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Sporting easy installations and stellar safety standards, Chicco products are a longtime mother and safety expert favorite. Their latest release, Chicco Corso Travel System, features everything one can ask for from a travel system, plus, it includes additional upgrades including both forward and parent-facing options, which we will see in details in today’s Chicco Corso Travel System Review.
Just as is expected of a travel system, it is spacious enough to conveniently package everything you need when traveling. Compact and lightweight when folded to fit into the car trunk. And has a balanced mixture of bold outdoor and relaxed indoor colors ideal for an adventurous spirit.
Here is our detailed Chicco Corso Travel system review to gauge how well the system matches the hype it has so far received. First off are the main features;
- 1 Chicco Corso Travel System Review: Main Features
- 2 CorsoModular Stroller Dimensions
- 3 KeyFit 30 Zip Infant Car Seat Dimensions
- 4 Advantages of Chicco Corso Travel System
- 4.1 Has multi-position reclining seat with adjustable footrest
- 4.2 Infant seat allows for either forward or parent facing options
- 4.3 Has a 3-open canopy with a zip-open extension
- 4.4 2-in-1; Safety and comfort
- 4.5 Has a one-hand fold mechanism
- 4.6 Has A lightweight stroller
- 4.7 Multiple pouches, pockets, and spacious Basket
- 4.8 Smooth ride Through Diverse Terrains
- 4.9 Comes with a KeyFit 30 Zip Infant Car Seat
- 4.10 Vented Canopy
- 4.11 Color Diversity
- 5 Disadvantages of Chicco Corso Travel System
- 6 Alternatives to Corso Modular Travel System
- 7 FAQs
- 8 Chicco Corso Travel System Review Final Thoughts
Chicco Corso Travel System Review: Main Features
The main features of the Chicco Corso Travel System include;
- A one-hand fold option to collapse it into a compact independent system
- The system includes the top-rated KeyFit 30 Zip infant car seat plus a stay-in-car base and infant car seat adapter.
- It is compatible with all Chicco infant car seats.
- Has 4 different configurations including the world and parent-facing options.
- Has an adjustable footrest and a multi-position recline seat that is removable
- Converts to a lightweight frame stroller
- The vent Canopy has a 3-panel with an additional one with zippable extension to reveal a mesh peek-a-boo panel.
- Has large treaded EVA foam tires with a rear FlexCore adjustable suspension.
- Has a non-adjustable push handle for a solid, responsive feel
- Wheel and swivel bearings for smooth strolling and easy steering
- Has a spacious basket, backrest pouches, and built-in bottle pockets
CorsoModular Stroller Dimensions
- Toddler Stroller Assembled Weight: 23.4 lbs.
- Frame Stroller Assembled Weight: 17.3 lbs.
- Front Wheel Diameter: 8.3″
- Rear Wheel Diameter: 10.3″
- Toddler & Frame Stroller Assembled Dimensions: 34.5″ x 24.8″ x 42.8″
- Toddler & Frame Stroller Folded Dimensions: 15.5″ x 24.8″ x 32″
KeyFit 30 Zip Infant Car Seat Dimensions
- Assembled Dimensions: 27.5″ x 17″ x 24″
- Car Seat Without Base Weight: 9.6 lbs.
- Base Only Dimensions: 20″ x 15″ x 8″
- Base Only Weight: 7 lbs.
- Travel System Ship Weight: 48.8 lbs.
- Travel System Carton Dimensions: 29.4″ x 21.9″ x 29.2″
Advantages of Chicco Corso Travel System
Has multi-position reclining seat with adjustable footrest
Chicco Corso Travel System is one of the few Chicco systems that has a reversible seat. The seat is bucket- like meaning that when reclined, the whole seat together with the backrest does.
To recline the seat, the system features a one-hand user-friendly lever which when pulled, reclines the seat to a near flat position for napping (you may have to flip-over the canopy for protection against extreme weather), or an upright position for sitting.
The upright position is most appropriate for older curious toddlers who would like to explore the world. While in this sit-up position, the toddler can comfortably stretch, dangle their legs or have them rest on the built-in footrest that can flip up and down. To enjoy these features though, the infant must be 6months plus.
Infant seat allows for either forward or parent facing options
The parent-facing position is ideal for younger infants, whom you may want to constantly keep an eye on. The forward-facing option on the other best suits older toddlers who are constantly thrilled and fascinated by the diverse stimuli in their environments
The seat comes covered in a removable machine washable cover making it convenient and modern. Additionally, the cover being removable, makes it easy to clean in case of sudden bowel movements or spit-ups. More important though is, being removable, avoids the hassle of rethreading the harnesses after cleaning.
Has a 3-open canopy with a zip-open extension
The beauty of this canopy lies in its multifaceted adjustments to suit different uses and weather conditions. When fully reclined, the canopy can be unzipped to extend all the way preventing the infant from direct harmful sun rays.
For hotter days, the canopy can be unzipped or flipped to leave behind a mesh-covered panel that allows for free air circulations. It does not stop there either. The mesh holes are wide enough to allow light through to the toddler thus serving both as an aeration point and a peek-a-boo window for the parent.
2-in-1; Safety and comfort
The ultimate qualification of any baby gear is first safety than the second comfort. And this is the exact guarantee of Corso Travel. The harness is fitted with two pads to be gentle and comfortable against your little one’s stroller. While the three-point harness safely, securely, and conveniently secures them on the stroller.
Has a one-hand fold mechanism
The travel system is designed to conveniently serve users on the go. At the pull of a lever hidden below the seat, the stroller folds into a compact lightweight system that fights into the trunk of a car. Plus, when folded, it stands independently to allow you to eat in a restaurant, get into an elevator or bundle it into your car.
Has A lightweight stroller
Featuring a cumulative 17.3 lbs when assembled, the stroller is light and easy to push along as you stroll with your young one.
Multiple pouches, pockets, and spacious Basket
As would be expected, a night or day out with an infant is an equivalent of a temporary move from one house to another. And this could be what inspired Chicco to design the Torso Travel System for parents on the go.
To the back of the system are two large pouches and one zipper pocket. These can serve well as holders of all the essentials that you need to always have at hand including phones, wallets, or even credit cards. For water bottles, the system sports 2 inbuilt water bottle holders.
For diapers, shopping bags, and other baby essentials, the system has a spacious storage basket that is easily accessible as you push the system along.
Smooth ride Through Diverse Terrains
Chicco Corso Modular Travel System has Eva foam tires with the front wheel being 8.3 and the rear being 10.3. The relatively large wheels have hub bearings and Eva foam tread to enhance traction for different uneven or even terrains.
The wheels are threaded (not pumped) and can therefore smoothly handle uneven gravel driveways, shorter grass or slightly rough surfaces.
For cracked sidewalks and worn city streets, the Corso sports Flexcore adjustable rear-wheel suspension for that consistent bump-less ride for the infant.
Comes with a KeyFit 30 Zip Infant Car Seat
One of the key selling points of travel systems over car seats and standalone strollers is the ease of transition. That is with a travel system, you can with little to no effort, transition your infant from a stroller to car seat without taking them off the car seat.
Unlike the KeyFit 30 and KeyFit 30 Magic (See Keyfit 30 vs KeyFit 30 Zip Compared), KeyFit 30 Zip (is FAA approved) will support the infant from birth up to 65 pounds, has a removable seat pad that easily unzips to be machine/hand washed. To the inside, it features EPS energy-absorbing foam. This is especially convenient for parents who constantly travel for business or pleasure.
Its other safety features include side-impact protection to keep your infant safe during car crashes and a five-point harness to securely and conveniently protect your baby.
The KeyFit 30 Zip (See KeyFit 30 Zip in-depth) sports a latch system for compatible vehicles. To make it stable and not sway from side to side when driving, it features a SuperCinch that tightens the seat by a simple pull. Vehicles lacking latch systems are not disadvantaged either, the seat comes with simple easy-to-follow belt guides for use with a vehicle safety belt and lock-in system.
It also features a 9 position leveling system –ReclineSure – that is compatible with a wide range of vehicles. The system sports dual-bubble indicators that serve as visual confirmation of proper seat installation. This mechanism or feature reduces the risk of improper seat installation.
4 panels, one of which is zipper opening is what Corso offers. Compared to most strollers, Corso does offer pretty good protection against the scorching sun that may leave your infant sunbaked or with sunburns.
The panels allow for adequate aeration ensuring temperatures are well regulated on warm days. The panel fabric cover can also be removed for even better air circulation to prevent sweating. Plus, with no fabric cover on the panel, the mesh vent serves as a vital peek-a-boo window with your infant.
Disadvantages of Chicco Corso Travel System
Corso, unlike the Bravo LE system (read our Bravo LE review), has a handlebar fixed at 42.8 inches above the ground. This is a serious drawback as it severely disadvantages shorter parents. This may not be obvious on flat terrains but will have one break streams of sweat when pushing along steep inclines.
Additionally, the strain (wrist pains) is especially significant for shorter parents and caregivers on long strolls and nature walks.
Lacks a single press-brake
Another deal-breaker is the lack of an easy, convenient single press brake. However, this doesn’t mean that it lacks brakes altogether
Lacks both a parent cup holder and Child Tray
Much as the system is purposed to serve the baby, it should afford the parent some convenience. One such convenience is an accessible cup holder. The Corso lacks in this respect plus, it does not also feature a child tray.
Chicco Corso Travel System Review from Customers
These make the spin both smooth and adaptable to different terrains. They further noted that with removable cover fabrics, cleaning and maintaining was not so big an issue.
More impressive to the users were the safety standards of both the stroller and car seat. The click-in attachment for audio confirmation paired with a visual bubble level system was more than a welcome safety relief. Diversity in car design adaptability was not an issue either as the system features easy to install guidelines for both latch systems and easy-to-follow belt guides.
The deal-breakers the users noted were in the relatively high price it retails at, inconvenience accompanying the system as it lacks both a child and parent tray, difficulty to push along inclined planes due to fixed handlebar as well as the absence of more color options.
Alternatives to Corso Modular Travel System
Evenflo Pivot Xpand Modular Travel System
If you are out for a classy system, one that oozes elegance, balances between convenience and sophistication, and above all offers value for money, then Evenflo Pivot Xpand Modular Travel System might be what you just need.
Weighing an average of 42.6 pounds and supporting up to 35 pounds, the system features 22 unique configurations, 4 different use modes that include parent-facing and forward-facing modes. What is more is that in these modes, the seats (yes you read right) reclines to different heights to be either reclined or upright.
The ingenious inclusion of the word xpand was not a typing error either, for the system expands and converts from single to double. That is, it can accommodate both an infant and a toddler at a go. To adequately cater to the infant and toddler, it contains a spacious storage basket. The basket is about two feet long and is accessible from either the rear or front.
The icing on the cake for this particular system is that it is fast and easy to fold. The system folds with the toddler seat still attached and collapses into a compact self-standing system.
And you might be forgiven to think that all these features come at the cost of comfort. On the contrary, the system is big on comfort featuring a 5 position adjustable footrest. A flip flop rear brake, front-wheel swivel, and rear-wheel suspension.
Chicco Mini Bravo Plus Travel System
Weighing at less than 20 pounds, Mini Bravo Plus Travel System is a smaller system that cuts back on weight and makes up for it in functionality.
To rival the full and larger systems, the Mini Bravo packs everything including those lacking in large systems. Key features include a parent and child tray, compatibility with a wide range of infant car seats, a bucket reclining seat, and an independent stand fold.
Unlike the Corso, it has a canopy with 2 panels and a third zip-opened panel to allow for a free flow of air. For wheels, it features the same Eva foam wheels that are also pushed by a non-adjustable handlebar that is 41.5 inches above the ground.
The one thing the Mini Bravo is generous with is space. Neatly fixed below the seat is a spacious basket large enough to hold a blanket, diaper bag, and a few warm clothing for the both of you (guardian and infant).
Answer: The System was not designed to feature such accessories. Plus, we do not recommend using unapproved after-market products. However, other approved compatible products can be found here.
Answer: No. The stroller frame was specifically made for the Corso Modular and can therefore not be compatible with any other bassinet other than the one it was made for.
Chicco Corso Travel System Review Final Thoughts
There is not much to dislike about the Chicco Corso Travel system which we truly saw in this Chicco Corso Travel System Review. Sporting a number of zip-enabled features that range from a boot to keep the chilly cold winds at bay, a 4 vent canopy panel and visor for extreme weather, and a rear-wheel suspension with large Eva foam tires ideal for smoothly handling all types of tough terrain.
Not known to compromise on safety, Chicco uses FAA-approved infant car seats with EPS-lined foam to absorb shocks in case of car accidents. Bubble leveling system among other safety measures. To give you more than just value, the system is compatible with a wide range of infant seats, plus it grows with your infant as it easily converts into a stroller as it includes a toddler seat.
So if you are big on safety, want to ooze class and sophistication, value versatility, you are constantly traveling with a handful of essentials, need to keep the infant close and comfortable, then the Chicco Corso Travel System is the compromise you will have to settle for.
The compromise being, you will have to make do with the non-adjustable handlebar, have to part with some extra cash to purchase special adapters for the infant seat, plus, will do without the parent and child tray.