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August 17, 2011 Sarah Coggins

You know you’re a mom when your “new wheels” excitement equals a new stroller! 😉 In late June I saw a tweet from Kolcraft (@Kolcraft) regarding a chance to win their new Contours Optima Tandem Stroller. The contest was detailed on their blog. Basically, each day during the contest you could tweet an entry that had to start with “Oh Optima how I love your …” and include the hash tag #ContoursOptima.

Kolcraft Contours Optima Tandem Stroller in Hudson

I entered 3 times. On the final day of the contest, I sent this tweet:

Oh Optima how I love your sleek design. Walking w/you would be divine. The kids would cheer & I could finally tone my rear. #ContoursOptima

And, lucky me, that ended up being the winning tweet! To say I was shocked was an understatement.

I was still pinching myself when the box arrived on my doorstep! Now for those who missed why I need a double stroller – I watch my 10 month old niece during the week along with Dylan. We get out of the house quite regularly. Some days we do okay with her in Dylan’s lightweight stroller and him on the buddy harness (yes, I proudly use one – I’m not willing to chance losing my child or worse). But there are times when I need to be able to push them both and this has been a blessing to all 3 of us.

Kolcraft Contours Optima: First Ride
Can you see the smile on his face?

The seats detach from the frame and, combined with the included universal car seat adapter (a second can be ordered), there are 6 different seating arrangements. Our favorite is both seats facing each other. This allows them to interact. With the previous tandem stroller we had, both seats only faced forward. Dylan was constantly turning to reach “baby” and hand her snacks or was getting frustrated when she leaned forward and pulled his hair. Now they both sit comfortably.

I like the padded grip, parent tray, large storage basket underneath (I can easily fit both their diaper bags with room leftover) and how smooth the stroller rides. It’s so nice to be able to comfortably push & maneuver a stroller that seats two. We’ve taken it for a spin all over from the mall to 2+ mile walks down the greenway.

Kolcraft Contours Optima: Parent Tray
Padded grip and large parent tray with 2 cup holders

One of the other things I like is that this stroller is only 37 pounds making it nice and lightweight. It can be folded with both seats attached or one/both removed. I have found it simplest and easiest on my back to remove both seats, then fold the frame to place it in my car. This may sound tricky, but the seats detach so easily, I can quickly do it now and be on my way.

This literally just touches the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty of other great details (the adjustable height canopies, different seat & footrest angles, 5-point harness on both seats, etc) and two stylish color schemes to choose from. Overall, I’m very pleased and think it’s a wonderful product. Thanks again to Kolcraft for this great prize!

Note: The Contours Optima Tandem stroller was received free to me as a prize in a giveaway sponsored by Kolcraft. A review or otherwise was not required as part of my win. The opinions expressed within the review are my own.


  • ter@waaoms August 17, 2011 at 8:48 am
    wow congrats on winning that stroller!
  • elenareviews August 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm
    Congratulations! You are a lucky person.
  • Callie August 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm
    What a cool stroller! And I LOVE your tweet! Hilarious! Congratulations!
  • Julie S. August 18, 2011 at 8:07 am
    That is AWESOME! Congrats on winning! I am currently looking into a double stroller- this may just be the one!
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