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marrilyn says:
"We had no problem with the stroller even on rough terrain"
and gives the ABC Design Salsa 4

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  • Large carrycot
  • The carrycot can be folded flat, does not take up much space when it needs to be stored for longer
  • Large canopies on both the carrycot and the seat
  • The seat goes into a full reclining position
  • Suspension
  • Suitable for tall parents (3 handle positions), positions can be changed comfortably with one hand
  • Can handles rough terrain
  • Possibility to use the isofix base with the car seat
  • Colour fastness (I have seen much more expensive strollers that looked awful after 1 year if the colour was darker)
  • The brake started to jam
  • The carrycot tilted as if a bit upside down
  • Bath on the construction rocked with any bumps on the road
  • The chassis, unless it is properly loaded, squeaks
  • Poor access to adjusting the height of the belts on the seat

We chose the stroller because of its big carrycot, since my husband and I are not tiny, we expected the stroller to be one of the bigger ones, which it was. Our son lasted almost 6 months in the carrycot. He was born at the beginning of summer and in winter he didn't fit in there with a thick cosytoes, without a cosytoes he could have ridden for 7 months, I think.

Another big plus for us was the telescopic handle bar, my husband is 2 meters tall and the height of the handle was really comfortable for him, it's a stroller definitely suitable for taller parents.

The basket is also nice - big, but I had some mixed feelings about the bar that goes through the middle. In the end it didn't get in the way, it was rather handy when we carry the baby carrier in there, so that I can tuck it under and it doesn't stick out so much.

We have a 3in1 combination also with the car seat, here I rate as a big plus that it is possible to buy an isofix base and the carseat can be just clicked on and not bother with the car safety belt. But with the car seat I would have liked to see the belts moved one position higher in the back (there are 2 positions), because he had them pretty close behind his back and then they seemed to slide down from his shoulders.

I was slightly disappointed with the carrycot. It was big, but it had a weird slope, and it bunched down at the head. Although it didn't bother the baby very much, the mattress was higher under his head, so that probably compensated for it. It also moved on the chassis a lot, as if it was swinging, which also surprised me unpleasantly. The canopy was great, large, it just jerked a bit when it folded down. In the first few months the little one was able to wake up immediately to any sound and movement, so it woke him up a couple of times. Also the frame, which squeaked in the tight joints. The squeaking was better or absent when the stroller was heavily loaded (e.g. when the changing bag was packed or when the little one gradually grew and got heavier).

In the pushchair part I was struck by the very poor access to the belt buckles when I wanted to put them in a different position on the backrest. It's hidden under the fabric and yet the metal part that needs to be pulled to position the backrest goes through them. The actual positioning was not always the easiest either. On the other hand, I find the seat unit spacious enough. And it goes into a full lie flat recline. Just like the carrycot, it has a huge roof.

We had no problem with the stroller even on rough terrain, we walked on dirt roads and had no problems at all. The back wheels are big, so I was able to go up and down the stairs with it. From time to time some pebbles got stuck in the wheels, but it was nothing terrible, I got it out with my foot and the problem was over. But after a while the brake started to jam. It was usable and functional, it was just that you had to find the position of the wheelchair where you could push it down, so we were struggling with it from time to time.

To sum it up, we chose the stroller for the big carrycot, the long seat surface area of the pushchair, the sprung wheels to handle some lighter terrain, and to be suitable for tall parents as well. I didn't want inflatable wheels or rattling plastic wheels. It did all of these things, but after using it, I know I would definitely look around for something else.

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