Written on: 20/05/2012 by Helly1
We chose this model for our first child in 2010, as it was recommended by the staff at Paul Strides shop in York. I wanted a 3 wheel based travel system, which fit with My Maxi Cosi car seat and this fitted the bill. I am happy with it from this point of view as it is very easy to steer with all three attachments and is good on fairly bumpy terain.
Being a 3 wheeler, when mounting a curb or coming down a curb it makes the unit unstable. I think there is a button which you can switch on top of the front wheel arch which keeps it pointing straighht making it easier to do this manouver but it is a bit of a faff if in a rush.
The 3 wheel aspect also makes the push chair unstable when the footpath is on an incline and I find myself (and so does my husband) struggling to compensate to keep the chair in the correct position. This could be argued to be the councils fault rather than the push chairs fault! As it is quite a heavy model this can sometimes be quite strenuous.
I read on another review that the foot muff (winter one in our case) slips down even if conected to the specific clips which it does and this is my main complaint. If the seat was more of a bucket style where babys bottom would be sloping back rather than flat it would not happen. The push chair relys on the 'between the legs' strap keeping baby in position, which looks like it cuts around the nappy area a bit too much. My daughter always looked a bit slumped ( up to 1.5 years) because of it, instead of being snug, and I always had to pull her by her armpits to an upright position.
The hood is great and pulls right over to shade from sun or rain but does pull the chair position up a little when the chair is laying flat. This is not such a big deal.
We bought the solid sided carry cot which was fantastic and we used it as her travel cot for the first 5 months. We got a fly net which fits where it touches, maybe I was putting it on wrong?? The free rain cover is fairly poor quality and after 1 year was totally crinkled and opaque and we ended up buying a universal cover wich fits better and my daughter can actually see through.
I bought the winter hand muff which I would deffinately recommend! It is great and well worth the money. One of the foam hand grips was ripped accidentally and so I bought the leather look handles which sorts this problem out.
It does looks stylish and has stood 1.5 years of daily use well so far, with very little fading to the covers etc.
I feel that the suspension is one of its best features and think it must be a very smooth ride compared to other push chairs that I hear rattling down the pavements or paths, and so we have no problem in going for walks with the dog down country tracks with her in it.
I have said I would not recommend to a friend as I think there may be better models from other companies which have a better seat position but feel the quality and durability of it are outstanding. Typical German engineering.
Hope this helps?