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I bought this pushchair for my son to take on holiday as I wanted something lightweight for travelling. I chose a baby blue colour and paid about £80.00 for the pushchair. I thought for the price it would be reasonable pushchair as it is more expensive than the basic ones.
My first mistake with this pushchair was the colour. Baby blue was not a good colour to take on an aeroplane. It looked dirty very quickly and was very hard to clean and the colour of the seat was too light and showed lots of marks. The material of the seat also frayed easily at the sides of the pushchair making it look scruffy very quickly.
The pushchair was not very easy to push and felt flimsy. My son was only 1 when I used this pushchair but I don't think it would be any good for an older child because it was difficult to push with a small child in so a heavier child would be even harder. The wheels didn't feel sturdy and it was difficult to push over grass. It is not a pushchair that could be used every day for years as after a few uses the wheels started to look worn.
It does fold down easily and is a light umbrella type pushchair so once folded it is thin and easy to carry.
It comes with a raincover that is easy to fasten.
The pushchair does recline with clips on each side, not completely flat but enough for a nap.
I would not recommend this pushchair and think it is too expensive for what it is as you can get a basic pushchair that does the same as this for a fraction of the price.
We bought the Obaby Atlas because we already had a toddler and I was pregnant with our second baby. We were currently using the Bugaboo Cameleon as a pushchair but with a new baby on the way we needed to convert the Cameleon back to pram mode. We opted to buy a stroller rather than a double buggy because I was unlikely to be able to use a double pushchair to get around anyway as I relied on public transport. We chose the Atlas because it was good price, more expensive than many strollers but cheaper than others so I assumed the quality would be reasonable. It also has a hood and came complete with rainwear whereas many cheaper options don't even have a hood. The Atlas is also suitable from birth as it fully reclines so thought it might be handy in case I needed the option.
At first I thought I hated the OBaby Atlas because I was used to the ease of the Bugaboo Cameleon, I assumed I had been spoilt by using a more top the range pushchair and that nothing would measure up but then I borrowed a Maclaren and wished I could have gone back in time and changed my mind because the Maclaren was far superior. It was more manageable and steered a lot easier. The final straw was when the foot rest clean snapped off one side so dragged along the ground so we had to remove it completely meaning our son had no where to put his feet which made it awkward.
We bought this basically because it was one of the cheaper models available. For a throw in the boot of the car and take out for the day kind of use it is fine and fairly good value but I wouldn't recommend this as my main buggy. It doesn't feel particularly sturdy and I'm not sure how much regular use it would withstand. Also, the sitting position of the child appears to me to be not comfortable or ideal for their back. Having looked at other buggies, this doesn't seem to be unusual but if I was using this on a daily basis, I would want a seat which provided more support. It is easy to put up and down quickly and it has a decent sized storage tray under the seat. It is too large (and too upright) for under around 6 months but has quite a bit of space to fit a child up to around three and a half years old.
We had this pushchair when our daughter was 5 Months, our previous pram was a hassle for where we lived and we needed a sturdy, lightweight pushchair. I had looked at many different pushchairs, from many different brands, and never actually decided. It was my partner's mother who finally bought this for us. We have had it for almost a year now and I do not regret swapping from our old pram to this one bit.
We have the purple version, it only came with the rain covers though, we had the foot-muff separately. It says it is suitable from birth until 15kg, although I could not imagine a newborn baby in this. It's much lighter than our old one and much more sturdy. You can adjust the straps to different heights as your child grows. The seat can recline into 5 positions, we have mainly use it upright and back a little for when our daughter is tired. It's shopping basket has a maximum weight of 3KG and is fairly small but we manage to fit quite a bit under it when we do go shopping. The pushchair folds down and is fairly compact when it does. The hood is detachable, there is a brake at the back and the front wheels are swivel but can be locked. Although it is easier to push when the swivel wheels are not locked.
The only real problem we have had is where the wheels will sometimes lock when the pushchair gets knocked, otherwise nothing. This pushchair is definitely worth the money.
When I bought this buggy I already had a travel system I love, but as I leave it in the car a lot I needed a spare for when my husband accidentally takes it to work. I chose this one based on the fact it was light, but mostly because it comes in lots of patterns and I absolutely love the cottage rose pattern I bought it in. The buggy does lie flat, but to be honest it's just not sturdy and protective enough for me to put a newborn in. Fortunately, I only wanted to put a four month old in it, and for that it's great. It has a nice comfy little head positioner
for when they've not got much head control, and a very simple but clever adjustable back position, instead of set positions it locks into like some buggys, maybe two or three angles, you can have this at any angle you want, it has a sort of sliding fastener on the back that you tighten or loosen to raise or lower the back, so simple but fantastic for supporting a younger baby while still keeping them upright enough to burp after a bottle for example. The cottage rose pattern has a pale pink seat, a spotty pink hood lining, and a pale blue background with pink rose sprays on it on the outer hood and foot muff. There seem to be mixed reviews on whether this comes with or without the footmuff, mine came with the footmuff and rain cover. The footmuff has two layers that zip up like a sleeping bag with a nice little ruffle at the top that keeps baby's hands cosy while still free. The rain cover is a bit of a tight fit, not the best fit but it does the job and with the cottage rose colour way is lined in pink. The basket is a fairly standard sized grey net, not huge, and the handles are covered in black foam. The buggy is easy enough to put down but a bit fiddly to put up , not for doing one handed. It's nice and light and compact for on stairs and the bus, my only real complaint is the hood, it's quite flimsy and mine doesn't lock open properly on one side, it got damaged by the weight of a light summer baby's jacket, so that's a bit worrying.
With four children I have had my fair share of buggies, strollers and travel systems. For babies two and three, in addition to a double buggy, I used an Obaby Atlas stroller.
I was bought the Obaby Atlas as a gift so I don't think it was very expensive then but the brand has now become very popular and this buggy retails at £50 to £80 depending where you buy it and what accessories you get. These pushchairs are widely available online and in many stores like Mothercare.
As this was a gift I didn't chose it or state any preference when my kind Mum offered to buy it for me. I was pregnant and struggling with a double buggy so to have a single stroller was going to be very handy. My eldest was just starting nursery so it meant I didn't need the double all the time but I didn't want to spend a lot because with another on the way the double wouldn't be in retirement for very long.
I was really pleased with the Obaby Atlas and it was so easy after the double buggy.
The Obaby lies flat so is suitable from birth. The seat is padded but your baby can get a bit sweaty so I recommend a liner or cosytoes to make it a bit more comfortable. There is a five point harness which can be adjusted or used as a three point harness once your baby is bigger. The leg rest part can also be adjusted so it is out straight for smaller babies or folded down for toddlers.
The stroller is an umbrella fold and it folds away easily with one hand. You can operate the collapsing mechanism with your foot and the whole thing just bends forward. I used a buggy board with mine as well and this was fine apart from making the whole thing a bit harder to push. Underneath there is a smallish shopping basket which can hold a few bits but is tricky to get to if the seat is reclined. To recline the seats can be a bit tricky as there is a slide on each side that both have to be pushed at the same time but I prefer this as I think it is stronger and less flimsy than the straps that some other buggies have.
The buggy comes with a hood and this has a flap at the back so that your baby is protected from the weather even when the buggy is reclined. I found it really easy to put up and down and it didn't come down too low so baby could still see out even when it was right over. I would recommend a sunshade or parasol for the summer though. You get a coordinating rain cover with it which is great because it fits nicely unlike the universal ones that are never a very good fit.
Obaby do a large range of accessories including foot muffs and parasols so there is bound to be something that coordinates with your chosen stroller. There are so many different styles of the Atlas stroller available including a VW range and Tatty Teddy so you are bound to find something that you like.
There isn't much suspension so bumpy ground can be a bit shaky but on the whole it is really comfortable to push and the handles are nicely padded and shaped. I used this buggy for all of my children at one time or another and they have all seemed quite comfortable, the only problem I have had is with my son sweating in warmer weather but this was easily rectified.
Eventually the Obaby Atlas became our holiday buggy because it folded up small enough to still fit in the car with all the suitcases. This buggy lasted really well and is still going now even though it is full of sand and looking a bit sorry for itself. I treated myself to a new Silver Cross buggy for baby number four but it isn't as nice as the obaby. I thought I was buying quality but there are so many times I wish it was more like the Altlas.
I would definitely recommend the Obaby Atlas stroller in any of its colours or styles as I found it hardwearing and long lasting. Shop around to get a good deal and matching accessories and you won't need to buy more than one buggy per child.
When my son was born I had a travel system which served us well through his early days, but when he got bigger I found it bulky and awkward to push. The wheels were also wearing down at an alarming rate. We replaced our travel system with a cheap stroller which after a while started to wear awfully on the wheels too and as I couldn't find replacement wheels I ended up buying a replacement pushchair. After much research I settled on an Obaby Atlas stroller.
The Obaby Atlas stroller comes in a range of colours. I have it in khaki, but I have also seen it available in black, red, pink and blue. It is a fairly smart looking pushchair if you choose the darker colours or looks quite fresh and funky in the brighter colours. The pushchair is mainly plain, except for the circles pattern on the seat and the word Obaby written down each side. It never occurred to me when I bought this pushchair, but I have had a few calls of "Oh baby!" and sniggering when I've been walking down the street!
The Obaby Atlas is suitable from birth to 3 years of age. It lies flat or sits right up and has an adjustable leg rest, which makes it easy to ensure that a child of any age is comfortable in the pushchair. It is also ideal for nap times because it lies flat. My son looks really comfy if he falls asleep when we are out.
The handles are foam which feels more comfortable than the plastic handles that my previous pushchairs had.
The wheels are lockable swivel wheels meaning that you can easily push the pushchair around the shops with the swivel wheels but you can lock them down to make things easier when going over rough ground.
There is a shopping basket underneath. I really like this, some pushchairs have baskets which are too small, or shallow or they sag when you put things into them. I've had none of these problems with this one, it's big enough for me to fit what I need into it, the sides are high enough that stuff doesn't fall back out and it stays in place well.
The pushchair comes complete with a rain cover, which is a must for me. The rain cover is strong and sturdy and stays in place well. What I really like is that the design covers the hood and some of the back of the pushchair as well as where the child sits, this means that everything keeps really dry, but it also means that if I have my bag hanging from the pushchair handles I can put this under the raincover to keep dry too.
The straps to keep baby in the pushchair are a 5 point harness which adjusts to suit the size of the child. The positioning of the straps is good, I've had no problems with my son being able to wriggle out of the straps so I know he's nice and safe.
The pushchair is umbrella folding, making it easy to carry, take on the bus, put into the car boot or store in a cupboard. I find the stroller fairly easy to fold down and easy to carry, although it's not as light as my last one it's not heavy either.
***Out and about with the stroller***
I do an awful lot of walking, which I'm guessing is why my other pushchairs have worn their wheels down quickly. This one is not showing many signs of wear at all though after months of heavy use. My son is at the age where he's often walking, but we have to take the stroller out everywhere still in case he gets tired so the wheels really have seen plenty of action.
I also use the bus quite regularly and I find that this pushchair is easy to maneuver into place and fits fine into small buggy spaces. We've managed on the train with no problems either.
The pushchair is sturdy enough that it does not fall over when empty if we've been out shopping and I've got a few bags on the handles, which is nice.
My son seems fairly happy in the stroller wherever we go, he used to try and escape his old one sometimes but we've never had a problem since buying this one.
***Price and availability***
I bought my Obaby Atlas from Kiddicare.com for around £60. They are currently selling them for between £57.56 and £71.99 depending on which colour you choose. Kiddicare offer free delivery on orders over £30 and they usually deliver the very next day, this is why I decided to buy from here. I've been very happy with the price I paid. This pushchair was cheaper than many other I looked at but is good quality.
I have also seen this stoller on sale in Argos, Littlewoods and Amazon. They don't seem difficult to find at all.
I've been very happy with the Obaby Atlas, I can't fault anything with it and so I give this a whole 5 stars and would recommend it to others.
Obaby are a very popular, well known and trusted baby brand. They really have come on top with affordable prices for nice looking pushchairs. Although i do find them to be flimsy, cheap on the the eye and not sturdy. I have had many pushchairs, as you may know re previous reviews so i have been able to compare quite alot.
Yes they do some nice designs (my fave is the blue and pink one with flowers) but the frame/chassis is thin so does not feel as sturdy as other pushchairs. The wheels are a little small and the inner alloy looks like a cheap plastic. The foam handles are not good quality as ive known many peoples to split and they have had to replace or tape them up. The shopping basket is a very thin mesh, again not as durable as others ive used.
Seat Unit: Full reclining seat so suitable from birth (Although i would not recommend putting a baby in there - comfort issues!)
Harness: The usual 5 point harness
Folding: It folds umberalle style (length ways) and it does fold compact
Weight: From birth upto 15kg
Weight of pushchair: Its very lightweight, 8kg!
Colours: The scribble comes in 6 various colours.
Price: I think i paid around £70 from Tesco's but you can get them for around £50 now.
Yes this is an affordable pushchair with a nice design but please try before you buy and compare! It folds compact, its lightweight and its a good brand but if you want a pushchair for long term (years of daily use) i doubt this would get you there without it looking like its on its last legs.
First of all the Details Off of the Argos website
Weight restriction 15kg. 5 fixed position seat recline. Forward facing. 5 point safety harness. Lockable swivel wheels. Suspension on all wheels. Linked brakes. Shopping basket. Adjustable leg rest. Detachable hood. Raincover. Handle height 102cm. Foot operated umbrella fold. Folded dimensions (L)104, (W)24, (D)23cm. Carry handle included. Weight 7.7kg. Steel chassis.
I have had several of these strollers in the last few years! I initially got a purple one second hand for my daughter when she was about 1! My initial impression was it was gorgeous! Very lightweight and just what I was looking for to have in the back of the car!
We used it for about a week and the brakes slowly got worse this they broke! I wasn't too shocked as i had noticed the first time I used it the brakes weren't in the best quality and it was obviously someone trying to make a quick £20! I ended up buying a new one off of the very website for £69.99 and was chuffed when it arrived! It was easy to put together and looked great like my previous one! I had this stroller for my daughter until she was about 2 1/2 (about 1 1/2 years). It lasted well was in brilliant condition when i sold it on, was easy to wipe clean and small to store. Worked well on tough, stoned ground.
I recently bought another one of these for my son who was about 7 months when i got it and we have been using it since.
I think this stroller is great to store, easy to clean and if looked after can be kept for years!
Currently retailing on Amazon for £63.99 (July 2012). I have mine in black and white scribble. I bought this pushchair when my son was 3 months old as were going on holiday to France and we needed something smaller and lighter than the three wheeler we used everyday.
The pushchair has a multi position seat unit with full lie back positioning with 5-Point adjustable harness, it comes with a compact umbrella fold, easy to use flexible carry handle & a raincover. It has ergonomic foam handles, a removable hood and a mesh shopping basket. It is lightweight and suitable from Birth to 15kg (approx 3 years). The fabric of the pushchair is easy to wipe clean and there is an adjustable soft plastic foot rest. The wheels are lockable at the front or can be used on a swivel. There is a brake on the wheel, though this was not that secure and I sometimes found that I had to push down quite hard on it with my foot to make sure it was properly in place.
You can also purchase a foot muff and matching changing bag, though I did not as I used the ones I already had.
Overall I found using the pushchair very easy, to collapse it there is a red leaver that you flick up and then another lever a bit further down the pushchair near the back wheel that you also push up, then you just gently push the handles together and the whole thing folds in on itself, there is a handy clip to keep the pushchair together and the handle is centrally located so picking up the pushchair and a baby at the same time was fairly easy.
The rain cover was easy to fit onto the pushchair, you had to make sure that the hood was securely in place and then there were a number of black clips that you positioned along the frame of the pushchair, there was also a little flap so allow air flow if you went into a shop.
The mesh shopping bag I found pretty useless to be honest, it could hold quite a lot of stuff but when the pushchair was fully reclined you could not put things in it, it is only when the chair is in a more upright position that the basket is accessible.
I am 5ft 11 inches and found that the pushchair was a tiny bit too short for me, but I only used it on a few occasions so this did not cause me any problems, I found the foam on the handle strangely tactile and I would flick at with my thumb whilst pushing my son around, unfortunately this caused it to split and I patched it up with a bit of masking tape, but I then started flicking this too.
Overall, I would recommend this pushchair for those on a very tight budget as it is suitable from birth and when my son was in it he always looked comfortable and happy, however, I think that it is best suited as a second pushchair for use if you are just popping out or need something that is lightweight as there are a few niggling issues, as stated above.
I bought this stroller about 2 years ago for £50 in a sale at Mothercare. I was looking for a reasonably priced, quality stroller which folds fairly small to keep in my car boot for my toddler. I am very pleased with this product.
- Tall, foam padded handles which are suitable for taller ladies and their husbands! (I am 5` 10" and my husband is 6ft and we both find this quite comfortable to use)
- a multi-position seat which can be reclined right down for sleeping
- suitable from birth to 15kg (according to the instructions).
- A leg rest to allow a comfortable sleeping position - this folds out of the way when not in use.
- A 5 point harness which you can adjust to fit your toddler.
- Lockable front swivel wheels
- foot operated brake.
- It also has a carry handle for lifting when it is folded up
- made from wipe-clean fabric.
Accessories: it comes with a detachable hood which is height adjustable, a rain cover and an under-seat storage net.
OPEN: 104 x 46x83cm
FOLDED: 107 x 31 x 26cm
It weighs 7.7kg.
Overall we are delighted with this good value, sturdy stroller. There may be better quality/functionality strollers out there but this is certainly the best value for money.
It's comfortable to push, easy to steer, keeps your toddler dry and you can store a reasonable amount of stuff in the underseat net. What more could you ask from a budget buy? We have used it as an every day buggy as well as a fold away/take on holiday buggy and are very satisfied.
Would recommend to anyone wanting a reasonably priced, portable stroller.
My parents bought the obaby atlas as a buggy for when they have my daughter. They have her 3 times a week while I'm in work so this made sense, previously they had a mamas and papas pilko which didn't last very long.
They wanted something that was more lightweight and less bulky now that my daughter is older and this fit the boxes. The one they purchased was orange and included a raincover and footmuff for the bargain price of £45, shop around because you can get some really good deals.
My father particularly like this pushchair as it's not at all girly and completely unisex without it being boring black.
The buggy is very lightweight and compact, it is the type of buggy that you can keep in the boot of the car without it taking up loads of room, there's still plenty of space for your shopping. As I'm used to pushing my sola I do have trouble keeping this buggy steady as its so light in comparison. It is however a dream to steer, it takes corners easily and my daughter is very comfortable in it. It does say it can be used from birth as it does lie flat but personally I would want a more substantial pram for a newborn and definitely one that faces me. So in my opinion it isn't really suitable for tiny babies
I wouldn't purchase one myself though as I like having Amelia facing me on walks, I think the face to face interaction is especially valuable for her social development and communication skills.
There are some negatives to this buggy. The shopping basket is up so high it makes it useless, you can't actually get anything in it. Or if you do manage you would never be able to get it back out again. It is also so light that you can't hang the changing bag off it for fear of it tipping over.
All in all for the price they paid for it, it was definitely well worth the money and being used occasionally as a second pram the positives definitely outweigh the negatives.
I had to get an OBaby Atlas as an emergency "cheap" buggy, as the new pushchair I'd ordered was delayed and I'd sold my beloved pram to make way for it, leaving me stuck! I went to the first place I could think of - Argos (see my Argos review, a great shop in these situations!). As it happened they had some promotions on pushchairs at the time, and the OBaby Atlas was available for only £49.99, so I decided to go for it as it had some good reviews.
Let me begin by saying that the OBaby Atlas is the first buggy in a long list that I've had which has made me cry - not good! I had sent my husband to Argos to get it quickly for me, as I was due to go out and meet friends that morning. When he came home I put it up and assembled it (which only involved putting on the wheels and hood) - then I couldn't get the damn thing down! I spent ages trying to fold it and just couldn't work it out, and I ended up in tears as I had missed several buses and was going to be late for my friends. I ended up having to give up trying to fold it and walk the hour into town - and thus began my feelings of hatred for this buggy!
When using it for the first time, I noticed just how difficult it was to push and steer. It felt so so heavy compared to my previous, much larger iCandy Cherry. In fact, it was so difficult to push that I thought maybe it was faulty, as the wheels just didn't seem to want to turn - when in actual fact I just wasn't putting enough force behind pushing it as I had been used to the Cherry turning on a sixpence and being light enough to push with my little finger! I had to teach myself a whole new technique in buggy pushing! By the time I had come home I was suffering with arm and backache. I think because the frame is so "square" - as in the rear uprights are totally upright, not slanting backwards and joining the handles like a Mac Quest or Silver Cross Pop - means there is more resistance when pushing. My husband later managed to help me figure out the folding method - which involves pulling out a metal bracket (where the bit you kick up to collapse would normally be on a buggy) which hooks underneath. It's not obvious at first and the user instructions only have diagrams and no text to describe exactly what you need to do. The folding is fiddly and a two handed job, so I don't think it's a good buggy for public transport.
A few other cons to this stroller is the width of the seat, the wheels and the hood. The seat unit is extremely narrow - my daughter at only 7 months didn't seem to have a lot of growing room width-ways, and she wasn't a particularly large baby. The wheels wear down very quickly - I only used this buggy a handful of times over a period of a few weeks, yet the wheels had worn down more than those on my eldest sons pushchair which I used solely for 2.5 years! The hood is pretty thin, flimsy and useless. It doesn't offer any real protection or cover, and it has no viewing windows.
The plus points to the Atlas, are the price, the recline and the raincover. The raincover is one of the best of any stroller I've owned - it's very thick, easy to attach, fits perfectly and provides full coverage. It's not the most compact folding due to the thickness, but of all the things about this buggy it's the one part that seems really good quality - it's just a shame they didn't put as much thought into the design of the buggy itself! The recline is excellent, it goes completely flat 180 degrees, so really is a true "from birth" stroller. The seat unit is pretty hard for a newborn, but with a thick padded liner or footmuff it could be made perfectly comfortable. There is also a decent length adjustable leg rest, which supports even a large toddlers legs right to their ankle (assuming they fit widthways into the seat that is!). Lastly, the price is good for a stroller that's suitable from birth. It's around £80 rrp, but you can often find it on offer at a reduced price. I think the £49.99 I got it for on offer was just right.
To summarise - although this stroller with the "Atlas" name suggests it's good for travel, I actually think it's not user friendly, compact or lightweight enough to be a travel buggy, when you compare it to the super light, small folding and sturdy Mac Quest/Triumph. However, it's not built to be an every day buggy either in my opinion. So what/who is it good for? I think if you're strapped for cash, need an emergency interim buggy, and don't mind having something to grumble about, then this is the perfect buggy for you! However there are lots better available on the buggy market, and I strongly suggest spending a few more £'s if you can afford to. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
This time last year we were planning a family holiday and the thought of trying to take our bulky Quinny Buzz abroad was too much to bear.
So, we started to look at lighter weight "umbrella" style strollers that would be easier to travel with.
- Our requirements
The 3 most important things to me were that it reclined as flat as possible as my son was going to be 5 months old at the time of going away and we knew that he'd be likely to sleep in it alot during the day and if we went out for the evening.
Secondly, it needed to be fairly sturdy as I didn't want to arrive in Florida with a broken pushchair and a tired baby with nowhere to put him.
Finally, I didn't want to spend too much money. We'd set our budget at £100 maximum, but I was keen to keep this as low as possible in order to have more spending money while I was away!
- Why the Obaby Atlas?
I was very pleased when I found £80 of John Lewis vouchers tucked away in a drawer, so I went straight to their website to see if they had anything that would fit the bill.
They offered 3 possibilities that were around our price range (slightly extended in light of the vouchers), the Maclaren Quest, Silver Cross Pop and the Obaby Atlas.
We quickly discounted the Maclaren as it stated it was only suitable from 6 months.
Ultimately, the decision came down to cost as it seemed that the 2 strollers were fairly similar in most ways, but the Silver Cross was £130 and the Obaby just £69.95.
- What do you get with the Obaby Atlas
The stroller comes in a choice of many colour options, however John Lewis only stocked it in Black with white circles or Navy with blue circles. We chose the navy one as we decided that the white circles would probably look dirty quite quickly.
The Obaby Atlas comes with a shopping basket, rain cover and detachable hood, and multiple recline positions, making it suitable from birth.
When it's folded it also has a handle which makes it easy to carry. It's not the lightest stroller on the market, weighing in at 7.2kg, but bearing in mind the price I don't think this is too bad (especially as the more expensive Silver Cross is slightly heavier).
- Using the stroller
When the Obaby Atlas arrived it was easy to assemble (you have to put the 2 front wheels on, as well as attaching the hood) and I was giving it a test push round the living room within minutes.
I found it very easy to put it up, and the 5 point harness is easy to adjust. To recline the seat there are two sliding mechanisms attached to the chassis and the seat and you just push them down and pull them towards you to recline, and push forwards to return to a seated position. I find that these have a tendancy to get a bit stuck, making it a little awkward at times to recline the seat, although this is more of a minor annoyance than a problem.
I find that the handles are quite high. This suits my husband, but isn't as good for me as I'm only 5'3". Again though, this is a very minor point really as it's something that I got used to. The handles are covered in foam, making them comfortable to hold.
The shopping basket is an adequate size, although I disagree with John Lewis who describe it as "large". It's also very easy to put bags over the handles, so it's very easy to cart your shopping back with you on this pushchair. I'd read other reviews saying that it has a tendancy to tip over backwards if you put too much on the handles, but in my experience the Obaby has remained upright. I would suggest that you're mindful of this though with any umbrella stroller, and my friend's more expensive Maclaren actually tips backwards far more easily than the Obaby.
The pushchair has a brake "pedal" on the right hand side which when you push it down engages the brake and prevents the pushchair from moving anywhere. To take it off you just push the pedal up again and you're on your way.
My son seems to like this pushchair. My initial thoughts were that the seat feels quite hard, but he was quite happy to nap in it, so I assume that this didn't bother him! He rarely sleeps when we are out now, so I don't know how well he would sleep in it now that he's bigger.
- Things I love about the Obaby Atlas
It's an inexpensive, yet sturdy pushchair. It survived being thrown around an airport with no problems.
It reclines to flat, so is suitable from birth and it's fairly compact so it doesn't take up much room in the car. Our main car is a Golf and it fits in the boot fine, although it's more of a tight squeeze in our other car, a Seat Ibiza. That said though, it's possible to get the pushchair plus shopping bags in the boot of the Ibiza.
- Things I would change about the Obaby Atlas
It's quite tricky to fold. There's definitely a knack to it, and once you've got that it's not a problem, but there have been many family members who have struggled with it and resorted to putting it in the car unfolded!
There's nowhere to keep the raincover. It will fit in the shopping basket, but it doesn't fold up that small so takes up most of the room. I find this quite annoying.
The "sliders" used to recline the seat get a bit stiff and it's not always easy to recline. This is less of a problem now that my son is 15 months old and doesn't want to lie down anyway!
This isn't strictly related to the pushchair itself, but I also bought the parasol as I thought it would be a benefit in the hot Floridian sun, however it was useless and wouldn't stay upright! We resorted to using a hair clip to attach the parasol to the hood to help keep our son out of the son.
Over time the wheels have gone quite stiff making it hard to steer. I've fixed this by drowning the front wheels in WD40 which has done the trick at least for now.
- Would I buy it again?
Although it has various things I would change, I still think that this pushchair offers good value for money if you're after a stroller for holidays and occasional use. I'm back at work now, so it's only really used once or twice a week. If you were going to buy something for heavier use then I probably wouldn't recommend it, although it's worth bearing in mind that for just £10 more than the cost of 1 Silver Cross Pop you could buy 2 of these pushchairs!
I walk and use public transport regularly, so was looking for a lightweight stroller that would be easy to use on buses but sturdy enough to withstand long journeys on pavement. I bought the O Baby for around £70 from John Lewis as it seemed to fit the bill. I was impressed by the design - I bought the black version and it is very stylish and easy to accessorise with blankets, parasols etc. The circular pattern on the seat is very striking, and the rain cover that was included is easy to attach and fits perfectly.
The seat reclines to almost flat and is suitable for use from birth although it is quite hard and I imagine uncomfortable. The folding mechanism is quite fiddly until you get the hang of it, but it does fold down nice and small and is reasonably easy to carry once folded up.
The front wheels can be either fixed or free to rotate and there is a shopping basket attached underneath. I find this a little flimsy and certainly would not use it for anything important. The buggy does have a habit of falling over backwards if weighted incorrectly, so don't be tempted to hang anything from the handles.
The main problem I have with this stroller is the brakes. They don't click on and off, you just press the lever as far as you can with your foot. The brake bar is quite flexible, and I have often gone to remove the brake only to find it wasn't properly on anyway. Luckily, as I have had my doubts since I bought it, I have always used the brakes with caution.
The Atlas buggy is suitable from birth and features a multi-reclining seat, a 5-point safety harness for added security, lockableswivel front wheels and a compact umbrella fold. It also comes complete with an ideal rain cover.