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This was our starter pram, and had been my sisters before that. In a few weeks time it will be making it's way to a third owner, which I think speaks volumes for the durability of this model. Like many others, we got this as part of combined set with car seat and carry cot, along with a bunch of other quality accessories including footmuff and rain cover.
In all fairness we didn't use the carry cot, though my sister did, in lieu of a moses basket. The car seat was very easy to use once to got the hang of it, though patience is required at first.
As for the stroller itself, it's is pretty amazing. It's easy to push, even with one hand, which if you have another child with you is a god send. It is also phenomenal in icy or snowy weather, which we had a lot of this year, meaning I was able to take my son out for some much needed walks all year round. The breaking systems were also really good, holding strong on buses which is always a bonus.
My issues with it would mostly be to do with its size. The front wheel does stick out a bit and is difficult to get in to the boot of smaller cars. You also feel like you're taking up loads of room on public transport. Also, it would have been nice to have had somewhere to hang a couple of shopping bag from a little easier, which the handle bar doesn't really allow for.
We recently changed to a smaller, lighter buggy, which is okay, but in comparison I've noticed a dip in quality in terms of general ease and maneuverability, in which the S3 excells.
We got this stroller as part of a travel system, with pushchair, car seat and carrycot. The main selling point was how sturdy it feels, despite being a three-wheel model. It feels very well made and stable.
The large wheels help getting it up most steps, and are very good on rough ground. There is also a little bit of suspension, so your little cherub is a bit less shaken about on cobbles or off-road. And it also has a rare feature - a bicycle-style handbrake in addition to the usual parking footbrake. This has proved very reassuring in the hilly town where we live.
All the pieces use the standard Chicco ClikClak system, so they hook onto and click off the chassis very easily. It comes in a variety of colours, but there are usually just a few available in each shop. We went for a spicy red, and I want to get a Ferrari badge to stick on the front.
You'll get most use out of the carrycot at first. It feels very safe, with a strong plastic shell and sturdy fabric hood and cover. With a bit of padding added you'll be able to let your baby sleep there. Our daughter seemed very comfortable.
I don't know if this is standard, but ours came with a travelpack. There are two buckles to hook onto the ends of the carrycot so that it can be attached to a standard three-point seatbelt in a car. Then there's a belt that fits to the cot, wraps around your baby's torso, and fixes to itself with velcro. It seems fine for very small babies that would't be comfortable in a babyseat, but I wouldn't feel safe using it on long journeys.
The car seat is a standard 0+ model that is supposed to be useful up to 13kg. We have no car, but used it for a long time on the chassis as a pushchair, which was nice as our daughter could ride along facing mummy. Like most of these seats, it does begin to seem small long before baby reaches 13kg though, so at 10 or 11 kg you might want to invest in a larger car seat. Again it's well made and comfortable.
Finally, once your little love has outgrown all the other pieces, there are covers to attach to the chassis to turn it into a stroller. This makes a roomy pushchair, with footrest above the front wheel.
We've been very happy with this. The only negative pointis are flipsides of the fact that it is so well-made and sturdy: it's a bit of a beast. It's quite heavy and when folded it's still very large in comparison with most other models. You'll need a big flat and car to swallow it, and it's a bit bulky on the bus.
Despite this, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this pushchair. Your baby will glide along like a little prince or princess.
Comfort and practicality on 3 wheels. Packed with features, the S3 Top stroller also includes a summer/winter footmuff, rucksack and raincover. Features: 5-Point Harness / Reclining Back / Adjustable Handle Height