Choosing the right stroller for family travel can be tough. I feel like I’m constantly combing the Internet looking for a stroller that is durable yet easy to maneuver. I’m often traveling with just my kids and I need a stroller that I can push with one hand while hauling luggage with the other hand. That’s why the Pali Ultra Lightweight Tre.9 Strollercaught my eye. (Contains affiliate links.)
For our trip to Kauai and Maui, I brought along the Pali Tre.9 Denim Attitude stroller. Our first stop was Kauai. My Mom lives there on the 2nd floor of a condominium with no elevator. I was really thankful that the Pali Tre.9 is so lightweight. I was able to carry it in one hand while holding my 10-month-old in the other.
We decided to put the stroller to the test by taking it to a nearby beach. The stroller handled surprisingly well on the dirt and the packed sand. When we got to the soft sand, I took out my son and folded the stroller up with one hand and walked onto the beach.
For the second part of our trip, we stayed at the Honua Kai Resort in Ka`anapali, Maui with extended family. We stayed there last year, so I knew I wanted a stroller for the resort itself. I was impressed at how handy it was. We even loaded it up with groceries one day to haul them to another unit. It was helpful to have somewhere safe to place my baby.
Since the stroller is compact, my 3.5-year-old wanted to help push it quite a bit. He also liked that he could play with my youngest since he was pretty accessible. And my 10-month-old baby never seemed to mind being strapped in. His favorite thing to do was rest at least one foot on the stroller bar as we cruised around.
On our last full day, our extended family rented a cabana at the pool. My son spent most of his time out of the pool relaxing in this stroller. We reclined it and he slept a solid 2 hours at the noisy pool in the shade of the cabana. When he woke up, we easily folded up the stroller and stashed it behind some furniture. We saw a lot of large jogging strollers at the pool and they took up a lot of room. I’m glad we brought something that was built for travel.
- 50+ SPF. The large canopy is 50+ SPF and is perfect for protecting delicate skin from the strong sunlight. The canopy covers the fully reclining, thermoform lined seat cushion.
- Flip-Flop Friendly Brake. I’m glad I didn’t have to risk stubbing my toe to use the brake.
- Lightweight. This stroller is 11.5 lbs. and the compact design makes it easy to transport and use.
- One Arm Steering. The handle is designed to allow you to safely and easily steer with just one hand.
Pali Tre.9 Overall Review
What I liked:
- I love how narrow it is because I can actually fit the stroller around clothing racks at baby stores and I don’t feel like I’m taking up the whole sidewalk, either.
- I absolutely love the pocket because it’s easy to stash a wallet, cell phone and even a burrito!
- It can haul a heavy diaper bag and not tip over (with or without a kid inside.)
- I like that it’s lightweight and I can carry it one handed.
What I didn’t like:
- It’s a bit bulky when folded up. I’m used to strollers that fold up a bit more compactly.
- The storage basket is tiny and is a bit tricky to get things in and out of.
- It doesn’t turn very easily. As our trip went on, the choppy turning got worse.
Overall Thoughts on the Pali Tre.9 Stroller
The Pali Ultra Lightweight Tre.9 Stroller would be best on a resort vacation where families need to transport a baby from the room to the pool or restaurant. It works really well indoors and on paved paths. Plus, it keeps babies cool and protected with the SPF 50+ sun shade. My baby slept really well in this stroller.
I also think the Pali Tre.9 stroller would be great for Disneyland. Babies and toddlers would appreciate the sturdy sun shade. It can also handle a heavy diaper bag, even without a child in the stroller. And the red color would make it easy to spot in the stroller parking areas.
It’s less successful when dealing with curbs, bumps in the road or heavier children. I had my 32lb 3.5-year-old hop in for a bit and it was really difficult to maneuver. My husband and my mom also test-drove the stroller. They both noticed how tricky it is to steer.
I also took it to Vancouver, BC for a quick trip solo with my baby for Mommycon. The narrow design made it awesome when I took it for an evening stroll around the city. I was even able to stash a crepe in the pocket while I took photos! But, it had a hard time with the curbs and I ran out of room to stash shopping bags pretty quickly.
Pali sent me this stroller for review purposes. All opinions are my own.