Product Type: Silver Cross prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Solid in construction and weight
Silver Cross 3D
Member Name: R8IT
Silver Cross 3D
Date: 30/08/11, updated on 30/08/11 (189 review reads)
Advantages: Construction, materials, flexibility of use
Disadvantages: Weight, folded down size
Having pushed several prams/pushchairs and tested them out for ease of use, I opted for this one due to its solid feel and reliable long standing brand.
The pram itself is of good height and has adjustable handles which give around an additional two inches of height. Pushing the pram is easy enough and the wheels tend to move in the direction its pushed, a press pedal at the back activates the brake and each of the front wheels has a lockout to keep them straight, on flat surfaces the pram is fine, however on bumpy pavements the wheels can wobble and bounce the pram around, the lack of any suspension and smaller wheels are not ideal for some of the pothole style pavements, and forget going off road as it will be a struggle.
Opening and folding is done by pulling the black levers up on the handle and this allows it to fold down, to open a small handle when pulled opens it up, although some manual pressing the frame together is often needed. In its folded down state its pretty bulky, would be too bulky for a small car and it almost filled half a boot in a family hatchback. The wheels don't clip off so you cant make it any smaller.
The material and seat are of good quality and well padded it folds down well, and completely flat, but additional parts need to be added to turn it into a flat cot style pram. Small flaps each side of the seat flip up and the car seat in the range clips in, you then fold the car seat handle down and it locks into place. The pram had most use as a car seat carrier and general pushchair when my son was older.
The main issues with this is size and weight, however similar prams about are just as bulky, we now have a 3 wheel buggy that is a good deal lighter folds very easily and takes up half the space.
This is great for its range of uses and if space isn't an issue or weight then you cant go wrong, you may however find that you end up buying a pushchair later on for the space and weight saving. The only real way to see what's best is to get to the shop and give them a good test to see what suits you.
Summary: A well made all in one pram, but not great as a pushchair
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