Product Type: Petite Star prams, pushchairs and strollers
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As light as a feather
Petite Star Zia
Member Name: aless2002
Petite Star Zia
Advantages: Lightweight, compact, easy to steer
Disadvantages: Shopping basket
I bought the Petite Star Zia in jazzy purple when my son was around 5 months old. It was replacing our very clunky travel system, since we needed something lightweight and extremely portable for going on holiday in the summer.
It was pretty much love straight out of the box. The wheels snapped straight on and the whole unit was extremely easy to manoeuvre instantly. The mechanism for folding it down is very simple and its pneumatic structure means it pretty much pops straight down.
Another appealing feature is the weight - I can lift a folded Zia one-handed. In addition, I can actually carry it up and down flights of stairs (if forced to at an unfriendly train station or similar) with my son IN the pushchair BY MYSELF. I'll bet there's no other pushchair out there that can accomplish that!
When we first bought it, he did slouch in the seat a little bit, but as he got older & stronger, that no longer happened. It was never an issue anyway, as he didn't seem uncomfortable. I love that the back goes back all the way flat, so if he does fall asleep, then it's very easy.
Zia's one drawback is the shopping basket. It's not only small, but awkward to access and IMPOSSIBLE to access when the back is reclined. My tip is to buy a buggy bag off eBay - they come in great, funky prints and attach to the back to the pushchair. They hold absolutely loads and are a million times better than the included shopping basket.
I can't recommend this pushchair enough - it glides along like a dream, over all terrains, and folds down just so tiny!!
(just a note to say that tipping isn't an issue despite the Zia's lightness. The chassis is well-balanced and even with bags of shopping on the back, I've never had tippage)
Summary: Fabulous pushchair at around the £100 mark
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