Product Type: Silver Cross prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Silver Cross 3D
Member Name: lulu2004
Silver Cross 3D
Advantages: 2 in 1, compact fold, versatile
Disadvantages: Quite Heavy
I have been having a bit of a Dooyoo afternoon and reading through reviews of things I own. It is a bit of a pass time, I like to see what others have thought of things I like, or why people like things that I dont like. To be honest I am a bit surprised that the Silver Cross 3d has only come out with 3 stars from all of the reviews. I've been through loads of travel systems, and I actually really enjoyed having the Silver Cross 3D so I'd like to stick up for it and write a more positive review for those who are considering buying one.
Essentially what you are buying is a Pram and stroller in one. The Silver Cross 3d is a stroller that comes with a little liner and apron which allow you to make it a flat pram for new borns. You can also purchase the matching car seat which can clip on to the frame to create a travel system. I have used the travel system on occassion, but it wasn't to my taste really. However I really liked the pram and stroller aspect in the one machine.
Your 3D arrives with a stroller, hood, pram apron, changing bag, rain cover and footmuff. The instructions are clear and it is very easy to assemble for the first time. For the pram position you recline the back fold the white liner around and then pop on the hood and apron. It really is that simple. There is a little harness to strap in your newborn. At this point the pro is the ease of assembly, the con is that the pram liner part is not really that big. I think most people would be very lucky to manage 6 months from it.
To fold from pram position you simply take the seat from recline, pull the two triggers and then use the handle in the centre to bring the chassis into an umbrella fold. It is much more compact than many of the travel systems that you will come across. It is the most compact fold of all the Travel Systems that I have personally owned. This does not mean that it is light by any means. It is rather heavy, but I have never found this to be an issue.
To attach the carseat you clip off two pieces of fabric on the arm rests and then put the car seat on, bring the handle down and it will hook on to the hooks and become secure. It wasn't the best aspect for me, but it would have been ok in a hurry.
The seat unit itself reclines well. The footmuff is very cosy and that has been important this winter for us. The hood is substantial and blocks off wind very well. The wheels are small, so this is really only a pram for the pavements. It doesn't tackle terrain very well so you should make sure that this is not an integeral part of your check-list. There are much better prams for this.
My own 3D had sticky wheels after a few months but WD40 spray fixed this and they did not give any more issue. People are very quick to complain about things like this, without ever trying to fix them. When something is stiff or sticking in any stroller you will often find that greasing it will make a huge difference.
I sold my 3D not too long ago. It didn't keep a great value second hand, some other strollers do brilliantly in this respect but unfortunately the 3D doesn't. However, I hold it in high esteem, it is a very cosy ride for a baby and it looks nice. All in all I would say that it is a very good town system.
Summary: A good option for someone entering the pram market
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