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I've had this pushchair for my little boy for 19 months now. Before purchasing and finally deciding on this pushchair I read lots and lots of reviews, most of which were mainly positive which encouraged me to go for this one. I am most definitely regretting it now however.
To start off with, the wheels on this pushchair are terrible. Unless you are just going over smooth tarmac all day, every day then they are useless. Slightly bumpy gravel, grass, small amounts of snow etc all make it extremely hard to use this pushchair. It's the front wheels that just seem to get stuck and jam up in the smallest knick. Also going up and down kerbs is tricky with this pram. Just earlier today I was going up a kerb, the wheels buckled under and the full pram with my little boy inside nearly toppled fully over on itself, luckily I just about managed to stop it but it gave my little boy quite a jerk. This is a continuous problem though, every time I go down a kerb the front wheels go under on themselves and you have to kind of lift the pram up to straighten them out again, you cant just bump up and down kerbs as you can with some other prams. I'm forever apologising to my little boy for giving him such a bumpy ride! When I put this to the manufacturer as I thought it may have been a problem with the suspension, they stated that the way it was designed means that when you are going down kerbs you should lift the front wheels off the ground and bump down the kerb with the back wheels. I don't really think that that is practical, especially when your little one is sleeping and you're bumping down a big kerb, but that's what they stated.
Also the chasis doesn't fold down as small as I expected. The seat unit and chasis fold in two separate pieces and compared to the silvercross that I had for my oldest son, this pram really is quite bulky when folded.
Ive also had a couple of problems with the seat unit of this pram, which luckily I purchased it from Mothercare so was able to get it repaired under warranty, but its something to bare in mind and I will do a separate review for it.
Overall I'm not impressed with this at all and would definitely not recommend it, even though it is a nice looking pushchair and quite slim line so easily fits through narrower doors or crowded aisles in shops, I wish I would have thoroughly tested more prams before purchasing.
The Oyster ticks all the boxes with stunning looks and great usability, its compact but does not compromise on comfort or features, the seat unit faces in either direction. The chassis becomes a versatile travel system by allowing the leading top brand car seats to click easily into place with an additional adapter available extra or you can turn the system into a pram with the matching carry-cot (not included). The stroller comes complete with a co-ordinating colour pack which enables you to change the appearance of your Oyster stroller to suit you, The Colour Pack includes a seat liner, hood, head hugger and bag. FEATURES Reversible seat unit Light weight and compact Stunning space age design Folds in both seat unit directions Swivel and lockable front wheels Cantilever independent 4 wheel suspension system Narrow width chassis (just 56cm wheel to wheel) Quick release wheels Large easy access shopping basket Fully reclineable independent seat unit Adjustable handle and footrest Adjustable and removable bumper bar 3 types of car seat available to fit as travel system (not included) INCLUDES Fitted apron Co-ordinating colour pack. Rain cover. Travel system ready - Compatible with Britax SHR car seat (car seat not included) or the Maxi Cabriofix car seat with use of adaptor (car seat and adapter not included) DIMENSIONS Seat area: W30 x D26cm Fully reclined seat area: L90 x W30cm Handle height (adjustable) Max 106, Min 94cm Width 56cm Length 83 to 93cm depending on handle position Folded stroller with wheels W56 x D40 x H75cm Folded stroller without wheels W50 x D31 X H70cm Wheel diameter (rear) 25cm Wheel diameter (front) 18cm