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Having two young children, I have purchased loads of travel systems, pushchairs and strollers over the last few years. But what I've always tried to do is purchase these items with specific things included, so I didn't have to spend added time or money purchasing accessories. One of the things you simply can't live without when your pushing a young child around is a raincover, for obvious reasons. This was bought from a local Argos store afew months ago at a cost of £12.99.
Why did buy this?
I bought it purely out of desperation! The weather was getting really bad ( this was just as summer was coming to an end and we were getting a lot of wet weather ).At the time I had the Quinny Senz pushchair for my daughter ( it's since been replaced ), and it came with its own raincover. My daughter being the destructive girl she is literally tore it to shreds by pulling and kicking at it while out and about. Buying the same raincover specifically for this pushchair would have cost over £30.00 at the time, and even then it was hard to get hold of due to the pushchair being discontinued. So I bought this hoping it would do the job at a fraction of the price.
What is this item supposed to do?
Protect a child while in their pushchair/stroller, from weather, such as rain and wind.
What stroller/pushchair is this suitable for?
As the title suggests, its designed to fit ' most ' strollers, although the catalogue description doesn't go any further, except to say 'Suitable for most pushchairs with hoods with a max depth of 39.2cm '.
How does it look?
This is a clear, completely see through cover. Made from PVC. Very thin width black trimming, made of some form of fabric, runs around the edge of the cover, the rim where the hood of the pushchair comes out at the front and the back, and also around two small holes towards the back for the cover which are designed for a two handled bar stroller/pushchair.
Four Velcro fastenings, two on each side of the raincover, sit at the side of the raincover to fix onto pram for security.
Size H85, W80cm.
How did this perform?
In afew words, very poorly! Firstly, this is only designed for a pushchair that has two handle bars, my previous pushchair only had the one ( which many have these days-a simple bar running across the top of the pram connecting both sides, which the adult pushes ), which meant this couldn't sit on the pram properly. So I had to move the raincover slightly further down on the hood than was meant to. Despite this, this raincover was far too short. All of the bottom of my daughter's legs were completely exposed, which meant it served very little purpose. The cover itself kept coming down from the top because of fitting issue, which meant I spent most of the time using one hand to steer and the other trying to hold the cover onto the pushchair.
The Velcro fastenings couldn't really connect to the pushchair because of the position of the raincover to the metal sections of the pushchair that it needed to grip onto. And to top it off it simply wasn't wide enough either.
My solution in the end was to put the old raincover underneath, as my daughters feet would be completely protected and the new cover on top, as this would cover the areas where there were rips and holes. Overall making a very messy looking patch up job, until I could get another one. In the end, it was more cost effective to buy a new pushchair as the old one was literally falling apart anyway and would give me an opportunity to buy a new one with an added raincover.
How does this perform on my current pushchair?
Out of curiosity I've placed this on my current pushchair, a Hauk model, which is typical in shape and size to maybe what you would call a stroller. It comes with its own raincover, so Ive never actually gone out with this on, but just placed it over the body of the pushchair. It fits better, because this pushchair is more narrow than my last and has the two handle bars at the top, but the raincover is far too short! And I feel the cover is too thin and I would be dubious to how long this would last my daughter, or any young child that has a habit of kicking their raincover to bits!
So what do I think?
This is rubbish. Cheap price, cheap look and completely useless for me. This is a very basic raincover, maybe suitable for those doll like strollers that you can pick up for £15-20. Yes, I should have checked out the sizing beforehand but this was literally a mad dash through the rain with daughter getting wet so not a time with measuring tape at hand. I think using the word ' Universal ' and ' fits most ' in the title or description requires more detail e.g not suitable for pushchairs that have one steering bar, actually giving a list of which make and models this would fit etc. To improve the 2/1 handle bar situation, if the raincover had a long open slot at the top which would fit around either, would've worked a treat. So more thought and time into a design that truly would fit most pushchairs would be needed.
Would I buy this again? No. It doesn't do the job it's supposed to be designed for. A waste of money.
Suitable from birth. Made from clear PVC. Suitable for most pushchairs with hoods with a max depth of 39.2cm. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Colours may vary. General information: Size H85, W80, D39.2cm. EAN/MPN/UPC/ISBN: 3767340.