Combi Flare Stroller Review – Papaya – Combi International

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Rating: 3.8 out of 5 (13 reviews)

Combi’s Flare single lightweight and portable lifestyle stroller has a quick and simple tri-fold. The Flare opens easily with one hand and features a deep recline that accommodates infants, an adjustable canopy, a basket with easy access, a convenient carrying strap for traveling, a 3-point logo harness, a removable guardrail, front swivel wheels for easy maneuvering, front wheel suspension system, convenient footrest for toddler comfort, removable cup holder, and a taller handle than previous Combi Strollers. It is compatible with Combi’s Shuttle Infant Seat.


  • JPMA Certified
  • Adjustable and removable canopy
  • 4-position seat recline
  • 5-point safety harness
  • Adjustable footrest

Additional Info





55 lbs

Light Weight



Sunshade,Cup Holder(s),Cargo Basket,Tray / Bar,Adjustable Canopy



13 pounds

27.5 x 10.5 x 7.0

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12 Reviews for “Combi Flare Stroller Review – Papaya – Combi International”

  1. mom of two on February 10th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    This stroller is okay for the money, but nothing great. My complaints: the basket is tiny – don’t plan on bringing much with you, there is no cup holder for mom, the front wheels tend to stick and don’t manuver well, raising and lowering the baby’s back rest is a pain – it’s done by a strap, and the sun sheild is too small to actually provide shade. What I like: it’s very stylish, very lightweight, and folds and unfolds very easy. However – I wouldn’t really say it’s worth the money – you are better off with buying a simple and cheap umbrella stroller and putting some money into a nice stroller.

  2. Sydnee. on February 15th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Its okay. Its hard to get the car seat to fit in it.. which its suppose to do. the front wheels get stuck way to often which just causes you to push the stroller without using the wheels and whats the point of that.. it just doesnt work that well. and yes the basket is tiny.. but dont hang anything from the handle because it will tip.. im glad i got it as a gift because it would have been a waste of my own money. but it is very cute.

  3. Hazelnut on March 3rd, 2009 at 12:00 am

    After investing in a large, cumbersome travel system that has gone almost totally unused, and a jogging stroller that is a nightmare for anything but jogging, I needed something that would last for my eight month old daughter well into toddlerhood.

    We were going to be taking her to NYC for four days and needed something light and easy for hopping in and out of cabs, going up and down stairs in the subway, and walking all over Manhattan. I had looked at some of the other lightweight strollers that were almost twice the price of this one, and didnt see much of a difference. I’m so glad that I went with the Combi, and only wish that I had started with this instead of the gigantic travel system stroller that sits in my barn.

    It was comfortable enough for my daughter to sit in all day as we walked her around the city, I was totally comfortable folding and unfolding it on a busy street, it was easy to recline fully so that she could take a nap, and with the addition of a cheap mesh bag that hangs from the handlebars I had more than enough storage for all of the stuff she would possibly require in a full day in NYC away from our hotel. This takes up next to no room in my car, too and is comfortable enough for long walks around town and short trips in a store. It’s sturdy enough, but light enough without feeling flimsy.

    My one and only complaint is that there is no cupholder for me, and I wish that the stroller straps were a little more substantial. I sometimes do find that the front wheels don’t swivel as smoothly as I would like them to. Those are minor complaints, and if I could give four and a half stars, I would.

  4. AngryLittleGoat on March 25th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    We were sick of our huge travel system taking up too much room, so we got this Combi and we are so happy we did. It is so light and easy to use. My son (15mos) actually doesn’t fuss and complain near as much as he used to in the big one.
    There are a couple downsides, 1. the cargo hold is a lot smaller than I was used to but that is to be expected, 2. sometimes the wheels dont correct direction very well when you are trying to turn quickly its not a huge deal but its pretty noticeable on carpet in stores. All in all we love this stroller and think its very well worth the price.

  5. momof2 on March 27th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    We were looking for a smaller more compact everyday stroller, instead of the travel system. We purchased the stroller based on the reviews and I am not impressed. It is hard to manuever, tips easily and is not very sturdy. My 4 year old loves to push his little sister but I am too nervous to let him using this stroller!

  6. Sarah on April 2nd, 2009 at 12:00 am

    I have always loved this stroller but taking it on vacation sealed my approval. It was just my daughter (12 months) and I in the airport. This stroller is perfect for travel and I highly recommend it. We use it as our everyday stroller as well. Pros-Can push with one hand while pulling a suitcase with the other. Collapses so easy can do it while holding daughter and diaper bag. Has a great carrying strap and is lightweight. I was able to carry it, and my daughter at the same time. I find the strap for changing positions great to use as it moves easily back when my daughter falls asleep. The shade is adjustable and blocks out any sun while having a window for me to check on what she is doing. Cons-Storage- The space underneath is way to small for a diaper bag but does hold a coat or a diaper/wipe for a short trip. Reason for four stars. Tray-Doesn’t come with a tray to put snacks on for baby. Should she really be eating while in motion anyway?

  7. New Mom Kate on April 11th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Living in Japan, we were terrified of trying to manage a travel system through the narrow shops and sidewalks here. We also knew we needed something that was easy to travel with when we go back to the States (2-3 x/ year). We were thrilled when we came upon this stroller. The mesh bag at the bottom is small, but this doesn’t bother me as the size, maneuverability and ease for access are definitely what I need out of a stroller!

  8. Sara on May 22nd, 2009 at 12:00 am

    I wasn’t anticipating that it would fold so small. My girlfriend spend hundreds to get that feature! I like that it has the portability of an umbrella stroller with the features of a larger one.

  9. Aimee on June 30th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    We bought this last summer for my then 3 year old daughter. We were sick of the big travel system and had already bought and demolished a cheapo umbrella stroller. We bought this one and set off for our county fair. We had a horrible time with it. I didn’t think it folded up small enough and it didn’t steer very well. It sat in our garage for about 8 months until we were going to Disney. We debated what to do and finally decided to give it another try. Imagine my surprise when I realized that the reason it didn’t steer well was because the locks were on on the front wheels. oops! Then I realized that there was a locking machanism and a strap that folded it down great, made it easy to carry while folded and basically made this the best stroller ever. Especially for meneuvering on the WDW buses every night. Moral of the story: read the directions!

    We love this stroller now and take it everywhere.

  10. Ivy, mom of 18month old boy on July 24th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    I loved the stroller at first (my husband hated it from the beginning), it looked comfortable for my son who was a newborn at the time. It’s extremely light weight and convenient. I didn’t like that it had no parent tray and over time the wheels started to warp from folding it. Now its really hard to steer and the basket is ridiculous there is no point to it, its so small. over all i would recommend it but defiantly not for every day use.

  11. Mom2Ben on August 3rd, 2009 at 12:00 am

    We had been using the Jeep umbrella stroller but my 19 moth old son was too big for it (he is 90% in height and weight). He was all squished! So I was looking for something that was smaller then the travel system stroller and still light weight and compact. This has been the answer for us. It is very roomy for him and he has room to grow. We both love the bar in the front and the cup holder for him is great. While it would be nice to have a cup holder for me, I knew it did not when I bought it so I can’t complain about it. Same with the basket, I knew it was small. It is big enough to hold a few small purchases. This stroller has more features then your typical umbrella stroller. LOVE IT!!

  12. Annie on August 23rd, 2009 at 12:00 am

    it really is a shame that people who do not know how to operate an item can also leave bad reviews. This stroller is wonderful. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the steering. If you have the front wheels locked straight, then obviously they will only roll straight…but unlock them and you can steer it, even with one hand! this stroller is fantastic, light weight, easy to steer, comfortable and convenient. I would highly recommend it to anyone.