When I was a kid I always had my eye on the Team Associated RC10 but it was very expensive. I was however still lucky to get my hands on a Tamiya Grasshopper (also recently rereleased), but it was never a RC10 replacement. I come to find out that Team Associated has rereleased the RC10 Classic kit for a limited time. Still made in the U.S.A. (or “a good portion of it is”) with the same basic parts (full list of changes here) — I believe the tooling has changed but for the most part they are identical (read about it more here). Even the most iconic component, the gold anodized aluminum tub chassis, is included except it has been updated to fit either a 6-cell NiMh or 2S LiPo battery packs.
Well, it's time to start a new chapter in my life... children. Yup! Now, I'm going to have to learn and review the best gadgets for kids. We're expecting a little baby girl in January and to kick things off, I've done exhaustive work finding the best stroller.
The contenders were:
- Orbit -- the stroller which is owned by many of our friends (and celebrities)
- Bugaboo Chameleon -- the stroller which won the Mavromatic Pick
- Quinney -- the stroller which was second on Mavromatic's list
To keep this post short (need to finish up a bunch of things before the peanut arrives), we went with the Bugaboo Chameleon for the following reasons:
- Ride is smooth like butta.
- Looks, good looking and classy -- doesn't look like some crazy space thing like the Orbit
- Light, easy to fold -- I know this depends on the person, but it's really light compared to the others I've seen. Once you learn how to fold it, it's really easy.
- Compact, when using the seat -- You can adjust the baby at many angles.
- Best breaking system in its class... I really love the gear system.
- Customize interior and exterior colors -- you can easily change them out, if you want to. The Orbits pale green accents are not really our style.
- Bassinet and Seat system included.
- Build Quality is superb!
- Foam wheels
- Cup holder -- not really, but it came free
- Single handle... what's up with the Orbit and the double handle system? I like to drive one handed...
All of those features made us a proud owner of a 2008 Bugaboo Chameleon. I put it together in about 15 minutes and was even tempted to put a watermelon in the bassinet and take it around the block.