22 March 2015

Cosatto Ooba 3-in-1 Travel System


I am a huge Cosatto fan, have been ever since I came across the brand a few years ago when I needed a smaller pram from Charlie. Something lightweight but not as small as a stroller. I fell head over heels for the Cosatto Yo! in the Ahoy There design. I loved how their eye catching designs and patterns made their products stand out from the crowd. They were so exciting and fresh and I loved pushing my Yo! around, having people come up to me in the street just to admire it. 

Then, a couple of month back, I blogged about how we had joined the Cosatto Brand Buddy Team (eek!) and as part of this, had received the gorgeous Cosatto Ooba 3-in-1 travel system to put through it's paces. All we needed was for Joseph to arrive and we could get to work.

Well now that time has come. We have been using the Cosatto Ooba rigorously since his birth and I have fallen deeply in love with it!

The Cosatto Ooba is at the top of the market when it comes to luxury pushchairs, and being a Cosatto, it means that it comes with everything you need and all the extras such as a coordinating changing bag and footmuff and even raincovers for the car seat, carrycot and seat unit too. 


The Chassis
Made from lightweight aluminium, the chassis has a leatherette handle with adjustable height (99 – 108cm) which is perfect for us as not only can it adjust high enough for my husband (6ft 1") to push, but it even goes low enough that Thomas can too. 
The flip-over handlebar means no need to remove the seat unit to change direction which is a great idea although personally, the pram looks a little odd when you're pushing it with the big wheels at the front. 

It has quick-release removable wheels with the front ones being lockable swivel wheels. Perfect for long walks as, on rough terrain, you can lock them to stop them from spinning over bumps and then put the swivel back on for easier pushing on flat ground. and when it rains and mud gets over the wheels, they come off easily to be cleaned. 


The Carrycot
I love that the carrycot is high up on the Ooba as with other pushchairs I have seen, they always seem much lower down which would be a pain when you're having to bend over to check on your baby. The Ooba doesn't have this problem though and because it can be parent facing too, it means that it is easy to keep an eye on Joseph as we wheel around.

It has a comfy lie flat bed which is perfect for newborn and the mattress gives comfort whilst on the move. Easy to attach and remove from the chassis and even has a carry handle built into hood to make it even easier. 


The Seat Unit
With Joseph still being so young, I haven't been able to use the seat unit yet as it is suitable from 6 months to approximately 15kg. It has multi-position recline on the backrest and adjustable calf support for extra comfort, coming complete with a cosytoes with zip off reversible liner
As with all Cosatto prams, it has a 5 point safety harness for extra safety when travelling and a 50+ UPF sunshade protection hood to keep those rays at bay. 


The Hold Car Seat and Base
The Cosatto Ooba has a matching Duck Egg Hold car seat (sold separately) which I featured in my birth story as this was Joseph's transport home from hospital. You can have a nosy at my birth story post if you fancy a read. 

The Hold car seat is a group 0+ and is suitable from birth to around 13kg. It has a 5 point safety harness with a quick release buckle and because it fits directly onto the pram chassis, it means that you can transport baby from the car to where ever you need to go without waking him. 

With the Hold Universal Base it makes the transition even easier. no having to mess with seatbelts when you're getting the car seat in and out of the car. The Cosatto Hold base fastens into your car with the seatbelt, this is super easy to install too. Once in place you can keep it in-situ and simply place the Hold car seat on and off it when you’re out and about with extra ease. 

Pram and Seat Positions
Just to give you an idea of all the options, I have created this short Flipagram to show you all the positions the pram can go in to...


Basket Love
The shopping basket is a decent size. Because the pram has such a big base, this also gives extra room in the basket area which I am really impressed with. I love that it's really deep too, as when using other prams, I always used to have to chase shopping when I went over curbs and the groceries took a dive for freedom. 

The Brakes
It took a while to get used to the brake as it is on the side of the pram handle instead of at the base near the back wheels. You need to press the lever on the frame to put the brake on which I didn't like the thought of at first but actually, after using the pram many times (even on the bus a few times) I can safely say that I now prefer it this way. No more having to try searching with my foot to find the brake, or having to move my bag out of the way so that I can see what I'm doing, just a quick click on the frame and it's on.  


The Niggles
After much use over these past few weeks, I was expecting to have a huge list of things that I didn't like about it. After all, I am a pushchair lover and know what I like and what I don't, but actually I was pleasantly surprised as there isn't much to moan about at all.

First up is the price. well, not really the price of the pram itself. Yes, £800 is a lot of money, but with the price of prams these days, and the fact that these have been put through their paces immensely to ensure the safety of our babies, I could justify spending this much on a pram. My problem is the extras. When you say 'travel system' you would expect that the car seat came in the package but it doesn't so of course, when you're sorting out your pram budget, you need to take in to account that if you need a car seat, this would need to be purchased separately. 

Lastly, the wheels. I love the wheels. They are big, they are chunky and they are robust. But, they are white. Yes, they look amazing on the pram, they match the design perfectly, but after a short walk on a rainy park, they are covered in mud. I know that this isn't really much of a problem in the pram stakes, but when you paying all that money for a pram that stands out from the crowd with its design, I think that the wheels could have been thought about a little more. Although I do like that they can be removed so can be easily washed. 


Overall Thoughts
Overall, I can honestly say that I love the Cosatto Ooba 3-in-1 travel system. I love the design, the size of the basket, the quality of the materials and how it stands out from all other prams on the market. Yes, there are a few niggles with it, but you get them with all prams and luckily, none of them are big issues that would put me off buying it.

It is funky and fresh with great designs and practical features. The huge wheels mean that it can go over any ground with ease. The different seat units give scope for the future as the baby will grow through the seats, going from the carrycot and car seat to the seat unit itself which is long and wide enough so will last for even the biggest child.

I love the leatherette handle which gives comfort whilst pushing it and the brake on the handle makes it super easy to put on and off. Putting it up and down is a little bit of a fuss as you have to take the seat unit off but to be honest, I'm not planning on putting it down much so this doesn't affect me.

I really am glad that I have been given this chance of working with Cosatto and reviewing the Cosatto Ooba 3-in-1 Travel System as I have fallen head over heels in love with it and I adore getting to go out and push Joseph about in the pram.

Now just to plan my next adventure using the Ooba!

25 comments:

  1. That colour! Love it!

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    1. Fab review I love the look of this pram especially the color.

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  2. If my budget cud stretch further I wud have this in a heartbeat

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    1. It is pricey but is excellent on the safety standards front and is beautiful too so is worth it x

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  3. great pushchair and beautiful colour, good for girl and boy

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    1. Exactly, the colour is such a subtle blue that you could easily get this for a girl, boy or if your having a surprise baby and want to be ready for the arrival x

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  4. Sazzi Lou xoxox27 March 2015 at 09:10

    Beutiful colour. Great 4 a boy or girl

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    1. You're right and I love that there is this pram that is suitable for a girl and perfect for someone who isn't really into pink girly girl prams x

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  5. Aren't those brakes weird! Is it hard to use them?

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    1. I found it weird to get used to at first but actually, I much prefer them this way. So much easier too x

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  6. I love the attention to detail - I want a patterned rain cover!!
    Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested this week x

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    1. There is so much detail on these prams and the matching items are a big plus :-)
      Thanks for commenting x

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  7. i could never afford this but would love it if i ever have a baby one day

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  8. Love the inside pattern and the colour

    Grace Louise x

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  9. It's a good looking pram and seems robust. Quite pricey though.

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  10. I love this pram and the colour is beautiful however i don't like the rain cover. Looks a bit too girly. I prefer a plain one to be honest.xx

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  11. I absolutely love the funky designs from Cosatto. I wish I'd done more research when we bought our pram. I did end up buying the C Rex Supa Stroller when the little man was a little older though which is gorgeous.

    Cat x

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  12. Oh I LOVE this pram! We have the Ooba Charleston and it's such a lovely pram to use, but I do love the colour of this one so much! xx

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  13. I love this pushchair and Cosatto always have amazing designs and colours! I just wish it had been around when my little girl was born as it would have definitely been top of my wishlist lol! x

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  14. I love the idea of the brakes being at the top for easy access. Someone should have thought of that years ago when my babies where little!

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  15. its fab, i love the colour and the basket is huge, i love your nappy bag too, i had the same

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  16. Omg I LOVE this - the colour and pattern is just gorgeous. I would have loved this when my boys were babies. Great review. Kaz x

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