The Oyster deals with most conditions but it’s fair to say it’s best around towns. With the addition of the carrycot it makes a great little pram system.
It’s also compatible with Britax carseats adding to it’s versatility. The build quality can be a bit hit and miss, but it’s won awards left, right and centre
The Oyster is a mid range pushchair that also doubles as a stylish pram with the addition of the Oyster carrycot.
The carrycot costs roughly £100 extra and comes in the same fantastic range of colours Oyster colour packs. There are thirteen different colour packs including purple grape, yellow, electric blue, avocado, dolphin grey.
As a standalone pushchair it’s suitable from 6 months, although you could probably shave a month of that with a larger baby.
So what's good and what's bad. Well the chassis is lightweight and compact which means it folds down quite small. This is good news if you’ve got a smallish boot. Although it also means that it’s not as spacious as some of its more cumbersome competitors.
The fold is easy to do, although having read all of the reviews available online, there seem to have been several reports of the chassis beginning to have problems folding after prolonged use. When you receive yours be sure to give the frame a good once over for any imperfections.
If you’re a more petite lady, then you’ll find the compactness and easy manoeuvrability a boon. The swivel wheels are great for zipping around the shops. Then with the click of a button on top of the wheel you can lock them in place.
Locking the wheels in place is pretty important, because of the way the front suspension is designed. If not locked and you go off a pavement without being careful it’s possible to damage the wheels.
My recommendation is to lock them when outside of city centres. In the locked position they still rotate slightly so manoeuvrability isn’t overly compromised but they will take a lot more punishment.
In previous models the shopping basket was very small, but Babystyle have taken heed of customer feedback and the Oyster now has a significantly larger basket.
The recline is nice and smooth, with three different seating positions. The hood has an extra sunguard tucked away, not dissimilar to the UPPAbaby Vista, which can be easily unfolded to give more protection on sunny days.
There is also an insect net zipped away which comes in handy when on holiday in the tropics or the Amazon... In seriousness, if there are lots of wasps buzzing around it’s a useful feature to have.
Padding around five point harness and buckle is nice and soft. Also there is extra padding near the area where a drooping head might otherwise bang against the frame. This is a thoughtful touch that helps baby have an uninterrupted snooze.
Adjustable handlebars are great for couples of differing heights or for when granddad is pushing the chair. The range on the Oyster is better than most, going from 94cm to 106cm from ground level. So, little and large can share the pushchair duties without Dad complaining about his back... Is it always Dad that complains, the only safe answer is yes.
If you’re keen on bumper bars, you’ll like the stylish finish of the Oyster bumper bar, complete with embossed logo, it adds a touch of panache. Opening it is a bit of a fumble but not overly so.
Onto the brake, it’s one of the easiest to use i’ve seen. With a gentle movement of your foot it’s engaged and the reverse movement releases it. It passed the all important 'flip flop test' with ease. I donned the flimsiest pink flip flops I could find and voila. I should mention that my outdoorsy manly sandals were nowhere to be found at the time.
It comes with a well designed raincover, that fits snugly and is held in place by a popper at the back
The ease with which you can unclip the colour packs gives two benefits. 1. It’s really straightforward to unclip and then wash dirty the dirty fabric. 2. If you get bored of your colour, you can buy another colour pack and fool all of your friends into thinking youve splashed out on a new pushchair!
This is a well designed pushchair. Lots of parents have bought it in conjunction with the carrycot to make an Oyster Pram. At the price it's a very sound purchase and has features and styling normally found on much pricier pushchairs.
Folded Size = 56 x 40 x 75cm
Folded Size = 50 x 31 x 70cm (Wheels Off)
Weight = 10.5kg