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"Great all rounder - all you'll ever need!…"
I was invited to try out the Surf Elevation by Silver Cross with my newborn.
The steering is brilliant - very easy to manoeuvre and, so importantly, it's really easy to fold and does fold down very flat which is good for boot space etc.
The handle height is very easy to adjust. Great for swapping between me and OH (and also my 5 year old who likes to push), but also helps get the pushchair into tight spots in small shops etc.
The carrycot is super cosy and also works well for daytime naps and the sun hood/ cover has been really good on hot days. Much more effective than a parasol that never quite seems to be in the right place!
The rain covers are thankfully easy to fit. Nothing makes me madder than struggling to get the things the right way up in the rain - but both for the carrycot and the car seat it just takes seconds. They also keep their shape well, not crumpling over the chair.
The car seat feels very safe and secure when being used and is easy to slot into the chassis. The little foot snug that comes with it is very cosy and very easy to fit, as is the hood. Both of which make the car seat easy to use as pushchair option - it feels secure and my son is very happy out in his car seat.
It's very easy to use with the isofix and feels very safe, but we've also been using the car seat in my Dad's car (without isofix) which is so straightforward, much better than many other car seats I've chosen.
I've just started to use the pushchair option and my little one is very comfy in it. It seems to hold him in just right place, so doesn't bob about at all. The recliner is easy to use and the straps are really easy to alter - both for length and sorting out any twisting.
Silver Cross also do a winter set for this pushchair. It's essentially a balaclava for the pushchair, fitting over the existing covers, it gives a bit of extra warmth if you have to go out in any weathers (think school run in sleet) or if your going from somewhere warm to somewhere cold and you don't want to stop (or wake) your baby to add an extra layer to them - instead you can add the extra layer to the pushchair. The winter kit also comes with mittens - I was a bit sceptical at first - but these have been really great. They have velcro on so you can keep them on the pram handles (so unlike any other gloves I've had, I still haven't lost them) and they do an excellent job of keeping your hands warm and dry.
Update It's March now and I've been using the winter kit pretty much permanently for the last couple of months (at least) and just wanted to add how good it's been in these freezing times. I have to go out and do the school run twice a day, in all weathers, and it really has kept my baby warm throughout - without too much thought from me about what to dress him in. But what's really been the lifesaver are the gloves. On the few occasions I've not had them I've really suffered with freezing hands, but even in the freezing snow, with the gloves, I've managed to keep warm. The kit isn't cheap, but if we have another winter like this one, it's really not a bad investment, especially if you're tied to the school run.Read moreLess