The Combi Catalyst is part of the stroller
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, traditional stroller
models like the Catalyst are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Ease of use:
Ease of use is based primarily on ease of using and adjusting the safety harness, folding and unfolding, adjusting backrest, lifting and carrying, engaging wheel brakes and car seat removal and installation (only for compatible strollers).
Maneuverability is assessed by trained testers, taking into account how well the strollers maneuvered S-turns through cones, narrow sections, grass, dirt trails, uphill, downhill and curbs while walking.
Safety is assessed by testing for compliance with the most current version of the standard, ASTM F833-13b, and stability and braking and other tests designed by Consumers Union.
About This Brand
Combi USA was established in 1989, a subsidiary of the Japanese-based company that was established in 1957. It is recognized for its numerous baby products, from play yards to swings to strollers. It also manufactures infant frame carriers and most recently, car seats. Available at baby superstores and specialty retailers, and online.
5-pt harness Five-point harness secures child firmly. Unlike a three-point harness, it secures the upper body.
Suitable for 6 mos. and under Suitability for babies 6 months and younger means the stroller may have a seat that reclines to nearly flat. It may include a safety flap at the child's feet so, if not harnessed, he can't slip or wiggle out of the seat. Even with this added feature, the harness should always be used.
Suitable for 6 mos. and under
One-touch brakes One-touch brakes are more convenient than standard brakes. Arguably still more convenient - and certainly more friendly to moms wearing open-toe shoes - are hand-operated one-touch brake levers such as those found on some Baby Jogger, Chicco and other strollers.
Adjustable handle An adjustable handle can accommodate parents of different heights.
Stands folded Strollers that are self-standing when folded are convenient in restaurants or other tight spaces. It also makes storing at home easier.