Mum-of-two Stacey Trim gets to grips with the special-edition Silver Cross Pioneer…
I’d set my heart on the Wayfarer for baby number two, but when Silver Cross introduced the new Timeless colourway to its Pioneer collection this year, I was won over.
The brand is known for exceptional craftsmanship and luxury fabrics across all its products, but I’d fallen for the soft marl hood lining and fawn-coloured faux leather trims on this travel system.
It was suitable from birth up to 25kg (check), had a carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping (check) and a tough four-way suspension that promised a smooth ride ‘no matter the terrain’ (perfect for our beach walks – check). The decision was made…
Aesthetically speaking, a 10 out of 10. It’s a lovely, bright buggy and has the quintessential British charm synonymous with the Silver Cross label in abundance.
The clear panel on the hood and extra panel that pops out to to shade Harrison from the sun make this feel like an upgrade from my last pushchair, although an extra panel wouldn’t go amiss.
Sometimes it isn’t quite enough and I have to improvise with a muslin. The tan faux-leather bumper bar, lightly textured weave fabric and modern aluminium chassis all add to the luxe feel, and I love the matching changing bag.
Practicality and drivability?
There’s nothing worse than struggling to manoeuvre a pushchair with one hand, while pulling your toddler along with the other, but thankfully the Pioneer is a pleasure to steer.
I can navigate my way through doors and supermarkets – and its compact form means I’ve never not been able to fit through a gap.
The suspension is brilliantly responsive on grass, though I’ll pick him up when we go over gravel. Of course, he’s much more secure in the car seat. The lockable, puncture-proof wheels make it easy to push one-handed, too.
The pushchair also comes apart really easily – which means I have no problems getting it in and out of the car. The most taxing element is unclipping the car seat from the chassis, but it’s so easy to put up and down, even my three-year-old daughter can apply the brake. When she hasn’t crammed herself into the shopping basket underneath, that is. This pushchair has the option of a buggy board attachment, so I’m hoping that’ll lure her out.
If Harrison’s contentedness is anything to go by, the Pioneer is as comfortable as it gets. The mattress inside the carrycot is so soft, it doesn’t take long for him to fall asleep and I use it as an overnight bed when we’re travelling. It’s spacious, so I’ll cocoon him with a few blankets to ensure he’s not rattling around over uneven ground. It’s only a matter of time before I start seating him upright –
he’s already nosy.
Robust yet compact, stylish yet practical, the Pioneer delivers on all fronts and certainly feels like a luxury product. So far, it’s proven to be the right choice for my family, and I look forward to more adventures with it.