5 May 2008
I bought this travel system as i thought it would be a versatile and long lasting option. Being reasonably cheap at just under 200, i wanted something that included a car seat as i don't drive and couldn't fork out for one separately. I also needed something that would be suitable from birth to 3 yrs. however, it's not the practical option i thought.First, the wheels are far to big and chunky to fit in anyones car and everytime i go on the bus i get stuck, i get caught on rails in shops and when crossing the road they buckle and the pushchair almost tips over!! Next, the 'one hand fold' takes two hands and 10 mins! The seat recline is very stiff and you have to be very careful that its properly locked in place, as it may seem secure then all of a sudden it'll flip down. The brake is supposed to lock both back wheels with one touch but it doesn't- something else i discovered on the bus! My 5 month daughter never looks very comfortable in it and doesn't seem to have a lot of room. Also, because the seat faces outwards, she often cries as she can't see me and i end up carrying her with one arm and pushing with the other - not easy!
I really wanted this pushchair to last a couple of years but it's so unpractical. I didn't want to go for the expensive modern designs, Bugaboo etc, but now wish i had as they seem fantastic! I have now bought a new i'coo Targo City, and am waiting for it's delivery. i hope i get on better with this award winning design!
The Graco was no good for me personally, but if you're thinking of buying one, it may suit you better. There are good points; the huge shopping bag, smooth ride, 3 position hood that doubles as parasol and the all the accessories that are included in the price. But think before you buy, don't get it cos its a cheaper option, sometimes you get what you pay for.