If you have been round here a while you will know that after major surgery I am slowly getting back into being active and one of the ways we love to be active as a family is to take long walks and occasionally immensely hilly walks.
Being based in Nottinghamshire we are surrounded by fields, hills and off-road space and so I have been looking for a pushchair that can easily tackle the lot with ease to ensure that I can get out and about with Jacob regardless of terrain or weather.
We have been testing the newest offering from Joie, Crosster which is advertised as a multi terrain multi tasker and we have been giving it a run for its money to see how it fared.
The Joie Crosster is not a lightweight option weighing in at 16.1kgs but it does have a super fold meaning even though it’s a meaty beast it can be folded reasonably well and with its option to move it about in trolley mode while folded its easy to move about.
The Crosster frame is big and chunky and it honestly oozes stability so it comes as no surprise that it’s offered as a from birth option (with the separate carrycot) all the way up to 25kgs which exceeds any weight limits I have seen currently on most pushchairs.
The Joie Crosster was super easy to assemble and I had it together in around ten minutes with no need for the instructions but if you are an instructions reader then you will be pleased to know they were really comprehensive and easy to follow show you wish to.
- Can be used with gemm™ or i-Gemm™ infant seat and ramble™ carry cot using adapters
- One hand, quick fold and ability to use like trolly once folded
- Adjustable handle height
- Hand brake on handle bar
- Foam-filled 12 inch tyres with adjustable suspension
- Oversized, adjustable hood with ventilation and window
- Extra Large, easy access basket
- Locking single front swivel wheel
- Quick release rear wheels
- Removable bumper bar
- Single step, ShoeSaver brake
- SoftTouch, 5 point harness
- 2 netting bottle holders on the hood
I was initially worried I would struggle to push it as its rather meaty in size but that didn’t last long as the handle has an adjustable handle bar that lowers and tilts so it was immensely easy to push.
The hood was amazingly generous and it even comes with a peekaboo window and netted bottle holders on either side so it made it super easy out and about and no diving into the basket to look for bottles and drinks!
My initial thoughts also extended to the basket as it is a really great size and I would say verging on the large size so it made it easy to use on the school run and also while out and about shopping too.
Using the Joie Crosster is a joy, it’s never going be a travel pushchair as it’s not lightweight and doesn’t fold small for traveling on public transport but it is an immensely sturdy off roader that is ideal for village life with some town chucked in for good measure.
Its spacious seat unit and weight allowance means it certainly going to be ideal for use with large toddlers along with small babies and with the option of adding a carrycot means its ideal from birth or if you have a 3-4 year old that is reluctant to walk.
I love the basket and the netted bottle holders on the side of the hood they are a great addition. To make the storage side perfect it would be great for a pocket on the back of the hood for keys, phone and purse, but thats just a ‘would like to have’.
The Joie Crosster has made an amazing addition to our household as it means we can get about as family off-road come rain or shine.
Currently the Joie Crosster retails at £299.
Disclaimer: We were sent the Joie Crosster for the purposes of this review. All thoughts and opinions were independently formed by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse.