Product Type: Silver Cross prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Lightweight Pram with a few issues....
Silver Cross 3D
Member Name: kat1234
Silver Cross 3D
Advantages: travel system, car seat to fit frame can be purchased
Disadvantages: frame not always clicks into place
I purchased a Silver Cross 3D pram whilst pregnant for my little bundle. I was attracted to the pram for various reasons - Silver Cross was a manufacturer that I had heard of and had a good reputation, I liked the fact that this was a travel system that could first be used as a pram and then converted into a pushchair once baby is older and, finally, I liked the design. It was quite expensive - at around £325 - but I felt that it would be of a quality to justify the price.
My pram is a dark grey colour with silver circles (the charcoal variety) - I felt that this would be appropriate for a girl or a boy. The frame has four smallish wheels that are easy to steer - the front wheels can be locked by pushing down the levers attached to the front of them to stop them pivoting if you need to just head in a straight direction. There are two handles with good grips for steering - I personally prefer this to a bar like a lot of prams have as I find it easier to steer using handles (one of the design features that I liked!). Under the pram is a black shopping basket, which I have found very useful as it can hold quite a bit of shopping.
The pram contains a white lining (not the most practical colour as it can only be 'sponge cleaned') which has a padded strap to hold baby in position between the legs and around the waist - a useful feature if you need to tip the pram up over kerbs or, like me, to wheel into your house. The hood can be extended or retracted easily as it folds down easily.
I have so far only used this as a pram, so I will update the review with my experience of the pushchair in due course.
I find the pram quite lightweight to push, and easy to steer. I am quite tall and find the handles quite low, although they do extend a little, I would prefer if they extended a little more to make it slightly more comfortable to push. It is realatively easy to put the baby into the pram, with the footmuff covering easily attached to the sides of the pram securely. My baby also seems comfortable in the pram, and enjoys going for walks in it.
It is easy to apply brakes and they work very well. It is also relatively easy to collapse the frame when you need to put it into the car. However, it is a little time consuming removing all of the parts of the pram to do this and reassembling again once at your destination. We have also had a minor problem with the frame in that itfailed to click completely into place when putting it back up and therefore wasn't locking. We had to return this to the shop who got this fixed, but we were without the pram for 2 weeks whilst they did so - which was highly inconvenient. The frame does not seem to be completely durable and we do still have to manually click the frame into place after collapsing, which is easy enough but I don't feel that this should be necessary and would describe this as a design flaw. The frame folds nicely and fits well in our car boot (we drive a Ford Focus)
I also purchased the corresponding car seat which easily fits onto the pram frame for quick trips out. You simply attach to the pram bar and there are two plastic levers that you flip up on the frame to secure the seat - very simple and convenient!
I am pleased with the pram and look forward to using as a buggy once my child is old enough. I am a little disappointed to have encountered a problem with the frame as it was quite an expensive purchase & I would have expected it to have been of slightly better quality. It is easy to push and steer and my baby seems to enjoy roding in it - these are the main features that I was looking for so it does the job nicely. With the pram you also get some nice accessories - a decent changing bag and a rain cover which is very easy to put over the pram and keeps baby very dry. I would recommend the pram but would say it is quite a lot of money to pay.
Summary: A good travel system
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