The Larktale Coast is a full-size stroller that is comparatively lightweight and small when folded. It has a below-average price in our test group and a one-of-a-kind look that seems to draw attention to every joint and connection point intentionally. Unfortunately, we struggled to fold this option, and even with the brakes locked, it continued to slide while folding. It is also harder to push on almost every surface, and the storage bin has a lower maximum allowable weight limit of only 6.6 lbs, where some of the competition is higher than 20. Overall the Larktale's performance was below average in every metric, and we think there are better strollers to purchase, even in this lower price range.Editor's Note: This gear review was updated on December 21, 2021, to include additional details and our belief on whether or not this stroller is worthy of purchasing.
Larktale Coast Review
Pros: Price, lightweight, fairly compact fold
Cons: Below average maneuverability, hard to fold, limited storage ability
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|Pros||Price, lightweight, fairly compact fold||High-quality, compact fold, lighter weight, comfy||Price, lightweight, compact fold||Budget-friendly, light and easy to carry/stow||Easy to navigate tight places, inexpensive|
|Cons||Below average maneuverability, hard to fold, limited storage ability||Somewhat harder to push||Dual-front wheel, hard to access storage||Not the best mover, lower quality||Limited storage, lower quality materials|
|Bottom Line||An interesting concept with harder to use features that doesn't offer enough storage or a useful folding process||A compact, full-size with impressive features for comfort and ease of use, but it is somewhat harder to push, especially one hand||A budget-minded stroller with the features you need and not much else||Basic stroller that is budget-friendly, lightweight and small for occasional strolling||An easy-to-maneuver and budget friendly option, but has limited functionality|
|Rating Categories||Larktale Coast||Thule Spring||Baby Jogger City Mi...||Britax B-Lively||Baby Trend Expedition|
|Ease Of Use (45%)|
|Weight Folded Size (15%)|
|Specs||Larktale Coast||Thule Spring||Baby Jogger City Mi...||Britax B-Lively||Baby Trend Expedition|
|Weight||20.9 lbs||22.7 lbs||19.3 lbs||18.9 lbs||23.7 lbs|
|Folded Dimensions||24.3"W x 26"H x 12.3"L||17"W x 15"H x 30"L||25.7"W x 10.6"H x 31.1"L||24"W x 9.5"H x 29"L||23.1"W x 33.1"H x 16.3"L|
|Capacity Limits||Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 52 lbs/43.3"
|Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 64 lbs/44"
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Maximum: 55 lbs/44"
|Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
|Included Car Seat Compatibility||None||None||Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2||Britax All Britax Seats||Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend car seat
|Click-in Car Seat Adapters||Chicco
B-Safe Ultra, B-Safe 35
Micro AP, Pebble, Cabrio Fit, Citi
KeyFit 30, KeyFit2
Cloud Q, Aton M, Aron 2
Pipa, Pipa Lite, Pipa Lite R
|Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2
Britax B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 2, KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip
Cybex Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q, Cloud Q
Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Elite, Snugride 35 Platinum, Snugride Click Connect 35 LX
Maxi Cosi Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico 30
Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35
|Britax All Britax Seats||None|
|Strap-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||None||Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend Car Seat
|Storage Basket Size||Medium||Large||Large||Large||Large|
|Sun Shade Size||Medium||Large||Large||Large||Small|
|Handlebar Height - Min/Max||41"/44"||39"/43"||41"||40"||41"|
|Included Accessories||Snack Tray, Cup Holder||Sun Shade||City GO infant car seat adapter.||None||None|
|Setup Time||15-20 minmin:sec||1-5 minmin:sec||5-10 minmin:sec||5-10 minmin:sec||5-10 minmin:sec|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Larktale is a breakdown of the two words meaning "fun stories." The companies goal is to make products that aid in creating fun stories for families. It is the "brainchild" of parents who believe child-raising is a joy. They hope to make innovative products that help parents solve problems. They create strollers, wagons, and a scooter.
Ease of Use
The Larktale has below-average performance for ease of use, with features that were generally harder to use than the more straightforward competition.
Fold and Unfold
This fold takes two hands for folding and unfolding. The wheels cause the entire frame to slide around as you try to fold it, even if the brakes are set. We had to hold the stroller still with a foot during testing, so we could push it down and forward to complete the fold. The unfold is easier than the fold by just squeezing the lock and lifting the handle. It automatically locks and self-stands and has a carry handle. Overall, the task of folding and unfolding is more challenging than we would like, especially when you compare it against the Baby Jogger City Mini 2, a stroller that shines in this testing metric.
Easy to set and release single action brakes on the Coast is located on the right side of the stroller near the wheel. It is sandal-foot friendly.
The storage bin has easy access, but it has a smaller weight limit with a 6.6 lbs maximum allowable weight capacity. We were able to fit a medium size diaper bag inside. There are no bars or straps to inhibit access, but the weight limit could prevent you from carrying enough supplies for the whole day. There is also a mesh pocket on the back of the seat with a 6 lb weight limit, but it is less useful than a bin for your diaper bag.
The Larktale has a medium-sized canopy compared to the competition. It is UPF 50+ and has a vinyl peek-a-boo window with a magnetic closure. The shade extends far in front of the seat can cover the knees of some passengers.
The Larktale harness is 5-point and rethread for shoulder height adjustment that is fairly easy. The button is stiff, and all 5 straps click together separately. Releasing the button is more of a process than pressing the button as it requires sliding and then pressing. This could be challenging for those who have any hand dexterity problems. The straps are lightly padded.
The included seat is only slightly padded and not the coziest in the group. The recline is relatively flat for napping comfort, but the adjustment toggle is stiff and harder to use.
The pressure required to release the recline lever (above left) caused the stroller to slide in our tests, even with the brakes on. This requires holding the stroller in place with your foot to make the adjustment. It also has an adjustable leg rest (above right) that works well but isn't padded as much as the competition.
Car Seat Compatibility
This stroller is compatible with some car seats from Chicco, Britax, Maxi-Cosi, Clek, and Nuna. All use click-in connection, which we prefer over the strap method. We tested ours with the Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat and the Larktale Chicco adapter. The process is simple, and the adapter is easy to use. Installation is easy, and the seat falls right into place inside the adapter. You just need to remember to add pressure, so it fully connects with a click. It is easier to remove than connect, and we don't think it could be done wrong unless you forget to push down.
Ease of Setup
The Coast is one of the most involved in the group to assemble and takes between 15-20 minutes to put together using the provided instructions. The manual was not super clear, but assembly is fairly easy. We installed the canopy backward due to the hard-to-decipher instructions, and we had to redo it. It might not be the best option for those nervous about assembly.
The Larktale is more challenging to push than most of the competition. It has plastic wheels, which is not uncommon, but these seem to be slippery compared to the competition. The wheels rattled somewhat, making noise when other options did not. It did push okay on shallow gravel and dirt, but this became difficult on grass. The main problem is that the front wheels are so much smaller than the rear and have a narrower placement. This design causes the stroller to want to tip to the side if it gets confronted with small bumps.
Weight and Folded Size
The Larktale is one of the lighter-weight full-size strollers in this group, with a weight of 20.9 lbs. It is also fairly small when folded, measuring 7,771 cubic inches.
However, higher-ranking options with smaller folds and similar weights performed better. So, while that is a plus to any stroller, it isn't enough to make the Larktale a top stroller option.
The Coast is of lower quality compared to the competition. Every single connection point is visible and almost has attention drawn to it by contrasting colors that make it look busy and industrial. The parts are all sort of rickety, and there are strange joints and knobs that stick out for no real reason other than a design choice. The fabric does not fit the fame well. It is a nylon material that feels durable and wipes clean, but it isn't cozy, and the padding is minimal. The wheels are foam-filled plastic and very slippery, so despite being larger in the back, they aren't as nice as the competition.
The overall fit and finish are busy and somewhat messy with a look that feels like someone snapped all the parts together instead of attempting to create a sleek and finished product like some of the nicer competition.
Should You Buy the Larktale Coast?
It's not often that full-size contenders come with a cup holder and snack tray. Typically, these accessories are additional purchases; if a manufacturer offers them. However, the Larktale answers the call by providing a little extra within its reasonable price. But, beyond this perk, the Larktale doesn't bring much to the competition. In fact, we felt disappointed by its limited storage, below-average maneuverability, and hard-to-fold design. Therefore, given the option to select this stroller or not, we would pass. Other strollers in our lineup might not include these accessories but bring along a happier user experience for the same price.
What Other Full-Size Strollers Should You Consider?
The Baby Jogger City Mini 2 is undoubtedly worth considering over the Larktale. It's cheaper yet a step up in ease of use and maneuverability. It's an attractive everyday option, as long as you can say goodbye to the cup holder and snack tray. Perhaps use a kid-friendly sippy cup and snack container instead.
— Wendy Schmitz
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