Okay, so I might have found my dream stroller. I use the word might because cost is definitely a factor here and I don't know with this being the "latest and greatest" stroller (with a waiting list to boot!) if I will ever be able to find it secondhand. But if I could. . .
I introduce you to. . .
The Baby Jogger City Select
Here is a video that goes into greater detail about the amazingness that is this stroller, but what I like about it. . .
1) It is a tandem stroller in a single stroller frame. It is no bigger than a single stroller, but there are 20 different configurations to make it the double of your dream.
2) It folds down easily and extremely compactly.
3) It is not a jogger, but for the exercise I do (long, off road walks), the wheels are perfect.
4) It has storage.
What I don't like about it. . .
1) The single stroller by itself is spendy and pretty much out of my price range.
2) Every accessory, including of course, the necessary second seat, is an additional cost, taking it completely out of my price range.
But if cost wasn't an issue (and it so. is) this would be my stroller. I am hoping that the excitement will die down after a few months and there will be some discounts or coupons out there, or my faithful friend craigslist will yield one. If not. . . well, there are still lots of options out there for me.
Having gone to an amazing store with higher end strollers, I have to say that I also really like the Bob Duallie Revolution (I knew I liked it before, but man, that thing is smooooooooth) but that I don't love how it folds up and is still pretty bulky. I also really liked the Baby Jogger City Mini, but I don't love the wheels that wouldn't hold up to off-road use (but it has a good push to it and folds nice and compactly with ONE hand). It was just a tiny bit out of my price range, but I feel that I could probably find either one of these strollers second-hand before the baby is born.
I think what I will probably end up doing is trying to find a kick-booty deal on a Bob Revolution Duallie (using it on long walks and the occasional longer day trip) and then buy a smaller stroller for the car, like the Maclaren Techno Twin. I see the Bobs occasionally for around $300 and the Maclarens for around $100, so I would still save money.
But. . . that stroller. . . sigh.