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Burley Solstice Review
B Loves: A well designed and well thought through pushchair that’s for serious joggers and runners, yet doesn’t miss out on important features for both parent and child.
The seat is big and roomy, good enough for a tall child at around 112 cm and has been made with water repellent fabric and good padding. You can even remove it for washing in the machine or you can sponge clean it – great for a pushchair that’s going to be used for years. Inside the seat is a clever little device called the SITT seat, that is padded for extra comfort and has straps that pop up and out, meaning they don’t get tangled under your child as you try to put them in. Next to your child on either side of the seat are mesh pockets into which they can pop a favourite toy. The recline can be adjusted with just one hand and is suitable from six months – you can use it from birth with a car seat but remember not to leave a very small baby in a car seat for too long. There’s another mesh pocket on the back of the seat too, so storage has been really well thought through.
In a strong and very light alumimium alloy, the frame is curvaceous and pleasing to the eye and it’s nice to have a light silver colour instead of the black that seems to be taking over the pushchair world. The handlebars swoop down to form the seat sides and culminate in a sturdy footrest that’s easy to clean if little feet are muddy. It then swoops underneath to each of the three wheels. Easy to push, it has bright yellow catches and buttons to help you see where the functional parts are, whether you’re adjusting the handle or folding the pushchair.
The handle is adjustable from 95 to 103 cm to offer positions for short or tall parents and all in between and moves out as you extend it, to allow the stride area below the pushchair to become larger. It has a safety strap you can put around your wrist to prevent the pushchair getting away from you should you stumble.
The pushchair has a quick fold that’s quite easy to do; simply use one hand the press the two buttons on front and back of
the handle, push forwards and down and the pushchair fold and locks in place. The wheels stay on the ground when it’s folded, so you can roll it along instead of carrying it, or you can tip it onto its back wheels to stand on its own. It is quite bulky when folded, so check it will fit in your car if you want to transport it – although you can go straight from home, tackling any terrain as you go and you can remove the wheels for more compact storage. To unlock, unclip the yellow lever on the side that keep it locked together, then just pull up on the handle to click into place.
The canopy is large and then gets larger – there’s a zipped section that makes it even bigger, to allow for driving wind and rain or sun should you be so lucky, plus a pop-out sun visor. On the back is a magnetic viewing window, so you can keep an eye on your little one. Below that is another opening window that has mesh inside to allow for breezes to flow through in warm weather.
Suspension is by way of coiled springs, allowing it to push smoothly even over bumpy ground.
The large shopping basket underneath is very roomy, taking 55 litres of luggage and with a coupe of interior mesh pockets so you don’t lose important things like wipes.
There are plenty of extra bits and pieces you can ad to your stroller to make it as functional and useable as you desire, from the rain cover (and you definitely need that) to a cup holder for those early morning cappuccinos and a snack holder for baby too. There’s also a travel case to put the whole pushchair into – ideal for the plane or the boot of the car. Car seat adapters turn it into a travel system. There’s a neat cosytoes called the Bunting Bag – soft fleece inside and quilted fabric outside. Plus the Handlebar Console, which helps you keep things you need close to hand such as your phone, a snack or two and your keys. The rain cover is quite pricey and would be much better as part of the package, as who doesn’t need a rain cover?
The Small Print:
- Weight: 13.2 kg
- Suitable: From six months to 34 kg
- Seat recline? Yes, multi
- Folded Size: 110.5 x 66.5 x 43 cm
- Car seats: Most major car seats brands including Britax and Maxi-Cosi