Product Type: Petite Star prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Not bad for the price
Petite Star Zia
Member Name: DLTAG89
Petite Star Zia
Advantages: Not a bad price for what you get.
Disadvantages: Rubbish recline, basket access and not very easy to push.
We bought the petite star zia back in 2010 when my first son was about 16 months old after our bruin swift buggy fell apart after just a few months.
At first looks I wasn't so keen as I didn't really want a 3 wheeler as I'd heard bad things about them. We bought it from toys r us and paid about £150 which isn't too bad for a pram (we paid £60 for the swift and learnt from our mistake). There was a choice of 3 colours on sale, pink, red and black. We went to the black with it being unisex and personally the better colour. A footmuff and rain cover came with it also.
It's a nice looking pram and isn't to heavy at 6.3kg. It folds down to a nice size and we have never had any trouble getting it into the back of smaller cars. Its also pretty easy to fold down and only takes a few seconds but does need 2 hands so cant be folded down if your holding on to a toddler.
The pram is very easy to push but if you're a heavy user (like me, I don't drive so a pram is my lifeline) then I would not really recommend this pram. It is very difficult to push up and down curbs and it also pushes to the left or right if there is a slight lean on the pavement, which makes for bad wrists. It also tipped up on me several times in strong winds (much to my sons horror) but thankfully I've managed to catch it every time so has never "fully" tipped up but this isn't good. Its fine for pushing round shoppping centres though with flat, even floors.
The footmuff is very cosy and warm but we never really got much use from is as both of my boys didn't like the restriction on their legs. It was only ever used on VERY cold days but I didn't find any flaws with it. The basket under the pram is a good size but when the pram is fully reclined its almost impossible to get to. When the seat is sat up it has fairly easy access. Also the rain cover isn't so great, after about 6 months it started to rip around the handles but did keep my little ones dry and cosy on the inside. Now, my little boy is a big 2 year old his feet do stick out of the bottom of the rain cover but I just put that down to him being tall but this again is quite a slight problem.
The handles are adjustable but not really that much. With me at 5'0ft and my husband at 6'2ft we really needed a pram the suited both our heights but we both had to compromise a little as the handles don't really go low enough for me or high enough for my husband but we are both able to push it comfortably.
1 big problem I found with the petite star zia was the recline function. It does recline a lot but it has a draw sting type system and unless the child in the pram isn't leaning on the back it will not go down. So when your little one has nodded off sat up it takes 2 people to recline the pram, 1 the lift the child forward and 1 to recline the pram which is not ideal when your out on your own.
The 5 point harness is good and the shoulders pads are handy to have too but ours quickly became lost and they come off very easily. My son is now 2 and a half and has only just figured out how to get himself out of the pram.
I'm very happy that this pram has lasted us through 2 children and almost 3 years worth of use but you can really tell and I would now deem it to be only good for the bin. I am starting to use it less and less so I would give it a few more months then it will be finding a new home at the tip but its served us well.
Over all for the price we paid and the amount of time it has lasted us, especially with the heavy use its had I would say it was a good investment. There is some slight problems with this pram but nothing too major.
Summary: Fairly good pram for the price we paid.