Product Type: Silver Cross prams, pushchairs and strollers
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It's more than a pram it's a transformer!!!
Silver Cross 3d Pram System Cargo
Member Name: tlmartin
Silver Cross 3d Pram System Cargo
Advantages: Will last from the need of pram through to the need of a pushchair all in one
Disadvantages: You need a good size boot for it and all the accessories
My wife is past the 12 week mark of her pregnancy and now we can tell people we wanted to start buying stuff for the baby. Now as BabiesRUs are doing quite a few sales we thought we would by stuff throughout the sales over the next few months, and then in the final month anything missing we will buy at full price. This has required me to do a lot of reading or reviews to know what I want so I can just price watch.
One of the items we needed was a travel system. Originally I was looking at pram/pushchair system and a separate car seat. I wanted something that would last an age, due to some car seats specifically designed for 9 month age ranges and with prams only being useful for about 4 months until the baby would want to look around and a pushchair being needed. To me the solution for the pram pushchair was a travel system. So I was looking at prams and pushchairs that transformed into each other.
A friend of mine suggested the Silver Cross 3D travel system as it was reasonably priced and did that. So I did some research on here, all to some varied comments. So when I was in BabiesRUs I asked for a demonstration of a few models and ended up settling on the Silver Cross 3D Travel System for a huge variety of reasons, which I will go through here.
First of all one thing that is clear with all products is that over years new versions of the same model come out, with improvements, etc. And one concern I have is a lot of reviews are written after the child is in pushchair mode meaning that they are 5 months after purchase at least if not more. I am writing this the day after purchase, but before baby use. I will update this as it gets used with an additional section at the bottom. This review is therefore for the Silver Cross 3D bought on the 23/01/2011.
One of the big points for this was the offer it was on. The price for the pushchair was £299 and all it normally came with. However BabiesRUs also were giving the Silver Cross Ventura Car Seat for free with this product (worth £115). This made it a fantastic bargain, considering numerous other models more expensive than this and with less.
There are two styles of fabric for the Silver Cross a black with red line and a charcoal with swirls. As we do not know the gender we felt the charcoal would be more neutral and to be honest it did look the most stylish.
The Silver Cross comes with numerous accessories included as standard. The is a travel bag for nappies and bits etc that clearly is going to be useful and match in with the pushchair, there is also a wipe down changing mat that again will be useful. It comes with the pram body including foam mattress and cover that to keep the baby protected. The hood of the prank is also the hood of the pushchair, and there is a plastic rain cover/protector. And a foot warmer.
It was important for us that we had a pushchair that could be used as a pram initially as we knew the pram part would only last 4months until the baby would want to look around and that is the age to move to pushchair. We also knew that the pushchair must be suitable for 4 month onwards. The Silver Cross has all sections suitable from birth. We looked at some other systems and their foot print when closed down or when moving seemed very huge and clunky. This compressed when folded into a reasonable size. While heavy it was still lighter than a lot we had felt, and knowing the system was made up from clearly detachable parts meant we could customise what we wanted to take out with us when going out. The buggy was very easy to steer and had a lovely turning circle, being able to navigate the aisles at ToysRUs easily without bumping into anything.
The travel system as a whole seemed very sturdy and hard wearing, so with all these accessories, the car seat (which will click directly into the chair, giving yet another option for the baby) it seemed to be the best option, especially with the car seat for free.
On getting home I naturally had to open everything up to have a play. The car seat I will review in the appropriate section, this is for the main travel system. Unpacking was easy getting everything out of the box and separated. There are two manuals that come with it, that naked em perfect for everyone. One manual only shows picture guides, the other manual is pure text, thus ideal for those whole like to read instructions or for those who just like to look at the pictures. However everything is numbered which means you can combine the manuals and follow the text descriptions with the pictures, which is my preferred method. My first task was to see how the pram gets put together as that will be the first use. So I followed the manual, parting the push chair, then started assembling the pram mattress putting the cover on, clipping the hood on. Nice and easy. It was also noted that the chair could be folded with the mattress in, this worked perfectly, however it did not long time folding the foam would curve ( and straighten when a baby was it was put on it). As the baby is not due for 6 months still I wanted to keep things pristine so I disassembled the pram to play with the pushchair, and to wrap the pram components up to keep safe. The pushchair forms the base of the pram, so with the mattress removed the the seat pops up and you're ready to go. It has 4 seat positions and a harness. It also has support padding for while the baby is still young but in the pushchair. This padding can be removed as they grow.
Pushing the chair around was easy, attaching the extra bits was so easy they just clipped on. The brakes were easy to use, and seemed nicely secure. To fold up it was lift the handles and then turn a handle upward and just push and it collapsed into a click and was nicely compact. My only concern is the length of it, however it should fit in the wifes' car along as she doesn't have the roof down. The only other issue is the weight, however this was one of the lightest ones I picked up that was a travel system and not just a cheap lightweight pushchair.
The pushchair as mentioned has a lovely stylish design to it, and certainly seems to have plenty of space around it, however the truth will really Cooke when the baby is born and it gets full use. The concerns mentioned on here I have not experienced, apart from the one about the pushchair seat facing outwards and not towards you, but to me they all do that and it makes sense anyway, the child is in the seat because it is mosey and wants to look around, it sees the parent all the other time so let it look where it's going and not just at you :)
Overall I am very happy with this purchase, the childs travelling needs are now taken care of until 9months and then I only need to look for a car seat which will allow me to purchase a longer lasting one, at least I won't need to buy a baby seat and then upgrade now. I can't wait to get chance to use the pram and then upgrade to the pushchair.
Once that has done I will and I have live tested it, I will update this review.
Summary: Long lasting, with plenty of modes