I was never one to bring a stroller on vacation until we brought our UPPAbaby VISTA on vacation with us to London. It was a game changer and I honestly dread the day when my boys don’t need the stroller on trips because it helps me corral all my luggage so well. So when I traveled from Germany to the US on my own with my two boys, there was no way I was leaving my stroller behind.
I decided to use just one seat on the VISTA on the trip to keep the bulkiness of the stroller to a minimum, both for air-time stowage and for traveling around the states with my boys. My three year old son, however independent and helpful, still needed something to help him through the airport. Enter: the PiggyBack.
The PiggyBack is essentially a ride along board (or “skateboard” as Harry calls it) that clips onto the back of my VISTA. Harry is able to hop on and off at his convenience–catching a ride when his little legs get tired and walking independently when he’d like to. He loves his skateboard, and all things considered I do too.
The PiggyBack holds up to 55lbs, essentially making the VISTA capable of holding three kids. It clips easily to the back of the VISTA straight out of the box with no assembly required. It conveniently lifts out of the way when it is not in use.
So what do I love about it? For one, it’s ease of use. I was able to hook it up to my stroller in less than a minute, and it was ready to go. It’s super easy for my three year old to hop on and, if he sees something he’d like to investigate more closely, hop off. Flipping it up out of the way is quick and easy (I can do it with my foot) for those times when Harry is off exploring and I don’t see him hopping back on for a while.
You are able to fold the stroller up without removing the PiggyBack, which is not the case with all ride along boards. It doesn’t add any bulk to the stroller when it is folded up, which is great.
It’s exciting for my three year old to ride on the “skateboard.” I’ve been able to trick him into enjoying a trip to the mall with the PiggyBack in tow.
The PiggyBack adds to the capacity of the VISTA, essentially making it a three-child stroller. You could use the PiggyBack with the VISTA in double stroller mode to fit three children on one stroller.
Though there are a few cons to the PiggyBack, as I’ve mentioned, overall I do really like it. One negative about the PiggyBack is that is is a bit crowded for the rider. Harry was happy on it while Oscar, my baby, was facing us, though when I turned the seat around to face forward, it was very close to his face which he did not like.
On that note, the PiggyBack does eat up your walking room. While at 5’4″ I didn’t find it to be too much of a nuisance, my 6′ father found it to be a bit more of an issue.
The price is another potential con. The VISTA is already a higher end stroller, and when you add in the $119 price tag of the PiggyBack, it can become pretty expensive.
Finally, the child on the PiggyBack has direct access to the brake. Harry has stepped right on the VISTA’s break a few times, and now thinks it’s funny to do so. Every time the stroller stops abruptly, which is not only annoying but potentially dangerous.
The PiggyBack really is a handy addition to the UPPAbaby VISTA. It keeps the bulk of the stroller down when traveling, while still allowing two kids to ride. It extends the stroller to fit three children. I can even see it working as my kids get older and Harry is no longer interested in riding in a stroller, as it will hold up to 55lbs. Though there are definitely cons to think about, ultimately I would recommend the PiggyBack.