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"Good value for money…"
We bought the Wayfarer in red and have been very pleased with it. The package had everything including a rain cover and cup holder in the box. The pram is easy to fold and looks very nice when I'm out with my daughter, she looks very comfy in the carrycot! The basket is quite big and has enough room for a couple of shopping bags. The Silver Cross carseat came with the system when we bought it, and is easy to fit with the adaptors. Overall, the Wayfarer is very easy to use and very good value for money.Read moreLess
"Please read before you buy! Purchase not advised.…"
As new parents we chose this pram as it is easy to fold, light and is a little bit different to friends standard bugaboos. Error.
At first this pram was a delight...shortly turned in to a nightmare. The zip broke on the basonette...this we can deal with and were sent another...even though it meant our 4 month old baby had to sit in the chair for a few weeks before the advised 6 months.....then as our baby got heavier (14lb) we realised the front wheels buckled as we tried to roll over anything as large as a twig. Seriously. Also, we are not off road walkers but everything and anything gets caught in the back wheel arch and this is a complete design flaw. When our local "engineer" was called we were told we may benefit from putting "Mr Sheen" on the wheels and keep them clean. This, I can assure you, for an immaculate pram owner was nothing but an insult. This was also mainly not addressing the issue. We were also told we may have chosen incorrectly. Anyone who wants to walk down a path that may have nothing but a few leaves on it may then also want to beware.
Our changing bag then decided to confirm my lack of confidence around an old school reliance on a great brand and broke its zip and tubing. I will at this point confirm I looked after this entire system like it was my baby.
My partner and I were brought up with Silver Cross, we trusted their brand..please, before you buy, put a small object in front of the wheels and view them buckle. (With other pram systems you can put your foot on a bar to lift up but not on this) and check you will be happy out of a store. I wish someone would have given me this advice.
In summary we were really disappointed, not just that a pram should see you through one or more children, but that this product is derived from a company that is supposed to be from the pinnacle of british design.Read moreLess
"Mum meets Dad in a pushchair!…"
3 very important, idealistic words that go into the vital, lengthy and often traumatising selection process of pushchairs. In reality however, these words quickly transform and read more like this:
You see us dads involve ourselves pretty heavily in this process and start choosing a pushchair that, more often than not, we won't be using day in and day out. We choose ones based on the size of the wheels and the amount of suspension; who really needs off-road tyres? We ignore the fact that the average human has more chance of solving a rubix cube than folding our desire pushchair down. And then we choose the ones made from steel because they're stronger, so they weigh as much as small elephant. How the wife is supposed to fold it down, lift it into the car, get the boot shut all whilst holding a baby is a mystery.
As I said, it becomes solely about dads, making illogical and impractical choices.
However... This common problem has been fixed with the arrival of the Silver Cross Wayfarer. Idealism and realism are holding hands once again.
Having spent time looking at a huge range of pushchairs, travel systems and prams the Wayfarer really does tick all my boxes, as a dad. And the best thing about it, is that it also ticks the wife's boxes. She wanted 2 things: light weight and easy to fold down. The Wayfarer does both, and more. At about 10kg it comes seems quite light. Not the lightest on the market, but perfectly manageable, even for my wife's tiny frame! The chassis is approximately 6.5kg which is even better, so using the easy release you can take off the body if it is too heavy with it on. This is because it's made from high grade aluminum, with plastic trimmings. To fold it down you have to use both hands, which is a slight downside, but it is remarkably straight forward which goes a long way to making up for it.
With regards to what a dad wants, it looks sleek and manly, especially if you get in black. There are some pushchairs that no man would want to push around but this is not one of them! There are a few colours to argue about, I mean, choose from which is great. Its design is smart and compact with a lovely leather grip around the handle. On that subject, the handle raises and lowers in the common fashion and is nice and easy to position. It really is these small details that can often be a deal clincher and Silver Cross have clearly spent time looking at them.
Practicalities: (Manly bits Personally, I'm not a fan of 3 wheelers so this works for me. This is where the impractical desire to have huge off road wheels is hard to resist. The wheels are small and actually the design is quite neat with them tucked right underneath the chassis. This means that when it's folded it is compact, so those of us with small cars, it has a better chance of fitting comfortably in the boot. As I said, it does require both hands to fold down, but it is so simplistically straight forward (women proof) that you could probably throw the baby up in the air, fold it down and have enough time to catch the baby on the way down. (That isn't a recommendation.) The tyres are rubber so no punctures; again, this is quite hard for a man to deal with, but really it's a good thing. The 4 way suspension is a big plus, mainly for those occasions when you're crossing a road and bump into the curb on the other side but also you can share at your NCT man meetings that you have a pushchair with 4 way suspension! The chassis stands up on its own for storage when it's folded. Really useful.
Using these 2 finger holes, it folds down very easily.
Pop your 2 fingers in the loops and pull them back until it clicks, then it collapses as you lower it down. Easy!
Extras: (Girly bits The basket underneath is huge. I reckon if you had twins, it'd be fine because you could use it as the 2nd seating area. Joking aside, this is excellent because the more you can put under the pram, the less you have to hang off the handle and therefore reducing the risk of the pushchair toppling over. It basically means that the wife has no excuse for not doing the grocery shopping. She can take the baby in this pushchair no problem.
Comfort: The Wayfarer comes with a carry cot and a reversible seat which can face forwards and the parent. They are reclining so when it's a bit older the baby can kick back and relax whilst cruising: and it's also quite useful for when they need to sleep. The carry cot is equipped with an incredibly comfortable mattress. I think that Silver Cross could sideline with selling adult sized mattresses that replicate this one! It is, by far, the best mattress I have come across in a carry cot and so it's more than suitable for the baby to sleep in over night. You get a hood which can be fitted to both the push chair and the carry cot. It fits on easily and is very substantial.
Agility: Setting up the Brands hatch like slalom race track in the garden was quite good fun. Ok, it was brilliant fun and kept me amused for far longer than it should have. Anyway, the Wayfarer is pretty agile and handled the corners I threw it round. It was on 2 wheels round the hair pin, but I imagine you wouldn't pick up that kind of speed with a new born in it... You can also lock the 2 front wheels if you needed to.
Another great point is that it can take a car seat. Either with a Simplicity Silver Cross car seat or you can get Maxi Cosi adapters. That means it really is a good travel system. You can have the same chassis and use the various bodies to suit your need at that time.
In my mind, this is a great push chair. Great because it brings together a dads desire for a cool push chair a mums desire to have a practical and usable pushchair.
#1 Suspension on the wheels
#2 Comes in black and a whole host of other colours to match lipstick to...
#3 Leather grip
#4 Chrome finish on the chassis
#5 Well design
#6 Coffee holder included
#7 Very little assembly requirements which means we don't need to have the "should I use the instructions" saga.
#8 Fits in the boot of the car, potentially with the golf clubs
#9 Very agile and easy to push, which makes the whole pushing experience more fun
#10 Range of colours to debate over with the wife
#11 Having not tested with my imminent baby yet, it feels sturdy
#2 Easy to fold down
Here's some numbers to make us feel more manly...although we all know that they don't really mean very much:
The Wayfarer Base Unit:
L94cm W53.5cm H100-107cm
L84cm W53.5cm H33.5cm
This pushchair system is excellent. It's good to look at, good to push, good to fold down and lift into the boot and good for the baby. It's good for dad AND it's good for mum. It's a great price (in comparison) and it's well worth adding it to your shortlist at the very least.
The Silver Cross Wayfarer gets an official Dad Network Star Rating of 5 / 5Read moreLess
I was bought the Silver Cross Wayfarer as a present and was initially very happy. However, since my baby was 1 week old we have had a string of issues with this pram.
1) the zip on the apron and on the carry cot did not connect properly and finally stopped running at all so I couldn't zip up my baby in the middle of February weather! It jammed and there were teeth missing. The vendors agreed to replace both the apron and the carry cot.
2) the whole system was sent with the wrong adapters so we had to go back and buy additional adaptors for the wheel base to be compatible with the maxi cosi car seat we have. Irritating and cost an extra £30. Vendors fault but still...
3) the wheels were pulling to the left as the front left wheel had worked lose and pushed out its casing. After an argument, the vendors agreed to replace and speak to silver cross directly on the issue. I was given a luke warm apology from Silver cross
4) Then the right wheel went on the new replacement wheel base!! London Fire Brigade kindly used two alan keys to fix it for me so I could get home and silver cross have offered to repair but I have had this new base for only a couple of weeks!!!!!
I am so so disappointed. Having been really pleased with my choice initially, I now feel as thought it is a waste of money. None of my NCT friends have had this level of problem with their prams! There seem to be some fundamental design and function floors with the pram system and I wish I had chosen a different make and not been lured in by the Silver Cross name.Read moreLess
I HAD THE PRAM SYSTEM FOR 3 MONTHS AND THE ENTIRE FRAME STARTED BRAKING. IT JUST KEPT GETTING WORSE AND WORSE. I DIDNT FEEL SECURE KEEPING MY BABY IN IT (AND WAS FORCED TO BUY A OTHER ONE.) THE CARRIAGE WASNT STEADY, THE FRAME LOOKS AS IF IT CRACKED; & NO IT NEVER FELL OR GOT THROWN ANYWHERE.I HAPPENED TO NOT BE IN ENGLAND (ALTHOUGH IT WAS BOUGHT THERE)AND I HAVE NOWHERE TO GET SERVICE! THE COSTUMER SERVICE IS HORRIBLE. I HAD HIGHER EXPECTATIONS FROM "SILVER CROSS".... (ANYONE WHO SAW MY CARRIAGE WAS VERY SURPRISED... INCLUDING MYSELF) I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND THE COMPANY.Read moreLess
3 people found this review helpful.
"Not worth the money…"
The problems I have had with this pram are endless. If I could rewind I definitely would not of bought this productRead moreLess
1 person found this review helpful.
"Love it, but it's bulky…"
I bought this for my first born dd, now 11 weeks and use it every day. She's still in the carry cot although she is very long and only has 3 or 4 inches left so may be in the push chair seat soon! We walk for miles with it and she looks really comfy and cosy. It's not great on rough ground or grass though and lurches a bit as I heave it around corners - but maybe I walk too briskly. The cosy toes was great in the winter when she was tiny and brand new. I use the chassis with the maxi cosi pebble car seat if I'm just popping in somewhere - adaptors were £30 and I just keep them in the boot. The only issue is the size - it's pretty bulky wheb folded and the base plus carry cot fill the boot of my massive estate car. But it's big, solid and well built - I love it!Read moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.
"looks great but fails on quality…"
We were delighted when we got the pram as it looked great and everything we needed. it folds well and is easy enough to transport and fits in a small boot.
Unfortunately we have had so many faults with the product that we are trying to resolve the issue with the retailer:
1) The zip on the carrycot constantly gets stuck and we were unable to get the cover closed. We have since had several new carrycots delivered and they all have the same fault.
2) The wheels were pulling badly to the left and the chassis had to be replaced by silvercross. after a few weeks the new wheels developed the same issue and we still dont have a carrycot that works properly.
3) the changing bag we purchased burst after a few weeks and had to be replaced. this was through no fault of ours. we also had the same issue with the raincover. The raincover also lets in water (prior to it bursting)and our carrycot got soaked through in a rain shower with our 11 week daughter inside.
the retailer have said they will provide another pram from a different manufacturer however they will not change the car seat or isofix base. this is no use as we had purchased a travel system. We would not recommend this product.
We have two car seats and one of them is contantly jamming up. the other car seat has been fine and looks very safe.
We would not recommend this product.
We hope silver cross will be able to help us if the retailer cant/wont.Read moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.
"Great looking, disappointing…"
I love the details of this pram and being a first time mum the look was my initial preference when choosing a pram. Second was reputation and I believed silver cross were a good British traditional company so couldn't think of a better brand. It is a gorgeous pram with chrome trim and leather handle, getting endless compliments everywhere I go. My rating comes from the quality. Firstly I had to replace the change bag twice as the lining kept coming apart, the bag is also quite compact and I now use it just for special occasions. There is a zip tooth missing on my foot muff and sometimes the zip splits which can be very annoying when it's blowing a gale and your hoping for a quick manoeuvre. I also find the foot muff to sit quite close to my babies legs which concerns me when his feet don't have room to sit straight. I had hoped to buy this pram and just change colour packs if I had another baby, I don't think it will last past ralph who is just 19 weeks old which is a shame. It's is compact and lightweight and looks great but if you want an investment piece I would not recommend the wayfarer unfortunately.Read moreLess
3 people found this review helpful.
"Had to replace twice within two weeks. Not sturdy…"
I thought purchasing the Silver Cross Wayfarer would be the ideal travel system for our first baby. I now regret purchasing this pram.
Within five days of using the carrycot the zip teeth on the muff broke. I had to send a video to the shop we purchased from for them to send the video directly to Silver Cross to allow us to have a replacement. This replacement lasted two weeks and the zip in the base went again, so we had to have a new carrycot base. I was so paranoid about the zip breaking again I now slide my baby into the carrycot, so I don't have to use the zip.
The pram pulls to the left and this is annoying when out on a walk.
The chassis doesn't have any suspension and poor baby must feel every bump.
For the price we paid I regret purchasing this pram.Read moreLess
6 people found this review helpful.
hi there, ive just bought the wayfarer system in sand but the problem i have is how to attach the raincover when using it as a carrycot! i think i may of been given the wrong raincover as i cant seem 2 fit it onto the carrycot but its no problem when using it as a pushchair. Can anyone advise me on what the actual raincover should look like and how to attach it to the carrycot please, the manual shows basic black/white pics which doesnt give any clue as to if i've actualy got the correct raincover and been advised they cant be bought seperate?
any help/advice/pics would be much appreciated!
Thanks in advance!
worried mum to be x
"Good quality with a bumpy ride…"
We have been using this stroller for 2 weeks now with the carrycot for our newborn baby.
Pros: We like the usability of the stroller, namely how easy it is to fold and to attach the carrycot.
Cons: We like the big basket but it is somewhat difficult to access it with the carrycot on.
The handle bar does not fix in its lowest setting, which makes it tricky to put the stroller in its upright position.
Very negative: The ride is too bumpy and the wheels are too small. We live in central London and even just by riding on the pavements the stroller shakes too much making it uncomfortable for a sleepy baby. Moreover the wheels are too small and the fact that it does not have treads makes it difficult to go over small heights (as an example the stroller gets "stuck" on the parking yellow lines on the road).
Next time we will buy a stroller with bigger wheels, air tires and specially with suspension for a smoother ride!Read moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.
"A quality product that feels sturdy and safe…"
I was asked by Silver Cross to try out their brand new Wayfarer travel system with our new born. So far we have used the 'Simplicity' car seat, the pram attachment and the iso fix base for the car. The complete system also includes a seat section which we will use when my son is bigger.
Our first impression is that we find the whole system really sturdy. The height of the pram is also great as some other prams feel really low to the ground the handlebar also extends out (very handy as both my husband and I are tall). The pram is also very padded and has a separate mattress included and my son is very comfortable and sleeps really well in it.
The standard package is the chasis with both pram and seat attachments, a raincover, plus the simplicity car seat adapters and even a cup
holder! The Apron and hood pack is additional and comes in 7 different colours, however you do need this to complete the system. We selected the Sky Blue colour and we love it. Having the separate colour packs mean that it will be really easy and affordable to update if you need to change the colour for baby number two.
The car seat and iso fix base are purchased separately and they are both really easy to use. We're happy to say that having driven hundreds of miles already, our son is very comfortable in the car seat. It slots really easily into the iso fix base when it is installed in the car. We have also used the seat in my parents car and using it with just
a set belt is equally nearly as quick and still feels safe. The car seat is very easy to take straight from the car and slot to-and-from the chasis using the adapters that are included it also comes with a handy apron that really keeps my son snug when he is out of he car.
The rain covers for both the pram and car seat have zip access, essential for quick access to your child, without removing the rain cover entirely, a life saver when it is chucking it down with rain. The brake is really effective and easy to use, I am extremely confident the pram won't move when the brake is on. the shopping basket underneath is huge, however with the pram attachment the opening is quite narrow to get things in and out.
Overall the travel system is excellent value for money, it isn't the cheapest on the market but you definitely get what you pay for as its a quality product which feels sturdy and safe, yet still light and maneuverable. It can be collapsed easily with one hand and fits into the boot of our Ford Focus with room to spare.
Simply put, we love it!Read moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.