The Chicco Activ3 Air is a full-size stroller that works with some Chicco brand infant car seats. While the connection was easy and straightforward in our tests, and we are fans of most Chicco brand infant car seats, the Activ3 is not a top performing jogger or even good choice for a full-size option. Its performance in other categories and the combo review make it a stroller we don't recommend for any use. Even if you prefer the Chicco car seat, we think there are better strollers out there to combine with a Chicco seat, including the Chicco Shuttle or Chicco Keyfit Caddy frame strollers. Purchasing a frame stroller for your infant car seat can save you money and buy you time to determine your long-term strolling needs.
Chicco Activ3 Air Combo Review
Pros: Potential for jogging, easy carrier connection
Cons: Works only with Chicco brand, poor maneuverability and quality
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Enrico Catelli began the Chicco (kee-ko) company in Europe and has since become one of the most popular juvenile product brands in the world with sales in over 120 countries. Chicco is now part of the Artsana Group.
The Activ3 Air (in blue) earns a below average overall score for a stroller car seat combo product.
The performance of the Activ3 Air compared to the competition is detailed below.
Ease of Attaching Car Seat
The Activ3 Air earns a 7 of 10 for attaching an infant car seat with incorporated compatibility and no adapters required. This stroller works with the Chicco Keyfit seats and the Chicco Fit 2, both of which are award winners from our infant car seat review. We tested our stroller with the Chicco Keyfit 30.
The carrier clicks in place easily after you tuck the seat under the canopy. It is also easy to remove and feels very stable once connected. We didn't experience any false installations during testing and each tug of the handle revealed a snug and secure fit. The carrier rests inside the toddler seat and clicks onto the snack tray. The stroller canopy works in harmony with the carrier.
Weight and Folded Size
The Activ3 Air is heavy and large earning a 4 of 10 for weight and folded size. With a weight of 27.1 lbs, it is one of the heaviest in this review, even heavier than the other joggers. It measures 14,229 cubic inches when folded which is smaller for a jogger but larger than most of the combos we tested including full-size options. The Activ3 could be harder to fit in some cars making it a poor choice for car seat use.
The Activ3 Air is a jogging stroller with rubber tires and a three-wheel design that earned a 6 of 10 for maneuverability. This score is a disappointment given that joggers are designed with movement in mind. The swivel wheel helps it turn and negotiate indoor and narrow spaces. It moves okay on flat surfaces, but it feels clunkier than a jogger should. The rubber tires help it move easier over grass and gravel, but it isn't as smooth as similar designs.
The front swivel wheel locks in place for pushing over uneven surfaces and running. And unlike other joggers, it locks on the handlebar (above) instead of by the wheel. locking the wheel helps, but it still isn't as smooth as the competing joggers.
Ease of Use
The Activ3 Air easy enough to use in a category of gear here the high score is only 7.
Fold and Unfold
This stroller has a one hand fold with an auto-lock mechanism and self-stand ability. The process is easy and includes a button push and twist of the handle. It can take anywhere between 5-11 steps depending on how compact you need it to be. Unfolding is very easy and takes 5 steps to finish.
The single action brakes on the Activ3 has a unique parking handbrake. It is somewhat convoluted, but once you know how it operates, it isn't difficult. The lack of pedal means there are no concerns about sandaled or bare feet.
This stroller has under seat storage, parent console, and child tray. The child tray is covered when you attach the car seat, so the bin and console are the only available storage. The bin is medium with a 10 lb weight limit. It has easy access from all sides. The parent console has two shallow cup holders and a small center storage tray.
The Activ3 has a large size canopy with a small, vinyl peek-a-boo window. You can use this window to spy on your baby when using the shade with a car seat carrier. If you rotate the shade too far forward, the window will be poorly placed and harder to use.
Ease of Setup
The Activ3 Air took 10:31 minutes to assemble which is more challenging than about half the competition. It has more parts to assemble than most with a front wheel mount, all wheel attachment and the canopy and bumper bar to attach. The manual is multi-language and it takes more time than it should to find the right assembly instructions.
The Activ3 Air earns a 6 of 10 for quality with a busy frame and cluttered appearance. This seat has Chicco specialized breathable fabric which feels like plastic "ribs" that aren't skin friendly and collect a lot of gunk and dirt easily. Our fabric snagged easily during testing and doesn't feel durable. The Ativ3 frame feels sturdy with more flex in the adjustable handlebar than other Chicco options. The stroller has above average wheels with foam filled rubber tires suitable for a jogger and average suspension. The handlebar has a foam cover and feels good to hold. The seat is hard and unforgiving unlike sling style seats without hard bottoms.
— BabyGearLab Review Team