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My son's pushchair is now over two years old and has been something of a workhorse what with the school run twice daily as well as countless trips into town and other outings. It's no surprise, particularly considering our inclement weather, that the raincover originally provided with the pushchair had seen better days and needed replacing as the fabric edging had torn in several places. Our pushchair is a three wheeled Petite Star Zia so I started to look for a suitable replacement raincover.
I found the Baby Go Go 3 Wheeler Raincover for sale in Argos for £19.98 which compared favourably to the Mothercare branded version at £29.99. I couldn't see that the Mothercare version would have any advantages or features to justify the additional ten pounds so I went for the cheaper version. The Baby Go Go raincover is designed to fit 'most' brands and models of three-wheeled pushchairs but doesn't supply a comprehensive list of pushchairs that it is actually guaranteed to fit. There are a few models listed on the packaging but I think they are older ones as I haven't heard of many of them. It mentions the Jane Powertrack, Cosatto Venture and the forward facing Britax Vigour amongst others. I can certainly vouch for a secure fit with a Zia and, based on the way in which the cover is fitted, I would imagine that it would fit most, if not all, three-wheelers on the market.
The raincover comes folded into a mesh storage bag, which could probably be used for long-term storage if you're ever able to get the raincover folded up so tightly again. At first, I was surprised to discover that it didn't come supplied with any instructions for use, until I realised that they were actually printed on the underside of the label on the front! For the first couple of uses I did need to refer back to these instructions as the cover seemed much more complicated to fit than my original cover had been. In actual fact, it is relatively straightforward once you become familiar with the layout of the raincover and work out which end is the top and the bottom! I did think there seemed to be too many sides to the cover as there are two square pieces attached but these attach to each other using velcro strips and go round the back of the pushchair. The velcro helps to keep the cover securely in place at the back and there are also clips and elastic at the front end so that the cover is fairly watertight when properly attached.
The cover isn't one of those with a built-in framework so the pushchair hood needs to be pulled down before attaching this. This is what gives the cover its shape and holds it into position properly. Our original cover worked on the same principle although I actually find that this universal cover looks like it provides a more secure and neater fit when attached and I don't think anybody would be able to tell that it hadn't been specifically made with this particular model in mind.
The cover is made from PVC and is much thicker and appears to be far more resilient and durable than the original cover supplied with my pushchair. It can be wiped clean if needed and is totally transparent so little one has a good view of the world (aside from the rain) and parents can keep an eye on their offspring. Despite the thickness of the plastic, this folds relatively easily and I manage to squeeze the folded cover into the extremely tiny little basket in my pushchair, so I can't imagine that it would be too big for any basket. I do find that it is harder to store this already attached to the pushchair but not covering the pushchair - in preparation for an imminent downpour - as the plastic doesn't readily fold on to the top of the hood and tends to keep slipping back down. This is probably because the plastic is fairly thick but that may become easier with more frequent use.
In all, I am very pleased with the quality and ease of use of this raincover and suspect that it will last long enough to be used for many years to come. It seems good value for such a versatile and well-made item.
Argos Catalogue Number: 098/3725
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