I have to start by saying that this buggy is now discontinued and thus will be only available second hand. Does it make sense to write a review, then? Yes, very much so. Good all terrain buggies are very expensive to buy and thus it makes a lot of sense to look out for second hand options. In fact, I came to own this pushchair via reading an old BabyWorld review of it and then looking for a couple that looked good on eBay.
I needed an off-road, all-terrain buggy as we live in a small hamlet which has no pavements and a total of about 100 yards gravel drive, the rest is fields, dirt track and footpaths. Uneven surfaces and especially puddles and slippery mud abound and taking even a decent solid-rubber wheeled pram which coped OK with Polish tamer forest was a bit of a problem, not less because our rented house is fully carpeted and thus washing the wheels (or not using a pram inside) became necessary. Now we have two buggies, one for indoors and possibly town, one for outdoors and everybody is happy.
The pushchair is suitable from birth as the back rest lowers to what is virtually flat position, while at the other end of the age scale it will be probably OK for children as old as 2.5 if you still want to wheel them around those muddy tracks, though I would expect that at that age it would be hard work.
The back rest adjustment is via zips. This has both advantages (less likely to get stuck than a mechanical spring) and disadvantages (harder to adjust when the child is in the buggy, only three options available, though more if you don't zip up the zips completely ). The biggest problem with the backrest is that while in the lowest position it completely blocks the access to the shopping basket, so it becomes very hard to put anything there without juddering the baby quite harshly.
The seat seems comfortable and there is a 5 point harness attached for bigger babies , while an extra liner for comfort (I put a spare cosytoes on top anyway for extra padding for a baby). The square hood provides very good protection from the top and reasonable from the sides and when folded its folds are an excellent place to carry stuff (especially as the basket is hard to access with the baby lying down).
Cosytoes zip onto the liner which means that there is less draughts, but also, until your child grows substantially bigger, that you can actually stuff it with things like spare nappies, cloths and wipes and thus make more room in your 'changing' bag for things that don't fit into the basket. I think it would be better if the cosytoes was longer (higher) as it doesn't provide any protection for the trunk of the child, just the feet/legs (depending on the size of the child).
Rain cover, which is a truly essential accessory for a UK (and especially Scottish!) weather covers the whole pushchair, even though the hood is plastic lined inside, and it has Velcro fastenings in the back as well as elastic bits round the front and Velcro fastening going around the front wheel fork, which overall provide very good protection. There is a window in the front through which you can access the baby inside, and if it's just drizzling you can leave it open by fastening the window bit of plastic back with Velcro
The handle is adjustable to several positions and should do everybody from a short woman to a tall bloke, while the handle itself is covered in this slightly horrible foam stuff that makes my nails hurt when I think about it but means that the handle never gets truly cold. The go-slow break for the front wheel (useful when coming down a steeper hill especially with a heavy buggy) is located on the handle but it doesn't get in the way. I's very easy to hang the changing bag on the handle and it doesn't slip down. One of the advantages of a long and heavy buggy is that you can actually hang lots of stuff on the handles and it still will not tip backwards!
The brake is a very good one: it's one bar you push down or up with your foot and it works by engaging a bar in the teeth of a cogs located on the back axis, not by pushing a block onto the tyre surface. This means it's very secure, though you need to make sure it actually engages.
The wheels can be pumped up with a normal bicycle pump and they will probably need pumping up every month or so. I have had the buggy for 3 months now and have not had a puncture yet (fingers crossed!) but then I don't go to town more than once a week,
The buggy folds easily, it's probably doable one-handed if you don't have much stuff in it and you can tie the folded thing together if you wish. There is a large carry bag provided with the buggy which will be ideal if you ever need to fly with it or carry it folded with wheels detached in the luggage compartment of a train or a coach. Wheels are really easy to take off and thus it the folded buggy doesn't fit into the boot of your car, it's likely that it will fit if you take off either just the front or all three wheels.
Nothing beats the comfort of the ride in a well-sprung cross-chassis pram, but Michael seems comfortable enough in this buggy and often goes to sleep happily in it – and the big bouncy wheels on more bumpy terrain seems to provide him with a better ride than just normal pavement!
Cygnet Pacer is quite robust but also heavy at almost 10 kg which is heavier than some other all terrain there wheelers which can be as light as 7-8kg. This weight means that it's hard to fully lift it with a baby inside, but it's possible with some effort to move it it over most stiles if you have somebody to hold the baby while this is happening.
It's long (120 cm) but not as long as some other joggers/all-terrain pushchairs and if you need to squash it in some smaller space you can gain some room by folding the handle all the way down.
This buggy offers a very smooth ride on pavements and tarmac while the 12 inch pneumatic wheels are large enough to perform off-road well and to be honest I didn't really realise how much difference a three wheeler with big pneumatic wheels makes until I took this one literally across the field and then up a fairly steep, grassy, and very bumpy bank.
As far as urban use goes, one needs to bear in mind that Cosatto Cygnet Pacer has, as all true off-road pushchairs, a fixed front wheel. This means that, although smooth to push and easy to manoeuvre by tilting backwards, it really needs a lot of room to turn! I wouldn't buy it for predominantly urban use with an odd foray into the wild.
However, if you are looking for a buggy that you can comfortably take not just on hardened dirt tracks but also across the bumpy meadow and through muddy puddles and up milder hills it's a very good, robust option offering relatively comfy ride.
Originally it would have probably costed in the region of £200/£250. I paid £55 and £22 carriage, which is not bad considering that for example Mountain Buggy branded three-wheelers go on eBay for over £100.
I recently purchased a Cossatto Cygnet pushchair for my oldest son as my younger son stole his Graco Citisport! I was looking for a light umbrella fold buggy with a hood, raincover, swivel wheels & lie-back seat. I thought that I had a bargain when I saw the Cosatto Cygnet buggy on Yahoo auctions & I bought it for £45 (£35 & £10 postage). Well it arrived in excellent condition and I was sure that it was a great saving on buying a new one (approximately £85). I was really pleased with it until I took it out of the front door and tried to steer it with my toddler in it! It was absolutely awful, I've had supermarket trolleys that steer better than this buggy! There was nothing wrong with the buggy itself and it looked like new without a mark on it, so I can only assume that it is very badly designed and very heavy on the back wheels. I really don't like it at all. After having the Graco Citisport which is excellent - I feel that the Cossatto buggy is like trading in a Ferrari for a skoda! My husband likes the fact that the handles are very high and suitable for him as he is very tall but he isn't gone on the steering either. I will go over the main features of the buggy - many of which I feel are thoroughly lacking. This buggy has a very attractive colourway of yellow & blue. (I have also seen blue & green). It looks very smart & stylish & I feel quite happy pushing such a nice looking buggy around! WEIGHT It is not exactly lightweight! It seems to be around 9-10kg which makes it heavier than many umbrella fold buggies. I'm not exactly sure why it is so much heavier, but this needs to be borne in mind. HANDLE HEIGHT The handle height is very good - I'm 5ft 10" & I felt that the handles were very high! Normally on buggies, the handle is too low! My hubby is nearly 6ft 2" and he found the handle height very comfortable. STEERING, SUSPENSION & WHEELS The steering of this bugg
y is really awful, it has front swivel wheels, but it feels like you are dragging a lead weight around the corner when you try and turn it. It is harder than a supermarket trolley to get it to go where you want it to. When the infant seat is fully reclined, for some reason this makes the buggy a bit easier to steer which may be fine if you have a newborn, but if you have a toddler in it, then you will be going nowhere fast. I also do not like the way that you constantly need two hands on it to get it to go any where near where you want it to go. I like to be able to push the buggy with one hand occasionally and with this buggy, you are unable to do so. You can't go round tight corners easily either. The buggy has nice big wheels, but it's no good on a buggy that wont go where you want it to & it's a huge effort to push it. The swivel wheels are lockable but so fiddly to work out whether they are locked or not! The suspension is average - not bumpy, but nothing special. BRAKES The brakes are very bad. They kick on with a pedal over one of the wheels & a lever is supposed to pull the brake down on the other wheel - however, it doesn't always lock it on properly. I have also noticed that the brakes even if you get them on properly, they knock off way too easily. I have had them come off several times and I've only had the buggy a couple of weeks! They are not good at staying locked - this is a very negative point as good brakes are much safer. THE SEAT & HARNESS This buggy lies back completely flat for newborns & has several seat positions. It is a bit fiddly to work out the seat mechanism and I don't find it that easy to get it to go down sometimes. You have to do each side at the same time which can make it difficult. The harness is very good as the top straps are secured at the top of the buggy which means that they won't slip off your baby. FOLDING, THE CARRY STRAP AND CARRYING THE
BUGGY Folding the buggy is simple in theory, you push up two levers of the folding mechanism at the back of the pram and push it forward & it should fold into an umbrella fold. Unfortunately sometimes it gets stuck while are folding it - the seat raising mechanism catches and gets stuck - very annoying if you are trying to get the buggy down in time for the bus & you start to struggle with it! You certainly cannot fold it one handed or while holding your baby. The shutting clip is fiddly and also has a very annoying habit of coming off when you are carrying it or put it down! RAINCOVER & HOOD It has a hood to shield the baby from the sun or rain and it is really easily opened and shut with a small clip. It comes complete with a raincover which is very good as buying a good raincover separately can cost up to £20! However, it is only a small piece of plastic that goes over the front - it doesn't cover the back of the seat or basket. BASKET It comes with a cloth basket hanging underneath, but this is not overly large & I haven't used it as it is very shallow & stuff could fall out of it. OVER ALL - I would say don't get this buggy, it's cumbersome, difficult to steer, heavy, the brakes aren't good and you could get a much better alternative such as the Maclaren Daytripper for much less or better still, get a Graco Citisport! (see my opinion on it if you are interested!) You can't get an easier, lighter, better buggy to use than the Citisport!