Product Type: Petite Star prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Easy to push, lightweight pram. But small, hard to reach shopping basket lets it down
Petite Star Zia X 3-Wheeled Stroller
Member Name: XanderSi
Petite Star Zia X 3-Wheeled Stroller
Advantages: Lightweight, smooth ride/good suspension, excellent manoeuvrability.
Disadvantages: Small shopping basket, hard to reach basket when in lie flat mode.
I bought this stroller after getting tired of pushing around my heavy Chicco travel system. I was looking for something much more light weight, easier to push, and with better suspension.
Weight: After trying out a few strollers I decided on the Petite Star ZiaX. It wasn't the lightest pram but not too bad at 7.8kg. You don't really notice the weight until you actually pick it up. It feels a lot lighter to push than it's actual weight.
Fold and Fit: It folds down pretty easily but it is a two hand fold. Once folded it fits in the boot of my husbands Peugeot 307 with plenty of room to spare.
Manoeuvring: The ZiaX has a very small turning circle and is great for weaving in, out, and around dawdlers in shopping centres. I tend to get what I want when shopping then nip out again, so getting past the window shoppers for me is key. You can also lock the front wheel for extra stability and a smoother ride over rough ground.
Weather: The pram comes with a raincover, which is easy to put on and of good quality. Sometimes prams tend to come with really flimsy cheap raincovers but not this one. The large hood also provides great protection from the sun. I did get a free accessory pack with my stroller which included a liner and umbrella. The umbrella was on the cheap side and I never really used it. I much prefer using a sun hood which comes over the front and down the sides of the pram providing really good sun protection - I got that off eBay.
Age Range: The stroller is suitable from birth as it lies flat. With the liner it makes quite a snug environment for any child. But without the liner I not sure I would want to put a newborn in it. The 5 point safety harness can be adjusted to suit the size of the child.
Handles: The pram has height adjustable handles but they only go into two positions. So if neither suit you then it's tough.
Shopping Basket: Although the ZiaX is great for weaving around people in shopping centres the small shopping basket is not great if you need more than a few small bits and bobs. Also when in lie flat mode you can not easily get to the basket as the pram goes over the top of it.
Handles/Weight Distribution: Because it is a light pram and a 3 wheeler you can't add too much weight onto the back of the pram. This means that the small shopping basket is compounded by the fact you can't put heavy bags on the handles. You can, however, make the stroller more stable with heavy loads by changing it's centre of gravity: in other words increase the strap length of your changing bag so it sits lower down on the pram. You can also buy pram hooks which you can clip lower down the frame so your shopping hangs closer to the ground.
No Bumper Bar: This may not be something you're too concerned over. It's not something I really miss but I suppose it is nice to have one.
Front Locking Swivel Wheel or Not: The front locking wheel is a bit hit and miss. It needs to be in the right position and if you press down too hard you miss the clip. You then have to pull the lock back up and try again, and sometimes try again, and again. However, as I don't tend to lock the front wheel that much I can live with this down side.
My general overview is that is a good light weight pram which handles well but the small, sometimes hard to access shopping basket, does let it down. But out of the 4 travel systems/strollers I have owned it is my favourite even though it's not perfect. My experience so far of prams is there is no such thing as the perfect one, get two - one for shopping and one for walking. I use a Mama and Papas stroller for shopping because it has a massive shopping basket but the non-existent suspension means its not the sort of pram I want to take out for a walk around the park or woods.
Summary: Good pram for going on walks, not so good for hitting the shops.