UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 Review

If you’re here, you’re probably wondering: Is UPPAbaby VISTA worth the money? Which model is the best, which color version to choose and which accessories are necessary?

As a mother of three, who’s been using VISTA for over 3 years now, I think I could help you to answer these questions.

UPPAbaby Vista Review, UPPAbaby VISTA 2016 & UPPAbaby 2017 - Full Review and Comparison

In this article I review UPPAbaby VISTA 2017, but at the end you can see its comparison with UPPAbaby VISTA 2016. In fact, both models are very similar.

UPPAbaby VISTA is a stroller beloved by many moms. It is a standard stroller with toddler seat and additional bassinet. It’s a great option for parents who live in the city and are looking for an everyday stroller for running daily errands around town.

Moreover, each model of UPPAbaby VISTA is perfect solution for parents who plan on having bigger family, as this stroller grows with the baby and expands for the second child. This pushchair has so many features! Read my full article with UPPAbaby VISTA review and find out if this stroller meets your needs.

UPPAbaby VISTA 2017

“Personally, I’ve been using this UPPAbaby Vista for my twins, at first with two bassinets, now with a toddler seat and Rumble Seat. I prefer bassinets in first months because they provide completely flat position for baby’s delicate spin and I can regulate baby’s temperature. I’m not a fan of using a car seat for long strolling, so VISTA and its bassinets were perfect for my needs.” ~ Zooey

UPPAbaby VISTA Review – What this stroller can offer you and your baby

UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 has many great functions which allow the stroller to grow with the baby.

What’s included in the set?

The basic set of UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 includes:

  • Frame
  • Four wheels
  • Bassinet with bug shield and storage bag
  • Toddler seat with rain and bug shields
  • Bumper bar

We all know VISTA is pricey stroller. Check here if any discounts are available.

Seating option

UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 Seat
In all UPPAbaby VISTA models toddler seat is suitable from 3 months up to 50 lbs

VISTA is equipped with standard toddler seat which can be front or rear facing. The seat is reclining in six position which is very easy and you can do it with only one hand by pushing a button (as opposed to very common two straps on the back of the seat which require using two hands)!

Fully reclined seat is 23.6° from the ground, which mean the baby doesn’t lie completely flat. The seat can accommodate a baby up to 50 lbs and 40”. There is also very nice bumper bar for baby’s safety.

The stroller also comes with a bassinet which you can use from day one until your baby is 20 lbs and 25”. Mattress pad in the bassinet is perforated and breathable. The base is vented and has boot cover, inner liner and zip out liner. The bassinet has great ventilation. You can also unzip it in the back for extra air-flow. The bassinet was upgraded for 2018 – you can find more information about it in my review of VISTA 2018.

UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 Bassinet
UPPAbaby VISTA with bassinet
The UPPAbaby VISTA adapts to growing family and even three kids can ride in it at the same time! With some additional purchases this stroller allows you to install two infant car seats or bassinets or toddler seats (or one of each) and there is also a place where the oldest kid can stand during strolling.
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All seating options that UPPAbaby Vista 2017 offers!

As you can see this is very multitasking stroller! In the picture above there are all of the seating combination for two kids. If you would like to use VISTA with two or three kids you will need to purchase separately VISTA Rumble Seat and VISTA PiggyBack. UPPAbaby VISTA gives flexibility. This stroller adapts to parents’ needs!

Are you looking for a convertible stroller that expands to a double? Here is my list of the best modern strollers with option of expanding.

Travel System

UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 can be also used as a travel system with UPPAbaby MESA infant car seat – and we don’t need any adapters for it! It just simply clicks into the frame. MESA is sold separately – here you can see what safety features it has.

VISTA can be also easily turned into a travel systems thanks to compatibility with other infant car seats (for example: Chicco Keyfit car seat and Maxi-Cosi Mico car seat). In this case we will need a special adapter to attach the car seat to the frame.

UPPAbaby VISTA with MESA Infant Car Seat and PiggyBack board
UPPAbaby VISTA with MESA Infant Car Seat and PiggyBack board

Thanks to it parents can use VISTA since birth not only with a bassinet, but also with infant car seats. It’s very convenient especially if parents drive a lot with their baby and want to quickly switch between stroller, car and home.

The beauty of strolling with a car seat is that you don’t need to wake your baby up by taking him/her out of the car seat and putting to the bassinet, because you can stroll while your baby is still sleeping in a car seat.

Psst! Do you like UPPAbaby Vista but you’re on a small budget? There is very similar stroller that costs 3 times less than VISTA! Read my review of Evenflo Pivot Modular.

Leg and footrest

This is another amazing and unique feature of VISTA. It has adjustable, multi-position leg and footrest.

Wheels

This stroller has pivoting front wheels which can be locked for riding over tougher terrain. It handles many types of surfaces, even wooded trails. VISTA 2017 has new solid, polyurethane wheels, which are more durable and give the stroller better maneuverability and smoother ride. Besides, you will never have flat tire and don’t have to worry about inflating! 🙂

Front wheels are 8” and the rear ones are 11.5”. UPPAbaby VISTA has also four wheel suspension which absorbs shocks.

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Maneuverability and pushing

UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 is very comfortable to push and easy to use. You can steer it with one hand, but this stroller is pretty wide so pushing with one hand decrease your control in the turns. When you are going through narrow spaces and tight turns it is more convenient to push it with two hands. According to many parents this stroller rolls like a dream.

Brakes

VISTA has a foot-oparated parking brake. This is another excellent feature about this stroller. The brake pedal has green and red indicator that informs parents if the brake is set or released, so you can be sure that you set the brake properly.

VISTA takes care of your children’s safety! You and your little one can really enjoy strolling together.

Five-point harness

VISTA is equipped with five-point adjustable harness. It is very easy to put on the harness and to take it off. The harness is easily adjustable to fit your passenger and make his/her ride comfortable. There are three shoulder height positions and several crotch strap position.

When you adjust the straps properly you hear they click into the right place. The release button is placed in the middle and is easy to use, but it requires a little pressure which I find great because your little one can’t take the harness off by him-/herself.

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UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 has nicely padded seat with 5-point harness and bumper bar

Handlebar

The stroller has also extendable telescoping handlebar which is a great feature for parents of different height. It just telescopes in and out of the frame which is great solution because tall parents won’t kick the back of the stroller during walking.

In majority strollers the handlebar adjust by rotating and tall parents sometimes push the stroller while being really close to it and are very likely to kick it. This issue is solved very well in VISTA.

“When my husband, who is 6”2′ and a foot taller than me, wants to stroll with VISTA, he just pushes the button and extends the handlebar up, until its height is comfortable for him. This handlebar is very similar to the one that Bugaboo Donkey has.” ~ Zooey

Moreover, some of the color version of UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 comes with the leather cover for the handlebar (and bumper bar). These covers are also sold separately, so you can add them to any other color version or even a VISTA 2015 and 2016!

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Telescoping handlebar, instead of rotating – love it!

Canopy

This is one of the greatest features of VISTA and one of the best canopy I have ever seen. You can adjust the canopy height, which allows the stroller to grow with your child. When your baby gets taller you just slide the canopy up. And in VISTA 2017 the canopy has better lock, so when you slide it up and down it stays in the place better. But that’s not everything! This model has also new woven material which doesn’t wrinkle.

VISTA has one of the largest sun shades in its category, equipped with SPF +50 protection! Besides, it has big peek-a-boo window with magnetic closure, which is great feature because it is silent (especially when compared with loud velcro closure).

With VISTA you can quietly spy on your little passenger! And the canopy has also great ventilation with additional mesh window. VISTA is a great vehicle for strolling during hot summer days and cold, windy winter days.

If you are looking for a travel system for your baby you might also like Britax B-Agile Travel System. Check out my full review here or read my raking of The Best Travel Systems.

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Folding

Folding VISTA is very simple, and in the new version is even easier and can be done with one hand. You can fold the stroller with the seat attached or you can remove it first.

The great thing about VISTA is that it has automatic lock which holds the folded buggy closed, and can stand on its own when folded.

UPPAbaby VISTA - folded stroller
Dimensions of the folded stroller are: 25.7” x 17.25” x 33” (WxLxH).
VISTA 2017 is a standard stroller, so it is not the smallest and the lightest one. If you are looking for a light and portable stroller for travels you should check out my ranking of The Best Lightweight Strollers.

Storage

UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 has a HUGE basket under the seat where you can keep a diaper bag, snacks, your baby toys and other everyday essentials (together up to 30 lbs). The basket is very easily accessible from all sides.

You can walk out of the house for a whole day and all of your necessary supplies will fit in that basket. There is also very useful small pocket placed on the back of the seat, where you can put your keys and phone (it might be too small for a bottle of water). It has a zipper to protect your things from accidentally falling out during the stroll.

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With this huge VISTA basket you will always have a lot of space for your essentials!

Comfort

Riding in VISTA is very comfortable and smooth for our little passenger, thanks to shocks absorbing suspension, rubber tires and nicely padded seat.

Materials

VISTA 2017 is made of high-quality materials so the stroller will serve you for decades. 🙂 The canopy and the seat are nicely padded and the material is very easy to wipe clean. The frame is made of aluminum and magnesium alloy and it is lighter than older versions.

Weight

UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 frame weighs 19.4 lbs, seat is 6.9 lbs and bassinet is 8.4 lbs. This may be not the lightest buggy in this category but I guess its features and versatility compensate its size and weight. It is also worth to mention that 2017 model is 1.5 lbs lighter than previous version.

“I had also a chance to try another UPPAbaby buggy – G-LUXE lightweight stroller. In my review you can find more information about this product and a full comparision of all UPPAbaby strollers.” ~ Zooey

Setup

This was our first stroller so we were a little nervous it would be hard to put it together. But it turned out it was very simple. It took less than 10 minutes! And one more great thing about VISTA is that there is another color indicator which inform if the seat is properly installed into the frame (green indicator).

Extras for the convenient ride (included)

UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 comes with bug shield for bassinet and toddler seat. There is also a rain cover and specially designed storage bag. Notice that most of the higher-end strollers don’t offer these conveniences. I think it is great advantage of the VISTA that it includes shields, because with my other strollers I had to buy them separately.

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What other parents think about UPPAbaby VISTA 2017?

As I always do, I checked other parents reviews of UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 on Amazon. It has over 40 reviews, at the time I’m writing this, and most of them are positive.

Main assets that parents mention are: adjustable handlebar, easy folding, big and easily accessible basket, easy assembly, responsive customers service, high-quality materials and fabrics, smooth ride.

Parents also mention few flaws: this is not the lightest stroller on the market (but even small moms don’t have problems with putting it to the car trunk) and it’s wider than many other standard strollers so it may be harder to navigate through tight sidewalks or crowds.

Here you can read more reviews of UPPABaby VISTA 2017 written by other parents

Pros & Cons

ProsCons
  • Many seating options – the stroller can accommodate up to three kids (with some add-ons)
  • Lockable and pivoting front wheel
  • Multitasking, easy to use and steer
  • Parking brake with color indicator that informs when the brake is set properly
  • Extendable telescoping handlebar
  • Big equipped with SPF +50 protection, peek-a-boo window and great ventilation
  • LARGE basket under the seat (with capacity up to 30 lbs!)
  • Few accessories included (like bug shield and rain cover)
  • Parent and child tray need to be bought separately
  • Pretty heavy

Accessories

My UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 review wouldn’t be full, if I didn’t mention additional accessories for this stroller which can be purchased separately. Here are few examples of accessories for VISTA.

  • UPPAbaby Infant SnugSeat – this is a reversible seat for infants up to 21 lbs. One side is made of plush material and the other side is made of moisture wicking fabric. It is designed for infants so it has great neck and back support for your little one.
  • UPPAbaby Piggy Back – this is an additional place for the third child who want to ride on the stroller too. It can be folded up when it is not in use.
  • UPPAbaby Snack Tray – you can replace a bumper bar with a snack tray, where you can put some snacks for your little adventurer and a drink in cup holder.
  • UPPAbaby Ganoosh Footmuff – great thing if you plan on strolling during winter to keep your passenger warm. It is designed for babies from 3 months up to 34” tall.

Check out other accessories for UPPAbaby VISTA

UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 – Specification

Stroller typeStandard, convertible stroller
Stroller weightFrame + Seat: 26.3 lbs, Bassinet: 8.4 lbs
Weight limitBassinet: 20 lbs, Seat: 50 lbs
Stroller dimensions25.7” x 36” x 39.5-42.5” (WxLxH)
Folded dimensions25.7″ x 17.25″ x 33″ (WxLxH) – with the seat attached
Seat to canopy19-21”
Handlebar height39.5-42.5”

Color versions

UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 comes in eight colors: Henry (Blue Marl), Austin (Hunter green), Loic (White), Dennison (Bordeaux), Sabrina (Orchid), Jake (Black), Pascal (Grey) and Taylor (Indigo). The price may vary little bit depending on the color you choose.

UPPAbaby Vista - all color versions

The previous model – UPPAbaby VISTA 2016 is available in six color version: Taylor, Denny (red), Georie (light blue), Jake, Lindsey (wheat) and Pascal.

➞ Here you can compare prices for all color versions for 2017 model and 2016 model

UPPAbaby VISTA 2016 vs 2017

Here is my comparison of the previous and new model of UPPAbaby VISTA. Are you curious what are the differences between UPPAbaby VISTA 2016 and 2017?

  • Wheels: VISTA 2016 has foam-filled rubber wheels; VISTA 2017 has polyurethane wheels, which are more durable and smooth. These upgraded wheels are sold separately, therefore if you own the older version of VISTA (from 2015 or 2016), you can upgrade your beloved stroller!
  • Weight: VISTA 2016 weighs 27.5 lbs; VISTA 2017 weighs 26.3 lbs.
  • Size: VISTA 2016 is 26.5” wide; VISTA  2017 is 25.7” wide.
  • Handlebar: VISTA 2016 has foam cover on the handlebar; VISTA 2017 offers leather cover (some color versions include this cover, for others we can buy it separately; the cover is also available for bumper bar, also for 2015 and 2016 model).
  • Canopy: in VISTA 2016 canopy not always stays in place; VISTA 2017 has new lock for the canopy which keep it in place better and new woven fabric so it doesn’t wrinkle that much.
  • Colors: both models have different color versions (check it above). VISTA 2017 has new fashions: Henry, Austin, Loic and Dennison.
  • Accessories: There are plenty accessories that are compatible with VISTA 2016 and 2017, but for the new version there is one new item: wheel reflectors. With this accessory fans of evening strolls can feel much more safe.
Last time I checked on Amazon they offered FAST & FREE SHIPPING for VISTA 2017.
I’m not sure if it’s still available so don’t forget to check it here.

UPPAbaby VISTA vs CRUZ

On first sight, UPPAbaby VISTA and CRUZ may seem the same. But when we take a closer look we will see that these stroller have few differences. So, what features are similar in VISTA and CRUZ and what are the differences? Here is my short comparison of these two baby strollers.

UPPAbaby VISTA vs UPPAbaby CRUZ

SimilaritiesDifferences
Both strollers are equipped with normal toddler seat which can accomodate a baby up to 50 lbs and 40”. Both seats are reversible and reclinable and have bumper bars.VISTA has four wheel suspension, in contrast to CRUZ, which makes it more easy to push and navigate.
VISTA and CRUZ are compatible with many car seats (with adapters) and there is also one infant car seat specially made for them, named MESA.CRUZ has smaller wheels than VISTA (7” and 8.5” vs. 8” and 11.5”).
Both vehicles have foam filled rubber wheels which absorb shocks.VISTA’s brake is equipped with color indication that shows if the brake is set or released.
Both VISTA and CRUZ have extendable, telesoping handlebar.CRUZ is lighter, smaller and tighter than VISTA.
These two strollers have large canopies, with sun protection and peek-a-boo windows.VISTA’s seat reclines more than CRUZ’s (23.6° vs 27.8° from the groud).
CRUZ and VISTA have automatic lock and they stand on their own after folding.VISTA has bigger basket underneath the seat than CRUZ (weight limit 30 lbs vs 25 lbs).
Both strollers come with a bug shield and rain cover.
Both products are high-quality and very easy to use.

UPPAbaby VISTA – Review Conclusion

UPPAbaby VISTA is an everyday stroller for urban parents. This buggy is made of high-quality materials, is very easy to steer and push, and definitely will grow with your child(ren). In my UPPAbaby VISTA review I tried to show that it is a standard stroller and a travel system at the same time.

It is hard to find better stroller in this category, especially that its price isn’t the highest one! VISTA is a multifunctional stroller and offers more amazing features and high-quality than other products even with higher price. If you want a good value product which you will use for couple of years this one is definitely worth its price and you will be satisfied!

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Keep in mind

As probably any other expandable, convertible stroller, this one is also weighty. And if we add the second seat it gets even more heavy and bigger, which makes it more difficult to turn with one hand.

3 Reasons Why You Will Love UPPAbaby VISTA 2017

1. Every child deserves the most comfortable, safe and high-quality stroller and you can be sure UPPAbaby VISTA will provide all of that to your baby.

2. Thanks to great wheels and suspension you have the flexibility to stroll with your baby wherever you want.

3. This stroller is a smart investment as it grows with the baby and adapts to growing family needs.

My rate:

Are you considering buying UPPAbaby VISTA? Before you make a decision, make sure to check if there are any available discounts and read what other moms think about this stroller → HERE 


Hello Moms! I am Zooey. I am a wife and a mother of three amazing kids: 3-year-old Haley and almost 1-year-old twins Jesse and Matthew. I am a jogger, cooker and blogger

If you have a question or a comment, do not hesitate to write to me! 🙂

10 thoughts on “UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 Review

  1. Hi Zooey! Have you jogged with the Vista? Wondering if we would need a separate jogging stroller or if this would work. We’re not major runners – it would be brisk walking and easy jogging in our mostly flat, quiet neighborhood.

    1. Hi Sam! I’ve never jogged with Vista and wouldn’t recommend you that either. Vista does absorb shocks on uneven terrain, but when you’re running the baby is exposed to different types of forces and shocks and I don’t think Vista’s suspension is suitable for that. Besides, the wheels are not air-filled so the ride wouldn’t be cushioned for the baby during your jogging.
      Please consider buying a separate jogging stroller, there are few awesome models for about $200-$300, you can check them in my ranking here. I can recommend you for example Joovy Zoom 360 which doesn’t cost that much and works really great on different terrains, in case you would like to take a walk (or run) in woods, over gravel or even snow 🙂

    1. Hello Nicole! The Loic color looks awesome and it’s really easy to keep the whole fabric clean. It’s because of the texture of Vista’s fabric, it doesn’t get dirty so quickly and it’s easy to get rid of stains or dirt. If something spills you can just wipe it with a wet cloth. Oh, just remember to keep your car trunk clean if you want to store your Vista in it 🙂 If you want, you can take extra precautions and fold the frame and seat separately and put the seat on a blanket or something to make sure it won’t get any stains. 🙂
      Let me know if you need more information! 🙂

  2. My wife and I just found out we’re expecting twins. She fell in love with the Vista awhile back. What are some of the challenges you faced with your twins in the stroller? Also how does the stroller handle rain and snow? Lastly, she was concerned at how close it seemed the 2 bassinets seemed to be when they stacked. Is there good room for both babies with the double bassinet option?

    1. Hello Duane! I’m a huge fan of Vista, I’ve been using it for almost 3 years. During first months with my twins I used it with two bassinets for longer strolls and two infant car seats when I was running quick errands or shopping. I think in both options my sons had enough room. Vista bassinets have really good size and awesome airflow. The mattress is breathable and there is a zip on the back of the canopy for extra ventilation. Two bassinets are in fact very close to each other, but it never bothered me during using. Putting babies in and out of the bassinets was pretty easy. However, the additional bassinet is placed lower, so I had to bend a little bit to put my son into it or when I was checking on him during strolling. Keep in mind that it is pretty heavy. I tried other double strollers and such weight is typical, although Vista is in my opinion more comfortable to operate. Just after the birth my husband was folding it and carrying it up the stair etc. When I got back “into shape” folding and lifting was not a problem anymore 🙂 I think these are my only complains about double version of Vista.
      I use this stroller all year round, whatever the weather. I keep rain shields in the basket under the seats, they are very useful. There are special covers for each seat, you can see the bassinet cover here and the toddler seat cover here. The wheels are also great and handle different terrains. Of course it’s not a jogger, but it’s awesome for streets, paved sidewalks, gravel roads, bumpy grass, it even handles unbeaten roads! Snow also is not a problem, unless you would like to push Vista through snowdrifts 🙂 But I’ve never had any problems with maneuverability, pushing and going over uneven terrain, even with two kids.
      However if you worry that the bassinets are too close to each other or something, you can check out another great double stroller that I can truly recommend you – Mountain Buggy Duet. It weighs the same as Vista. It’s side-by-side double stroller, but slim like a single one. It has pumped tires that handle any type of terrain, sand or snow definitely won’t be a problem. The bassinets are next to each other so you won’t need to bend. Here I’ve wrote more about this stroller.
      Let me know if you need more information. All the best for the four of you!

  3. Hi! My daughter is going to be 3 in September and baby #2 is due in Feb. I love the Vista but I’m not sure it will work with my daughter already 36 inches tall. She’s too big for the rumble seat so she’d have to ride up in the toddler seat and newborn down on the bottom…not sure I like that. My daughter is under 35 lbs though so maybe she can still ride on the bottom. I don’t know if she will be comfortable though. Any other way I can configure it so the newborn can ride on top? I’m also looking at the City Select Lux since it has a higher weight limit but the Vista seems so much better except this one (big) problem!

    1. Hi Kristina. I think that in this case we have several options. If you want your newborn to ride on the top and your 3 year old daughter on the bottom, Vista offers actually only one combination – Rumble Seat on the bottom and infant car seat on the top. But Rumble Seat is for kids up to 36 inches so in February your daughter will be definitely to tall for it. Maybe she would like to ride on a PiggyBack board? My daughter is also 3 years old and only sometimes she wants to ride in a toddler seat, so we often use PiggyBack. Most of the times Vista is occupied by my twin boys – one in a toddler seat and one in Rumble Seat and Haley on the board. I guess it’s more fun for everyone 🙂
      The other option for you is to install the bassinet on the bottom and toddler seat on the top, but I guess neither you nor the kids may like it.
      I think in your case City Select Lux would be better choice. You could install a bassinet or an infant car seat on the top (facing you, so you could keep an eye on your newborn the whole time) and the toddler seat on the botton (facing forward so your older kid could watch surroundings, I think it would be more comfy for her). Here is a picture with all seating option. The 2017 model has 20 different seating combinations! Even more than Vista has! 🙂

  4. hi Zooey, I have 2y.o. daughter and second baby on the way and I can’t decide Uppababy Vista or Bugaboo Donkey twin. which one is better? I’m afraid that the donkey will lean to one side because of the difference in babies weight.
    thanks, Fiona

    1. Hi Fiona. If I had to choose between Vista and Donkey I would definitely go for Vista. Donkey is better if you have two kids of the same age and you can use it till your babies are 2 or 2.5 years old (because of the size of toddler seats). I tried Donkey with two kids of different weights and it didn’t pull to one side, but pushing the stroller was less comfortable. For me Vista is more comfy and easier to use and it’s more suitable for a toddler (even 4 year old!) and a newborn. Besides as you can see in my review Vista has many seating option and you can use a toddler seat for your daughter with an infant car seat or bassinet for the newborn. And when your daughter grows up a little, she could ride on a Piggy Board. My 3 year old Haley loves to ride on it 🙂 But sometimes she still prefers to sit in a toddler seat. Besides, I think Vista has better brakes than Donkey. And it costs less 🙂
      Let me know which stroller you’ve picked and how it works for you!

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