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When my Son was born I purchased a 3-in-1 travel system and was adamant that it would be his 'one and only' pushchair, however after many walks in the countryside and bumping over rough terrain for the past 2.5 years, his pushchair became worn, had a squeaky wheel and a buckle. In need of a new pushchair, on my checklist was one which was more compact and easier to manoeuvre, especially around shops, so I purchased the Obaby Atlas Sport Plus.
I bought the Obaby Atlas Sport Plus stroller from a local independent baby shop and it cost £89.99. They can also be bought directly from Obaby and Mothercare. There are many other strollers on the market which are far cheaper than this; however it is a brand I know well as I bought an Obaby Atlas stroller for my parents to keep in their house when they look after my Son and it has proved to be durable and a good value for money.
The stroller is Black and Red and has a Black frame and wheels. It is also available in Black and Lime, Black and White and Black and Pink.
In the box you will find: Stroller, hood, front wheels (unattached), rain cover, head cushion for younger babies, two harness pads and an instruction manual. The pushchair is easy to put together all you need to do is attach the front wheels to the frame by locking them into place and attach the rain hood to the handle bars and slide into place in line with the seat.
The Obaby Atlas Sport Plus stroller is suitable from birth up until your child weighs 15kg; however I personally would not use from birth as I preferred having my Son facing me in the pushchair when he was very young, so that I could talk/interact with him. The stroller has wipe-clean fabric and soft foam handles which point inwards.
The stroller has 4 wheels (well, eight wheels in fact - two wheels per wheel set). The front wheels are swivel wheels which are very handy when manoeuvring in small shops, but they can also be locked. The wheels have tread on them, but are solid so there's no need to worry about getting a puncture. After 3 months of use I noticed that we had a squeaky wheel, but this was easily fixed with a spray of WD-40. There is also a brake for the back wheels which is simple to use and can be done just by pushing down on the brake pedal with your foot and pushing it up to release the brake.
The stroller has a light aluminium frame and weights 7.1kg. Some 3 wheeler strollers can tip if you place shopping bags on the handles, but as this has 4 wheels, it is sturdy. The stroller is easy to open, you need to release the catch on the side of the stroller and push the front wheels down and push down the locking bar until it is straight. I did have some problems at first trying to fold the stroller as the instructions tell you to release the primary lock with your foot and then push the handles forward, but I have found that you need to slightly push the handles in towards each other and then forward for the stroller to fold. Once folded the stroller fits easily into the boot of my Fiesta and takes up a lot less space than the last pushchair. There is a carry handle on the side of the pushchair for easy lifting.
The seat unit can be placed in number of different positions and fully reclines. The seat unit has an adjustable leg rest so that it can be positioned flat to suit smaller babies or those who are sleeping and can be pushed down for older children. Whichever position you use the leg rest it has a safety lock to lock into place. When you use the leg rest in the 'up' position I noticed that the bottom of the leg rest can become worn and frayed. I don't think that this is a fault with the stroller. It has become frayed because my Son rubs his shoes up against it, particularly when he wants to come out of the stroller. Below the leg rest is a plastic foot strap so that children can rest their legs on the strap without scrapping their feet along the floor. Is it quite sturdy but should not be stood on/used to get into the stroller as it will snap.
There is an adjustable 5 point safety harness and the clips are quite stiff to unbuckle, so I know that My Son is not able to open this himself. There are D-clips provided if you want to fit a separate harness to the pushchair and this may be needed if you have an older/bigger child as the harness could do with being a little longer. My Son is 2.5 years old and he fits in it at the moment, but probably won't in a year's time, however hopefully by then he should be able to walk on his own without wanting to run off all the time.
The hood is detachable and has a large clear window so that you can see through and check on your little one. The hood has an extra section to it, a clear flap/visor at the front. This is useful when using the rain cover as it fits securely over the flap and as the rain cover also covers the back of the hood your child won't get wet. The hood has a handy zip up pocket and is large enough to hold keys, purse and a phone. The stroller also has a mesh co-ordinated shopping basket at the bottom. It is not very big but is large enough to hold a nappy bag and handbag.
The compact PVC rain cover with matching trim is easy to fit. Sometimes when you look at a rain cover for a pushchair it takes a while to try and figure out which way it should go, but with this one there are two clips which clip onto the bottom of the frame (above the front wheels) and secures into place with Velcro. There are ventilation holes in the cover and even when fully fastened there is plenty of ventilation through the sides of the cover.
You are probably thinking what is the different between the Atlas Sport Plus and the Atlas Sport? Well apart from costing an extra £20 and having 'Atlas Sport Plus' written in large letters along the side of the stroller, the Atlas Sport Plus has two harness pads to stop the harness from digging into the side of your child's neck and it also has a padded head cushion for very young babies. Also, when the seat reclines back the hood covers the whole of the seat area including the back of the seat, whereas the Atlas Sport's hood does not cover the sides and the sides of the stroller are open to the elements. The rain cover covers the back of the stroller to stop the back getting wet and the hood has a large pocket, whereas the Obaby Atlas doesn't. A footmuff is not inlcuded; however these can be bought separate.
I definitely recommend the Obaby Atlas Sport Plus stroller and give it 5 stars. It is light and compact, easy to manoeuvre, tough when used on rough terrain, fully reclines, secure and my Son seems quite comfortable in it. The only disadvantage is that the harness needs to be longer and at £89.99 it is expensive, but overall it is a great stroller and worth the money.
For further information, please visit: www.obaby.co.uk