.
That doesn’t mean it’s not good mind you, but it is something to be aware of, right? From the outset that as far as child comfort is concerned, the Uppababy Ridge stroller as with most three-wheelers has generous seat dimensions with the width of 38 centimeters and a total length of 115 centimeters determined by adding together the lengths of the backboard baseboard leg rests and space beneath the canopy, which is not as large as on some models, but still sufficient to carry your child all the way through their stroller.
Days model has a nearly full recline, but no adjustable leg rest though, the slope is still sufficiently shallow to provide a comfortable position for naps.
And unlike some three-wheelers, the Uppababy Ridge stroller also has a good near-vertical upright position provided that you pull the adjustment strap as tight as possible. The seat is not built for newborns, but the model is compatible either with a car seat or a bassinet.
When it comes to the textiles, they feel pretty standard for an UppaBaby stroller, both well patted and durable, and the canopy is also extendable providing decent sun coverage in terms of its length, though, I do wish that there was a flap over the rear mesh Peeko window.
The seat textiles are attached to the frame via eyelets and pegs, as opposed to push buttons, which is good as push buttons on three-wheelers intend to weaken over time when used with heavier children, but negatively the back and baseboards are not removable, meaning that the textiles will need to be hand-washed for the most part, since the backboard, in particular, is too large to fit in most washing machines.
When it comes to parent comfort, the Ridge has an adjustable handle with a decent range between 101 and 118 centimeters making it suitable for both short and tall parents alike and like upper babies, four-wheelers.
The model also has an excellent shopping basket, large and sturdy, and most importantly, easily accessible via the way it extends off the rear frame, which is rare for three-wheelers and gives the model real utility for carting, both picnic or camping gear and nature environments, and also makes a stroller a great rough in grocery hauler for places with tougher winters.
It’s also, closeable a must for jogging to keep your stuff from bumping out when moving at speed, as far as folding is concerned, the Uppababy Ridge stroller has a simple one-hand, one-step fold located under the leg rest though, wind folded down. As I already mentioned, the model is quite large and heavy and will require significant trunk space.
If you want to avoid removing the wheels, which while easy enough is not something everyone likes to do for hygiene reasons and also exposes the brake disc to Prudential damage. In terms of the general feel of the model, the Uppababy Ridge stroller is a wonderfully sturdy stroller with all the components tight and well fitted and no looseness in any of the joints, at least right out of the box.
Similarly, all of the activation mechanisms on the model are simple and intuitive to use and also feel well fitted without looseness in the buttons and pedals, and so on.
When it comes to driving the combination of that dependable chassis, amazing suspension, large wheel size, make this a model that you can really drive everywhere, design both for rough or hiking trails, as well as the city and for jogging, the ridges dynamic can break and adjustable tilt are also quite nice though.
If you plan to use the model for jogging long term, there are a couple of smaller elements in the front frame that are somewhat susceptible to wear and may need to be replaced down the line which will discuss in more detail one a little bit.
All right, let’s move on to the mechanics of the Uppababy Ridge stroller. Looking first at the overall structure where UppaBaby Ridge has played it safe going for what has become a dominant design among three-wheelers that maximizes structural efficiency that I first noticed on mountain buggy models. But that is at this point also common with Thula and Bob and a few other manufacturers as well with the main principle, essentially to form a structurally tight right-angle triangle out of the core of the chassis that comes together at the front end and is supported with strong, horizontal crossbars, both on the rear frame, as well as with the handle and a secondary crossbar below the height adjustment mechanisms to preserve the integrity of those mechanisms from the pressure of steering.
This is a very strong, struck and older mountain buggy models built along the same lines are still out there functioning well for going on two decades at this point, as far as folding goes, UppaBaby Ridge has also followed the common trend of placing their folding mechanism just above the front end with the activation mechanism directly adjacent to the locking points, allowing the whole system to be built as Sterly and simply as possible with a minimum of internal components in direct opposition to the complexity needed.
For example, when locating the activation mechanism for the fold on the handle, moving down to the Ridge’s rear frame, the first thing to point out is the suspension built into the rear legs where UppaBaby Ridge has done it again. And just as with the Vista and cruise V2 models, the Uppababy Ridge stroller shock absorption has been measured perfectly, and the model feels great going up and over obstacles, as far as the brake system is concerned, the Uppababy Ridge stroller is quite complicated with both a pedal activated static break and handle mounted dynamic break, which connects to brake discs on the wheels through a gear teeth setup that allows it to function while still keeping the wheels easy to remove.
UppaBaby Ridge has split the wire here to get to both sides, which in my experience does often lead to problems with keeping the tension symmetrical though, using a disc, as opposed to a drum system will make the wire more receptive to fine-tuning via its three adjustment screws. As far as the rear wheels are concerned, the rims and foam-filled tires are solid, but I do worry a little bit about both the fact that the locking mechanisms for the wheels are contained within the axles.
As I’ve seen a lot of situations where the sort of setup can have problems if the inner components rust or the axles get bent slightly inhibiting those components from moving. And I’m also a little concerned with the actual housings themselves since they protruded separately away from the crossbar at the point where the wheels connect, making them less protected against heavy strain.
And they also contain a bit too many components in my opinion, for there not to be some sort of problem in the future, not that will necessarily be something major and not that it will affect every user, but even if all the elements and systems on the rear frame are built with absolute precision.
And I’m definitely willing to give up a baby the benefit of the doubt here, the fact that we’re talking about two brake systems that will need regular adjustment and lubrication brake discs exposed to bending or getting nicked with the wheels off and off-center housings containing the channels for the axles that will have to hold up against hard pressure.
Do wave a little bit of a red flag for me as an area of the stroller that you should at least keep your on and do proper tightening and lubrication with.
If you get this model looking lastly at the front end, the Ridge, of course, has an appropriately large 12-inch front wheel, but unfortunately, lack suspension in the fork. Overall, the housing is a bulked-up and reinforced version of what is found on the Vista with the addition of a dial for adjusting tilt. The fork axle fits quite tightly within the housing.
And I generally don’t anticipate any looseness or wobble problems within the first few years from walking and hiking with the Uppababy Ridge stroller. However, that tight connection is achieved partly due to a ball bearing as well as via small pressure bumps on the plastic cap fitted over that bearing.
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And both of these components are things that will wear down and loosen in the case of the bearing pretty, if you really push the Ridge with offroad jogging, that being said, both of these elements are pretty easy to remove and ought to be easily replaceable, providing that up.
A baby makes parts available though. The fact that the axle is flush within the bearing makes lubricating with a thicker lubricant, absolutely crucial for keeping the axle from rusting within the housing, which would make it near impossible to place these components if needed.
So do I recommend getting the Uppababy Ridge stroller then?
Yes, absolutely. Despite a few smaller hiccups in the model’s design, I find the Uppababy Ridge stroller to be a very solid all-terrain, three Wheeler with some highly desirable characteristics in comparison to other three-wheelers on the current market, in particular, the great suspension, the large and accessible shopping basket, the near-vertical upright seat position and the disc type dynamic hand break.
That being said, the Uppababy Ridge stroller is definitely not for every lifestyle and environment being aware of its size and weight are very important before purchasing. And in my opinion, this model is really only for parents who don’t use a car all that often and who live or will stroll in places where they really need the models to ability.