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Chicco Activ3 Air Review

Average option that is harder to push and heavy to carry
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Price:   $300 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Large canopy, rubber tires
Cons:  Harder to push than a jogger should be, involved fold process, heavy
Manufacturer:   Chicco
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Feb 19, 2019
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RANKED
#19 of 25
  • Ease Of Use - 35% 6
  • Maneuverability - 30% 6
  • Weight/Folded Size - 25% 5
  • Quality - 10% 6

The Skinny

The Chicco Activ3 Air is a jogging inspired stroller you can use for your main ride. This Chicco option is large, heavy, and has a convoluted folding process. We like the rubber tires and the three-wheel design, but the maneuverability is lacking for this stroller and we think the materials are only average. With limited infant car seat compatibility and harness adjustments, we think some parents will be disappointed given the price that is higher than strollers that performed better but cost less. While we love some other Chicco products, like the Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat, we don't think the Activ3 Air is a stroller to put on your short list or options.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Chicco (kee-ko) company, part of the Artsana Group, was started by Enrico Catelli. Chicco designs baby-centered products for children from birth to pre-school. It is now one of the most popular baby brands in Europe and the US. Chicco is now found in over 120 countries with a variety of gear ranging from bouncers and strollers to highchairs and car seats.

Performance Comparison


The chart below shows how the Activ3 (in blue) compares to the competition in our tests.


The sections below provide more details on how the overall score was determined.

The Chicco Activ3 Air has a rotating handlebar for parents of various heights  but the joint creates a flexing point that impacts maneuverability.
The Chicco Activ3 Air has a rotating handlebar for parents of various heights, but the joint creates a flexing point that impacts maneuverability.

Ease of Use


The Activ3 is only slightly above average for ease of use with a 6 of 10.

The folding process of the Activ3 is convoluted with more steps than a stroller should really have with 11 total.
The folding process of the Activ3 is convoluted with more steps than a stroller should really have with 11 total.

Fold and Unfold


This stroller can be folded with one hand, it has an auto-lock feature, and self-stands, but has no carry handle. The fold is easy if convoluted with 11 steps and very easy to unfold with only 5 steps. While more involved that other options, it isn't difficult.

The handbrake on the Activ3 is easy to use and good for those who often wear nice shoes or sandals.
The handbrake on the Activ3 is easy to use and good for those who often wear nice shoes or sandals.

Brakes


This stroller has a single action handbrake that is easy to set and release with no worry about hurting your fancy shoes.

While the parent console on the Activ3 is better than not having a console  this one has shallow cup holders and a small center compartment that will limit what it can carry.
The Activ3 has a 10 lb storage limit  but the shape and size of the bin will limit what you can place inside without potentially losing it.

Storage


The storage bin is medium in size and not very deep, but it has access on all sides. We were able to fit a large diaper bag inside the bin that has a weight limit of 10 lbs. The Activ3 also has a parent console with 2 shallow cup holders with center storage that may not fit larger cell phones.

The Activ3 has a large canopy that will cover most children to the knees.
The Active has a peek-a-boo window on the top  but if you completely open the canopy the window moves too far forward to be useful and will then allow the sun to hit the top of your child's head.

Sunshade


The sunshade is large (above left), covering to the knee, with a vinyl peek-a-boo window (above right). It has no SPF rating and if you extend the canopy all the way you can no longer see your baby through the window.

While the Activ3 5-point harness isn't challenging to use  it has limited adjustment points which could be a problem for finding a good fit for all children.
While the Activ3 5-point harness isn't challenging to use, it has limited adjustment points which could be a problem for finding a good fit for all children.

Harness


This 5-point harness is challenging compared to the competition to use in all aspects from putting on, taking off, and adjusting the size. It is average overall but only adjusting the straps is easy. It has three shoulder positions and the crotch strap is not adjustable.

Reclining the seat on the Activ3 has a basic and somewhat dated mechanism where a lever or button would be easier.
Reclining the seat on the Activ3 has a basic and somewhat dated mechanism where a lever or button would be easier.

Seat


This stroller has a stationary padded leg rest with a smallish footrest. The seat back has an easy one-handed recline with four positions. The design allows for infinite recline options with a full recline flat enough for napping.

Car Seat Compatibility


This stroller is only compatible with Chicco car seats. While the options are limited, the Chicco Keyfit 30 is an award-winning car seat that is both budget-friendly and easy to use.

Ease of Setup


This stroller took 10:31 minutes to set up which makes it average for length and difficulty.



The Activ3 has more to assemble than most with front wheel mount, three wheels, canopy, and bumper bar. The manual is our least favorite kind with multiple languages in the same space which takes more time to find the right steps.

With rubber tires and larger wheels  we expected the Activ3 Air to be easier to push and turn than it was.
With rubber tires and larger wheels, we expected the Activ3 Air to be easier to push and turn than it was.

Maneuverability


The Activ3 isn't the easiest to push or turn given its jogging stroller heritage. It feels heavy and clunky with a larger size and less responsiveness than some of the competition. Overall, it isn't as good as we hoped, but it is better than some of the competition. The larger wheels with rubber tires should have translated to a better ride that it is. There is also a lot of flex in the frame and this can cause trouble while pushing and maneuvering on uneven terrain or curbs.

Once you accomplish the Activ3's convoluted fold  you'll find it is heavier and larger than much of the higher scoring competition.
Once you accomplish the Activ3's convoluted fold, you'll find it is heavier and larger than much of the higher scoring competition.

Weight and Folded Size


The Activ3 feels large and heavy compared to the other strollers, earning 5 of 10 for weight and folded size. This stroller is 27.1 lbs, making it one of the heaviest in the group (4 lbs heavier than the average) without much to show for it. It measures 14,229 cubic inches when folded, which is smaller than some of the other joggers or options that can seat 2, but it isn't even close to being as small as some of the competition that is closer to 6,500 cubic inches.

The Activ3 Air is somewhat frumpy with loose fabric in some places and stretched fabric in others.
The Activ3 Air is somewhat frumpy with loose fabric in some places and stretched fabric in others.

Quality


The Activ3 is average for quality earning a 6 of 10 for this metric. The overall fit and finish are somewhat frumpy and not as sleek as the competition. The seat fabric is sort of pleated with rib structures supported by stiff plastic fibers. This design could be for heat control, but it snags easily and lots of crumbs, dirt and grime are going to get trapped in the crevices which will be difficult to clean. The rest of the fabric on the Activ3 is coarse and feels like plastic.

The frame looks to be the same as the Chicco Tre, which is nice looking but flexes and has a handlebar that isn't tight enough. The tires are foam filled rubber giving you the comfort of rubber without the fear of a flat. The shocks are good and adjustable, but the seat is hard combining several features that come together for only average passenger comfort.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz