Product Type: Silver Cross prams, pushchairs and strollers
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~Silver Cross 3D makes Me Cross!!~
Silver Cross 3D
Member Name: newby2
Silver Cross 3D
Advantages: looks good
Disadvantages: not practicle for walking or shopping
I have the Silver Cross 3D pram which I was lucky enough to be loaned it from a friend as the pram system that I had for my previous child which was stored away was really not fit for purpose and needed to be thrown away. Considering we already had a car seat suitable from 9 months and will be using a stroller at around that time we didn't think it necessary to spend a few hundred pounds out on a pram like this and we were more than happy to have this on loan from my best friend whose little boy had grown out of it.
We were also given the car seat which will attach to this pram from the Silver Cross Ventura range but this is an added extra that had to be bought separately from this pram itself and therefore I won't be mentioning it too much in this review.
If you were looking to buy this pram you should expect to pay anywhere from £200 to £300 depending on where you buy it from and the extras such as rain cover and the like that you add to your order. It is available from a wide selection of different places and this price is about right when comparing to other brands and similar products.
Okay so the pram itself does look pretty good and appears to have everything that you would need from a product of this type. The Silver Cross name is a good one in my eyes and I thought that this item would show true quality and worthy of the price tag. Unfortunately I don't really feel that this is the case and I am really pleased that we had just borrowed it and not paid out any money for it.
The first thing I find really frustrating is the process of getting the pram into a open and usable position. This involves lifting up a switch type area on the handles and then flicking the whole (heavy) pram out. This doesn't always work and more often than not my other 5 year old child will have to help me by pulling the front of the pram. Not ideal you would agree. You have to make sure that the legs of the pram are fully locked into position as this will mean that the pram will fold in on itself at a later stage if not correctly fastened.
It unfortunately seems to be more or less the same principle for putting the pram into the folded down position which again isn't easy to do. The switch on the handles again needs pressing and a lot of fumbling about needs to take place in order for the pram to start folding up and even when you think you have done all you can do to get it into this folded away position it doesn't' seem to be quite enough and I struggle to get the pram into the boot of my car most of the time. Also I find that the pram is really rather heavy and I can just manage to lift it up into my boot when I am on and it is not especially easy.
The small netting of shopping basket which Silver Cross have added under the pram is more or less a waste of time because there really isn't much that you can fit into this basket due to the poor access from the back and the multitude of bars that run along the top of this section meaning that nothing overly large can be slid in from the sides either. You can probably fit in a couple of packets of baby wipes and not much else. This isn't great especially when the handles of the pram are seemingly very flimsy and the shape of the pram isn't ideal to hand more than one or two light bags from the handles. This is not a pram for the mother that likes to shop.
The plastic sheet of a rain cover which we have for this silver Cross pram is a bit of a pain to get on and into the right position but it does indeed do the job intended and although not as thick as others I have used I cant moan too much even though I do think it should be of a slightly better quality from this brand.
As far as safety goes I think it is adequate in the fact that all the straps are secure and do the job intended but I think because of the flimsiness of the handles which give the pram and all over wobbly and unsteady feel I can't say that this makes it feel overly safe. With the handles having the switch to fold down the pram I can't say that this is overly safe either as the chance of pulling this is higher than other prams I have used given its position.
I have pushed the pram on quite a few long walks and if the pavement is too bumpy (like it mostly is in our area) the pram is rather difficult to control. The double wheels on the front can be positioned so that they swivel 180 degrees or stay in a forward moving position and I tend to have them on the swivel mode which aids the ease of movement on bumpy terrain a little more but I think the lightweight handles of the pram which need to be pushes and pulled a fair bit when walking over bumps just can't take this sort of walking but to be fair I am not off road or anything with this pram and I would have thought it should be perfectly designed for pavement walking.
When the pram is fully up and in a working position there are a few bonuses that come with using it such as the slightly extendible and retractable handles giving a longer or shorter hold available when pushing the pram. This is ideal for when my other half wants to push the pram as he is taller than me will need longer pram handles and this is simply a case of pulling a separate switch on the handles. Of course don't get confused with the switch that will fold the pram down as it may well fold up on you!
Another bonus is the ease with which the car seat fits on to the pram although with this tight fit the seat of the pram does seem to get in the way somewhat even if there is different reclining positions of the seat it seems to come too far back by my legs and not making it very streamline at all.
All in all I have to say that I am so glad we didn't pay out the high price tag that would usually come when purchasing this Silver Cross 3D pram. There are far more negative aspects than there are positive ones and on the whole I can't wait until little man is old enough to go in a stroller and we can hand this back to my friend. I think that it is not a good advertisement for the Silver Cross name as the pram is rather flimsy feeling when walking yet super heavy and chunky when trying to fold down and store away.
I think even being generous I can only award this pram a poor 2 out of 5 stars. This really is just because it does actually look the part and the fact that the car seat we have fits on it with relative ease. Other than that I can't say that I would recommend it in the slightest.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Summary: generally poor
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