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Silver Cross Zest Review

Review Overview

Silver Cross Zest Review
Expert Reviewer
216 Reviews
Reviewed On: 20 Jul 2011
Sophie Bell
Expert Reviewer
Sophie's Verdict:

Review Summary

Summary

The Silver Cross Zest is nothing out of the ordinary. Many other pushchairs do exactly the same job as this does.

What’s good
  • Good enclosure in recline
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
What’s not so good
  • Expensive for a basic stroller
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Review Content

Review // Silver Cross Zest
The Pushchair

Without wanting to sound like a scratched record, the one thing you can rely on with Silver Cross, is their quality. They don't cut corners and everything is finished off properly; fabrics don't crumple or crease, stitching is neat with no lose threads and all the solid elements are emblazoned with the Silver Cross logo. However, a stroller is a stroller isn't it?..

Well, as we discovered in our latest group test (results coming next week) not all strollers are created equal and it's their unique differences, however small, that divide them.

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Fold and go...

By definition, strollers are normally lightweight, simple-to-use and easy to fold away, the Silver Cross Zest is all of these. It weighs only 6.5kgs, it is a narrow but sturdy, forward-facing, pushchair that folds down to 103cms in length, 27cms in depth and 24cms wide.

The squishy, foam, pistol-grip handles give you excellent control over the 14cm wheels. Manoeuvring is uncomplicated as the front wheels can rotate by 360 degrees. The brake is located on either of the back wheels and requires a firm push to apply and a little kick to the centre of the bar, to release.

The canopy is quite large and can be locked into position by the brackets on each side. It can be extended further via the retractable sun visor that sits tucked into the canopy when not in use. A flap-covered spy hole allows you to look in on your passenger but otherwise keeps the shaded area darker for snoozing.

The recline is not vast, around 45 degrees, however this pushchair is meant to be used from around 3 months old. Reclining is easier than sitting it upright thanks to the mechanism; a bracket stops the angle of the backrest at your desired position along a strap (from 90 to 45 degrees).

The five point harness has a good looking buckle that children find tricky to master – a blessing!

The adjustable footrest can be angled by a span of around 60 degrees. When tall enough, your child can rest their feet on the flexible footrest that spans the frame near the front wheels.

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Folding is a breeze. By holding onto the carry handle that hangs in-between the handles, pull upwards to take the tension out of the frame, then push down on the second safety lock, located at foot level on the right side of the frame. The stroller crumples both horizontally and vertically until you are left with a rectangular shaped folded frame. To complete the procedure, just apply a little pressure to the top of the frame to allow the holding bracket to clip into place. This will just make sure that it doesn't open up as you go to put it into the car.

The carry strap can then be used to transport your stroller; just sling it over your shoulder and away you go!

Should your journey end in rain, the raincover is a breeze to throw on and attach using the velcro straps. But, although the raincover isn't huge, neither is the stroller basket, so it's about all you'll be able to carry around with you.

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Conclusion

The Silver Cross Zest is nothing out of the ordinary. Many other pushchairs do exactly the same job as this does.

We like the way the hood extends at the back to enclose your passenger when sleeping and the fact that the carry strap is used to help collapse the frame. Apart from that it is does everything a cheaper model would do.

It is sturdy, comfortable, lightweight and easy to manoeuvre – everything a stroller should be.

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Tech specs

height:

106cm

width:

46cm

depth:

77cm

weight:

5.8kg

warranty:

3 yrs

pushchair:capacity:

1

pushchair:suitability:

Urban

pushchair:seat-config:

Single

pushchair:features:

One-piece-fold, Lie-flat-seat

pushchair:type:

Stroller

pushchair:tyres:

Solid

weight max:

2kg

diameter:

12.5cm

Suitable for:

Up to quantity_4.format., Up to 22kg

Pushchair expert price:
£ 195 . 00
Pushchair expert price:
Our price: £ 195 . 00

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