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.)

I had no problem taking the Pali Tre.9 stroller on the red dirt paths on Kauai. Photo credit: Julie Wirtz
I had no problem taking the Pali Tre.9 stroller on the red dirt paths on Kauai. Photo credit: Julie Wirtz

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 took the stroller off-road to the beach on Kauai. Photo credit: Julie Wirtz
We took the stroller off-road to the beach on Kauai. Photo credit: Julie Wirtz

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.

The Pali Tres.9 stroller worked great in our resort on Maui. Photo credit: Darren Cheung
The Pali Tre.9 stroller worked great in our resort on Maui. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

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.

My oldest loved to play with his brother in the stroller because he was at a good height. Photo credit: Darren Cheung
My oldest loved to play with his brother in the stroller because he was at a good height. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

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.

My 10-month-old took several naps in this stroller. Photo credit: Darren Cheung
My 10-month-old took several naps in this stroller. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

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.

Features

This flip flop friendly brake is easy to use. Photo credit: Darren Cheung
This flip flop friendly brake is easy to use. Photo credit: Darren Cheung
  • 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 the Pali Tre.9 stroller is! Photo credit: Julie Wirtz
I love how narrow the Pali Tre.9 stroller is! Photo credit: Julie Wirtz
  • 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:
The storage basket is pretty small and only really accessible in the back of the stroller. Photo credit: Darren Cheung
The storage basket is pretty small and only really accessible in the back of the stroller. Photo credit: Darren Cheung
  • 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

This button makes it easy to close the stroller with one hand while holding a baby. Photo credit: Darren Cheung
This button makes it easy to close the stroller with one hand while holding a baby. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

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 Tre.9 Denim Attitude travel stroller review

Pali sent me this stroller for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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13 Comments

  1. Whoa I never even thought about checking the SPF for a stroller! That’s amazing. And bonus if your 3.5 year old can push it (: looks like a great product and perfect size. Plus, it’s so fun and bright!

    • marciecheung Reply

      I’m really in love with this red color because it’s so easy to spot! I didn’t realize how many black strollers there are!

  2. Everyone wants their baby to travel in style and comfort. A sturdy stroller is also helpful across various terrain. Thank you for sharing your experience and review of this stroller. Does it come in all black?

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yep! This same Denim Attitude stroller comes in all black!

  3. I didn’t know a lot about strollers before this post but now I feel as though I would ace a test, haha! Your children are super cute by the way!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yay! Glad I could help! And thanks for your sweet words 🙂

  4. I love that this stroller has SPF! That’s a definite must for my son because he’s so fair skinned! Lol

    • marciecheung Reply

      I had never thought to look for SPF in a stroller until now! Such a great concept!

  5. Abigail Sinsona Reply

    Your review is so helpful and insightful. I love that you mentioned some of the disadvantages to this particular model. However, your baby does look so comfortable in there. So adorable!!

    • marciecheung Reply

      It’s important to me to give my honest feedback. My son totally enjoyed the ride!

  6. The stroller looks great! My daughter is 12 months old and I think I am gonna need a travel stroller for her like yours.So I am gonna try this!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Great! Glad I could help! She’ll be able to get a lot of use out of it.

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