Prams & Pushchairs / 28 November, 2019 / Ellie Thompson
The new Pacific Autograph from Silver Cross is the stroller for making the ultimate fashion statement this winter. Inspired by old Hollywood glamour, with more than a hint of 1950’s chic, this is a buggy that exudes luxury in spades. Available in ink or bronze, this is a travel system that will turn heads when you’re out on your travels.
The Pacific Autograph comes complete with high shine black chassis with antique nickel details; carrycot; seat unit with reversible luxury fur seat liner; hoods and aprons for carry cot and pushchair seat; rain cover and a leatherette bumper bar.
Probably not top on the list of buggy review commentary, but the smell of this new buggy is divine. I quickly pinpointed the wheels as the culprit – they smell so NEW and gorgeous. In fact, even three weeks on, the buggy nestled in the boot of the car, I can still smell them from the driver’s seat. Ah, an instant thumbs up.
As we’d expect from Silver Cross, this is a stroller that offers its owners a certain level of prestige. Festooned in luxurious detail, its premium twill fabrics, high shine chassi and chrome toned wheel trims make this stroller a stand-out status symbol. The super-soft fur seat liner and quilted carrycot liner promises your child a pillowy ride, from newborn to toddler.
As looks go, this buggy is hard to beat; its credentials as a luxury stroller are extremely good, but what about its usability?
When it comes to the Pacific Autograph, functionality hasn’t taken a back seat over style. Silver Cross understand how important it is for this buggy to be travel system compatible. For those of you on the market for your first buggy, you will need to ensure the chassis will accommodate a car seat, to make life easier for you in the first few months.
The bamboo lined carrycot has been designed so that it can be used for overnight sleeping too, making it the ideal travel companion. The hood’s UPF50+ sun protection and pop-out sun visor will ensure baby is sheltered from the elements in the winter, and the sunshine during the warmer months.
It was firework night when I pulled the Pacific out of the back of the car (the buggy that is, not the ocean). Parked alongside a fairly busy road outside the shops, I felt slightly anxious as I realised although we’d road tested the buggy the week before, I hadn’t actually put it together myself yet – my husband is always first to the party whenever it’s a new piece of kit. I needn’t have worried. The chassi is lightweight enough to manage without taking out a knee cap. It’s intuitively easy to unfold in a hurry, and the pushchair seat slides onto the base with complete ease. Phew!
I slid my six month old son into the reversible fabric/faux fur lined seat with no problem complete with bumper bar and apron already in place (a panicked roadside buggy user!). On first go I found the 5-point-harness much easier to buckle up with the seat unit tilted back slightly, so I could see what I was doing. The pushchair actually comes with three recline positions, so it’s great for naps on the go.
A large and accessible shopping basket is key when choosing a pram that you intend to get daily use out of for a good few years. I’ve used buggies with meagre baskets and juggled enough bags awkwardly on my shoulders to know that it really is best to think ahead and choose something that will work for you, and not against you from the very start.
There are no compromises when it comes to the size and accessibility of the Pacific Autograph’s shopping basket. I can confirm not one, but two changing bags, one teddy, one pair of wellies and one Gruffalo were stashed underneath the seat unit that afternoon. (I like to plan for every eventuality!)
You can have style and luxury in buckets, but the bottom line always has to be how well the buggy handles, and how easy it is to push. My first solo outing without the husband was a success. We navigated easily up steps, through doorways, and up a wood chip and sandy entrance to the school field for the fireworks, one-handed while holding onto my toddler with the other.
The Pacific Autograph is an easy to push travel system, and with its height adjustable leatherette handlebars and all-terrain tyres, you can get on with exploring the world with your baba without worry. Oh, and you’ll look bang-on trend too.
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