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I must admit this has to be the longest running pushchairs i have ever owned and coming from me that has a very bad pushchair fetish that's saying something. Still using after a year now. I have not looked for another one since using it, Well apart from my 3 double pushchairs this year. I still tend to use this one if I go out with my mum shopping.
Made my a well know German company Hauck. They are quite well known for pushchairs, highchairs, travel cots, bouncers, walkers and many more. Also quite well known for -
Could go on there are quite a few.
Style 10 out of 10.
Safety 10 out of 10
Comfort 11 out of 10.
Everyday use 10 out of 10.
What you get in the box.
1 seat unit
1 boot cover
2 bumper bars
1 rain cover
There is small assembly to do when you get it out of the box. It's really on the wheels and the hood and the bumper bars. All explained further down.
The seat unit and Frame.
The frame is made from aluminium making it very lightweight. I have noticed that it also does not dint easy that I have noticed with many others that I have owned the past. Almost white in colour making it very stylish also.
The seat unit can go both way making it very practical from birth through to toddler years. The seat unit is from birth which it does lay completely flat. There is padding all around the seat unit making it very comfy for your child. My daughter never moans when she's out in her's like with some others we have had she does. You also get a 5 point safety harness which is easy to do up. You also get 2 chest pads that are easily put on the straps and took off again if you wish.
With mine I got 2 bumper bars. A small one for when your child is in parent facing mode and a larger bulky one for when the seat unit is facing away from you. Ideal for toddlers. The smaller bar goes to on 2 catches on the seat unit and is easy done and removed. The larger one goes onto the frame by clipping on the 2 arm rests.
The material is all washable and waterproof. There are 4 different backrest options from laying flat to sitting up,
On each side of the seat unit just above the armrest there are 2 handles that you need to press in to take off the seat unit. They are well hidden by the material but are easy to find and push the button. Then is just a matter of turning it around and clipping it back on to the frame. Just make sure you hear the click when turning the seat unit around to make sure it's secure.
The seating area is also large at 36 cm across. Making it ideal if your child is on the big side.
Assembled Size 92 x 54 x 106cm When the handles are at their highest.
The wheels and Brakes.
The wheels are made plastic and are made to last. Each wheel has 2 attached. There is also suspension on the back and brakes on the back wheels. There are 2 catches on both wheels and these are simply push up or down to use the brake. The front has swivel wheels on like many these days do. This is simply done by a flick of a switch on each wheel. Really is very simple.
The wheels are one thing that you need to put on when you 1st buy one. These are very simple and it's only a matter off pushing the wheel onto the frame until you hear a click. The back wheels are linked together by the brake cables but there is only one way these can go on.'s the same push until you hear a click. Again i It really is simple. Took me around 10 minutes in total.
The handles are your basic hard plastic handle 1 on either side. To touch they do feel quite soft and are pleasure to hold whist you are pushing the pushchair. As with most pushchair these days the handles do adjust so whether your tall or short these offers comfort for all. The lowest being 100 cm and the highest being 106cm, To adjust the handles it's easy. On the back of both handles there is a sliver switch that you push inwards and pull the handle either up or down to what suit you best.
The basket I would say is a standard size for a standard pushchair. You can keep a far amount of bags in their and ive over loaded mine on many occasions and mine is fine. The basket is hold on by 4 clips around the bottom of the pushchair. The clips look ever so cheap and look like a little bit of weight they would snap but they really are quite tough little things.
Basket weight is 3kg.
This has to be the one of the best hoods on a pushchair I have ever come across. The other best thing about the hood is that it's attached to the pushchair unit it self and not the frame. Making it really easy when swap from parent facing and outward you don't have to move the hood as well.
There is a handy storage pocket in the back of hood that is quite cleverly hidden and just looks like it's part of the hood. It's also quite handy for keys and mobile and bottles, toys etc.
Inside the hood it is lavishly quilted in a white sewn cotton material and looks fantastic. Really does set the hauck eagle off.
The hood covers your child great and can be moved to multiple positions or just up upwards. You can on hot days take it off also. There is 2 catches on either side of the hood that just pull up or push down to how you want the hood. Also moves freely when adjusting.
Boot cover and rain cover.
The boot cover acts like a pram cover does. It's easy to fit 2 Velcro strips. One on either side and these go on easy enough. For windy days you can pull the boot cover up and there is a toggle on both sides and these need to go through the holes on either side of the hood. The Boot cover could be thicker to be honest but I have just just extra blankets when it's really cold. The material is the same as the pushchair. I love the way it can go up to give extra support from wind for babies.
The rain cover is quite easy to get on. The hood is waterproof not shower proof as some are. I been in mine with really heavy rain and it has not come through at all. The rain cover zips around the front of the hood and then clips to the bottom of frame. The zip around our hood did break after about 10 months or so. I cant really say if it was the pushchair or my daughter as she love to unzip it all the time. It's not a problem though as we brought a universal one that does job. Knowing this though I would still buy another one if I had too.
As this is from birth there is a adjustable footrest. Most people recommend you have the footrest in the up position until your child reaches 12 months to give them leg support. One catch I have found when using this pushchair in parent facing mode is the foot rest cant go all the way down because of the handle that folds it. Only goes half way.
The footrest has 2 buttons just under the footrest that needs to be push inwards to adjust the footrest. Again this is really easy to do.
Folding this for the 1st time can be awkward until you get the hang of it. As you get with most strollers this is also umbrella style folding. There is a handle half way down the back that needs to be pulled upward 1st. Then on the handles there is gray catches on both handles then need to be pulled upwards together. Really quite easy. This can also be folded when the pushchair faces both ways.
Size when folded is 97 x 29 x 53 cm and weight is 11.1kgs. It's really compact when folded. Folds to half it's size, which makes it ideal for fitting in most car boots and tight spaces.
I have had to clean mine many times and it really is this easy. The whole seat unit comes straight off and the hood and basket does too. These can be placed in a washing machine at 40 degree but not a dryer. If you did not want to do that then you could just hand wash with warm soapy water and leave to dry at room temp. I've done both and cant really tell a difference in which way you have done it. The frame is also easy wash with warm soapy water.
No bleach should be used on nowhere on the Hauck eagle as this could diss colour the material.
Extras you can buy.
This can be transformed into a travel system using a Hauck zero plus car seat. Kiddiecare say they discounted this but are still on sale as ive just looked. Also many places should still them and eBay. New and used on there.
Prices and where to buy.
There are many places that do sell this here's just a few.
Kiddiecare @ £ 179.99.
PreciousLittleOne @ £179.99
Play.com @ £216.99
Ebay prices vary from £89 - £310.
Plus many more places.
Car seat is also widely available prices starting from £58 to over £100.
They also come in 3 different colours which are
Black. New colour for 2011
Plum New colour for 2012
My final thoughts.
I have loved this pushchair from the minute I see it on Kididecare's website. I love the look and style and people where raving about how good they was. When the Hauck eagle turned up and I put it all together I was even more in love with it. The main thing though my daughter is comfy in it. Summer will happily go to sleep in this and she does not wake up grumpy either unlike many she's feel asleep in. It's so lightweight it's a dream to push and never came across a problem using or pushing it. My handle height catches still work after all this time. The main problem I can find with it and I'm only really nit picking at this. The zip around the hood where the rain cover goes come off. This could be my daughters fault though as she was always unzipping. It's not a problem though as we just brought a universal one that fits fantastically around it. I love the look and feel of this one. The material is almost like a leather texture but it's warm and cosy at the same time.
So would I recommend it ?
1000 % I would recommend this. A great all round pushchair from birth that actually lasts and looks fab. If you tend to stick to just one pushchair then this is for you. Will see you through from birth until around a 3 to 4 year old.
Max weight is 15kg.
Also posted on a few sites by me. Summers_mummy.
This stylish telescope buggy is flexible and practical. It has a reversible seat unit so you choose whether your child faces you or faces forward. With height adjustable handles, a 4 - position back rest and adjustable foot rest, the Eagle is the ideal travelling companion. In order to protect your child from wind and rain, a bootcover and raincover are included. Features Suitable from birth Reversible seat unit Aluminium frame Suspension Swivel / Lockable Wheels 5 point safety harness Height adjustable handle Adjustable Backrest Adjustable footrest Washable seat cover Detachable Hood Weight 11.1 kgs Assembled Size 92 x 54 x 106cm Folded Size 97 x 29 x 53 cm