Product Type: Petite Star prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Petite Star Zia
Member Name: mumto3
Petite Star Zia
Advantages: Folds small - Light - looks good - lots of colours available
Disadvantages: wobbly - can't adjust handle height - hard non-ergonomic handles
As soon as my daughter was too big for her group 0 car seat I started looking around for a stroller as the pushchair that went with my travel system was a bit of a monster and was just too heavy to keep lifting in and out of the car.
My main needs from my stroller were that it would fold up small in one piece and be light and easy to push. I did loads of research mostly looking at the folded size and weight of loads of buggies and strollers and the winner was...........the Petite Star Zia!
I admit I was seduced by the trendy look and huge array of colours available and I bought one without even really seeing one in the flesh! That's not strictly true I saw one in Mothercare while shopping with my husband but he will not condone what he sees as my pushchair obsession and so I just had a quick swizzle with it as I casually wandered past.
The Petite Star Zia is widely available online and in High Street stores such as Mothercare or Toys R Us. Prices range from £100 to £150 usually depending on the accessories supplied. To try and placate my husband to the arrival of a new pushchair I bought mine second hand.
I have owned the Zia a few weeks now and must say that I have mixed feelings about it.
I like it because mine is purple called Purple Berry I think and looks trendy and not unlike the Quinny Zapp. The advantage it has over the Zapp is that it reclines and it has a shopping basket supplied as standard. It folds amazingly small (folded dimensions are 76 cm x 36 cm x 34cm) and in my MPV as I don't have a centre console I can squeeze it in between the driver seat and the front passenger seat. It takes up hardly any space in my miniscule boot so I still have a bit of space for some shopping. It is light and easy to get in and out of the car as it only weight just over £6kg. It is also easy to push and manoeuvre because of the front swivel wheel. I haven't used the rain cover yet but it seemed to fit ok when I tested it. There is a shopping basket but it is quite small and can't be accessed when the seat is reclined. I was a little worried about the reclining seat as it is controlled by a sort of strap thing but it is easy to use and can be done with the child in the seat.
The things I don't like are that it is quite wobbly, I think this is because there are no side supporting pieces but a sort of cross over section under the seat. The handles are not adjustable which is fine for me at 5' 4" but anyone taller would find this uncomfortable to push. The handles are quite hard plastic and are not angled which can be uncomfortable to push after a while or when trying to push one handed. You can't really hang shopping on the handles because to me it doesn't feel safe because of the unstable nature of the pushchair. Although it is easy to push on smooth ground it is quite hard to control on bumpy ground like grass and almost impossible to move on gravel.
On the whole I think that if you just need a light stroller to whip out of the boot for short journeys this is ideal but dreadfully overpriced as there are umbrella fold buggies around for a quarter of the price that are just as light.
Even though I like the look of the Zia I wouldn't buy another one as for me its uses are limited and for £150 I'd want something that ticked more boxes than this one does.
Summary: Over priced for what you get
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