“ Get around town without being weighed down. This stroller is easy to manoeuvre with all-round suspension and swivel front wheels, and is light to carry when folded. „
I bought this stroller for my daughter in November 05 when she was 5 months old and we are still using it now (March 07).
It is very narrow and light, perfect for shopping and public transport, I smugly wheel my daughter down narrow aisles in shops and in between racks that defeat mothers with huge tank-like prams. We struggle with it over uneven ground but it is, by definition a city pushchair. We currently live in a country where buses have several steps up into the bus before you get to the buggy area so the light weight nature of the buggy (5kg) has been a godsend (although the baby just gets heavier and heavier!)
When my daughter was younger we had a few problems with straps being loose even when tighened to the max and I kept (still do!) catching my fingers in the buckle! She also used to slump forward a little due to lack of adjustable leg support-her legs 'dangled' and she wasnt held in place by the straps properly. This was less of a problem when she hit about 15 months.
Mothercare claim it only does up to 24 months or so and I have to confirm that the seat is narrower than most pushchairs, but my chunky 22 month old is still happy to travel in it (hopefully for a while longer yet!).
The multi-position seat is brilliant, very useful, except for the fact that it does impede access to the shopping basket when it is fully flat, but I learned to only shop for flat things during my daughter's nap times!
It folds into a flat rectangle rather than the conventional umbrella fold which may be an issue for some cars. It certainly made it hard to squeeze it in the boot when we had a full load of shopping, and when folded for the bus it was hard to manoevre. Straps also tend to get in the way of the fold lock, so you have to make sure that you keep them out of the way in the seat when folding.
We were able to use it with a pre-existing cosytoes with some jiggling and judicious padding, but it was impossible to fold when in place. It comes with a full cover raincover, it covers the shopping basket as well as the child and you can keep the 'child' half tucked over the hood when it looks like rain so you dont have to fiddle around with attaching it when the downpour occurs.
The sun hood is very strong, it can take a full (and heavy) basket of shopping when held with one hand, I have been doing this since we got it and it hasnt broken or deformed.
The basket is bigger than it appears, I can fit a basket of shopping in there and then balance another full bag on the sunshade to get it home-very useful when you dont drive.
It does fold one handed once you have the knack and it does have a carrying handle (although I didnt find it very useful -only for bashing people in the bus queue behind me!). It is very easy to push because it is so light and the handle is adjustable which is very useful for when you need a different angle for when you are going up steep hills!
The brakes are ok, they dont do what my previous buggy did and just let go randomly, so thats a definite bonus-they work!
I can push one handed, which is great as I can walk so my daughter can see me when she needs to and I can walk, push and hold my daughters hand now she is a bit older.
It does have lockable front wheels, but I found as soon as I went over a bump the lock just came off, so hvae never really used them.
I believe I bought it for £89, which isnt bad for a buggy that has lasted so well and been so useful to me.
I bought this pushchair to replace a large travel system. It is extremely compact yet roomy for baby, one thing i did find was that it was very easy to get around even the smallest shops. It has a 5 point safety harness which adjusts easily although it is a little tight if you dont alter it when you recline the seat. The handle height is adjustable to any angle you wish and adjusts easily by pressing in a button on either side of the handle. The seat recline works on a drawsting system, you can make the back of the seat tilt at any angle but it does not lie completely flat so wouldn't be suitable for a very young baby. The hood folds very compact and can be removed if required. The pushchair comes complete with a raincover which fits very easily with press studs and fits into the basket when not in use. There is a velcro fastening pocket inside the basket which is ideal for keys, purse etc. It is VERY easy to fold you simply press a button on the handle and twist the middle section, push the handle forward and its folded. When folded it is very light weight and can easily be carried and lifted with one hand. A good point about this pushchair is that when its folded not only is the handle still at waist height (there is no bending to the floor) but it is also free standing which is ideal if your waiting at a bus stop etc. While there is a little bit of "putting together" to be done before first use, it is extremely easy (i did it myself!), its just a case of pushing the wheels on and putting a bar into the back to form the basket (no screws required). The cover comes off if you need to wash it and fits back on with no problem. I would definatly buy this model of pushchair again for another child if it does not last till then but i am certain it will. An excellent buy although a bit more expensive than other lightweight pushchairs it really really is worth the money.