One of our favorite pieces of luggage is the Samsonite Micro Suitcase Scooter† — it’s a regular-looking wheeled carry-on with a built-in skateboard. Flip the skateboard down your bag will scoot you around the airport!
The Suitecase Scooter made us wonder what other products have been combined with skateboards. One surprising such product we found: baby strollers!
Two stroller-skateboard hybrids especially stood out to us. One, the Longboard Stroller from Quinny, is still in the concept phase. The other, the Sidekick Stroller Board from Orbit Baby, is available for purchase today. Spot Cool Stuff takes a look at each:
Nothing says “responsible parent” like zooming along with your baby strapped to a skateboard. Or so hope future users of the Longboard Stroller. The self-proclaimed “experiment in urban mobility” is exactly what the name describes — an elongated skateboard with a child’s stroller seat attached to the front for balance and steering. (And, oh yeah, it can hold a brave child too). The
potential deathtrap unusual stroller is being jointly developed by Studio Peter Van Riet, a Belgium-based design firm, and Quinny, a Dutch seller of baby products.
It is Quinny’s involvement in the Longboard Stroller that has us excited about being able to try one for ourselves one day. The company is known for their success at bringing highly innovative strollers to market. So the potential, at least, is there for the Longboard Stroller to extend the distance parents can travel with their young ones. Skateboarding, after all, is faster than walking — especially when one avoids the temptation to attempt tricks à la Tony Hawk en route.
Quinny has already built several prototypes of the Longboard Stroller (seen in the photos on this page) and are testing out several different possibilities for adding brakes. The stroller is expected to accommodate kids from nine months to four-and-a-half years of age. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates on when the Longboard Stroller is available for purchase.
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Sidekick Stroller Board
Orbit Baby makes a pair of very cool strollers with a distinctive feature: They’re modular. Once you have the base you build out the stroller that best fits your needs from Orbit Baby’s assortment of seats, cargo containers and accoutrements — including the Sidekick Stroller Board.
The Sidekick is essentially a skateboard, but wider and with wheels on one end only. The other end attaches to the base of the stroller. The idea being that older kids (up to 50 pounds / 22 kg) can stand on the board as their parents push the stroller. It’s absolutely perfect for children who are too old for a traditional stroller but too young to walk long distances. Plus, since children aren’t strapped into a seat it is easy and instantaneous for them to hop on and off — though we suppose that’s not necessarily a good thing at certain times. Still, we’re huge fans. $120
† Check out our review of the best wheeled carry-on bags for other examples of luggage we love.