I am going to write this review as When me and my wife were choosing a pram we found it very confusing and relied on sites like this for opinions. We are proud owners of a silver cross surf bought from a local independent retailer and I hope to help you first time mums and dads who, like me, hadn't a clue what was going on!
The pram itself is stylish, modern and very well built. Our wee man goes out in it at least once a day and it has been safe study and coped with as demanding terrain as forests and beaches. We bought the complete system and the maxi-cosi adapters and have had no bother at all, indeed the carry cot was excellent and doubled up as our sons first bed, always he was super cosy and safe from all the elements.
The folding mechanism is easy once you get used to it, although if granny or grandad are going to use it they might need a bit of training. The base folds down into a compact enough space, and compared with rivals its not too heavy, both me and my wife drive hatchbacks and we can fit the chassis and pram in together into our boots, if stacked on top of each other.
The real high points are in the quality of the materials however, silver cross have incorporated some clever, yet common sense ideas that help mums and dads, firstly the parasol is very wide and, unlike its quinny rivals, thick enough to completely block out the sun, we used it all summer and in majorca and it was faultless. on the other side of the coin is the zip in the middle of the rain cover. How annoying it must be for those people who have to remove the entire soaking wet cover to get their baby out, the surf has the zip in the middle so you reach in and pull junior out for feeds or to put them in the car, sounds ridiculous but many of our quinny owning friends have mentioned this to us. Another thing i find handy is the adjustable handle, good if you are in a busy lift or cafe so the buggy isn't in everybody's road.
The only downside for some people may be the lack of a substantial basket, but as we never really use it save for putting the raincover in it isn't a problem for us, we bought a couple of buggy hooks.