“ A wonderful walking pram! A rain cover and apron come included. The rain cover is of good, thick quality. The Zezu can be used in both Pram and Pushchair mode. No baby head support is included for use in pram mode. „
The search for the perfect baby transport solution can be a nightmare, juggling the need for safety, style, comfort, flexibility and, of course, cost. It’s particularly tough for a first-time mum who doesn’t know what her little bundle will need nine months down the line. The Obaby ZeZu Pramette travel system certainly seems to be the answer, but can one product really do so much for so many? The answer is, “Well, nearly.”
The Obaby ZeZu Pramette bounded onto the market at the end of 2008 seeming to offer sexy good looks on a par with the Quinny, Bugaboo or i-Candy combined with clever design that meets the needs of a fragile newborn as well as a boisterous toddler. It even has a wrist strap so sporty mum can feel safe using it. Plus, at only £350 (£279.99 for the stroller and £69.99 for the car seat), it claims to beat similar travel systems hands-down on price. It can transform from pram to stroller, and the additional easy click car seat turns it into a travel system.
I have had the Obaby Zezu Pramette and car seat for about 18 months now. I think it is the cheapest travel system of its type - it is very good value for money.
The car seat is a fairly standard Stage 0 car seat that fits onto the base. It uses the car seat belt to fit into the car, not isofix. It can be a little fiddly at first to fit, but soon becomes quite quick.
The pramette converts from a completely flat pram (with newborn liner) into a pushchair. The back of the pushchair can recline and there are 3 'tilt' positions (completely flat, about 45 degrees, and upright - pushchair seat flat). The pushchair can be both forward and rear facing. The advantage of this is that, unlike many travel systems of this type, you don't need a separate carrycot and pushchair - it's all in one.
There is a reasonable sized basket underneath, though not the largest, and the base folds down quite easily, and the wheels can be removed which makes it quite small to fit in a car boot.
However, I don't think I would buy this travel system again, as it just doesn't feel like it is quite high enough quality. Despite its large back wheels, it is not really an off-road pram. If the front wheels hit an obstacle like a (fairly small) tree root, or sometimes just when going down a kerb, the whole front bends and refuses to go over the obstacle, which must be damaging for the pram. We are also getting some grinding noises from the front wheels.
Overall I am pretty pleased with it, I just hope it lasts long enough to serve all our children!
After deciding that I liked a pram with chunky air filled wheels, the Zezu appeared on the back cover of a magazine I was reading, so voila off I went to see one, which I ended up purchasing.
We bought the all black for £170 at the time ( about a year later the prices had rocketed! ) Chose not to buy the car seat as I wanted a Maxi Cosi one.
I loved the fact that this pram changed from carrycot unit to pushchair when needed. It came with a padded liner to lay in there. I did find when in carrycot mode the straps were still there and in the way. I took the pads off them and laid them upwards, so when baby was at foot of cot, she wasn't lay on them. The strap that goes between the bum had a large clip on which I struggled to fit through some liners.
It has a good size hood, but doesn't come up quite high enough when in carrycot mode to keep the sun out. Much better in pram mode.
The basket underneath is fab, can fit an awful lot in there. The handle has two buttons either side to tip the handle height, which was a bonus as my partner is much taller than me.
To change from carrycot into pram, it was a simple clip underneath together. Handy for when baby is a little older and wants to be more upright, but can them simply unclick when they fall asleep so that they are lay flat again.
Two buttons either side of the unit tips the chair level, can be upright, angled or more lay down.
Unit also faces parent or faces out, with simple press again either side you can lift off and turn it around. These same buttons take the unit off, ready to fold.
WHen folded it is a 2 piece pram. Unit and frame. Frame folds in half, quite bulky but short and I found the unit slots in it slightly in my boot, I had a Clio and it fitted in. The back wheels also are quick release to give that bit more room in the boot or when storing.
I did find that when baby was much older, I had to swap to a pushchair, as she was a tall girl, I felt her length was too high for sitting up in it. Personal choice, but also needed something smaller for the car.
Came with raincover, carrycot liner, wrist strap, and apron to go over the top over bumper bar.
I had the obaby zezu for my little girl in green :). I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. I love the fact that you could just clip the infant car seat on to the wheels and off you go. Thought it was fab how you could have your baby facing you and looking the other way which my little girl loved as she loved it that she could see who was pushing her. When my little girl was a newborn the carry cot bit was so snug and warm for her and then as she got older we used the pram bit which was very easy to reverse from the carry cot. :).The car seat and the main buggy bit is ever so easy to clip on and off the wheels and the wheels are easy to fold back down. With my little ka it was amazing how the wheels could come off if struggled to get it in. It came with a head hugger,bag,strap covers and a lovely dotty rain cover. loads of people in public commented on how lovely my obaby zezu was. I would highly recommend this travel system to parents. :D
We have the Obaby Zezu in Dotty Purple and I love it, we don't however have any experience with the pushchair as a travel system so I won't be commenting on that. It's a very smooth ride, the large air filled back wheels really contribute to the smoothness, it's easy to steer and folds up easily. The only problem I have found is that it is quite heavy to carry when folded, and is quite bulky and so will take up most of the boot space in a small car. You can remove the large back wheels to try and save space and the handle also folds down which helps but I would definitely recommend trying this pushchair before buying just in case it doesn't fit in your car.
The seat unit transforms from pram unit to upright pushchair which is really handy and saves you having a pram lying about once baby outgrows it. It's easy to set up once you know how.When in pushchair mode the seat can be both parent and forward facing which is handy, however to fold the pushchair the seat unit needs to be forward facing so you will need to switch the seat round before folding if using it as a parent facing pushchair. The pushchair also comes with an air pump for the tyres which slots into a little pouch attached to the basket underneath so you've always got it on hand should you need it.
The pushchair comes with a rain cover which has black dots on it which is very easy to attach to the pushchair hood, and also a liner for when the unit is in pram mode to add a bit of extra comfort. You also get a bumper bar to attach to the pushchair which is great for attaching toys to keep little one entertained. The seat looks comfortable, doesn't seem to sit as upright as I would like but my little one doesn't seem to mind this. It's easy to recline if baby needs to have a sleep whilst out and about by simple pressing two buttons on either side of the pushchair.
Overall I've found the pushchair to be very good, great value for money and very hard wearing. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a pushchair that does everything but isn't stupidly expensive.
Before I get too in depth with my personal review - I would like to point out that it is for the pushchair/pramette ONLY. I have no experience of using this as a travel system with a car seat.
The Obaby Zezu pramette is a stylish low budget system where the top unit can easily be switched between a pram and pushchair by simply adjusting a few straps. This makes it an appealing choice for those who don't want to have separate pushchair seats and carrycots to store and wrestle with! There is a matching Obaby infant car seat that can be attached to create a travel system, or you can buy Maxi Cosi car seat adaptors which allow you to attach a Maxi Cosi Cabrio or Pebble infant car seat - which is fantastic as the Maxi Cosi car seats are a very popular choice amongst parents due to their Which? ratings.
I personally bought my Zezu second hand (it was approximately a year old), but I believe they are around the £200 mark to buy new - obviously more if you buy the matching car seat. Buying second hand gives me a good advantage above others perhaps, to indicate how durable the pram is. And durable it is! The canvas type fabrics were immaculate despite a good year of use from it's previous owner, and the wheels showed little wear. I will now talk a bit about the two different modes of use.
Pram mode -
To use the Zezu as a pram, the bucket style seat unit must be reclined fully, and there is a drawstring behind the backrest to make it flat. There is also a strap to unclip behind the footrest which allows that bit to flatten. You end up with a walled carrycot, which you then line with the included white quilted pram liner to make it more comfy for a small baby. There are holes in the pram liner to thread 3 points of the 5 point harness through should you wish to make it more secure - although to be honest there is no danger of the baby escaping anywhere unless you tipped it upside down (NOT recommended!). The liner is not particularly padded, and you can feel the pushchair straps through it slightly, so I personally used a folded blanket or flannel sheet to pad it out a bit more.
The 'carrycot' is a very generous size and would definitely fit a baby until they were of an age to sit up and beyond. Would you believe many other pram carrycots don't fit a baby beyond a few months old?! But this one is definitely wide and long enough to fit my long 8 month old even now if she weren't such a nosy girl preferring to sit up!
Pushchair mode -
To put the pram back into a pushchair seat unit, you basically reverse what I mentioned above - remove the pram liner, push the backrest drawstring back up and re-clip the strap behind the foot rest. This creates a 'bucket' style seat unit. The seat can be clipped on to either face forwards or parent face, and there are 3 recline positions for both directions - upright, semi reclined and fully reclined.
There are 3 sets of buttons on either side of the seat unit where it attaches to the frame - all of which are easy and smooth to operate, and feel reassuringly decisive.
The first (lowermost) buttons are to remove the seat unit from the frame - you have to press both simultaneously and lift to remove. To put the seat unit back on you simply place it in position and it gives a satisfying "click".
The second (middle) set of buttons are large oval ones which operate the recline. Again, you have to press both sides simultaneously, and rock it backwards or forwards to recline/sit up, and again, it gives a reassuring click to lock it in position.
The final (top) set of buttons are for the bumper bar, which you press simultaneously to remove. To attach again you simply push both sides in until they click.
The pushchair seat is a good size and seems very comfortable for both my 8kg 7 month old, and my 3yr 3 month old, who is approaching the 15kg weight limit. Obviously with an older, heavier child, the pram becomes heavier to push, but it still glides along easily with my 3yr old in it (I just avoid hills!). One thing I would mention is that I find the pram much heavier to push when forward facing - presumably because the weight isn't as well distributed - so I tend to always have the seat unit parent facing, which is fine (preferable even) for me, but a point to note nonetheless.
The pushchair chassis has two rear air filled tyres - for which a pump comes included in its very own pocket in the (good sized) shopping basket, labelled "air pump"! There are two smaller rubber front wheels. Having the air tyres makes the pram a dream to push, and makes it feel much lighter than it's pretty hefty 15kg! They also make it incredibly easy to push in snow - which, at the time of writing, we have had rather a lot of recently! The chassis is also quite bouncy and has excellent suspension, so brilliant for long walks. There is a large foot plate at the back of the chassis with a central brake pedal, and another pedal on the front of the chassis which locks/unlocks the front wheels. Both are incredibly easy to use, chunky and decisive.
There is a height adjustable rotating handlebar, which adjusts via two buttons on either side which, like all the others, have to be pressed simultaneously. There is a huge range of height adjustment - the uppermost being comfortable for my 5ft 11" husband, and the lowermost being easily reached by my 3 year old! The one thing to point out however, is that I have found anything lower than the two highest settings make the pram harder to manouver up curbs and things - I guess because the leverage is smaller.
A raincover and apron come included with the Zezu, both of which fit well in both modes. The raincover in particular is a good, thick quality - which folds up easily to fit in the shopping basket. However I do find it steams up easily in very cold weather.
In conclusion, I would say this is an excellent pram for the money. It does everything you could want from a large comfortable pram for walking lots with. It's quite a heavy system and bulky when folded - so if you are in and out of the car a lot, or use public transport I would say this isn't the pram for you. But for those who walk everywhere it's a great "workhorse" pram, with plenty of basket space for trips into town.
After having a Phil & ted almost blow over in the wind when my 2nd baby was little I ended up 'settling' with a 4 wheeler, I chose the Obaby Zezu as i love prams with big chunky wheels and i liked the idea of being able to have it parent facing or outward facing. Anyway.... I was a bit nervous to receive it because i've always prefered 3 wheel pushchairs but how wrong was I. I fell in love with this pushchair instantly.
When I got it my eldest was 2 and wanted to walk everywhere so I got her a buggyboard and it fit perfectly on the back of the zezu. My youngest was 6 months and was a little bit too long to be able to use the carrycot on the Zezu but he is perfectly comftable using it as a pushchair whether he is sleeping or wide awake. He is 12 months old now and after 6 months of using the Zezu I will never go back to any other pushchair.
It is used on a daily basis, it has a large basket with a bult in section to keep the airpump for the wheels, the basket fits lots of bags in it which is always a bonus. The rain cover fits nicely over the seat when its both parent facing and outward facing. I love the way the handles are adjustable too.
My only con would be that its quite large when folded, and I would prefer the hood to be bigger. Other than that, excellent pushchair.
For my 5th(and final!) baby, I decided I would like an all-in-one pushchair/carrycot combi - a pramette. My criteria for the unit was very specific - it had to have adjustable height on the handle, be easily used by my 6ft plus husband, the pushchair unit had to be able to be front or rear facing and it had to have a carrycot. As I didn't know what the sex of my baby was, the colour needed to be neutral but not boring. I didn't ever actually expect to get all of the boxes ticked on my list - but in the Obaby Zezu, I did!!
I ordered the Lime green spotty colourway - the main colour is Lime green with white and black polka dot contrast on the inner, and head hugger. The included raincovers are clear with large black polka dots - a very funky look when it is raining! There is an integrated hood and a removable apron, in lime green and the seat unit has a removable bar across the front for your toddler to hold onto.
I only used the carry-cot until my daughter was 3 months old. The pushchair seat unit also doubles up as the carrycot, with small and easy adjustments to convert from one to another. A liner is provided to cover and soften the inside of the carry-cot - this being a neutral off-white made it a more peaceful environment for the baby to sleep in. I actually put in a carry-cot mattress as well as the liner as I felt the bottom was not padded enough for baby to be comfortable in, especially on a day out, or if you were using it for baby to sleep in for a long period of time. You can use the attached D rings to put reins on the baby for safety if you wish(I did!)
When you decide to use the pushchair unit for seating, again a few small adjustments converts the carry-cot for this purpose. I had her facing me for the next several months, the pushchair has a 5 point seatbelt with padded covers on the straps, and all of these are fully adjustable. The pushchair unit can be fully reclined or nearly bolt upright, according to your baby's age and needs. This is achieved by pushing 2 buttons, on each side of the unit and tilting the seat.
If you wish to make the pushchair front facing, another set of two buttons, located again at the side of the unit need to be pressed whilst you lift the pushchait unit upwards. This is very easy and takes seconds to do. The seat merely locks onto two upward facing clips in whichever direction you choose to have it facing. The car seat also locks onto these same clips.
As I do not drive (but my hubby does) the pushchair has to cope with a fair amount of shopping, and it does so remarkably well, especially considering the shopping tray, which looks deceptively small. Although it goes into a point in the front of the pushchair, you can fit an awful lot of shopping underneath the seat, and you obviously have to choice of tying bags to the handle as well.
When it comes to collapsing the pushchair down to fit it tin the car, it still takes up quite a bit of room. When the carry-cot is being used, it needs to be taken off the base completely as it is unfeasibly large when collapsed with it on. When using the seat unit, it is better but still not brilliant. We have a large MPV car, and we often have to take the wheels off the base unit and store the seat seperately in order to maximise space when on a family day out, which is not difficult, but is inconvenient.
My only other moan is the apron which fits on as the carry-cot cover as well as on the pushchair. After a while the elastic stretches on the bottom and the bottom flaps up, allowing the cold air to get in and not protect the legs and feet of your little one. It is very frustrating to have to keep stopping and pulling it back down, only for it to keep popping off!
The one great thing about this pushchair is the ability to fit a tall toddler into it comfortably. My children are all very tall and I have had problems in the past with them being very cramped in most pushchairs. This one is long enough in the seat unit to cope with longer legs.
I have now been using this pushchair for 13 months, and other than the apron problem, it is still almost as good as new, looks very smart still and is still as sturdy as when I bought it - no mean feat considering the sheer amount of miles I walk with it every week, and the amount of shopping it has to carry!
I have two daughters, one of whom is 3 and the other is 5 months old. With number one I spent (wasted) a lot of money on various second hand pushchairs, I was a a bit of a pram/ebay addict. Our finances were very different this time around (no maternity pay) so I had to make a decision and stick to it.
I had seen good reviews of this travel system online but had never seen one in real life, after reading the various descriptions and seeing photos online, I decided to go for it and am very glad I did.
--- Price and Availability --
This is available on quite a few websites such as Mothercare, Kiddicare and Tesco Direct. I bought mine from Tesco Direct, and after using clubcard vouchers and coupon codes I only actually paid £170 'real' money for it.
-- Packaging and Instructions --
It arrived in a big brown cardboard box with a picture of the pushchair printed on it. Inside it was packed up with the instructions booklet. I didn't even attempt to assemble it, I left it for my poor husband to do. He assembled it quickly and painlessly though.
-- Appearances --
As I had said before I had never used one or pushed one around a store before it arrived so I wasn't sure what to expect. So I will try to explain clearly:
The frame is quite lightweight for a pram of this size, there are 2 bigger air filled tyres on the back and the front two are smaller and made of a hard plastic type material. There is an option to fix the wheels or let them swivel, just simply by pushing down a pedal near the front wheels.
The frame is a matt silver metal with the OBaby Logo in black, the handle is covered in a foam material. The handle can be adjusted very easily, which is great as my husband is alot taller than me.
The seat unit can be converted into a carry cot without buying a separate part, It comes with a white liner which you put into the pushchair when it is lying completely flat. I did buy a moses basket mattress which is recommended to make it softer. The hood is black fabric as with the outside of the pram, the hood has a viewing window and red lining. It comes with the cover for the top and raincovers.
The raincovers fit very well over the pram and I am very pleased with them. When they are folded they don't take up too much room either. The storage basket underneath is quite roomy but can be quite hard to get too.
The seat unit can then be converted into 'pushchair' mode and can face you to face away. It is very easy to use although I haven't used it like this as my daughter is still fitting into it as a pram. (JUST!) I should say at this point, my daughter is on the 98th centile for height and weight so the in pram mode, it is very spacious.
I did buy a Snooze Shade for this pushchair though as on a sunny day it was too bright for my daughter.
-- Ease of Use --
This is a lovely travel system to push, it holds its own when compared to a Quinny Speedi, feels lightweight and easy to push.
It isn't as easy to fold up as some pushchairs as you have to take off the seat unit first. So in town when it is pouring down with rain, you take the rain covers off, take the seat unit off, End up leaving that on the floor getting wet while folding up the frame, so then the frame goes into the car first. I should add too that I actually bought a different car as didn't think this would fit in the boot of my old car easily with shopping too. I had a Ford Focus before, I have now got a Mercedes Estate but it still seems like it takes up the whole boot!
Also, due to the size of the pram folded I tend to keep it in the boot of the car and take it out daily for the school run as I don't want to be tripping over it in the porch!
-- Overall Summary --
I love this travel system, it is nice to push, looks good. Its easy to keep clean, a quick wipe down with a baby wipe. The frame does scratch quite easily but I do use it on a daily basis and seem to scratch it on the pavement when un-folding and folding up but it still looks good. The wrist strap (which can be removed) is an added bonus for my 3 year old too. For the price it is a good looking travel system, alot of my friends have got more expensive pushchairs and mine blends in quite nicely!
Great and I would recommend this.
Thanks for reading.
Having spent what seemed like months researching expensive travel systems I was thrilled to finally find one that met all my requirements without breaking the bank. This pram does, in my opinion, do everything you need a pram to do. First of all, it can be a lie-flat pram or a sit-up pushchair and all you have to do is adjust the seat and close a clip at the back. Therefore there is no need to store a carrycot once the baby outgrows it. In lie-flat mode there is adequate room for the baby and it feels safe and sturdy. We did, however, purchase a cheap mattress for it as it did not appear very comfortable. In sit-up mode, however, it is more than adequate for comfort once the child is a bit older. The seat can be rear or forward facing and reclines to several different positions easily. The hood is large enough and has a window in the top so you can see the baby. The front bar can be removed. The shopping basket is quite large. The handlebar is comfotable to hold, with a foam exterior, and can be adjusted according to your height. The wheels are lovely and bouncy and the pram is very easy to manoeuvre. This travel system can usually be found for less than £300 including the car seat and it is well worth the money. The only downside for me is that the car seat des not seem that sturdy, although admittedly I have not researched its safety. I used it for my baby quite happily, but having spoken to other parents since I think I would research the safety more were I to need it again.
I love this pram! My baby is 5 1/2 months old in the 98th centile for height and still fits in it in pram mode laying flat, albeit it won't be for much longer! This is our second pram / pushchair, initially we had a Maclaren XLR but he outgrew the carry cot at 2 months and we still wanted him to be laying flat and facing us. It is exceptional value for money, couldn't be easier to use, the car seat function is so simple and you couldn't choose a better pram. My only criticism is that in pram mode you can feel the straps, so we put blanket on top of the straps and under the lining.
I ordered this buggy online, there are some really great price deals available on this. I have found this great value for money, it does all that's required from a travel system but didn't cost the earth like many that I have seen. Its sporty and easy to manoeuvre, the wheels go from fixed to swivel depending on what you require for your journey. I used it as a flat laying pram for quite sometime as my baby was early. I did lay a blanket just under the pram insert as felt that the buggy's harness could be felt through and wanted a nice comfy surface for my new little man. I am now using the it sitting upright facing towards me so that I can chatter to him whilst he is still at an age where watching mum is needed for development. It can unclip VERY EASILY and sit facing away for when the time is right. The car seat also clips on and off of the frame in the same way, so if it's a quick trip out to the shops the large seat needn't come along. The frame is lightweight and very easy to pop up and down, however you will need two hands for this. The best feature and probably the main reason for me purchasing this is the large back wheels come off so the frame can be packed away in the smallest of car boots. I did have a slow puncture on one wheel but was easily repaired. Mine didn't come with a pump so I purchased a small bike pump from Tesco that fits perfectly into the pocket of the shopping basket. Shopping basket is a good size for shopping without a car and the handle is perfect for a short mummy and tall daddy like our family, as easily adjusts by pushing in buttons either side. Overall the sytem has a good look, is comfy for baby and has a big thumbs up from me.
Despite the 2009 recession busting idea of renaming a variant of the humble flu, "H1N1" or "Swine Flu" and scaring everyone into thinking we are about to die, and governments into stock piling side-effect ridden anti-virals and paying non medically trained staff to issue them like sweets to everyone with a sniffle. Not to mention the nation wide vaccination (experiment?) effort currently taking place. The media hype etc. etc. And etc.
Many people still seem to have been at it this year! Despite the pandemic! Many people I know are about to be having babies, thinking about making them, or like my brothers wife just had one.
With a recent addition to the tribe requiring urgent transportation, I somehow got roped into the task of assisting. After applying a bit of male perspective and objectiveness to the purchase, and having previously spent many an hour getting dragged around playing with, pushing, subjected to cursing, followed by "how much", and just generally trying to help and somehow understand, the whole confusing world that is choosing a pram.
I instead steered my sister-in-law clear of the likes of Mothercare and its £400+ travel systems, and the numerous other over priced equivalents, and instead "took" to the internet to research for some sensible alternatives!
Thankfully for the review conscious shopper, better options are out there, and huge savings can be made.
This Pramette/Stroller is made by a not so well known UK based company called "Obaby" Who make a range of other products. Their main design ethos appears to be based around style, innovation, practicality and budget.
This fact is quite evident in most of their product range, with the use of vibrant colours, quality materials, and innovatative design touches. The Obaby Zezu Pramette, is a good example of this, with their clever combination of the hybrid stroller and carrycot system.
I am not sure if this is absolutely unique to the Obaby design, but it isn't something I have seen as a common feature on this type of product made by other manufacturers. With just a few clicks and gentle pushes it can smoothly and easily transform from a traditional parent facing pram, to a stylish looking forward facing Stroller. If the parent prefers however, this can also be used as a parent facing stroller.
The unit is suitable from birth, all the way through to approximately 3-4 years of age (15kg).
The Item can be purchased as the prammette Stroller, or in combination with the Obaby Infant car seat as a total travel system solution.
General Dimensions are on the manufactuers website, but is, as a guide the size of the Mothercare MyChoice Pram system. Rest assured though it is much cheaper.
+What you Get+
The total travel system which was the option chosen, consisted of the "from birth" easy click car seat. Which conforms to all Uk standards, is rear facing etc.
A rain cover, which is basically a clear plastic cover which fits over the whole unit and is attached via velcro at fixed points on the pram chassis.
The main chassis unit and front and rear wheels, you'll be amazed how large the rear pneumatic tyres are!
Lastly you get the convertible pram/stroller seat unit, hood, and padded washable pram liner.
One point worth making to a prospective purchaser is that no baby head support is included for use in pram mode. Fortunately she had a spare which could be used, but otherwise a worthy point to make. Apparently our heads wobble when we are little, strange!
To say this could be assembled by a chimpanzee is no slight on my sister-in-law, who although blonde, managed to assemble this without asking a single question of anyone, and strangely without even consulting the literature provided. However, as always when assembling something which might be critical, considering what the cargo is, I would strongly advise reading the instructions and safety notes first!!
But. Basically you unfold the chassis frame, attach the adjustable handle with foam grips, clip on the wheels, click into the place pram/seat unit and your done. The wheels and attachments are even colour coded, so you can't place a left wheel on the right hand side etc. Why does that matter you ask? That's because the wheels have a special camber angle to aid aiglity, and the axle and wheels have been produced as matched pairs.
One point worth mentioning here, is that although we did not notice any potential places for tiny fingers to get caught or trapped there undoubtedly are, so before opening or closing the chasis unit, keep your, and your children/babies fingers well away from the hinge mechanism. Most of the hinge is sheathed safely behind black plastic, but worth pointing out!
Once assembled, and either in stroller, pram, or travel system mode, this thing looks pretty impressive for a pram!
My brother and his wife were over the moon when they first saw it assembled!
The option they chose was black/red as pictured above. However these do come in a range of colours including green/black, blue/black and pink/black.
The thing that makes the pram striking, is the attention to detail. In particular in red/black it looks like it has been designed by Sergio Pininfarina. The clever effect of having the padded part of the stroller looking like carbon fibre mesh. The pin striping around the harness, and the red flash of the inside of the hood. Just give it a "sports" car type look.
Even in parent facing pram mode it looks sexy, it has a sleek curve, and width stitched panneling giving the impression of strength and quality.
However in my opinion, its not a chav-esque equivalent of a big bore exhaust on a Citroen Saxo, its more of a wide gait, and indescript badge of the M3. More of subtle thoughts and hints, rather than shouting and screaming in your face.
This is not a light weight pram, however is that really a disadvantage. If your purchasing this type of pram with the large rear pneumatic tyres your not going to the be the city type, that needs to only pop along around the corner, and light weight is all that matters. Your going to be using this for hard work, all terrain, long distances, in and out of the car etc.
It isn't designed to be a lightweight, folding butterfly.
The Pram comes in at around 15kg. Which is heavy in my book. However as my sister-in-law pointed out, she rarely needs to lift it, and when you consider the weight of the shopping bags she lifts into the car, this pales into insignificance.
So basically this is no light weight, but you wouldn't expect a Mini and a Range Rover to weigh the same neither.
The quality and feel of all the parts (and Uncle Luigi touched most of them) is undoubtedly good. The plastics used are better quality than some of the stuff used in my Alfa Romeo. The fabrics, feel tough and durable.
The kickpad area of the stroller, where undoubtedly dirty feet are going to be kicking in years to come, looks very hard wearing, and is in any case fully washable.
The metal frame, and hinge look sturdy and heavy duty. I found no areas that I could be negative about, my sister-in-law is still in love with the thing, and my brother is still happy about saving a few hundred pounds.
Durability however is unknown. The pram has been in use for a couple of months, of course being the doting Uncle I have pushed the thing around, and assuredly im told nothing has broken, faded, or worn out.
Yes it is a question mark, but given the quality, I would expect the pram to be able to handle some heavy usage without any problems.
Normally, if something feels and looks sturdy and of good quality, it normally is going to last. Although do avoid icebergs if crossing the Atlantic! That's always good advice!
The cost ranges from £270 as a travel system on Kiddicare (price paid in July) or for a reduced £197 for the Pram/Stroller system only. However shop around as on some websites £300 is being quoted for just the pram unit.
Is that a good price? Compared to the similar looking and feeling prams available in most of the high street shops, with a similar specification, this is at least several hundred pounds cheaper.
+Test Drive, Used in Anger+
Forget about everything else that has been said so far, (for now) this is by far the most important section. My sister-in-law, was so happy with her pram travel system she helped complete and input the rating/criteria for key areas.
Unfortunately the experience is only for a pram, not as a stroller, but most criteria will appply.
Seeing as this was going to be taken in and out of the car very often, this was a key area. This folds very easily by first removing the seat unit by clicking two buttons, and by then folding the chassis down. In my siter-in-laws Ford Fiesta this takes up less than a quarter of the boot in footprint size. Reversing the procedure is just as simple and little effort is needed. Compared to some other products tried, this is dead easy to use.
Given the pram is quite bulky, it does surprisingly turn and twist very easily. You can turn the thing around on the spot.
All of the harnesses are easy to use, and secure. The handle is a slight weak spot, the angle is adjustable but the height/length ratio didn't feel right until alot of adjustment. However it is very pleasant to push once sorted. The large rear pneumatic wheels make lifting up over kerbs, or down them a doddle, and baby sleeps through the lot. Considering this thing is quite heavy, it really is effortless to get moving, or slow down and change of direction is no problem.
Living quite near parks, open fields as we do. The pram does get pushed over grass, mud, loose gravel, and rough ground fairly frequently. To be honest there is not much noticeable difference in handling. If we are going to the beach, we do lock the front wheels as it is easier on sand, but other than that it handles everything easily.
The brakes are easily applied using your feet, and lock the rear wheels tightly, I have no doubt they would work on an incline, but I would only recommend relying on them, on level ground.
As a travel system this is perfect, baby can be taken out of the car, still in the seat, and clipped straight into the pram chassis. Without the need for fussing around with clips and buckles, or spacers as with some other travel systems.
In my experience many companies which concentrate hard producing stylish products, often have a loss of focus on practicality, value, and relevance.
In the Obaby Zezu pramette there is certainly no case of Style over substance, as this unit I think is a real stonker. Exceptional value and quality, and seems to sell out as soon as it gets re-stocked. Go check out their website!