Product Type: OBaby prams, pushchairs and strollers
Newest Review: ... pleased with the Obaby Atlas and it was so easy after the double buggy. The Obaby lies flat so is suitable from birth. The seat is padded... more
Silly name, good stroller
OBaby Atlas Stroller
Member Name: rlc2281
OBaby Atlas Stroller
Advantages: Inexpensive. Fairly lightweight. Suitable from birth.
Disadvantages: Can be tricky to fold. Nowhere to store raincover.
So, we started to look at lighter weight "umbrella" style strollers that would be easier to travel with.
- Our requirements
The 3 most important things to me were that it reclined as flat as possible as my son was going to be 5 months old at the time of going away and we knew that he'd be likely to sleep in it alot during the day and if we went out for the evening.
Secondly, it needed to be fairly sturdy as I didn't want to arrive in Florida with a broken pushchair and a tired baby with nowhere to put him.
Finally, I didn't want to spend too much money. We'd set our budget at £100 maximum, but I was keen to keep this as low as possible in order to have more spending money while I was away!
- Why the Obaby Atlas?
I was very pleased when I found £80 of John Lewis vouchers tucked away in a drawer, so I went straight to their website to see if they had anything that would fit the bill.
They offered 3 possibilities that were around our price range (slightly extended in light of the vouchers), the Maclaren Quest, Silver Cross Pop and the Obaby Atlas.
We quickly discounted the Maclaren as it stated it was only suitable from 6 months.
Ultimately, the decision came down to cost as it seemed that the 2 strollers were fairly similar in most ways, but the Silver Cross was £130 and the Obaby just £69.95.
- What do you get with the Obaby Atlas
The stroller comes in a choice of many colour options, however John Lewis only stocked it in Black with white circles or Navy with blue circles. We chose the navy one as we decided that the white circles would probably look dirty quite quickly.
The Obaby Atlas comes with a shopping basket, rain cover and detachable hood, and multiple recline positions, making it suitable from birth.
When it's folded it also has a handle which makes it easy to carry. It's not the lightest stroller on the market, weighing in at 7.2kg, but bearing in mind the price I don't think this is too bad (especially as the more expensive Silver Cross is slightly heavier).
- Using the stroller
When the Obaby Atlas arrived it was easy to assemble (you have to put the 2 front wheels on, as well as attaching the hood) and I was giving it a test push round the living room within minutes.
I found it very easy to put it up, and the 5 point harness is easy to adjust. To recline the seat there are two sliding mechanisms attached to the chassis and the seat and you just push them down and pull them towards you to recline, and push forwards to return to a seated position. I find that these have a tendancy to get a bit stuck, making it a little awkward at times to recline the seat, although this is more of a minor annoyance than a problem.
I find that the handles are quite high. This suits my husband, but isn't as good for me as I'm only 5'3". Again though, this is a very minor point really as it's something that I got used to. The handles are covered in foam, making them comfortable to hold.
The shopping basket is an adequate size, although I disagree with John Lewis who describe it as "large". It's also very easy to put bags over the handles, so it's very easy to cart your shopping back with you on this pushchair. I'd read other reviews saying that it has a tendancy to tip over backwards if you put too much on the handles, but in my experience the Obaby has remained upright. I would suggest that you're mindful of this though with any umbrella stroller, and my friend's more expensive Maclaren actually tips backwards far more easily than the Obaby.
The pushchair has a brake "pedal" on the right hand side which when you push it down engages the brake and prevents the pushchair from moving anywhere. To take it off you just push the pedal up again and you're on your way.
My son seems to like this pushchair. My initial thoughts were that the seat feels quite hard, but he was quite happy to nap in it, so I assume that this didn't bother him! He rarely sleeps when we are out now, so I don't know how well he would sleep in it now that he's bigger.
- Things I love about the Obaby Atlas
It's an inexpensive, yet sturdy pushchair. It survived being thrown around an airport with no problems.
It reclines to flat, so is suitable from birth and it's fairly compact so it doesn't take up much room in the car. Our main car is a Golf and it fits in the boot fine, although it's more of a tight squeeze in our other car, a Seat Ibiza. That said though, it's possible to get the pushchair plus shopping bags in the boot of the Ibiza.
- Things I would change about the Obaby Atlas
It's quite tricky to fold. There's definitely a knack to it, and once you've got that it's not a problem, but there have been many family members who have struggled with it and resorted to putting it in the car unfolded!
There's nowhere to keep the raincover. It will fit in the shopping basket, but it doesn't fold up that small so takes up most of the room. I find this quite annoying.
The "sliders" used to recline the seat get a bit stiff and it's not always easy to recline. This is less of a problem now that my son is 15 months old and doesn't want to lie down anyway!
This isn't strictly related to the pushchair itself, but I also bought the parasol as I thought it would be a benefit in the hot Floridian sun, however it was useless and wouldn't stay upright! We resorted to using a hair clip to attach the parasol to the hood to help keep our son out of the son.
Over time the wheels have gone quite stiff making it hard to steer. I've fixed this by drowning the front wheels in WD40 which has done the trick at least for now.
- Would I buy it again?
Although it has various things I would change, I still think that this pushchair offers good value for money if you're after a stroller for holidays and occasional use. I'm back at work now, so it's only really used once or twice a week. If you were going to buy something for heavier use then I probably wouldn't recommend it, although it's worth bearing in mind that for just £10 more than the cost of 1 Silver Cross Pop you could buy 2 of these pushchairs!
Summary: A good option for holidays and occasional use
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